Selegiline Transdermal System: An Examination of the Potential for CYP450-Dependent Pharmacokinetic Interactions With 3 Psychotropic Medications

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The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (Impact Factor: 2.48). 03/2007; 47(2):146-58. DOI: 10.1177/0091270006296151
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Selegiline transdermal system (STS) is a recently approved monoamine oxidase inhibitor antidepressant. This article reports results from 3 studies examining the potential for cytochrome P450-dependent pharmacokinetic interactions between STS and 3 psychotropic medications that might be coadministered. Three open-label, randomized, Latin square, 3-sequence crossover design studies were conducted with healthy volunteers to determine the pharmacokinetic parameters of STS 6 mg/24 h and test drug (alprazolam, olanzapine, or risperidone) when administered alone and concomitantly. All pharmacokinetic parameters of interest were unaltered following selegiline or test drug monotherapy when compared to concomitant therapy. This was confirmed by least squares mean ratios and their 90% confidence intervals of log(e)-transformed C(max) and AUC(tau) values, using either standard bioequivalence criteria of 80% to 125% or study-defined 70% to 143% boundary criteria. These results demonstrate that STS 6 mg/24 h may provide an antidepressant option that is unlikely to result in CYP450-mediated pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions.

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    • "Experimental studies fail to show signifi cant drug–drug interactions between STS and psychotropic drugs such as olanzapine, risperidone, and alprazolam, that are CYP1A2, 2D6 and 3A4 substrates, respectively (Azzaro et al 2007b). This may be an important feature as a majority of patients diagnosed with MDD also meet criteria for an additional psychiatric diagnosis (Kessler et al 2003) and may be co-prescribed other psychotropic medications that are CYP450 substrates. "
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    ABSTRACT: Non-selective inhibition of monoamine oxidase (MAO) enzymes (ie, isoforms A and B) in the brain are associated with clinically significant antidepressant effects. In the US, the selegiline transdermal system (STS; EMSAM) is the first antidepressant transdermal delivery system to receive Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved labeling for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). Currently, the use of orally administered MAO inhibitor antidepressants (eg, phenelzine, tranylcypromine) is limited by the risk of tyramine-provoked events (eg, acute hypertension and headache, also known as the "cheese reaction") when combined with dietary tyramine. The selegiline transdermal system is the only MAOI available in the US for the treatment of MDD that does not require dietary restriction at the clinically effective dose of 6 mg/24 hours. Delivery of selegiline transdermally (EMSAM((R))) bypasses hepatic first pass metabolism, thereby avoiding significant inhibition of gastrointestinal and hepatic MAO-A activity (ie, reduced risk of tyramine-provoked events) while still providing sufficient levels of selegiline in the brain to produce an antidepressant effect. At dosages of 6-12 mg/24 hours, EMSAM has been shown to improve symptoms of depression, have good tolerability, and have high rates of medication adherence. However, at higher doses of EMSAM (ie, 9 mg/24 hours or more), dietary restriction of tyramine intake is recommended. The introduction of EMSAM overcomes many of the safety concerns affiliated with the conventional oral MAO inhibitors and EMSAM may be considered another strategy for the treatment of MDD, especially in patients who cannot tolerate oral antidepressants, are poorly adherent, who present with atypical depressive symptoms, or have failed other antidepressants.
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