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7.1 MAO Inhibitors

XADAGO is contraindicated for use with other drugs in the MAO inhibitor class or other drugs that are potent inhibitors of monoamine oxidase (e.g., linezolid, an oxazolidinone antibacterial, which also has reversible nonselective MAO inhibition activity). Co-administration increases the risk of nonselective MAO inhibition, which may lead to hypertensive crisis [see Contraindications (4) and Warnings and Precautions (5.1)] . At least 14 days should elapse between discontinuation of XADAGO and initiation of treatment with other MAOIs.

Isoniazid has some monoamine oxidase inhibiting activity. Monitor for hypertension and reaction to dietary tyramine in patients treated concomitantly with isoniazid and XADAGO.

7.2 Opioid Drugs

Because serious, sometimes fatal reactions have been precipitated with concomitant use of XADAGO with opioid drugs (e.g., meperidine and its derivatives, methadone, propoxyphene, or tramadol) and MAO inhibitors, including selective MAO-B inhibitors, concomitant use of these drugs is contraindicated [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)] . At least 14 days should elapse between discontinuation of XADAGO and initiation of treatment with these drugs.

7.3 Serotonergic Drugs

Concomitant use of XADAGO with SNRIs; triazolopyridine, tricyclic or tetracyclic antidepressants; cyclobenzaprine (a skeletal muscle relaxant that is a tricyclic antidepressant derivative); or St. John’s wort is contraindicated [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)] . At least 14 days should elapse between discontinuation of XADAGO and initiation of treatment with these drugs.

Monitor patients for symptoms of serotonin syndrome if selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors are used by patients treated with XADAGO [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)] .

7.4 Dextromethorphan

The combination of MAO inhibitors and dextromethorphan has been reported to cause episodes of psychosis or bizarre behavior. Therefore, in view of XADAGO’s MAO inhibitory activity, dextromethorphan is contraindicated for use with XADAGO.

7.5 Sympathomimetic Medications

Severe hypertensive reactions have followed the administration of sympathomimetics and nonselective MAO inhibitors. Hypertensive crisis has been reported in patients taking the recommended doses of selective MAO-B inhibitors and sympathomimetic medications. Concomitant use of XADAGO with methylphenidate, amphetamine, and their derivatives is contraindicated [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1, 5.2)] .

Monitor patients for hypertension if XADAGO is prescribed concomitantly with prescription or nonprescription sympathomimetic medications, including nasal, oral, or ophthalmic decongestants and cold remedies [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)] .

7.6 Tyramine

MAO in the gastrointestinal tract and liver (primarily type A) provides protection from exogenous amines (e.g., tyramine). If tyramine were absorbed intact, it could lead to severe hypertension, including hypertensive crisis. Aged, fermented, cured, smoked, and pickled foods containing large amounts of exogenous amines (e.g., aged cheese, pickled herring) may cause release of norepinephrine resulting in a rise in blood pressure (Tyramine Reaction). Patients should be advised to avoid foods containing a large amount of tyramine while taking recommended doses of XADAGO [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)] .

Selectivity for inhibiting MAO-B decreases in a dose-related manner above the highest recommended daily dosage, which may increase the risk for hypertension [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.2)] . In addition, isoniazid has some monoamine oxidase inhibiting activity. Monitor for hypertension and reaction to dietary tyramine in patients treated with isoniazid and XADAGO [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)] .

7. 7 Substrates of Breast Cancer Resistance Protein (BCRP)

Safinamide and its major metabolite may inhibit intestinal breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)] . Inhibition of BCRP could increase plasma concentrations of BCRP substrates. Examples of substrates of BCRP include methotrexate, mitoxantrone, imatinib, irrinotecan, lapatinib, rosuvastatin, sulfasalazine, and topotecan. Monitor patients for increased pharmacologic or adverse effect of the BCRP substrates if XADAGO is used concomitantly.

7.8 Dopaminergic Antagonists

Dopamine antagonists, such as antipsychotics or metoclopramide, may decrease the effectiveness of XADAGO and exacerbate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.


8.1 Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category C

There are no adequate and well-controlled studies of XADAGO in pregnant women. In animals, developmental toxicity, including teratogenic effects, was observed when safinamide was administered during pregnancy at clinically relevant doses. Developmental toxicity was observed at safinamide doses lower than those used clinically when safinamide was administered during pregnancy in combination with levodopa/carbidopa. XADAGO should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

In an embryofetal development study in rats, oral administration of safinamide (0, 50, 100, or 150 mg/kg/day) throughout organogenesis resulted in dose-related increases in fetal abnormalities (primarily urogenital malformations) at all doses. The lowest dose tested is approximately 5 times the maximum recommended human dose (MRHD) of 100 mg on a body surface area (mg/m 2) basis. In a combination embryofetal development study of safinamide and levodopa (LD)/carbidopa (CD) in rats (80/20 mg/kg/day LD/CD in combination with 0, 25, 50, or 100 mg/kg/day safinamide or 100 mg/kg/day safinamide alone) increased incidences of fetal visceral and skeletal malformations and variations were observed at all doses of safinamide in combination with CD/LD and with safinamide alone. The lowest dose of safinamide tested (25 mg/kg/day) is approximately 2 times the MRHD on a mg/m 2 basis.

In embryofetal development studies in rabbits, no developmental toxicity was observed at up to the highest oral dose of safinamide tested (100 mg/kg/day). However, when safinamide (4, 12, or 40 mg/kg/day) was administered throughout organogenesis in a combination study of safinamide with LD/CD (80/20 mg/kg/day LD/CD) there was an increased incidence of embryofetal death and cardiac and skeletal malformations, compared to LD/CD alone. A no-effect dose for safinamide was not established; the lowest effect dose of safinamide tested (4 mg/kg/day) is less than the MRHD on a mg/m 2 basis.

In a rat pre- and postnatal development study, oral administration of safinamide (0, 4, 12.5, or 37.5 mg/kg/day) throughout pregnancy and lactation resulted in skin discoloration of the offspring, presumed to be due to hepatobiliary toxicity, at the mid and high doses and decreased body weight and increased postnatal mortality in offspring at the highest dose tested. The no effect dose (4 mg/kg/day) is less than the MRHD on a mg/m 2 basis.

8.3 Nursing Mothers

Skin discoloration, presumed to be caused by hyperbilirubinemia resulting from hepatobiliary toxicity, was observed in rat pups indirectly exposed to safinamide through the milk during the lactation period. It is not known whether this drug is present in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from safinamide, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

8.4 Pediatric Use

The safety and effectiveness of XADAGO in pediatric patients have not been established. No juvenile toxicity studies have been performed in animals.

8.5 Geriatric Use

Of the 1516 subjects exposed to XADAGO in clinical studies, 38% were 65 and over, while 4% were 75 and over. No overall differences in safety or effectiveness were observed between these patients and younger patients, and other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients, but greater sensitivity of some older individuals cannot be ruled out.

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