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  • Generic Name: amisulpride injection, for intravenous use
  • Brand Name: Barhemsys
  • Drug Class: Antiemetic Agents
Last updated on MDtodate: 10/03/2022


Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

The data described below reflect exposure to BARHEMSYS in 1,166 patients treated in placebo-controlled trials. 748 of these patients received a dose of 5 mg for prevention of PONV (of whom 572 received another antiemetic concomitantly) and 418 patients received 10 mg for treatment of PONV . The mean age of the population was 49 years (range 18 to 91 years), 87% female, 80% White/Caucasian, 9% Black, and 1% Asian.

Prevention Of PONV

Common adverse reactions reported in at least 2% of adult patients who received BARHEMSYS 5 mg and at a higher rate than placebo in Studies 1 and 2 for the prevention of PONV are shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Common Adverse Reactions* in Adult Patients in Studies 1 and 2 of BARHEMSYS for Prevention of PONV

Chills 4% 3%
Hypokalemia 4% 2%
Procedural hypotension 3% 2%
Abdominal distension 2% 1%
*Reported in at least 2% of patients treated with BARHEMSYS and at a higher rate than placebo


Serum prolactin concentrations were measured in Study 1 where 5% (9/176) of BARHEMSYS-treated patients vs 1% (1/166) of placebo-treated patients had increased blood prolactin reported as an adverse reaction. Serum prolactin concentrations increased from a mean of 10 ng/mL at baseline to 32 ng/mL after BARHEMSYS treatment in 112 females (upper limit of normal 29 ng/mL) and from 10 ng/mL to 19 ng/mL in 61 males (upper limit of normal 18 ng/mL). No clinical consequences due to elevated prolactin levels were reported.

Treatment Of PONV

The most common adverse reaction, reported in at least 2% of adult patients who received BARHEMSYS 10 mg (N=418) and at a higher rate than placebo (N=416), in clinical trials for the treatment of PONV (Studies 3 and 4) was infusion site pain (BARHEMSYS 6%; placebo 4%).

Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval chronic oral use of amisulpride outside of the United States (BARHEMSYS is not approved for oral dosing or chronic use). Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

  • Blood and lymphatic system disorders: agranulocytosis
  • Cardiac disorders: bradycardia, torsades de pointes, ventricular tachycardia, prolonged QT by electrocardiogram
  • General disorders: neuroleptic malignant syndrome
  • Immune system disorders: angioedema, hypersensitivity, urticaria
  • Hepatic disorders: increased hepatic enzymes
  • Nervous system disorders: agitation, anxiety, dystonia, extrapyramidal disorder, seizure
  • Psychiatric disorders: confusional state, insomnia, somnolence
  • Vascular disorders: hypotension


Dopamine Agonists

Reciprocal antagonism of effects occurs between dopamine agonists (e.g., levodopa) and BARHEMSYS. Avoid using levodopa with BARHEMSYS.

Drugs Prolonging The QT Interval

BARHEMSYS causes dose-and concentration-dependent QT prolongation . To avoid potential additive effects, avoid use of BARHEMSYS in patients taking droperidol. ECG monitoring is recommended in patients taking other drugs known to prolong the QT interval (e.g., ondansetron).



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