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Amlodipine / Valsartan 10 mg / 160 mg film-coated tablets

Active Ingredient:
amlodipine besilate, valsartan
Company:  
ATC code: 
C09DB01
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Last updated on emc: 11 Nov 2022
1. Name of the medicinal product

Amlodipine / Valsartan 10 mg / 160 mg film-coated tablets

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Amlodipine / Valsartan 10 mg / 160 mg film-coated tablets

Each film-coated tablet contains 10 mg amlodipine (as amlodipine besilate) and 160 mg valsartan.

Excipient with known effect: Each tablet contains 18.5 mg sorbitol (E420).

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

3. Pharmaceutical form

Film-coated tablet.

Amlodipine / Valsartan 10 mg / 160 mg film-coated tablets: Yellow oblong film-coated tablet with break line, dimension approx. 14×7 mm. The score line is not intended for breaking the tablet.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Treatment of essential hypertension.

Amlodipine / Valsartan is indicated in adults whose blood pressure is not adequately controlled on amlodipine or valsartan monotherapy.

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Posology

The recommended dose of Amlodipine / Valsartan is one tablet per day.

Amlodipine / Valsartan 10 mg / 160 mg film-coated tablets: may be administered in patients whose blood pressure is not adequately controlled with amlodipine 10 mg or valsartan 160 mg alone or with Amlodipine / Valsartan 5 mg / 160 mg.

Individual dose titration with the components (i.e. amlodipine and valsartan) is recommended before changing to the fixed dose combination. When clinically appropriate, direct change from monotherapy to the fixed-dose combination may be considered.

For convenience, patients receiving valsartan and amlodipine from separate tablets/capsules may be switched to Amlodipine / Valsartan containing the same component doses.

Renal impairment

There are no available clinical data in severely renally impaired patients.

No dosage adjustment is required for patients with mild to moderate renal impairment. Monitoring of potassium levels and creatinine is advised in moderate renal impairment.

Hepatic impairment

Amlodipine / Valsartan is contraindicated in patients with severe hepatic impairment (see section 4.3).

Caution should be exercised when administering Amlodipine / Valsartan to patients with hepatic impairment or biliary obstructive disorders (see section 4.4). In patients with mild to moderate hepatic impairment without cholestasis, the maximum recommended dose is 80 mg valsartan. Amlodipine dosage recommendations have not been established in patients with mild to moderate hepatic impairment.

When switching eligible hypertensive patients (see section 4.1) with hepatic impairment to amlodipine or Amlodipine / Valsartan, the lowest available dose of amlodipine monotherapy or of the amlodipine component, respectively, should be used.

Elderly (age ≥ 65 years)

In elderly patients, caution is required when increasing the dosage. When switching eligible elderly hypertensive patients (see section 4.1) to amlodipine or Amlodipine / Valsartan, the lowest available dose of amlodipine monotherapy or of the amlodipine component, respectively, should be used.

Paediatric population

The safety and efficacy of Amlodipine / Valsartan in children aged < 18 years have not been established. No data are available.

Method of administration

Oral use.

It is recommended to take Amlodipine / Valsartan with some water. Amlodipine / Valsartan can be used with or without food.

4.3 Contraindications

- Hypersensitivity to the active substances, to dihydropyridine derivatives or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.

- Severe hepatic impairment, biliary cirrhosis or cholestasis.

- Concomitant use with aliskiren-containing products in patients with diabetes mellitus or renal impairment (GFR < 60 ml/min/1.73 m2) (see sections 4.5 and 5.1).

- Second and third trimesters of pregnancy (see sections 4.4 and 4.6).

- Severe hypotension.

- Shock (including cardiogenic shock).

- Obstruction of the outflow tract of the left ventricle (e.g. hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy and high grade aortic stenosis).

- Haemodynamically unstable heart failure after acute myocardial infarction.

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

The safety and efficacy of amlodipine in hypertensive crisis have not been established.

Pregnancy

Angiotensin II receptor antagonists (AIIRAs) should not be initiated during pregnancy. Unless continued AIIRA therapy is considered essential, patients planning pregnancy should be changed to alternative antihypertensive treatments which have an established safety profile for use in pregnancy. When pregnancy is diagnosed, treatment with AIIRAs should be stopped immediately, and, if appropriate, alternative therapy should be started (see sections 4.3 and 4.6).

Sodium- and/or volume-depleted patients

Excessive hypotension was seen in 0.4% of patients with uncomplicated hypertension treated with amlodipine/valsartan in placebo-controlled studies. In patients with an activated renin-angiotensin system (such as volume- and/or salt-depleted patients receiving high doses of diuretics) who are receiving angiotensin receptor blockers, symptomatic hypotension may occur. Correction of this condition prior to administration of amlodipine/valsartan or close medical supervision at the start of treatment is recommended.

If hypotension occurs with amlodipine/valsartan, the patient should be placed in the supine position and, if necessary, given an intravenous infusion of normal saline. Treatment can be continued once blood pressure has been stabilised.

Hyperkalaemia

Concomitant use with potassium supplements, potassium-sparing diuretics, salt substitutes containing potassium, or other medicinal products that may increase potassium levels (heparin, etc.) should be undertaken with caution and with frequent monitoring of potassium levels.

Renal artery stenosis

Amlodipine/valsartan should be used with caution to treat hypertension in patients with unilateral or bilateral renal artery stenosis or stenosis to a solitary kidney since blood urea and serum creatinine may increase in such patients.

Kidney transplantation

To date there is no experience of the safe use of amlodipine/valsartan in patients who have had a recent kidney transplantation.

Hepatic impairment

Valsartan is mostly eliminated unchanged via the bile. The half-life of amlodipine is prolonged and AUC values are higher in patients with impaired liver function; dosage recommendations have not been established. Particular caution should be exercised when administering amlodipine/valsartan to patients with mild to moderate hepatic impairment or biliary obstructive disorders.

In patients with mild to moderate hepatic impairment without cholestasis, the maximum recommended dose is 80 mg valsartan.

Renal impairment

No dosage adjustment of amlodipine/valsartan is required for patients with mild to moderate renal impairment (GFR > 30 ml/min/1.73 m2). Monitoring of potassium levels and creatinine is advised in moderate renal impairment.

Primary hyperaldosteronism

Patients with primary hyperaldosteronism should not be treated with the AIIRA valsartan as their renin-angiotensin system is affected by the primary disease.

Angioedema

Angioedema, including swelling of the larynx and glottis, causing airway obstruction and/or swelling of the face, lips, pharynx and/or tongue, has been reported in patients treated with valsartan. Some of these patients previously experienced angioedema with other medicinal products, including ACE inhibitors. Amlodipine/valsartan should be discontinued immediately in patients who develop angioedema and should not be re-administered.

Heart failure / post-myocardial infarction

As a consequence of the inhibition of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, changes in renal function may be anticipated in susceptible individuals. In patients with severe heart failure whose renal function may depend on the activity of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, treatment with ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor antagonists has been associated with oliguria and/or progressive azotaemia and (rarely) with acute renal failure and/or death. Similar outcomes have been reported with valsartan. Evaluation of patients with heart failure or post-myocardial infarction should always include assessment of renal function.

In a long-term, placebo-controlled study (PRAISE-2) of amlodipine in patients with NYHA (New York Heart Association classification) III and IV heart failure of non-ischaemic aetiology, amlodipine was associated with increased reports of pulmonary oedema despite no significant difference in the incidence of worsening heart failure as compared to placebo.

Calcium channel blockers, including amlodipine, should be used with caution in patients with congestive heart failure, as they may increase the risk of future cardiovascular events and mortality.

Aortic and mitral valve stenosis

As with all other vasodilators, special caution is indicated in patients suffering from mitral stenosis or significant aortic stenosis that is not high grade.

Dual blockade of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS)

There is evidence that the concomitant use of ACE inhibitors, ARBs or aliskiren increases the risk of hypotension, hyperkalaemia and decreased renal function (including acute renal failure). Dual blockade of RAAS through the combined use of ACE inhibitors, ARBs or aliskiren is therefore not recommended (see sections 4.5 and 5.1).

If dual blockade therapy is considered absolutely necessary, this should only occur under specialist supervision and subject to frequent close monitoring of renal function, electrolytes and blood pressure. ACE inhibitors and ARBs should not be used concomitantly in patients with diabetic nephropathy.

Amlodipine/valsartan has not been studied in any patient population other than hypertension.

Excipients

Amlodipine/Valsartan 5 mg / 160 mg film-coated tablets and Amlodipine/Valsartan 10 mg / 160 mg film-coated tablets: This medicinal product contains 18.5 mg sorbitol in each tablet.

The additive effect of concomitantly administered products containing sorbitol (or fructose) and dietary intake of sorbitol (or fructose) should be taken into account.

The content of sorbitol in medicinal products for oral use may affect the bioavailability of other medicinal products for oral use administered concomitantly.

This medicinal product contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per tablet; that is to say essentially 'sodium-free'.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Interactions common to the combination

No drug-drug interaction studies have been performed with amlodipine/valsartan and other medicinal products.

To be taken into account with concomitant use

Other antihypertensive agents

Commonly used antihypertensive agents (e.g. α-blockers, diuretics) and other medicinal products which may cause hypotensive adverse effects (e.g. tricyclic antidepressants, α-blockers for treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia) may increase the antihypertensive effect of the combination.

Interactions linked to amlodipine

Concomitant use not recommended

Grapefruit or grapefruit juice

Administration of amlodipine with grapefruit or grapefruit juice is not recommended as bioavailability may be increased in some patients, resulting in increased blood pressure lowering effects.

Caution required with concomitant use

CYP3A4 inhibitors

Concomitant use of amlodipine with strong or moderate CYP3A4 inhibitors (protease inhibitors, azole antifungals, macrolides like erythromycin or clarithromycin, verapamil or diltiazem) may give rise to significant increase in amlodipine exposure resulting in an increased risk of hypotension. The clinical translation of these pharmacokinetic variations may be more pronounced in the elderly. Close clinical observation of patients is recommended and dose adjustment may thus be required.

CYP3A4 inducers (anticonvulsant agents [e.g. carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, fosphenytoin, primidone], rifampicin, Hypericum perforatum)

Upon co-administration of known inducers of the CYP3A4, the plasma concentration of amlodipine may vary. Therefore, blood pressure should be monitored and dose regulation considered both during and after concomitant medication particularly with strong CYP3A4 inducers (e.g. rifampicin, hypericum perforatum).

Tacrolimus

There is a risk of increased tacrolimus blood levels when co administered with amlodipine. In order to avoid toxicity of tacrolimus, administration of amlodipine in a patient treated with tacrolimus requires monitoring of tacrolimus blood levels and dose adjustment of tacrolimus when appropriate.

Simvastatin

Co-administration of multiple doses of 10 mg amlodipine with 80 mg simvastatin resulted in a 77% increase in exposure to simvastatin compared to simvastatin alone. It is recommended to limit the dose of simvastatin to 20 mg daily in patients on amlodipine.

Dantrolene (infusion)

In animals, lethal ventricular fibrillation and cardiovascular collapse are observed in association with hyperkalaemia after administration of verapamil and intravenous dantrolene. Due to risk of hyperkalaemia, it is recommended that the co-administration of calcium channel blockers such as amlodipine be avoided in patients susceptible to malignant hyperthermia and in the management of malignant hyperthermia.

To be taken into account with concomitant use

Others

In clinical interaction studies, amlodipine did not affect the pharmacokinetics of atorvastatin, digoxin, warfarin or ciclosporin.

Interactions linked to valsartan

Concomitant use not recommended

Lithium

Reversible increases in serum lithium concentrations and toxicity have been reported during concomitant administration of lithium with angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors or AIIRAs, including valsartan. Therefore, careful monitoring of serum lithium levels is recommended during concomitant use. If a diuretic is also used, the risk of lithium toxicity may presumably be increased further with amlodipine/valsartan.

Potassium-sparing diuretics, potassium supplements, salt substitutes containing potassium and other substances that may increase potassium levels

If a medicinal product that affects potassium levels is to be prescribed in combination with valsartan, monitoring of potassium plasma levels is advised.

Caution required with concomitant use

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs), including selective COX-2 inhibitors, acetylsalicylic acid (>3 g/day), and non-selective NSAIDs

When AIIRAs are administered simultaneously with NSAIDs attenuation of the antihypertensive effect may occur. Furthermore, concomitant use of AIIRAs and NSAIDs may lead to an increased risk of worsening of renal function and an increase in serum potassium. Therefore, monitoring of renal function at the beginning of the treatment is recommended, as well as adequate hydration of the patient.

Inhibitors of the uptake transporter (rifampicin, ciclosporin) or efflux transporter (ritonavir)

The results of an in vitro study with human liver tissue indicate that valsartan is a substrate of the hepatic uptake transporter OATP1B1 and of the hepatic efflux transporter MRP2. Co-administration of inhibitors of the uptake transporter (rifampicin, ciclosporin) or efflux transporter (ritonavir) may increase the systemic exposure to valsartan.

Dual blockade of the RAAS with ARBs, ACE inhibitors or aliskiren

Clinical trial data have shown that dual blockade of the RAAS through the combined use of ACE inhibitors, ARBs or aliskiren is associated with a higher frequency of adverse events such as hypotension, hyperkalaemia and decreased renal function (including acute renal failure) compared to the use of a single RAAS-acting agent (see sections 4.3, 4.4 and 5.1).

Others

In monotherapy with valsartan, no interactions of clinical significance have been found with the following substances: cimetidine, warfarin, furosemide, digoxin, atenolol, indometacin, hydrochlorothiazide, amlodipine, glibenclamide.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

Pregnancy

Amlodipine

The safety of amlodipine in human pregnancy has not been established. In animal studies, reproductive toxicity was observed at high doses (see section 5.3). Use in pregnancy is only recommended when there is no safer alternative and when the disease itself carries greater risk for the mother and foetus.

Valsartan

The use of AIIRAs is not recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy (see section 4.4). The use of AIIRAs is contraindicated during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy (see sections 4.3 and 4.4).

Epidemiological evidence regarding the risk of teratogenicity following exposure to ACE inhibitors during the first trimester of pregnancy has not been conclusive; however a small increase in risk cannot be excluded. Whilst there is no controlled epidemiological data on the risk with AIIRAs, similar risks may exist for this class of drugs. Unless continued AIIRA therapy is considered essential, patients planning pregnancy should be changed to alternative antihypertensive treatments which have an established safety profile for use in pregnancy. When pregnancy is diagnosed, treatment with AIIRAs should be stopped immediately, and, if appropriate, alternative therapy should be started.

Exposure to AIIRA therapy during the second and third trimesters is known to induce human foetotoxicity (decreased renal function, oligohydramnios, skull ossification retardation) and neonatal toxicity (renal failure, hypotension, hyperkalaemia) (see section 5.3).

Should exposure to AIIRAs have occurred from the second trimester of pregnancy, ultrasound check of renal function and skull is recommended.

Infants whose mothers have taken AIIRAs should be closely observed for hypotension (see sections 4.3 and 4.4).

Breast-feeding

Amlodipine

Amlodipine is excreted in human milk. The proportion of the maternal dose received by the infant has been estimated with an interquartile range of 3-7%, with a maximum of 15%. The effect of amlodipine on infants is unknown.

Amlodipine/valsartan

No information is available regarding the use of amlodipine/valsartan during breast-feeding, therefore amlodipine/valsartan is not recommended and alternative treatments with better established safety profiles during breast-feeding are preferable, especially while nursing a new-born or preterm infant.

Fertility

There are no clinical studies on fertility with amlodipine/valsartan.

Valsartan

Valsartan had no adverse effects on the reproductive performance of male or female rats at oral doses up to 200 mg/kg/day. This dose is 6-times the maximum recommended human dose on a mg/m2 basis (calculations assume an oral dose of 320 mg/day and a 60-kg patient).

Amlodipine

Reversible biochemical changes in the head of spermatozoa have been reported in some patients treated by calcium channel blockers. Clinical data are insufficient regarding the potential effect of amlodipine on fertility. In one rat study, adverse effects were found on male fertility (see section 5.3).

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Patients taking amlodipine/valsartan and driving vehicles or using machines should take into account that dizziness or weariness may occasionally occur.

Amlodipine can have mild or moderate influence on the ability to drive and use machines. If patients taking amlodipine suffer from dizziness, headache, fatigue or nausea the ability to react may be impaired.

4.8 Undesirable effects

Summary of the safety profile

The safety of amlodipine/valsartan has been evaluated in five controlled clinical studies with 5,175 patients; 2,613 of whom received valsartan in combination with amlodipine. The following adverse reactions were found to be the most frequently occurring or the most significant or severe: nasopharyngitis, influenza, hypersensitivity, headache, syncope, orthostatic hypotension, oedema, pitting oedema, facial oedema, oedema peripheral, fatigue, flushing, asthenia and hot flush.

Tabulated list of adverse reactions

Adverse reactions have been ranked under headings of frequency using the following convention: very common (≥ 1/10); common (≥ 1/100 to <1/10); uncommon (≥ 1/1,000 to < 1/100); rare (≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000); very rare (< 1/10,000); not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).

MedDRA

System Organ Class

Adverse reactions

Frequency

Amlodipine/valsartan

Amlodipine

Valsartan

Infections and infestations

Nasopharyngitis

Common

Influenza

Common

Blood and lymphatic system disorders

Haemoglobin and in haematocrit decreased

Not known

Leukopenia

Very rare

Neutropenia

Not known

Thrombocytopenia, sometimes with purpura

Very rare

Not known

Immune system disorders

Hypersensitivity

Rare

Very rare

Not known

Metabolism and nutrition disorders

Anorexia

Uncommon

Hypercalcaemia

Uncommon

Hyperglycaemia

Very rare

Hyperlipidaemia

Uncommon

Hyperuricaemia

Uncommon

Hypokalaemia

Common

Hyponatraemia

Uncommon

Psychiatric disorders

Depression

Uncommon

Anxiety

Rare

Insomnia / sleep disturbances

Uncommon

Mood swings

Uncommon

Confusion

Rare

Nervous system disorders

Coordination abnormal

Uncommon

Dizziness

Uncommon

Common

Dizziness postural

Uncommon

Dysgeusia

Uncommon

Extrapyramidal disorder

Not known

Headache

Common

Common

Hypertonia

Very rare

Paraesthesia

Uncommon

Uncommon

Peripheral neuropathy, neuropathy

Very rare

Somnolence

Uncommon

Common

Syncope

Uncommon

Tremor

Uncommon

Hypoesthesia

Uncommon

Eye disorders

Visual disturbance

Rare

Uncommon

Visual impairment

Uncommon

Uncommon

Ear and labyrinth disorders

Tinnitus

Rare

Uncommon

Vertigo

Uncommon

Uncommon

Cardiac disorders

Palpitations

Uncommon

Common

Syncope

Rare

Tachycardia

Uncommon

Arrhythmias (including bradycardia, ventricular tachycardia, and atrial fibrillation)

Very rare

Myocardial infarction

Very rare

Vascular disorders

Flushing

Common

Hypotension

Rare

Uncommon

Orthostatic hypotension

Uncommon

Vasculitis

Very rare

Not known

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders

Cough

Uncommon

Very rare

Uncommon

Dyspnoea

Uncommon

Pharyngolaryngeal pain

Uncommon

Rhinitis

Uncommon

Gastrointestinal disorders

Abdominal discomfort, abdominal pain upper

Uncommon

Common

Uncommon

Change of bowel habit

Uncommon

Constipation

Uncommon

Diarrhoea

Uncommon

Uncommon

Dry mouth

Uncommon

Uncommon

Dyspepsia

Uncommon

Gastritis

Very rare

Gingival hyperplasia

Very rare

Nausea

Uncommon

Common

Pancreatitis

Very rare

Vomiting

Uncommon

Hepatobiliary disorders

Liver function test abnormal, including blood bilirubin increase

Very rare*

Not known

Hepatitis

Very rare

Intrahepatic cholestasis, jaundice

Very rare

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Alopecia

Uncommon

Angioedema

Very rare

Not known

Dermatitis bullous

Not known

Erythema

Uncommon

Erythema multiforme

Very rare

Exanthema

Rare

Uncommon

Hyperhidrosis

Rare

Uncommon

Photosensitivity reaction

Uncommon

Pruritus

Rare

Uncommon

Not known

Purpura

Uncommon

Rash

Uncommon

Uncommon

Not known

Skin discolouration

Uncommon

Urticaria and other forms of rash

Very rare

Exfoliative dermatitis

Very rare

Stevens-Johnson syndrome

Very rare

Quincke oedema

-

Very rare

-

Toxic epidermal necrolysis

Not known

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders

Arthralgia

Uncommon

Uncommon

Back pain

Uncommon

Uncommon

Joint swelling

Uncommon

Muscle spasm

Rare

Uncommon

Myalgia

Uncommon

Not known

Ankle swelling

Common

Sensation of heaviness

Rare

Renal and urinary disorders

Blood creatinine increased

Not known

Micturition disorder

Uncommon

Nocturia

Uncommon

Pollakiuria

Rare

Uncommon

Polyuria

Rare

Renal failure and impairment

Not known

Reproductive system and breast disorders

Impotence

Uncommon

Erectile dysfunction

Rare

Gynaecomastia

Uncommon

General disorders and administration site conditions

Asthenia

Common

Uncommon

Discomfort, malaise

Uncommon

Fatigue

Common

Common

Uncommon

Facial oedema

Common

Flushing, hot flush

Common

Non cardiac chest pain

Uncommon

Oedema

Common

Common

Oedema peripheral

Common

Pain

Uncommon

Pitting oedema

Common

Investigations

Blood potassium increased

Not known

Weight increase

Uncommon

Weight decrease

Uncommon

* Mostly consistent with cholestasis.

Additional information on the combination

Peripheral oedema, a recognised side effect of amlodipine, was generally observed at a lower incidence in patients who received the amlodipine/valsartan combination than in those who received amlodipine alone. In double-blind, controlled clinical trials, the incidence of peripheral oedema by dose was as follows:

% of patients who experienced peripheral oedema

Valsartan (mg)

0

40

80

160

320

Amlodipine (mg)

0

3.0

5.5

2.4

1.6

0.9

2.5

8.0

2.3

5.4

2.4

3.9

5

3.1

4.8

2.3

2.1

2.4

10

10.3

NA

NA

9.0

9.5

The mean incidence of peripheral oedema evenly weighted across all doses was 5.1% with the amlodipine/valsartan combination.

Additional information on the individual components

Amlodipine

Common

Somnolence, dizziness, palpitations, abdominal pain, nausea, ankle swelling.

Uncommon

Insomnia, mood changes (including anxiety), depression, tremor, dysgeusia, syncope, hypoesthesia, visual disturbance (including diplopia), tinnitus, hypotension, dyspnoea, rhinitis, vomiting, dyspepsia, alopecia, purpura, skin discolouration, hyperhidrosis, pruritus, exanthema, myalgia, muscle cramps, pain, micturition disorder, increased urinary frequency, impotence, gynaecomastia, chest pain, malaise, weight increase, weight decrease.

Rare

Confusion.

Very rare

Leukocytopenia, thrombocytopenia, allergic reactions, hyperglycaemia, hypertonia, peripheral neuropathy, myocardial infarction, arrhythmia (including bradycardia, ventricular tachycardia and atrial fibrillation), vasculitis, pancreatitis, gastritis, gingival hyperplasia, hepatitis, jaundice, hepatic enzymes increased*, angioedema, erythema multiforme, urticaria, exfoliative dermatitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, Quincke oedema, photosensitivity.

Not known

Extrapyramidal disorder.

* mostly consistent with cholestasis

Valsartan

Not known Decrease in haemoglobin, decrease in haematocrit, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, increase of serum potassium, elevation of liver function values including increase of serum bilirubin, renal failure and impairment, elevation of serum creatinine, angioedema, myalgia, vasculitis, hypersensitivity including serum sickness. Adverse reactions previously reported with one of the individual components (amlodipine or valsartan) may be potential adverse reactions with amlodipine/valsartan as well, even if not observed in clinical trials or during the post-marketing period.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

4.9 Overdose

Symptoms

There is no experience of overdose with amlodipine/valsartan. The major symptom of overdose with valsartan is possibly pronounced hypotension with dizziness. Overdose with amlodipine may result in excessive peripheral vasodilation and, possibly, reflex tachycardia. Marked and potentially prolonged systemic hypotension up to and including shock with fatal outcome have been reported.

Non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema has rarely been reported as a consequence of amlodipine overdose that may manifest with a delayed onset (24-48 hours post-ingestion) and require ventilatory support. Early resuscitative measures (including fluid overload) to maintain perfusion and cardiac output may be precipitating factors.

Management

If ingestion is recent, induction of vomiting or gastric lavage may be considered. Administration of activated charcoal to healthy volunteers immediately or up to two hours after ingestion of amlodipine has been shown to significantly decrease amlodipine absorption. Clinically significant hypotension due to amlodipine/valsartan overdose calls for active cardiovascular support, including frequent monitoring of cardiac and respiratory function, elevation of extremities, and attention to circulating fluid volume and urine output. A vasoconstrictor may be helpful in restoring vascular tone and blood pressure, provided that there is no contraindication to its use. Intravenous calcium gluconate may be beneficial in reversing the effects of calcium channel blockade.

Both valsartan and amlodipine are unlikely to be removed by haemodialysis.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: agents acting on the renin-angiotensin system, angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) and calcium channel blockers, ATC code: C09DB01.

Amlodipine / Valsartan combines two antihypertensive compounds with complementary mechanisms to control blood pressure in patients with essential hypertension: amlodipine belongs to the calcium antagonist class and valsartan to the angiotensin II antagonist class of medicines. The combination of these substances has an additive antihypertensive effect, reducing blood pressure to a greater degree than either component alone.

Amlodipine /valsartan

The combination of amlodipine and valsartan produces dose-related additive reduction in blood pressure across its therapeutic dose range. The antihypertensive effect of a single dose of the combination persisted for 24 hours.

Placebo-controlled trials

Over 1,400 hypertensive patients received amlodipine/valsartan once daily in two placebo-controlled trials. Adults with mild to moderate uncomplicated essential hypertension (mean sitting diastolic blood pressure ≥ 95 and < 110 mmHg) were enrolled. Patients with high cardiovascular risks – heart failure, type I and poorly controlled type II diabetes and history of myocardial infarction or stroke within one year – were excluded.

Active-controlled trials in patients who were non-responders to monotherapy

A multicentre, randomised, double-blind, active-controlled, parallel-group trial showed normalisation of blood pressure (trough sitting diastolic blood pressure < 90 mmHg at the end of the trial) in patients not adequately controlled on valsartan 160 mg in 75% of patients treated with amlodipine/valsartan 10 mg / 160 mg and 62% of patients treated with amlodipine/valsartan 5 mg / 160 mg, compared to 53% of patients remaining on valsartan 160 mg. The addition of amlodipine 10 mg and 5 mg produced an additional reduction in systolic/diastolic blood pressure of 6.0/4.8 mmHg and 3.9/2.9 mmHg, respectively, compared to patients who remained on valsartan 160 mg only.

A multicentre, randomised, double-blind, active-controlled, parallel-group trial showed normalisation of blood pressure (trough sitting diastolic blood pressure < 90 mmHg at the end of the trial) in patients not adequately controlled on amlodipine 10 mg in 78% of patients treated with amlodipine/valsartan 10 mg / 160 mg, compared to 67% of patients remaining on amlodipine 10 mg. The addition of valsartan 160 mg produced an additional reduction in systolic/diastolic blood pressure of 2.9/2.1 mmHg compared to patients who remained on amlodipine 10 mg only.

Amlodipine/valsartan was also studied in an active-controlled study of 130 hypertensive patients with mean sitting diastolic blood pressure ≥ 110 mmHg and < 120 mmHg. In this study (baseline blood pressure 171/113 mmHg), an amlodipine/valsartan regimen of 5 mg / 160 mg titrated to 10 mg/ 160 mg reduced sitting blood pressure by 36/29 mmHg as compared to 32/28 mmHg with a regimen of lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide 10 mg / 12.5 mg titrated to 20 mg / 12.5 mg.

In two long-term follow-up studies the effect of amlodipine/valsartan was maintained for over one year. Abrupt withdrawal of amlodipine/valsartan has not been associated with a rapid increase in blood pressure.

Age, gender, race or body mass index (≥ 30 kg/m2, < 30 kg/m2) did not influence the response to amlodipine/valsartan.

Amlodipine/valsartan has not been studied in any patient population other than hypertension. Valsartan has been studied in patients with post myocardial infarction and heart failure. Amlodipine has been studied in patients with chronic stable angina, vasospastic angina and angiographically documented coronary artery disease.

Amlodipine

The amlodipine component of amlodipine/valsartan inhibits the transmembrane entry of calcium ions into cardiac and vascular smooth muscle. The mechanism of the antihypertensive action of amlodipine is due to a direct relaxant effect on vascular smooth muscle, causing reductions in peripheral vascular resistance and in blood pressure. Experimental data suggest that amlodipine binds to both dihydropyridine and non-dihydropyridine binding sites. The contractile processes of cardiac muscle and vascular smooth muscle are dependent upon the movement of extracellular calcium ions into these cells through specific ion channels.

Following administration of therapeutic doses to patients with hypertension, amlodipine produces vasodilation, resulting in a reduction of supine and standing blood pressures. These decreases in blood pressure are not accompanied by a significant change in heart rate or plasma catecholamine levels with chronic dosing.

Plasma concentrations correlate with effect in both young and elderly patients.

In hypertensive patients with normal renal function, therapeutic doses of amlodipine resulted in a decrease in renal vascular resistance and an increase in glomerular filtration rate and effective renal plasma flow, without change in filtration fraction or proteinuria.

As with other calcium channel blockers, haemodynamic measurements of cardiac function at rest and during exercise (or pacing) in patients with normal ventricular function treated with amlodipine have generally demonstrated a small increase in cardiac index without significant influence on dP/dt or on left ventricular end diastolic pressure or volume. In haemodynamic studies, amlodipine has not been associated with a negative inotropic effect when administered in the therapeutic dose range to intact animals and humans, even when co-administered with beta-blockers to humans.

Amlodipine does not change sinoatrial nodal function or atrioventricular conduction in intact animals or humans. In clinical studies in which amlodipine was administered in combination with beta-blockers to patients with either hypertension or angina, no adverse effects on electrocardiographic parameters were observed.

Use in patients with hypertension

A randomised double-blind morbidity-mortality study called the Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering treatment to prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT) was performed to compare newer therapies: amlodipine 2.5 – 10 mg/day (calcium channel blocker) or lisinopril 10 – 40 mg/day (ACE-inhibitor) as first-line therapies to that of the thiazide-diuretic, chlorthalidone 12.5 – 25 mg/day in mild to moderate hypertension.

A total of 33,357 hypertensive patients aged ≥ 55 were randomised and followed for a mean of 4.9 years. The patients had at least one additional coronary heart disease risk factor, including: previous myocardial infarction or stroke (> 6 months prior to enrolment) or documentation of other atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (overall 51.5%), type 2 diabetes (36.1%), high density lipoprotein cholesterol < 35 mg/dl or < 0.906 mmol/l (11.6%), left ventricular hypertrophy diagnosed by electrocardiogram or echocardiography (20.9%), current cigarette smoking (21.9%).

The primary endpoint was a composite of fatal coronary heart disease or non-fatal myocardial infarction. There was no significant difference in the primary endpoint between amlodipine-based therapy and chlorthalidone-based therapy: risk ratio (RR) 0.98 95% CI (0.90 – 1.07) p = 0.65. Among secondary endpoints, the incidence of heart failure (component of a composite combined cardiovascular endpoint) was significantly higher in the amlodipine group as compared to the chlorthalidone group (10.2% vs. 7.7%, RR 1.38, 95% CI [1.25 – 1.52] p < 0.001). However, there was no significant difference in all-cause mortality between amlodipine-based therapy and chlorthalidone-based therapy RR 0.96 95% CI [0.89 – 1.02] p = 0.20.

Valsartan

Valsartan is an orally active, potent and specific angiotensin II receptor antagonist. It acts selectively on the receptor subtype AT1, which is responsible for the known actions of angiotensin II. The increased plasma levels of angiotensin II following AT1 receptor blockade with valsartan may stimulate the unblocked receptor subtype AT2, which appears to counterbalance the effect of the AT1 receptor. Valsartan does not exhibit any partial agonist activity at the AT1 receptor and has much (about 20,000-fold) greater affinity for the AT1 receptor than for the AT2 receptor.

Valsartan does not inhibit ACE, also known as kininase II, which converts angiotensin I to angiotensin II and degrades bradykinin. Since there is no effect on ACE and no potentiation of bradykinin or substance P, angiotensin II antagonists are unlikely to be associated with coughing. In clinical trials where valsartan was compared with an ACE inhibitor, the incidence of dry cough was significantly (p < 0.05) lower in patients treated with valsartan than in those treated with an ACE inhibitor (2.6% vs. 7.9%, respectively). In a clinical trial of patients with a history of dry cough during ACE inhibitor therapy, 19.5% of trial subjects receiving valsartan and 19.0% of those receiving a thiazide diuretic experienced coughing, compared to 68.5% of those treated with an ACE inhibitor (p < 0.05). Valsartan does not bind to or block other hormone receptors or ion channels known to be important in cardiovascular regulation.

Administration of valsartan to patients with hypertension results in a drop in blood pressure without affecting pulse rate.

In most patients, after administration of a single oral dose, onset of antihypertensive activity occurs within 2 hours, and the peak drop in blood pressure is achieved within 4 – 6 hours. The antihypertensive effect persists over 24 hours after administration. During repeated administration, the maximum reduction in blood pressure with any dose is generally attained within 2 – 4 weeks and is sustained during long-term therapy. Abrupt withdrawal of valsartan has not been associated with rebound hypertension or other adverse clinical events.

Other: dual blockade of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS)

Two large randomised, controlled trials (ONTARGET [ONgoing Telmisartan Alone and in combination with Ramipril Global Endpoint Trial] and VA NEPHRON-D [The Veterans Affairs Nephropathy in Diabetes]) have examined the use of the combination of an ACE inhibitor with an ARB.

ONTARGET was a study conducted in patients with a history of cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease, or type 2 diabetes mellitus accompanied by evidence of end-organ damage. VA NEPHRON-D was a study in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and diabetic nephropathy.

These studies have shown no significant beneficial effect on renal and/or cardiovascular outcomes and mortality, while an increased risk of hyperkalaemia, acute kidney injury and/or hypotension as compared to monotherapy was observed. Given their similar pharmacodynamic properties, these results are also relevant for other ACE inhibitors and ARBs.

ACE inhibitors and ARBs should therefore not be used concomitantly in patients with diabetic nephropathy (see section 4.4).

ALTITUDE (Aliskiren Trial in Type 2 Diabetes Using Cardiovascular and Renal Disease Endpoints) was a study designed to test the benefit of adding aliskiren to a standard therapy of an ACE inhibitor or an ARB in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, or both. The study was terminated early because of an increased risk of adverse outcomes. Cardiovascular death and stroke were both numerically more frequent in the aliskiren group than in the placebo group and adverse events and serious adverse events of interest (hyperkalaemia, hypotension and renal dysfunction) were more frequently reported in the aliskiren group than in the placebo group.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Linearity

Amlodipine and valsartan exhibit linear pharmacokinetics.

Amlodipine/valsartan

Following oral administration of amlodipine/valsartan, peak plasma concentrations of valsartan and amlodipine are reached in 3 and 6 – 8 hours, respectively. The rate and extent of absorption of amlodipine/valsartan are equivalent to the bioavailability of valsartan and amlodipine when administered as individual tablets.

Amlodipine

Absorption

After oral administration of therapeutic doses of amlodipine alone, peak plasma concentrations of amlodipine are reached in 6 – 12 hours. Absolute bioavailability has been calculated as between 64 – 80%. Amlodipine bioavailability is unaffected by food ingestion.

Distribution

Volume of distribution is approximately 21 l/kg. In vitro studies with amlodipine have shown that approximately 97.5% of circulating drug is bound to plasma proteins.

Biotransformation

Amlodipine is extensively (approximately 90%) metabolised in the liver to inactive metabolites.

Elimination

Amlodipine elimination from plasma is biphasic, with a terminal elimination half-life of approximately 30 – 50 hours. Steady-state plasma levels are reached after continuous administration for 7 – 8 days. Ten per cent of original amlodipine and 60% of amlodipine metabolites are excreted in urine.

Valsartan

Absorption

Following oral administration of valsartan alone, peak plasma concentrations of valsartan are reached in 2 – 4 hours. Mean absolute bioavailability is 23%. Food decreases exposure (as measured by AUC) to valsartan by about 40% and peak plasma concentration (Cmax) by about 50%, although from about 8 hours post dosing plasma valsartan concentrations are similar for the fed and fasted groups. This reduction in AUC is not, however, accompanied by a clinically significant reduction in the therapeutic effect, and valsartan can therefore be given either with or without food.

Distribution

The steady-state volume of distribution of valsartan after intravenous administration is about 17 litres, indicating that valsartan does not distribute into tissues extensively. Valsartan is highly bound to serum proteins (94 – 97%), mainly serum albumin.

Biotransformation

Valsartan is not transformed to a high extent as only about 20% of dose is recovered as metabolites. A hydroxy metabolite has been identified in plasma at low concentrations (less than 10% of the valsartan AUC). This metabolite is pharmacologically inactive.

Elimination

Valsartan shows multiexponential decay kinetics (t½α < 1 hour and t½ß about 9 hours). Valsartan is primarily eliminated in faeces (about 83% of dose) and urine (about 13% of dose), mainly as unchanged drug. Following intravenous administration, plasma clearance of valsartan is about 2 l/h and its renal clearance is 0.62 l/h (about 30% of total clearance). The half-life of valsartan is 6 hours.

Special populations

Paediatric population (age below 18 years)

No pharmacokinetic data are available in the paediatric population.

Elderly (age ≥ 65 years)

Time to peak plasma amlodipine concentrations is similar in young and elderly patients. In elderly patients, amlodipine clearance tends to decline, causing increases in the area under the curve (AUC) and elimination half-life. Mean systemic AUC of valsartan is higher by 70% in the elderly than in the young, therefore caution is required when increasing the dosage.

Renal impairment

The pharmacokinetics of amlodipine are not significantly influenced by renal impairment. As expected for a compound where renal clearance accounts for only 30% of total plasma clearance, no correlation was seen between renal function and systemic exposure to valsartan.

Hepatic impairment

Very limited clinical data are available regarding amlodipine administration in patients with hepatic impairment. Patients with hepatic impairment have decreased clearance of amlodipine with resulting increase of approximately 40 – 60% in AUC. On average, in patients with mild to moderate chronic liver disease exposure (measured by AUC values) to valsartan is twice that found in healthy volunteers (matched by age, sex and weight). Caution should be exercised in patients with liver disease (see section 4.2).

5.3 Preclinical safety data

Amlodipine/valsartan

Adverse reactions observed in animal studies with possible clinical relevance were as follows:

Histopathological signs of inflammation of the glandular stomach was seen in male rats at an exposure of about 1.9 (valsartan) and 2.6 (amlodipine) times the clinical doses of 160 mg valsartan and 10 mg amlodipine. At higher exposures, there were ulceration and erosion of the stomach mucosa in both females and males. Similar changes were also seen in the valsartan alone group (exposure 8.5 – 11.0 times the clinical dose of 160 mg valsartan).

An increased incidence and severity of renal tubular basophilia/hyalinisation, dilation and casts, as well as interstitial lymphocyte inflammation and arteriolar medial hypertrophy were found at an exposure of 8 – 13 (valsartan) and 7 – 8 (amlodipine) times the clinical doses of 160 mg valsartan and 10 mg amlodipine. Similar changes were found in the valsartan alone group (exposure 8.5 – 11.0 times the clinical dose of 160 mg valsartan).

In an embryo-foetal development study in the rat, increased incidences of dilated ureters, malformed sternebrae, and unossified forepaw phalanges were noticed at exposures of about 12 (valsartan) and 10 (amlodipine) times the clinical doses of 160 mg valsartan and 10 mg amlodipine. Dilated ureters were also found in the valsartan alone group (exposure 12 times the clinical dose of 160 mg valsartan). There were only modest signs of maternal toxicity (moderate reduction of body weight) in this study. The no-observed-effect-level for developmental effects was observed at 3- (valsartan) and 4- (amlodipine) fold the clinical exposure (based on AUC).

For the single compounds there was no evidence of mutagenicity, clastogenicity or carcinogenicity.

Amlodipine

Reproductive toxicology

Reproductive studies in rats and mice have shown delayed date of delivery, prolonged duration of labour and decreased pup survival at dosages approximately 50 times greater than the maximum recommended dosage for humans based on mg/kg.

Impairment of fertility

There was no effect on the fertility of rats treated with amlodipine (males for 64 days and females 14 days prior to mating) at doses up to 10 mg/kg/day (8 times* the maximum recommended human dose of 10 mg on a mg/m2 basis). In another rat study in which male rats were treated with amlodipine besilate for 30 days at a dose comparable with the human dose based on mg/kg, decreased plasma follicle-stimulating hormone and testosterone were found as well as decreases in sperm density and in the number of mature spermatids and Sertoli cells.

Carcinogenesis, mutagenesis

Rats and mice treated with amlodipine in the diet for two years, at concentrations calculated to provide daily dosage levels of 0.5, 1.25, and 2.5 mg/kg/day showed no evidence of carcinogenicity. The highest dose (for mice, similar to, and for rats twice* the maximum recommended clinical dose of 10 mg on a mg/m2 basis) was close to the maximum tolerated dose for mice but not for rats.

Mutagenicity studies revealed no drug related effects at either the gene or chromosome levels.

* Based on patient weight of 50 kg.

Valsartan

Non-clinical data reveal no special hazard for humans based on conventional studies of safety pharmacology, repeated dose toxicity, genotoxicity, carcinogenic potential, toxicity to reproduction and development.

In rats, maternally toxic doses (600 mg/kg/day) during the last days of gestation and lactation led to lower survival, lower weight gain and delayed development (pinna detachment and ear-canal opening) in the offspring (see section 4.6). These doses in rats (600 mg/kg/day) are approximately 18 times the maximum recommended human dose on a mg/m2 basis (calculations assume an oral dose of 320 mg/day and a 60-kg patient).

In non-clinical safety studies, high doses of valsartan (200 – 600 mg/kg body weight) caused in rats a reduction of red blood cell parameters (erythrocytes, haemoglobin, haematocrit) and evidence of changes in renal haemodynamics (slightly raised blood urea nitrogen, and renal tubular hyperplasia and basophilia in males). These doses in rats (200 and 600 mg/kg/day) are approximately 6 and 18 times the maximum recommended human dose on a mg/m2 basis (calculations assume an oral dose of 320 mg/day and a 60-kg patient).

In marmosets at comparable doses, the changes were similar though more severe, particularly in the kidney where the changes developed to a nephropathy including raised blood urea nitrogen and creatinine.

Hypertrophy of the renal juxtaglomerular cells was also seen in both species. All changes were considered to be caused by the pharmacological action of valsartan which produces prolonged hypotension, particularly in marmosets. For therapeutic doses of valsartan in humans, the hypertrophy of the renal juxtaglomerular cells does not seem to have any relevance.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Tablet core

Silicified microcrystalline cellulose (Cellulose microcrystalline, silica colloidal anhydrous),

Sorbitol (E420)

Magnesium carbonate

Starch pregelatinised

Pregelatinised starch, partially

Povidone 25

Sodium stearyl fumarate

Sodium lauryl sulphate

Crospovidone type A

Silica colloidal anhydrous

Cellulose microcrystalline

Tablet coating

Hypromellose 2910/5

Macrogol 6000

Titanium dioxide (E171)

Talc

Yellow ferric oxide (E172)

6.2 Incompatibilities

Not applicable.

6.3 Shelf life

2 years.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Store below 30 °C in the original package in order to protect from moisture and light.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

PVC/Aclar/PVC – Al blisters

7, 14, 28, 30, 56, 90, 98 film-coated tablets.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

No special requirements for disposal.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Zentiva Pharma UK Limited

12 New Fetter Lane

London

EC4A 1JP

United Kingdom

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL17780/0720

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation

18/01/2016

21/12/2020

10. Date of revision of the text

09/09/2022

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