Cyclophosphamide 300mg Powder for Injection USP Taj Pharma

  1. Name of the medicinal product

Cyclophosphamide 200mg Powder for Injection USP Taj Pharma
Cyclophosphamide 300mg Powder for Injection USP Taj Pharma
Cyclophosphamide 500mg Powder for Injection USP Taj Pharma
Cyclophosphamide 1000mg Powder for Injection USP Taj Pharma
Cyclophosphamide 2000mg Powder for Injection USP Taj Pharma
Cyclophosphamide Powder for Injection USP 3g Taj Pharma

  1. Qualitative and quantitative composition

a) Cyclophosphamide 200mg Powder for Injection USP
Each sterile vial contains:
Cyclophosphamide USP
Equivalent to Anhydrous Cyclophosphamide 200mg

b) Cyclophosphamide 300mg Powder for Injection USP
Each sterile vial contains:
Cyclophosphamide USP
Equivalent to Anhydrous Cyclophosphamide 300mg

c) Cyclophosphamide 500mg Powder for Injection USP
Each sterile vial contains:
Cyclophosphamide USP
Equivalent to Anhydrous Cyclophosphamide 500mg

d) Cyclophosphamide 1000mg Powder for Injection USP
Each sterile vial contains:
Cyclophosphamide USP
Equivalent to Anhydrous Cyclophosphamide 1000mg

e) Cyclophosphamide 2000mg Powder for Injection USP
Each sterile vial contains:
Cyclophosphamide USP
Equivalent to Anhydrous Cyclophosphamide 2000mg

f)Cyclophosphamide for Powder for Injection USP 3g Taj Pharma
Each vial contains:
Cyclophosphamide monohydrate USP
Equivalent to Cyclophosphamide (anhydrous) 3g

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

  1. PHARMACEUTICAL FORM

Powder for solution for injection.
A white crystalline powder contained in clear glass injection vials.

  1. CLINICAL PARTICULARS
  • Therapeutic indications

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma is a cytotoxic drug for the treatment of malignant disease in adults and children. As a single agent, it has successfully produced an objective remission in a wide range of malignant conditions. Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma is also frequently used in combination with other cytotoxic drugs, radiotherapy or surgery.

  • Posology and method of administration

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma Injection is for intravenous or oral administration.

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma should only be used by clinicians experienced in the use of cancer chemotherapy. Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma should only be administered where there are facilities for regular monitoring of clinical, biochemical and haematological parameters before, during, and after administration and under the direction of a specialist oncology service.

Posology

Dosage must be individualized. Doses and duration of treatment and/or treatment intervals depend on the therapeutic indication, the scheme of a combination therapy, the patient’s general state of health and organ function, and the results of laboratory monitoring (in particular, blood cell monitoring).

A guide to the dosage regimens used for most indications is given below.

This treatment should be continued until a clear remission or improvement is seen or be interrupted when the extent of leucopenia becomes unacceptable.

Conventional: 80-300mg/m2 daily as a single i.v. dose or daily divided oral doses.
Conventional: 300-600mg/m2 as a single i.v. dose weekly.
High dose: 600 – 1500mg/m2 as a single i.v. dose or short infusion given at 10-20 day intervals.

In combination with other cytostatics of similar toxicity, a dose reduction or extension of the therapy-free intervals may be necessary.

Activation of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma requires hepatic metabolism; therefore, oral and intravenous administrations are preferred.

Use of hematopoiesis stimulating agents (colony-stimulating factors and erythropoiesis stimulating agents) may be considered to reduce the risk of myelosuppressive complications and/or help facilitate the delivery of the intended dosing.

During or immediately after the administration, adequate amounts of fluid should be ingested or infused to force diuresis in order to reduce the risk of urinary tract toxicity. Therefore, Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma should be administered in the morning.

To reduce the likelihood of adverse reactions that appear to be administration rate-dependent (e.g., facial swelling, headache, nasal congestion, scalp burning), Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma should be injected or infused very slowly.

Patients with Hepatic Impairment

Severe hepatic impairment may be associated with decreased activation of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma. This may alter the effectiveness of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma treatment and should be considered when selecting the dose and interpreting response to the dose selected.

Patients with Renal Impairment

In patients with renal impairment, particularly in patients with severe renal impairment, decreased renal excretion may result in increased plasma levels of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma and its metabolites. This may result in increased toxicity and should be considered when determining the dosage in such patients.

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma and its metabolites are dialyzable, although there may be differences in clearance depending upon the dialysis system being used. In patients requiring dialysis, use of a consistent interval between Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma administration and dialysis should be considered.

Elderly

In elderly patients, monitoring for toxicities and the need for dose adjustment should reflect the higher frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, cardiac, or other organ function, and concomitant diseases or other drug therapy in this population.

Children

No specific information. Children have received Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma. No adverse reactions specific to this group have been reported.

Method of Administration

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma is inert until activated by enzymes in the liver. However, as with all cytotoxics, it is suggested that reconstitution should be performed by trained personnel, in a designated area.

Those handling the preparation should wear protective gloves. Care should be taken to avoid splashing material into the eyes. The material should not be handled by women who are pregnant or who are breast-feeding.

Intravenous administration

Intravenous administration preferably should be conducted as an infusion, usually given directly into the tubing of a fast running i.v. infusion with the patient supine. Care should be taken that extravasation does not take place, however, should it occur, no specific measures need be taken.

Duration of the infusion also should be appropriate for the volume and type of carrier fluid to be infused.

If injected directly, Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma for parenteral administration should be reconstituted with physiological saline (0.9% sodium chloride), The pH of an aqueous solution is between 4 and 6.

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma, reconstituted in water, is hypotonic and should not be injected directly. For infusion, Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma should be reconstituted by adding sterile water and infused in the recommended intravenous solutions.

Before parenteral administration, the substance must be completely dissolved.

Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit.

Oral administration

For oral use, an elixir may be prepared by dissolving the dry powder in Aromatic Elixir USP.

  • Contraindications

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma is contra-indicated in patients with:

  • hypersensitivity to Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma or to any of its metabolites.
  • acute infections,
  • bone-marrow aplasia,
  • urinary tract infection
  • acute urothelial toxicity from cytotoxic chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Urinary outflow obstruction.

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma should not be used in the management of non-malignant disease, except for immunosuppression in life-threatening situations.

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma is contra-indicated during pregnancy.

  • Special Warnings and precautions for use

Anaphylactic Reactions, Cross-sensitivity with Other Alkylating Agents

Anaphylactic reactions including those with fatal outcomes have been reported in association with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma.

Possible cross-sensitivity with other alkylating agents has been reported.

Myelosuppression, Immunosuppression, Infections

Treatment with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma may cause myelosuppression and significant suppression of immune responses.

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma-induced myelosuppression can cause leukopenia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia (associated with a higher risk of bleeding events), and anaemia.

Severe immunosuppression has lead to serious, sometimes fatal, infections. Sepsis and septic shock have also been reported. Infections reported with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma include pneumonias, as well as other bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoal, and parasitic infections.

Latent infections can be reactivated. Reactivation has been reported for various bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoal, and parasitic infections.

Infections must be treated appropriately.

Antimicrobial prophylaxis may be indicated in certain cases of neutropenia at the discretion of the managing physician.

In case of neutropenic fever, antibiotics and/or antimycotics must be given.

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma should be used with caution, if at all, in patients with severe impairment of bone marrow function and in patients with severe immunosuppression.

Unless essential, Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma should not be administered to patients with a leukocyte count below 2500 cells/microlitre (cells/ mm3 and/or a platelet count below 50,000 cells/microlitre (cells/mm3).

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma treatment may not be indicated, or should be interrupted, or the dose reduced, in patients who have or who develop a serious infection.

In principle, the fall in the peripheral blood cell and thrombocyte count and the time taken to recover may increase with increasing doses of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma.

The nadirs of the reduction in leukocyte count and thrombocyte count are usually reached in weeks 1 and 2 of treatment. The bone marrow recovers relatively quickly, and the levels of peripheral blood cell counts normalize, as a rule, after approximately 20 days.

Severe myelosuppression must be expected particularly in patients pretreated with and/or receiving concomitant chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

Close haematological monitoring is required for all patients during treatment.

Urinary Tract and Renal Toxicity

Hemorrhagic cystitis, pyelitis, ureteritis, and haematuria have been reported with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma therapy. Bladder ulceration/necrosis, fibrosis/contracture and secondary cancer may develop.

Urotoxicity may mandate interruption of treatment.

Cystectomy may become necessary due to fibrosis, bleeding, or secondary malignancy.

Cases of urotoxicity with fatal outcomes have been reported.

Urotoxicity can occur with short-term and long-term use of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma. Hemorrhagic cystitis after single doses of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma has been reported.

Past or concomitant radiation or busulfan treatment may increase the risk for Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma-induced hemorrhagic cystitis.

Cystitis is, in general, initially abacterial. Secondary bacterial colonization may follow.

Before starting treatment, it is necessary to exclude or correct any urinary tract obstructions..

Urinary sediment should be checked regularly for the presence of erythrocytes and other signs of uro/nephrotoxicity.

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma should be used with caution, if at all, in patients with active urinary tract infections.

Adequate treatment with mesna and/or strong hydration to force dieresis can markedly reduce the frequency and severity of bladder toxicity. It is important to ensure that patients empty the bladder at regular intervals.

Hematuria usually resolves in a few days after Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma treatment is stopped, but it may persist.

It is usually necessary to discontinue Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma therapy in instances of severe hemorrhagic cystitis.

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma has also been associated with nephrotoxicity, including renal tubular necrosis.

Hyponatremia associated with increased total body water, acute water intoxication, and a syndrome resembling SIADH (syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone) have been reported in association with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma administration. Fatal outcomes have been reported.

Cardiotoxicity, Use in Patients with Cardiac Disease

Myocarditis and myopericarditis, which may be accompanied by significant pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade, have been reported with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma therapy and have led to severe, sometimes fatal congestive heart failure.

Histopathologic examination has primarily shown hemorrhagic myocarditis. Haemopericardium has occurred secondary to hemorrhagic myocarditis and myocardial necrosis.

Acute cardiac toxicity has been reported with a single dose of less than 2mg/kg Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma.

Following exposure to treatment regimens that included Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma, supraventricular arrhythmias (including atrial fibrillation and flutter) as well as ventricular arrhythmias (including severe QT prolongation associated with ventricular tachyarrhythmia) have been reported in patients with and without other signs of cardiotoxicity.

The risk of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma cardiotoxicity may be increased for example, following high doses of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma, in patients with advanced age, and in patients with previous radiation treatment of the cardiac region and/or previous or concomitant treatment with other cardiotoxic agents.

Particular caution is necessary in patients with risk factors for cardiotoxicity and in patients with pre-existing cardiac disease.

Pulmonary Toxicity

Pneumonitis and pulmonary fibrosis have been reported during and following treatment with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma. Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease and other forms of pulmonary toxicity have also been reported.

Pulmonary toxicity leading to respiratory failure has been reported.

While the incidence of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma-associated pulmonary toxicity is low, prognosis for affected patients is poor.

Late onset of pneumonitis (greater than 6 months after start of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma) appears to be associated with a particularly high mortality. Pneumonitis may develop even years after treatment with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma.

Acute pulmonary toxicity has been reported after a single Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma dose.

Secondary Malignancies

As with all cytotoxic therapy, treatment with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma involves the risk of secondary tumours and their precursors as late sequelae.

The risk of urinary tract cancer as well as the risk of myelodysplastic alterations, partly progressing to acute leukemias, is increased. Other malignancies reported after use of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma or regimens with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma include lymphoma, thyroid cancer, and sarcomas.

In some cases, the second malignancy developed several years after Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma treatment had been discontinued. Malignancy has also been reported after in utero exposure.

Veno-occlusive Liver Disease

Veno-occlusive liver disease (VOLD) has been reported in patients receiving Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma.

A cytoreductive regimen in preparation for bone marrow transplantation that consists of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma in combination with whole-body irradiation, busulfan, or other agents has been identified (see Section 4.5) as a major risk factor for the development of VOLD. After cytoreductive therapy, the clinical syndrome typically develops 1 to 2 weeks after transplantation and is characterized by sudden weight gain, painful hepatomegaly, ascites, and hyperbilirubinemia/jaundice.

However, VOLD has also been reported to develop gradually in patients receiving long-term low-dose immunosuppressive doses of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma.

As a complication of VOLD, hepatorenal syndrome and multiorgan failure may develop. Fatal outcome of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma-associated VOLD has been reported.

Risk factors predisposing a patient to the development of VOLD with high-dose cytoreductive therapy include:

  • preexisting disturbances of hepatic function,
  • previous radiation therapy of the abdomen, and a
  • low performance score.

Genotoxicity

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma is genotoxic and mutagenic, both in somatic and in male and female germ cells. Therefore, women should not become pregnant and men should not father a child during therapy with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma.

Both women and men should wait at least 6 to 12 months after stopping Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma before attempting to conceive or father a child.

Animal data indicate that exposure of oocytes during follicular development may result in a decreased rate of implantations and viable pregnancies, and in an increased risk of malformations. This effect should be considered in case of intended fertilization or pregnancy after discontinuation of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma therapy. The exact duration of follicular development in humans is not known, but may be longer than 12 months.

Sexually active women and men should use effective methods of contraception during these periods of time.

Fertility,

Impairment of Wound Healing

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma may interfere with normal wound healing.

PRECAUTIONS

Alopecia

Alopecia has been reported and may occur more commonly with increasing doses.

Alopecia may progress to baldness.

The hair can be expected to grow back after treatment with the drug or even during continued drug treatment, though it may be different in texture or colour.

Nausea and Vomiting

Administration of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma may cause nausea and vomiting.

Current guidelines on the use of antiemetics for prevention and amelioration of nausea and vomiting should be considered.

Alcohol consumption may increase Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma-induced vomiting and nausea.

Stomatitis

Administration of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma may cause stomatitis (oral mucositis).

Current guidelines on measures for prevention and amelioration of stomatitis should be considered.

Paravenous Administration

The cytostatic effect of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma occurs after its activation, which takes place mainly in the liver. Therefore, the risk of tissue injury from accidental paravenous administration is low.

In case of accidental paravenous administration of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma, the infusion should be stopped immediately, the extravascular Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma solution should be aspirated with the cannula in place, and other measures should be instituted as appropriate.

Use in Patients with Renal Impairment

In patients with renal impairment, particularly in patients with severe renal impairment, decreased renal excretion may result in increased plasma levels of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma and its metabolites. This may result in increased toxicity and should be considered when determining the dosage in such patients.

Use in Patients with Hepatic Impairment

Severe hepatic impairment may be associated with decreased activation of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma. This may alter the effectiveness of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma treatment and should be considered when selecting the dose and interpreting response to the dose selected.

Use in Adrenalectomized Patients

Patients with adrenal insufficiency may require an increase in corticoid substitution dose when exposed to stress from toxicity due to cytostatics, including Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma.

  • Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Planned coadministration or sequential administration of other substances or treatments that could increase the likelihood or severity of toxic effects (by means of pharmacodynamic or pharmacokinetic interactions) requires careful individual assessment of the expected benefit and the risks.

Patients receiving such combinations must be monitored closely for signs of toxicity to permit timely intervention. Patients being treated with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma and agents that reduce its activation should be monitored for a potential reduction of therapeutic effectiveness and the need for dose adjustment.

Interactions Affecting the Pharmacokinetics of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma and its Metabolites

  • Reduced activation of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma may alter the effectiveness of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma treatment. Substances that delay activation of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma include:
  • Aprepitant
  • Bupropion
  • Busulfan: Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma clearance has been reported to be reduced and half-life prolonged in patients who receive high-dose Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma less than 24 hours after high-dose busulfan.
  • Ciprofloxacin: When given prior to the treatment with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma (used for conditioning prior to bone marrow transplantation), ciprofloxacin has been reported to result in a relapse of the underlying disease.
  • Chloramphenicol
  • Fluconazole
  • Itraconazole
  • Prasugrel
  • Sulfonamides
  • Thiotepa: A strong inhibition of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma bioactivation by thiotepa in high-dose chemotherapy regimens has been reported when thiotepa was administered 1 hour prior to Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma.
  • An increase of the concentration of cytotoxic metabolites may occur with:
  • Allopurinol
  • Chloral hydrate
  • Cimetidine
  • Disulfiram
  • Glyceraldehyde
  • Inducers of human hepatic and extrahepatic microsomal enzymes (e.g., cytochrome P450 enzymes): The potential for hepatic and extrahepatic microsomal enzyme induction must be considered in case of prior or concomitant treatment with substances known to induce an increased activity of such enzymes such as rifampin, phenobarbital, carbamazepine, phenytoin, St. John’s wort, and corticosteroids.
  • Protease inhibitors: Concomitant use of protease inhibitors may increase the concentration of cytotoxic metabolites. Use of protease inhibitor-based regimens was found to be associated with a higher incidence of infections and neutropenia in patients receiving Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma, doxorubicin, and etoposide (CDE) than use of an NNRTI-based regimen.
  • Ondansetron

There have been reports of a pharmacokinetic interaction between ondansetron and high-dose Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma resulting in decreased Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma AUC.

Pharmacodynamic Interactions and Interactions of Unknown Mechanism Affecting the Use of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma

Combined or sequential use of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma and other agents with similar toxicities can cause combined (increased) toxic effects.

  • Increased hematotoxicity and/or immunosuppression may result from a combined effect of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma and, for example
  • ACE inhibitors: ACE inhibitors can cause leukopenia.
  • Natalizumab
  • Paclitaxel: Increased hematotoxicity has been reported when Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma was administered after paclitaxel infusion.
  • Thiazide diuretics
  • Zidovudine
  • Clozapine
  • Increased cardiotoxicity may result from a combined effect of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma and, for example
  • Anthracyclines
  • Cytarabine
  • Pentostatin
  • Radiation therapy of the cardiac region
  • Trastuzumab
  • Increased pulmonary toxicity may result from a combined effect of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma and, for example
  • Amiodarone
  • G-CSF, GM-CSF (granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor): Reports suggest an increased risk of pulmonary toxicity in patients treated with cytotoxic chemotherapy that includes Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma and G-CSF or GMCSF.
  • Increased nephrotoxicity may result from a combined effect of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma and, for example
  • Amphotericin B
  • Indomethacin: Acute water intoxication has been reported with concomitant use of indomethacin.
  • Increase in other toxicities
  • Azathioprine: Increased risk of hepatotoxicity (liver necrosis)
  • Busulfan: Increased incidence of hepatic veno-occlusive disease and mucositis has been reported.
  • Protease inhibitors: Increased incidence of mucositis.

Other interactions

  • Alcohol

A reduced antitumor activity was observed in tumor-bearing animals during ethanol (alcohol) consumption and concomitant oral low-dose Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma medication. In some patients, alcohol may increase Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma-induced vomiting and nausea.

  • Etanercept

In patients with Wegener’s granulomatosis, the addition of etanercept to standard treatment, including Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma, was associated with a higher incidence of non-cutaneous solid malignancies.

  • Metronidazole

Acute encephalopathy has been reported in a patient receiving Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma and metronidazole. Causal association is unclear.

In an animal study, the combination of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma with metronidazole was associated with increased Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma toxicity.

  • Tamoxifen

Concomitant use of tamoxifen and chemotherapy may increase the risk of thromboembolic complications.

Interactions Affecting the Pharmacokinetics and/or Actions of Other Drugs

  • Bupropion

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma metabolism by CYP2B6 may inhibit bupropion metabolism.

  • Coumarins

Both increased and decreased warfarin effect have been reported in patients receiving warfarin and Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma.

  • Cyclosporine

Lower serum concentrations of cyclosporine have been observed in patients receiving a combination of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma and cyclosporine than in patients receiving only cyclosporine. This interaction may result in an increased incidence of graft-versus-host disease.

  • Depolarizing muscle relaxants

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma treatment causes a marked and persistent inhibition of cholinesterase activity. Prolonged apnea may occur with concurrent depolarizing muscle relaxants (e.g., succinylcholine). If a patient has been treated with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma within 10 days of general anesthesia, the anesthesiologist should be alerted.

  • Digoxin, β-acetyldigoxin

Cytotoxic treatment has been reported to impair intestinal absorption of digoxin and β-acetyldigoxin tablets.

  • Vaccines

The immunosuppressive effects of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma can be expected to reduce the response to vaccination. Use of live vaccines may lead to vaccine-induced infection.

  • Verapamil

Cytotoxic treatment has been reported to impair intestinal absorption of orally administered verapamil

  • Fertility, Pregnancy and lactation

Pregnancy

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma is contraindicated in pregnancy . Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma crosses the placental barrier. Treatment with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma has a genotoxic effect and may cause foetal damage when administered to pregnant women. Both women and men should wait at least 6 to 12 months after stopping Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma before attempting to conceive or father a child.

  • Malformations have been reported in children born to mothers treated with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, there are also reports of children without malformations born to women exposed during the first trimester.
  • Exposure to Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma in utero may cause miscarriage, foetal growth retardation, and foetotoxic effects manifesting in the newborn, including leukopenia, anaemia, pancytopenia, severe bone marrow hypoplasia, and gastroenteritis.
  • Animal data suggest that an increased risk of failed pregnancy and malformations may persist after discontinuation of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma as long as oocytes/follicles exist that were exposed to Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma during any of their maturation phases. See Section 4.4, Genotoxicity.
  • If Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug or after treatment (see Section 4.4, Genotoxicity), the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to a foetus.

Breastfeeding

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma is passed into the breast milk. Neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, low hemoglobin, and diarrhoea have been reported in children breast fed by women treated with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma. Women must not breastfeed during treatment with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma.

Fertility

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma interferes with oogenesis and spermatogenesis. It may cause sterility in both sexes.

Development of sterility appears to depend on the dose of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma, duration of therapy, and the state of gonadal function at the time of treatment.

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma-induced sterility may be irreversible in some patients.

Sexually active women and men should use effective methods of contraception during these periods of time.

  • Female patients

Amenorrhea, transient or permanent, associated with decreased oestrogen and increased gonadotrophin secretion develops in a significant proportion of women treated with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma.

For older women, in particular, amenorrhea may be permanent.

Oligomenorrhea has also been reported in association with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma treatment.

Girls treated with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma during prepubescence generally develop secondary sexual characteristics normally and have regular menses.

Girls treated with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma during prepubescence subsequently have conceived.

Girls treated with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma who have retained ovarian function after completing treatment are at increased risk of developing premature menopause (cessation of menses before age of 40 years).

  • Male patients

Men treated with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma may develop oligospermia or azoospermia, which are normally associated with increased gonadotrophin but normal testosterone secretion.

Sexual potency and libido generally are unimpaired in these patients.

Boys treated with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma during prepubescence may develop secondary sexual characteristics normally, but may have oligospermia or azoospermia.

Some degree of testicular atrophy may occur.

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma-induced azoospermia is reversible in some patients, though the reversibility may not occur for several years after cessation of therapy.

  • Effects on ability to drive and use machines
    Patients undergoing treatment with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma may experience undesirable effects (including, e.g., dizziness, blurred vision, visual impairment) which could affect the ability to drive or use machines. The decision to drive or operate machinery should be made on an individual basis.
  • Undesirable Effects
    ADR frequency is based upon the following scale: Very Common (≥1/10); Common (≥1/100 – <1/10), Uncommon (≥1/1,000 – <1/100), Rare (≥1/10,000 – <1/1,000), Very Rare (<1/10,000), Unknown (adverse reactions reported in the post-marketing experience)
System Organ Class Preferred term Frequency
Infections and infestations Infections1

Pneumonia2

Sepsis1

Septic shock

Common

Uncommon

Uncommon

Not Known

Neoplasms benign, malignant and unspecified (incl cycts and polyps) Acute leukemia3

Myelodysplastic syndrome

Secondary tumours

Bladder cancer

Tumour lysis syndrome

Rare

Rare

Rare

Rare

Not known

Blood and lymphatic system disorders Myelosuppression 4

Haemolytic uraemic syndrome

Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC )

Lymphopenia

Very common

Very common

Very rare

Not known

Immune system disorders Immunosuppression

Anaphylactic/Anaphylactoid reaction

Hypersensitivity reaction

Very common

Very rare

Uncommon

Endocrine disorders SIADH Rare
Metabolism and nutrition disorders Anorexia

Dehydration

Hyponatraemia

Fluid retention

Blood glucose changes (increase or decrease)

Uncommon

Rare

Very rare

Very rare

Not known

Psychic disorders Confusion Very rare
Nervous system disorders Dizziness

Convulsion

Neurotoxicity5

Encephalopathy

Rare

Very rare

Unknown

Unknown

Eye disorders Conjunctivitis

Eye Oedema

Visual impairment

Lacrimation increased

Very Rare

Very Rare

Rare

Not known

Ear and labyrinth disorders Deafness

Tinnitus

Not known

Not known

Cardiac disorders Ventricular fibrillation

Ventricular tachycardia

Cardiogenic shock

Pericardial effusion

Myocardial infarction

Cardiac failure

Cardiomyopathy

Myocarditis

Pericarditis

Electrocardiogram QT prolonged

Arrhythmias6

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Vascular disorders Flushing

Pulmonary embolism

Venous thrombosis

Vasculitis

Peripheral ischaemia

Uncommon

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)

Interstitial Lung Diseases7

Pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary oedema

Bronchospasm

Dyspnea

Hypoxia

Cough

Nasal congestion

Rhinorrhea

Oropharyngeal pain

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Gastrointestinal disorders Enterocolitis haemorrhagic

Acute pancreatitis

Mucosal ulceration

Stomatitis

Diarrhoea

Vomiting

Constipation

Nausea

Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage

Colitis

Enteritis

Cecitis

Abdominal pain

Parotid gland inflammation

Very rare

Very rare

Very rare

Very rare

Very rare

Very rare

Very rare

Very rare

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Hepatobiliary disorders Hepatic function abnormal

Veno-occlusive disorder

Hepatitis

Cholestasis

Hepatotoxicity8

Common

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders Alopecia

Rash

Dermatitis

Discoloration of the palms, fingernails, soles

Toxic epidermal necrolysis

Stevens Johnson syndrome

Erythema multiforme

Palmar-plantar erythrodysaesthesia

Radiation recall dermatitis

Erythema in irradiated area

Pruritus (including inflammatory itching)

Erythema

Urticaria

Blisters

Facial swelling

Hyperhidrosis

Very common

Rare

Rare

Rare

Very rare

Very rare

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders Rhabdomyolysis

Scleroderma

Muscle spasms

Myalgia

Arthralgia

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Renal and urinary disorders Cystitis

Microhematuria

Haemorrhagic cystitis

Macrohematuria

Suburethral bleeding

Oedema of the bladder wall

Interstitial inflammation, fibrosis, and sclerosis of bladder

Renal failure

Blood creatinine increased

Renal tubular necrosis

Renal tubular disorder

Nephropathy toxic

Hemorrhagic ureteritis

Cystitis ulcerative

Bladder contracture

Nephrogenic diabetes insipidus

Atypical urinary bladder epithelial cells

Blood urea nitrogen increased

Very common

Very common

Common

Common

Very rare

Very rare

Very rare

Very rare

Very rare

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Pregnancy, puerperium and perinatal conditions Premature labour Not known
Reproductive system and breast disorders Impairment of spermatogenesis

Ovulation disorder

Amenorrhoea9

Azoospermia9

Oligospermia9

Infertility

Ovarian Failure

Oligomenorrhoea,

Testicular atrophy

Blood oestrogen decreased

Blood gonadotrophin increased

Common

Uncommon

Rare

Rare

Rare

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Congenital, familial and genetic disorders Intra-uterine death

Fetal malformation

Fetal growth retardation

Fetal toxicity (including myelosuppression/gastroenteritis)

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

General disorders and administration site conditions Fever

Asthenia

Mucosal inflammation

Chest pain

Headache

Injection/infusion site reactions10

Multiorgan failure

Oedema

Influenza-like illness

General physical deterioration

Very common

Common

Common

Rare

Very Rare

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Not known

Investigations Blood lactate hydrogenase increased

C-reactive protein increased

Not known

Not known

1 including other bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoal, parasitic, reactivation of latent infections, including viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, JC virus with progressive multifocal leucoencephalopathy (including fatal outcomes), Pneumocystis jiroveci, herpes zoster, Strongyloides

2 including fatal outcomes

3 including acute myeloid leukemia, acute promyelocytic leukemia

4 manifested as Bone marrow failure, Pancytopenia, Neutropaenia, Agranulocytosis, Granulocytopenia,Thrombocytopaenia (complicated by bleeding), Leukopenia, Anaemia

5 manifested as reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome, myelopathy, peripheral neuropathy, polyneuropathy,neuralgia, dysesthesia, hypoesthesia, paresthesia, tremor, dysgeusia, hypogeusia,parosmia.

6 manifested as Atrial fibrillation,Supraventricular arrhythmia ,Ventricular arrhythmia, Bradycardia, Tachycardia,Palpitation

7 manifested by pulmonary fibrosis, obliterative bronchiolitis, organizing pneumonia, alveolitis allergic, pneumonitis

Hepatic failure, Hepatic encephalopathy, Ascites, Hepatomegaly, Jaundice, Blood bilirubin increased, Hepatic enzymes increased (ASAT, ALAT, ALP, gamma-GT)

9 persistent

10 manifested by thrombosis, necrosis, phlebitis, inflammation, pain, swelling, erythema.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via:

  • Overdose

Serious consequences of overdosage include manifestations of dose dependent toxicities such as myelosuppression, urotoxicity, cardiotoxicity (including cardiac failure), veno-occlusive hepatic disease, and stomatitis.

Patients who received an overdose should be closely monitored for the development of toxicities, and haematotoxicity in particular.

No specific antidote for Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma is known.

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma and its metabolites are dialysable. Consider haemodialysis in cases of severe overdose presenting early, particularly in patients with renal impairment

Overdosage should be managed with supportive measures, including appropriate, state-of-the-art treatment for any concurrent infection, myelosuppression, or other toxicity, should it occur.

Cystitis prophylaxis with mesna may be helpful in preventing or limiting urotoxic effects with Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma overdose.

  1. PHARMACOLOGICAL PROPERTIES
    • Pharmacodynamic properties

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma has been demonstrated to have a cytostatic effect in many tumour types. The active metabolites of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma are alkylating agents which transfer alkyl groups to DNA during the process of cell division, thus preventing normal synthesis of DNA.

  • Pharmacokinetic properties

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma is well absorbed following an oral dose with a mean half-life of 4-8 hours for both oral and parenteral administration.

It is an inactive pro drug with alkylating metabolites produced by hepatic metabolism, reaching peak levels 4-6 hours after an i.v. injection. Hepatic enzymes may be induced. The parent compound binds poorly to plasma protein but the active metabolites are significantly protein-bound. The drug is widely distributed and crosses the blood-brain barrier, the placental barrier and is found in ascites. The metabolites are excreted renally.

  • Preclinical safety data

There are no pre-clinical data of relevance to the prescriber which are additional to the information already stated in other sections of the Summary of Product Characteristics.

  1. PHARMACEUTICAL PARTICULARS

List of excipients

Incompatibilities

Benzyl alcohol increases the degradation rate of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma

  • Shelf life

Unopened

36 months.

After reconstitution for intravenous administration

Chemical and physical in-use stability has been demonstrated (in aqueous, sodium chloride, and glucose solutions) for 48 hours at 2 – 8°C.

From a microbiological point of view, the product should be used immediately. If not used immediately, in-use storage times and conditions prior to use are the responsibility of the user and would normally not be longer than 24 hours at 2 – 8°C, unless reconstitution has taken place in controlled and validated aseptic conditions.

After reconstitution in Aromatic Elixir USP for oral administration

At a concentration of 2mg Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma per ml in Aromatic Elixir USP, chemical and physical stability has been demonstrated for 14 days at 2 – 8°C.

  • Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 25°C.

Store in original container.

After reconstitution (for either intravenous or oral administration), store at 2 – 8°C and protect from light.

  • Nature and contents of container

Each vial contains a active substance Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma 200mg, 300mg, 500mg, 1g, 2g, 3g powder for Injection
50ml type I or type III glass vials with butyl rubber closures and plastic and aluminium caps.

Pack size: 1 vial, 2vial, 3vial, 5vial and 10 or 15 vials.

Not all pack size may be marketed.

Vials are packed with or without a protective plastic overwrap. Protective plastic overwrap does not come into contact with the medicinal product and provides additional transport protection, which increases the safety for the medical and pharmaceutical personnel.

  • Special precautions for disposal and other handling

For intravenous administration

Prior to administration the contents of a vial should be dissolved in 25 ml physiological saline (0.9% w/v sodium chloride) by introducing the saline into the vial and shaking vigorously until the powder is completely dissolved. Reconstitution results in a clear solution with a pH of between 4 and 6.

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma Injection is compatible with the following infusion solutions: sodium chloride solution, glucose solution, sodium chloride and glucose solution, sodium chloride and potassium chloride solution, and potassium chloride and glucose solution.

For oral administration

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma Injection may be dissolved in Aromatic Elixir USP.

General instructions

If vials are stored above the recommended temperature this can cause degradation of the active ingredient, identifiable by a yellow melted appearance to the vial contents. Vials containing melted material should not be used.

Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma is a cytotoxic agent. The handling and preparation of Cyclophosphamide Taj Pharma should always be in accordance with current guidelines on safe handling of cytotoxic agents. The material should not be handled by women who are pregnant or who are breast-feeding.

Adequate care and precautions should be taken in the disposal of empty vials and items (syringes, needles, etc) used in reconstitution and administration.

Manufactured by:
TAJ PHARMACEUTICALS LIMITED
At SURVEY NO.188/1 TO 189/1,190/1 TO 4, ATHIYAWAD, DABHEL, DAMAN- 396210 (INDIA)