QT time prolongation
Adverse drug events
|Elevated serum creatinine|
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Explanations of the substances for patients
We have no additional warnings for the combination of dronedarone and abarelix. Please also consult the relevant specialist information.
The reported changes in exposure correspond to the changes in the plasma concentration-time curve [ AUC ]. We do not expect any change in exposure for dronedarone, when combined with abarelix (100%). We do not expect any change in exposure for abarelix, when combined with dronedarone (100%).
The pharmacokinetic parameters of the average population are used as the starting point for calculating the individual changes in exposure due to the interactions.
Dronedarone has a low oral bioavailability [ F ] of 13%, which is why the maximum plasma level [Cmax] tends to change strongly with an interaction. The terminal half-life [ t12 ] is 16 hours and constant plasma levels [ Css ] are reached after approximately 64 hours. The protein binding [ Pb ] is very strong at 98.1% and the volume of distribution [ Vd ] is very large at 1400 liters. The metabolism mainly takes place via CYP3A4 and the active transport takes place in particular via PGP.
The bioavailability of abarelix is unknown. The terminal half-life [ t12 ] is rather long at 316.8 hours and constant plasma levels [ Css ] are only reached after more than 1267.2 hours. The protein binding [ Pb ] is 97.5% strong. The metabolism via cytochromes is currently still being worked on.
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Rating: According to our knowledge, neither dronedarone nor abarelix increase serotonergic activity.
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Rating: According to our knowledge, neither dronedarone nor abarelix increase anticholinergic activity.
QT time prolongation
Rating: In combination, dronedarone and abarelix can potentially trigger ventricular arrhythmias of the torsades de pointes type.
General adverse effects
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|Elevated serum creatinine||51.0 %||51.0||n.a.|
|Abdominal pain||4.0 %||4.0||n.a.|
|Allergic skin reactions like pruritus and rash||1.0 %||+||n.a.|
|Heart failure||0.0 %||0.01||n.a.|
Liver failure: dronedarone
Renal failure: dronedarone
Interstitial lung disease: dronedarone
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Abstract: BACKGROUND: Amiodarone is an effective antiarrhythmic drug rarely associated with torsade de pointes arrhythmias (TdP). The noniodinated compound dronedarone could resemble amiodarone and be devoid of the adverse effects. In the dog with chronic complete atrioventricular (AV) block (CAVB) and acquired long-QT syndrome, the electrophysiological and proarrhythmic properties of the drugs were compared after 4 weeks of oral treatment. METHODS AND RESULTS: Amiodarone (n=7, 40 mg. kg(-1). d(-1)) and dronedarone (n=8, 20 mg/kg BID) were started at 6 weeks of CAVB (baseline). Six dogs served as controls. Surface ECGs and endocardially placed monophasic action potential catheters in the left (LV) and right (RV) ventricles were recorded to assess QTc time, action potential duration (APD), interventricular dispersion (DeltaAPD=LV APD minus RV APD), early afterdepolarizations (EADs), ectopic beats, and TdP. Both amiodarone (+21%) and dronedarone (+31%) increased QTc time. Amiodarone showed no increase in DeltaAPD in 4 of 7 dogs, whereas dronedarone augmented DeltaAPD in 7 of 8 animals. After dronedarone, TdP occurred in 4 of 8 dogs with the highest DeltaAPD (105+/-20 ms). TdP was never seen with amiodarone, not even in the dogs that had DeltaAPD values comparable to those with dronedarone. Furthermore, a difference existed in EADs and ectopic activity incidence (dronedarone 3 of 8; amiodarone 0 of 7), which was also seen during an epinephrine challenge. CONCLUSIONS: In the CAVB dog model, both amiodarone and dronedarone prolong QT time (class III effect). The absence of TdP with amiodarone seems to be related to homogeneous APD lengthening in the majority of dogs and the lack of EADs and/or ventricular ectopic beats in all.
Abstract: Dronedarone, a non-iodinated benzofuran derivative, was developed as a potentially less toxic alternative to amiodarone. This study describes Holter data of dronedarone in humans. Five groups of healthy subjects were given 1 of 5 oral doses of dronedarone in a twice-daily regimen or placebo. Holter recordings of circadian rhythmicity of RR and QT intervals were evaluated. Dronedarone prolonged RR and QT intervals as a function of dose, without effect on circadian patterns. The relative prolongation of QT, QTc, and RR by dronedarone was significant. The QTc interval did not exhibit a clearly recognizable circadian pattern, suggesting that the circadian pattern of the QT interval was mostly a reflection of circadian changes in the RR interval in the study population. Dronedarone resembled amiodarone in class III and sympatholytic effects, indicating its potential as a unique antiarrhythmic compound seemingly devoid of the side effects mediated by iodine in amiodarone.
Abstract: Class III drugs prolong the QT interval by blocking mainly the delayed rectifier rapid potassium outward current (IKr), with little effect on depolarization. This K(+) channel in encoded by the human ether-a-go-go-related gene (hERG). Inhibition of hERG potassium currents by class III antiarrhythmic drugs causes lengthening of cardiac action potential, which produces a beneficial antiarrhythmic effect. Excessive prolongation of the action potential may lead to acquired long QT syndrome, which is associated with a risk of "torsade de pointes". Class III agents can block all types of potassium channels: IKs, IKr, IKur and IK1. The main representing class III agent is amiodarone. It is the gold standard in the prevention of recurrence of atrial fibrillation. Although it is highly effective in treating many arrhythmias, large number of adverse effects limits its clinical use. Dronedarone is a synthetic amiodarone analogue, iodine-free compound, with fewer adverse effects, and shares amiodarone's multichannel blocking effects, inhibiting transmembrane Na+, IKs, IKur, IK1, and slow Ca(++)L-type calcium currents. The main new generation class III drugs are: dofetilide, dronedarone, azimilide, and ibutilide. Oral dofetilide did not increase mortality in patients with a recent myocardial infarction or congestive heart failure. It is an alternative for the pharmacological conversion of atrial fibrillation and flutter. Azimilide blocks both rapid and slow potassium channels components. Azimilide is not a methanesulfonanilide compound. Trecitilide, tedisamil, ersentilide, ambasilide, chromanol and sematilide are class III miscellaneous agents. Old mixed agents are sotalol and bretylium. The present article reviews the main trials accomplished with these drugs.
Abstract: Amiodarone is an effective treatment for atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, but its use is limited by a toxic adverse-effect profile. Although dronedarone has been touted as an antiarrhythmic agent devoid of both solid organ toxicity and proarrhythmic properties, its potential for prolonging ventricular repolarization may augment triggered ectopy. We describe a 66-year-old man who began dronedarone 400 mg twice/day for new-onset paroxysmal atrial fibrillation; he had no left ventricular dysfunction or clinical heart failure. Three months after starting the drug, he complained of malaise, fatigue, and rare palpitations. Twenty four-hour Holter monitoring revealed increased premature ventricular complexes, and the rate-corrected QT (QTc) interval was prolonged (range 525-760 msec). Dronedarone was discontinued and the patient's symptoms gradually resolved over the next 3 weeks. Holter monitoring revealed a marked reduction in ventricular ectopy burden, and the QTc interval decreased to his baseline values. Even in the absence of documented symptomatic torsade de pointes, this case suggests that caution should be exercised when prescribing dronedarone and that serial QTc interval monitoring may be appropriate. In addition, clinicians should have a low threshold to perform Holter monitoring if symptoms develop during dronedarone therapy.