LIXIANA▼ (edoxaban) 60 mg / 30 mg / 15 mg film-coated tablets prescribing information
Refer to the Lixiana Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) prior to prescribing.
Presentation: 60 mg (yellow) / 30 mg (pink) / 15mg (orange) edoxaban (as tosilate) film-coated tablets.
Indications: Prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in adult patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) with one or more risk factors, such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥ 75 years, diabetes mellitus, prior stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), and prevention of recurrent DVT and PE in adults.
Posology and method of administration: NVAF: Recommended dose is 60 mg edoxaban once daily with or without food. Continue therapy long term. VTE: Recommended dose is 60 mg edoxaban once daily with or without food following initial use of parenteral anticoagulant for at least 5 days. Duration of therapy (at least 3 months) should be based on risk profile of the patient. For NVAF and VTE the recommended dose is 30 mg edoxaban once daily in patients with one or more of the following: moderate or severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance (CrCL) 15 – 50 mL/min); low body weight ≤ 60 kg; concomitant use of the P-glycoprotein (P-gp) inhibitors, ciclosporin, dronedarone, erythromycin, or ketoconazole. The 15 mg dose of edoxaban is not indicated as monotherapy, and should only be used during a switch from edoxaban to VKA in certain patients (see SmPC for full details).
Edoxaban can be initiated or continued in patients who may require cardioversion. For transoesophageal echocardiogram guided cardioversion in patients not previously treated with anticoagulants, edoxaban should be started at least 2 hours before cardioversion to ensure adequate anticoagulation. Cardioversion should be performed no later than 12 hours after the dose of edoxaban on the day of the procedure. Confirm prior to cardioversion that the patient has taken edoxaban as prescribed.
If a dose of edoxaban is missed, the dose should be taken immediately and then continued once daily on the following day.
Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients. Clinically significant active bleeding. Hepatic disease associated with coagulopathy and clinically relevant bleeding risk. Lesion or condition, if considered to be a significant risk for major bleeding including current or recent gastrointestinal (GI) ulceration, presence of malignant neoplasms at high risk of bleeding, recent brain or spinal injury, recent brain, spinal or ophthalmic surgery, recent intracranial haemorrhage, known or suspected oesophageal varices, arteriovenous malformations, vascular aneurysms or major intraspinal or intracerebral vascular abnormalities. Uncontrolled severe hypertension. Concomitant treatment with any other anticoagulants e.g. UFH, low molecular weight heparins, heparin derivatives (fondaparinux, etc.), VKA or DOACs except under specific circumstances of switching oral anticoagulant therapy or when UFH is given at doses necessary to maintain an open central venous or arterial catheter. Pregnancy and breast-feeding.
Special warnings and precautions for use: Haemorrhagic risk: Caution in patients with increased risk of bleeding such as elderly on ASA. Discontinue if severe haemorrhage occurs. The anticoagulant effect of edoxaban cannot be reliably monitored with standard laboratory testing. A specific anticoagulant reversal agent for edoxaban is not available. Haemodialysis does not significantly clear edoxaban. Renal impairment: CrCl should be monitored at the initiation of edoxaban and afterwards when clinically indicated.