QT time prolongation
Adverse drug events
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Explanations of the substances for patients
We have no additional warnings for the combination of metolazone 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 metolazone, when combined with abarelix (100%). We do not expect any change in exposure for abarelix, when combined with metolazone (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.
Metolazone has a mean oral bioavailability [ F ] of 65%, which is why the maximum plasma levels [Cmax] tend to change with an interaction. The terminal half-life [ t12 ] is 14 hours and constant plasma levels [ Css ] are reached after approximately 56 hours. Protein binding [ Pb ] is not known. The metabolism does not take place via the common cytochromes.
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 metolazone nor abarelix increase serotonergic activity.
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Rating: According to our knowledge, neither metolazone nor abarelix increase anticholinergic activity.
QT time prolongation
Rating: In combination, metolazone and abarelix can potentially trigger ventricular arrhythmias of the torsades de pointes type.
General adverse effects
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|Stevens johnson syndrome||0.0 %||0.01||n.a.|
|Toxic epidermal necrolysis||0.0 %||0.01||n.a.|
Based on your answers and scientific information, we assess the individual risk of undesirable side effects. These recommendations are intended to advise professionals and are not a substitute for consultation with a doctor. In the restricted test version (alpha), the risk of all substances has not yet been conclusively assessed.
Abstract: BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Several drugs used in CKD can prolong electrocardiographic conduction. We examined the use of electrocardiogram QT-prolonging medications in predialysis CKD and their association with QT duration. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: In total, 3252 Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort participants with at least one study electrocardiogram between 2003 and 2011 were included. QT-prolonging medications used in 100 or more visits (,=16,451 visits) along with diuretics and proton pump inhibitors, given their potential for electrolyte disturbances, were examined for QT interval prolongation. RESULTS: Mean QT interval corrected for heart rate was at 414±21 (±SD) milliseconds and prolonged (≥450 milliseconds) in 4.6% of electrocardiograms. QT interval corrected for heart rate was inversely related to serum potassium and calcium. Medications classified as QT prolonging were taken at 76% of visits, with two or more of these taken at 33% of visits. Of 30 medications examined, eight were associated with statistically significant QT interval corrected for heart rate prolongation after adjustment for comorbidities, potassium, and calcium, including amiodarone (+10±2 milliseconds), metolazone (+7±2 milliseconds), fluoxetine (+4±1 milliseconds), citalopram (+4±1 milliseconds), hydroxyzine (+4±1 milliseconds), escitalopram (+3±2 milliseconds), venlafaxine (+3±1 milliseconds), and furosemide (+3±0 milliseconds). Potassium-depleting diuretics were associated with minimal decrements in potassium (between 0.1 and 0.3 mEq/L) and smaller changes in calcium. Diuretics associated with a change in QT interval corrected for heart rate before adjustment for potassium and calcium were metolazone (+8±3 milliseconds), furosemide (+4±1 milliseconds), and spironolactone (-3±3 milliseconds). Most of the QT prolongation associated with metolazone and furosemide, but not spironolactone, remained after adjustment for potassium and calcium. Proton pump inhibitors were not associated with QT prolongation. CONCLUSIONS: Use of medications associated with QT prolongation is common in CKD; the safety implications of these findings should be considered in these high-risk patients. PODCAST: This article contains a podcast at https://www.asn-online.org/media/podcast/CJASN/2017_08_09_CJASNPodcast_17_09_b.mp3.