EPIVIR SIDE EFFECTS

  • Generic Name: lamivudine
  • Brand Name: Epivir
  • Drug Class: HIV, NNRTIs, Hepatitis B Hepatitis C Agents
Last updated on MDtodate: 10/05/2022

SIDE EFFECTS

The following adverse reactions are discussed in other sections of the labeling:

  • Exacerbations of hepatitis B.
  • Lactic acidosis and severe hepatomegaly with steatosis.
  • Hepatic decompensation in patients co-infected with HIV-1 and hepatitis C.
  • Pancreatitis
  • Immune reconstitution syndrome

Clinical Trials Experience

Clinical Trials Experience In Adult Subjects

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

The safety profile of EPIVIR in adults is primarily based on 3,568 HIV-1-infected subjects in 7 clinical trials.

The most common adverse reactions are headache, nausea, malaise, fatigue, nasal signs and symptoms, diarrhea, and cough.

Selected clinical adverse reactions in greater than or equal to 5% of subjects during therapy with EPIVIR 150 mg twice daily plus RETROVIR 200 mg 3 times daily for up to 24 weeks are listed in Table 3.

Table 1: Selected Clinical Adverse Reactions (Greater than or Equal to 5% Frequency) in Four Controlled Clinical Trials (NUCA3001, NUCA3002, NUCB3001, NUCB3002)

Adverse Reaction EPIVIR 150 mg Twice Daily plus RETROVIR
(n = 251)
RETROVIRa
(n = 230)
Body as a Whole
Headache 35% 27%
Malaise & fatigue 27% 23%
Fever or chills 10% 12%
Digestive
Nausea 33% 29%
Diarrhea 18% 22%
Nausea & vomiting 13% 12%
Anorexia and/or decreased appetite 10% 7%
Abdominal pain 9% 11%
Abdominal cramps 6% 3%
Dyspepsia 5% 5%
Nervous System
Neuropathy 12% 10%
Insomnia & other sleep disorders 11% 7%
Dizziness 10% 4%
Depressive disorders 9% 4%
Respiratory
Nasal signs & symptoms 20% 11%
Cough 18% 13%
Skin
Skin rashes 9% 6%
Musculoskeletal
Musculoskeletal pain 12% 10%
Myalgia 8% 6%
Arthralgia 5% 5%
a Either zidovudine monotherapy or zidovudine in combination with zalcitabine.

 

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis was observed in 9 out of 2,613 adult subjects (0.3%) who received EPIVIR in controlled clinical trials EPV20001, NUCA3001, NUCB3001, NUCA3002, NUCB3002, and NUCB3007.

EPIVIR 300 mg Once Daily

The types and frequencies of clinical adverse reactions reported in subjects receiving EPIVIR 300 mg once daily or EPIVIR 150 mg twice daily (in 3-drug combination regimens in EPV20001 and EPV40001) for 48 weeks were similar.

Selected laboratory abnormalities observed during therapy are summarized in Table 4.

Table 2: Frequencies of Selected Grade 3-4 Laboratory Abnormalities in Adults in Four 24-Week Surrogate Endpoint Trials (NUCA3001, NUCA3002, NUCB3001, NUCB3002) and a Clinical Endpoint Trial (NUCB3007)

Test (Threshold Level) 24-Week Surrogate Endpoint Trialsa Clinical Endpoint Triala
EPIVIR plus RETROVIR RETROVIRb EPIVIR plus Current Therapyc Placebo plus Current Therapyc
Absolute neutrophil count (<750/mm³) 7.2% 5.4% 15% 13%
Hemoglobin (<8.0 g/dL) 2.9% 1.8% 2.2% 3.4%
Platelets (<50,000/mm³) 0.4% 1.3% 2.8% 3.8%
ALT (>5.0 x ULN) 3.7% 3.6% 3.8% 1.9%
AST (>5.0 x ULN) 1.7% 1.8% 4.0% 2.1%
Bilirubin (>2.5 x ULN) 0.8% 0.4% ND ND
Amylase (>2.0 x ULN) 4.2% 1.5% 2.2% 1.1%
a The median duration on study was 12 months.
b Either zidovudine monotherapy or zidovudine in combination with zalcitabine.
c Current therapy was either zidovudine, zidovudine plus didanosine, or zidovudine plus zalcitabine.
ULN = Upper limit of normal.
ND = Not done.

 

The frequencies of selected laboratory abnormalities reported in subjects receiving EPIVIR 300 mg once daily or EPIVIR 150 mg twice daily (in 3-drug combination regimens in EPV20001 and EPV40001) were similar.

Clinical Trials Experience In Pediatric Subjects

EPIVIR oral solution has been studied in 638 pediatric subjects aged 3 months to 18 years in 3 clinical trials.

Selected clinical adverse reactions and physical findings with a greater than or equal to 5% frequency during therapy with EPIVIR 4 mg per kg twice daily plus RETROVIR 160 mg per m² 3 times daily in therapy-naive (less than or equal to 56 days of antiretroviral therapy) pediatric subjects are listed in Table 5.

Table 3: Selected Clinical Adverse Reactions and Physical Findings (Greater than or Equal to 5% Frequency) in Pediatric Subjects in Trial ACTG300

Adverse Reaction EPIVIR plus RETROVIR
(n = 236)
Didanosine
(n = 235)
Body as a Whole
Fever 25% 32%
Digestive
Hepatomegaly 11% 11%
Nausea & vomiting 8% 7%
Diarrhea 8% 6%
Stomatitis 6% 12%
Splenomegaly 5% 8%
Respiratory
Cough 15% 18%
Abnormal breath sounds/wheezing 7% 9%
Ear, Nose, and Throat
Signs or symptoms of earsa 7% 6%
Nasal discharge or congestion 8% 11%
Other
Skin rashes 12% 14%
Lymphadenopathy 9% 11%
a Includes pain, discharge, erythema, or swelling of an ear.

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis, which has been fatal in some cases, has been observed in antiretroviral nucleoside-experienced pediatric subjects receiving EPIVIR alone or in combination with other antiretroviral agents. In an open-label dose-escalation trial (NUCA2002), 14 subjects (14%) developed pancreatitis while receiving monotherapy with EPIVIR. Three of these subjects died of complications of pancreatitis. In a second open-label trial (NUCA2005), 12 subjects (18%) developed pancreatitis. In Trial ACTG300, pancreatitis was not observed in 236 subjects randomized to EPIVIR plus RETROVIR. Pancreatitis was observed in 1 subject in this trial who received open-label EPIVIR in combination with RETROVIR and ritonavir following discontinuation of didanosine monotherapy.

Paresthesias And Peripheral Neuropathies

Paresthesias and peripheral neuropathies were reported in 15 subjects (15%) in Trial NUCA2002, 6 subjects (9%) in Trial NUCA2005, and 2 subjects (less than 1%) in Trial ACTG300.

Selected laboratory abnormalities experienced by therapy-naive (less than or equal to 56 days of antiretroviral therapy) pediatric subjects are listed in Table 6.

Table 4: Frequencies of Selected Grade 3-4 Laboratory Abnormalities in Pediatric Subjects in Trial ACTG300

Test (Threshold Level) EPIVIR plus RETROVIR Didanosine
Absolute neutrophil count (<400/mm ) 8% 3%
Hemoglobin (<7.0 g/dL) 4% 2%
Platelets (<50,000/mm³) 1% 3%
ALT (>10 x ULN) 1% 3%
AST (>10 x ULN) 2% 4%
Lipase (>2.5 x ULN) 3% 3%
Total Amylase (>2.5 x ULN) 3% 3%
ULN = Upper limit of normal.

 

Pediatric Subjects Once-Daily Versus Twice-Daily Dosing (COL105677)

The safety of once-daily compared with twice-daily dosing of EPIVIR was assessed in the ARROW trial. Primary safety assessment in the ARROW trial was based on Grade 3 and Grade 4 adverse events. The frequency of Grade 3 and 4 adverse events was similar among subjects randomized to once-daily dosing compared with subjects randomized to twice-daily dosing. One event of Grade 4 hepatitis in the once-daily cohort was considered as uncertain causality by the investigator and all other Grade 3 or 4 adverse events were considered not related by the investigator.

Neonates

Limited short-term safety information is available from 2 small, uncontrolled trials in South Africa in neonates receiving lamivudine with or without zidovudine for the first week of life following maternal treatment starting at Week 38 or 36 of gestation. Selected adverse reactions reported in these neonates included increased liver function tests, anemia, diarrhea, electrolyte disturbances, hypoglycemia, jaundice and hepatomegaly, rash, respiratory infections, and sepsis; 3 neonates died (1 from gastroenteritis with acidosis and convulsions, 1 from traumatic injury, and 1 from unknown causes). Two other nonfatal gastroenteritis or diarrhea cases were reported, including 1 with convulsions; 1 infant had transient renal insufficiency associated with dehydration. The absence of control groups limits assessments of causality, but it should be assumed that perinatally exposed infants may be at risk for adverse reactions comparable to those reported in pediatric and adult HIV-1-infected patients treated with lamivudine-containing combination regimens. Long-term effects of in utero and infant lamivudine exposure are not known.

Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of EPIVIR. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure. These reactions have been chosen for inclusion due to a combination of their seriousness, frequency of reporting, or potential causal connection to lamivudine.

Body as a Whole

Redistribution/accumulation of body fat.

Endocrine and Metabolic

Hyperglycemia.

General

Weakness. Hemic and Lymphatic Anemia (including pure red cell aplasia and severe anemias progressing on therapy).

Hepatic and Pancreatic

Lactic acidosis and hepatic steatosis, posttreatment exacerbations of hepatitis B.

Hypersensitivity

Anaphylaxis, urticaria.

Musculoskeletal

Muscle weakness, CPK elevation, rhabdomyolysis. Skin Alopecia, pruritus.

 

SRC: NLM .