XERMELO SIDE EFFECTS

  • Generic Name: telotristat ethyl tablets
  • Brand Name: Xermelo
  • Drug Class: Antidiarrheals, Tryptophan Hydroxylase Inhibitors
Last updated on MDtodate: 10/8/2022

SIDE EFFECTS

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.

Xermelo was studied in a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of 90 patients with metastatic neuroendocrine tumors and carcinoid syndrome diarrhea. Patients reported between 4 to 12 bowel movements daily despite the use of SSA therapy at a stable dose for at least 3 months.Placebo or Xermelo 250 mg was administered three times daily for 12 weeks. Concomitant anti-diarrheal medications (e.g., loperamide) were used by 43% (36% and 51% in the placebo and Xermelo group, respectively), pancreatic enzyme replacement medications by 39% (36% and 42% in the placebo and Xermelo group, respectively), and opioid analgesics by 29% (24% and 33% in the placebo and Xermelo group, respectively) of patients during the 12-week double-blind period of the trial.

Table 1 below lists adverse reactions occurring at an incidence of at least 5% in the Xermelo group (N=45) and at an incidence greater than placebo (N=45) during the 12-week placebocontrolled period of the trial.

Table 1: Percent Common Adverse Reactionsa by Treatment Group at 12-Weeks in a Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial of Patients with Carcinoid Syndrome Diarrhea

Adverse Reaction Xermelo 250 mg Three Times Daily,
N=45
(%)
Placebo,
N=45
(%)
Nausea 13 11
Headache 11 4
Increased gammaglutamyl-transferase (GGT) 9 0
Depressionb 9 7
Peripheral edema 7 2
Flatulence 7 2
Decreased appetite 7 4
Pyrexia 7 4
a incidence of at least 5% in the Xermelo group and at an incidence greater than placebo
b including depression, depressed mood and decreased interest

 

In another placebo-controlled clinical trial of patients with carcinoid syndrome diarrhea and less than 4 bowel movements per day, the following additional adverse reactions, not listed in Table 1, of abdominal pain (including upper and lower abdominal pain, abdominal distention and gastrointestinal pain) and constipation were reported in at least 5% of patients in the Xermelo treated group and at an incidence greater than placebo.

Less Common Adverse Reactions

The following is a list of adverse reactions occurring in less than 5% of patients receiving Xermelo during the 12-week placebo-controlled period of the clinical trial:

Investigations: increased alkaline phosphatase, increased alanine aminotransferase, and increased aspartate aminotransferase.

Fecaloma was reported in one patient treated with Xermelo during the 36-week open-label extension period following the 12-week double-blind period of the trial.

 

SRC: NLM .