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  • BOXED WARNING(What is this?)

    WARNING : MALIGNANCIES AND SERIOUS INFECTIONS

    • Increased risk for developing serious infections and malignancies with tacrolimus or other immunosuppressants that may lead to hospitalization or death. (5.1, 5.2)

  • HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION
    These highlights do not include all the information needed to use TACROLIMUS CAPSULES safely and effectively. See full prescribing information for TACROLIMUS CAPSULES.
    TACROLIMUS capsules, for oral use

    Initial U.S. Approval: 1994

    WARNING: MALIGNANCIES AND SERIOUS INFECTIONS

    See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning

    • Increased risk for developing serious infections and malignancies with tacrolimus or other immunosuppressants that may lead to hospitalization or death. (5.1, 5.2)

    RECENT MAJOR CHANGES

    Dosage and Administration

    General Instructions (2.1) 5/2018

    Dosing for Pediatric Kidney, Liver and Heart Transplant Patients (2.4) 5/2018

    Warnings and Precautions

    Not Interchangeable With Extended-Release Tacrolimus Products – Medication Errors (5.3) 5/2018

    INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    Tacrolimus capsule is a calcineurin-inhibitor immunosuppressant indicated for the prophylaxis of organ rejection in patients receiving allogeneic liver, kidney or heart transplants, in combination with other immunosuppressants. (1.1)  

    DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    (2)

    Patient Population Initial Oral Dosage
    (formulation)
    Whole Blood Trough Concentration Range
    ADULT
    Kidney Transplant
    With azathioprine 0.2 mg/kg/day capsules,
    divided in two doses, every 12 hours
    Month 1 to 3: 7 to 20 ng/mL Month 4 to 12: 5 to 15 ng/mL
    With MMF/IL-2 receptor antagonist 0.1 mg/kg/day capsules,
    divided in two doses, every 12 hours
    Month 1 to 12: 4 to 11 ng/mL
    Liver Transplant
    With corticosteroids only 0.1 to 0.15 mg/kg/day capsules,
    divided in two doses, every 12 hours
    Month 1 to 12: 5 to 20 ng/mL
    Heart Transplant
    With azathioprine or MMF 0.075 mg/kg/day capsules,
    divided in two doses, every 12 hours
    Month 1 to 3: 10 to 20 ng/mL Month ≥ 4: 5 to 15 ng/mL
    PEDIATRIC
    Kidney Transplant
      0.3 mg/kg/day capsules or oral suspension,
    divided in two doses, every 12 hours
    Month 1 to 12: 5 to 20 ng/mL
    Liver Transplant
      0.15 to 0.2 mg/kg/day capsules or
    0.2 mg/kg/day oral suspension,
    divided in two doses, every 12 hours
    Month 1 to 12: 5 to 20 ng/mL
    Heart Transplant
      0.3 mg/kg/day* capsules or oral suspension, divided in two doses, every 12 hours Month 1 to 12: 5 to 20 ng/mL

    *0.1 mg/kg/day if cell depleting induction treatment is administered. (2)

    Frequent monitoring of trough concentrations is recommended. (2.1) (2)

    Administer capsules or suspension consistently with or without food. (2.2) (2)

    Intravenous (IV) use recommended for patients who cannot tolerate oral formulations (capsules or suspension). (2.3) (2)

    See dosing adjustments for African-American patients (2.3), hepatic and renal impaired. (2.5, 2.6) (2)

    For complete dosing information see the full prescribing information. (2)


    DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    • Capsules: 0.5 mg, 1 mg and 5 mg (3)

    CONTRAINDICATIONS

    • Hypersensitivity to tacrolimus or HCO-60 (polyoxyl 60 hydrogenated castor oil) (4)

    WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    • Not Interchangeable with Extended Release Tacrolimus Products-Medication Errors (5.3)
    • New Onset Diabetes After Transplant: Monitor blood glucose. (5.4)
    • Nephrotoxicity: Acute and/or chronic; reduce the dose; use caution with other nephrotoxic drugs. (5.5)
    • Neurotoxicity: Risk of Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome, monitor for neurologic abnormalities; reduce or discontinue tacrolimus and other immunosuppressants. (5.6)
    • Hyperkalemia: Monitor serum potassium levels. Consider carefully before using with other agents also associated with hyperkalemia. (5.7)
    • Hypertension: May require antihypertensive therapy. Monitor relevant drug-drug interactions. (5.8)
    • Anaphylactic Reactions with IV formulation: Observe patients receiving tacrolimus injection for signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis. (5.9)
    • Not recommended for use with Sirolimus: Not recommended in liver and heart transplant due to increased risk of serious adverse reactions. (5.10)
    • Myocardial Hypertrophy: Consider dose reduction/discontinuation. (5.13)
    • Immunizations: Avoid live vaccines. (5.14)
    • Pure Red Cell Aplasia: Consider discontinuation of tacrolimus. (5.15)

    ADVERSE REACTIONS


    The most common adverse reactions (≥ 15%) were abnormal renal function, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, fever, CMV infection, tremor, hyperglycemia, leukopenia, infection, anemia, bronchitis, pericardial effusion, urinary tract infection, constipation, diarrhea, headache, abdominal pain, insomnia, paresthesia, peripheral edema, nausea, hyperkalemia, hypomagnesemia, and hyperlipemia. (6.1

    To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Inc., at 1-888-375-3784 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch

    DRUG INTERACTIONS

    • · Mycophenolic Acid Products: Can increase MPA exposure after crossover from cyclosporine to tacrolimus; monitor for MPA-related adverse reactions and adjust MMF or MPA-dose as needed. (7.1)
    • Nelfinavir and Grapefruit Juice: Increased tacrolimus concentrations via CYP3A inhibition; avoid concomitant use. (7.2)
    • CYP3A Inhibitors: Increased tacrolimus concentrations; monitor concentrations and adjust tacrolimus dose as needed. (5.11, 7.2)
    • CYP3A4 Inducers: Decreased tacrolimus concentrations; monitor concentrations and adjust tacrolimus dose as needed. (5.11, 7.2)

    USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    • Pregnancy: Can cause fetal harm. Advise pregnant women of the potential risk to the fetus. (8.1, 8.3)

    See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION.

    Revised: 6/2018


  • FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION: CONTENTS*

    1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    1.1 Prophylaxis of Organ Rejection in Kidney, Liver and Heart Transplant

    2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    2.1General Instructions 2.2 Administration 2.3 Dosing for Adult Kidney, Liver, or Heart Transplant Patients – Capsules and Injection 2.4 Dosing for Pediatric Kidney, Liver, and Heart Transplant Patients 2.5 Dosage Adjustment in Patients with Renal Impairment 2.6 Dosage Adjustments in Patients with Hepatic Impairment 2.7 Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

    3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    4 CONTRAINDICATIONS

    5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    5.1 Lymphoma and Other Malignancies 5.2 Serious Infections 5.3 Not Interchangeable With Extended-Release Tacrolimus Products -Medication Errors 5.4 New Onset Diabetes After Transplant 5.5 Nephrotoxicity 5.6 Neurotoxicity 5.7 Hyperkalemia 5.8 Hypertension 5.9 Anaphylactic Reactions with Tacrolimus Injection 5.10 Not Recommended for Use with Sirolimus 5.11 Interactions with CYP3A4 Inhibitors and Inducers 5.12 QT Prolongation 5.13 Myocardial Hypertrophy 5.14 Immunizations 5.15 Pure Red Cell Aplasia

    6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

    6.1 Clinical Studies Experience 6.2 Postmarketing Adverse Reactions

    7 DRUG INTERACTIONS

    7.1 Mycophenolic Acid 7.2 Effects of Other Drugs on tacrolimus

    8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    8.1 Pregnancy 8.2 Lactation 8.3 Females and Males of Reproductive Potential 8.4 Pediatric Use 8.5 Geriatric Use 8.6 Use in Renal Impairment 8.7 Use in Hepatic Impairment

    10 OVERDOSAGE

    11 DESCRIPTION

    12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    12.1 Mechanism of Action 12.3 Pharmacokinetics

    13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

    13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment Of Fertility

    14 CLINICAL STUDIES

    14.1 Kidney Transplantation 14.2 Liver Transplantation 14.3 Heart Transplantation

    15 REFERENCES

    16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

    16.1 Tacrolimus Capsules 16.4 Handling and Disposal

    17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

    17.1 Administration 17.2 Development of Lymphoma and Other Malignancies 17.3 Increased Risk of Infection 17.4 New Onset Diabetes After Transplant 17.5 Neurotoxicity 17.6 Hypertension 17.7 Drug Interactions 17.8 Pregnant, Lactation and Infertility 17.9 Myocardial Hypertrophy 17.10 Immunizations
    *
    • Sections or subsections omitted from the full prescribing information are not listed.

  • 1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    1.1 Prophylaxis of Organ Rejection in Kidney, Liver and Heart Transplant

    Tacrolimus capsules are indicated for the prophylaxis of organ rejection, in patients receiving allogeneic kidney transplants [see Clinical Studies (14.1)], liver transplants [see Clinical Studies (14.2)] and heart transplant [see Clinical Studies (14.3)], in combination with other immunosuppressants.


  • 2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    2.1General Instructions

    Tactolimus capsules and tacrolimus granules are not interchangeable or substitutable with other tacrolimus extended-release products. This is because rate of absorption following the administration of an extended-release tacrolimus product is not equivalent to that of an immediate-release tacrolimus drug product. Under-or overexposure to tacrolimus may result in graft rejection or other serious adverse reactions [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].  

    Tactolimus capsules should not be used without supervision of a physician with experience in immunosuppressive therapy.  

    Intravenous Formulation

    Intravenous use is recommended for patients who cannot tolerate oral formulations, and conversion from intravenous to oral tacrolimus is recommended as soon as oral therapy can be tolerated to minimize the risk of anaphylactic reactions that occurred with injectables containing castor oil derivatives [see Warnings and Precautions (5.9)].  

    Patients receiving tacrolimus injection should be under continuous observation for at least the first 30 minutes following the start of the infusion and at frequent intervals thereafter. If signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis occur, the infusion should be stopped. An aqueous solution of epinephrine should be available at the bedside as well as a source of oxygen.   

    Oral Formulations (Capsules and Oral Suspension)

    If patients are able to initiate therapy, the recommended starting doses should be initiated. Advise patients not to eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while under treatment with tacrolimus [see Drug Interactions (7.2)].  

    Therapeutic drug monitoring is recommended for all patients receiving tacrolimus [see Dosage and Administration (2.7)].

    2.2 Administration

    Tacrolimus capsules may be taken with or without food. However, since the presence of food affects the bioavailability of tacrolimus, if taken with food, it should be taken consistently the same way each time [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].  

    Patients should not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice in combination with tacrolimus [see Drug Interactions (7.2)]. Tacrolimus should not be used simultaneously with cyclosporine. Tacrolimus or cyclosporine should be discontinued at least 24 hours before initiating the other. In the presence of elevated tacrolimus or cyclosporine concentrations, dosing with the other drug usually should be further delayed.

    2.3 Dosing for Adult Kidney, Liver, or Heart Transplant Patients – Capsules and Injection

    Capsules

    The initial dose of tacrolimus capsules should be administered no sooner than 6 hours after transplantation in the liver and heart transplant patients. In kidney transplant patients, the initial dose of tacrolimus capsules may be administered within 24 hours of transplantation, but should be delayed until renal function has recovered.  

    The initial oral tacrolimus capsule dosage recommendations for adult patients with kidney, liver, or heart transplants and whole blood trough concentration range are shown in Table 1. Perform therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) to ensure that patients are within the ranges listed in Table 1.

    Table 1. Summary of Initial Oral Tacrolimus Capsules Dosing Recommendations and Whole Blood Trough Concentration Range in Adults

    Patient Population Tacrolimus Capsules* Initial Oral Dosing  Whole Blood Trough Concentration Range
    Kidney Transplant    
    With Azathioprine 0.2 mg/kg/day, divided in two doses, administered every 12 hours Month 1 to 3: 7 to 20 ng/mL Month 4 to 12: 5 to 15 ng/mL
    With MMF/IL-2 receptor antagonist† 0.1 mg/kg/day, divided in two doses, administered every 12 hours Month 1 to 12: 4 to 11 ng/mL  
    Liver Transplant    
    With corticosteroids only 0.10 to 0.15 mg/kg/day, divided in two doses, administered every 12 hours Month 1 to 12: 5 to 20 ng/mL
    Heart Transplant    
    With azathioprine or MMF 0.075 mg/kg/day, divided in two doses, administered every 12 hours Month 1 to 3: 10 to 20 ng/mL Month ≥ 4: 5 to 15 ng/mL

    * African-American patients may require higher doses compared to Caucasians (see Table 2)

    † In a second smaller trial, the initial dose of tacrolimus was 0.15 to 0.2 mg/kg/day and observed tacrolimus concentrations were 6 to 16 ng/mL during month 1 to 3 and 5 to 12 ng/mL during month 4 to 12 [see Clinical Studies (14.1)].  

    Dosing should be titrated based on clinical assessments of rejection and tolerability. Lower tacrolimus capsule dosages than the recommended initial dosage may be sufficient as maintenance therapy. Adjunct therapy with adrenal corticosteroids is recommended early post-transplant.  

    The data in kidney transplant patients indicate that the African-American  patients required a higher dose to attain comparable trough concentrations compared to Caucasian patients (Table 2) [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].  

    Table 2. Comparative Dose and Trough Concentrations Based on Race

    Time After Transplant Caucasian n=114 African-American
    n=56
      Dose(mg/kg) Trough Concentrations(ng/mL) Dose
    (mg/kg)
    Trough Concentrations(ng/mL)
    Day 7 0.18 12.0 0.23 10.9
    Month 1 0.17 12.8 0.26 12.9
    Month 6 0.14 11.8 0.24 11.5
    Month 12 0.13 10.1 0.19 11.0

    Intravenous Injection   

    Tacrolimus injection should be used only as a continuous intravenous infusion and should be discontinued as soon as the patient can tolerate oral administration. The first dose of tacrolimus capsules should be given 8 to 12 hours after discontinuing the intravenous infusion.

    The recommended starting dose of tacrolimus injection is 0.03 to 0.05 mg/kg/day in kidney and liver transplant and 0.01 mg/kg/day in heart transplant given as a continuous intravenous infusion. Adult patients should receive doses at the lower end of the dosing range. Concomitant adrenal corticosteroid therapy is recommended early post-transplantation.  

    The whole blood trough concentration range described in Table 1 pertain to oral administration of tacrolimus only; while monitoring tacrolimus concentrations in patients receiving tacrolimus injection as a continuous intravenous infusion may have some utility, the observed concentrations will not represent comparable exposures to those estimated by the trough concentrations observed in patients on oral therapy.

    Anaphylactic reactions have occurred with injectables containing castor oil derivatives, such as tacrolimus injection. Therefore, monitoring for signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis is recommended [see Warnings and Precautions (5.9)].  

    2.4 Dosing for Pediatric Kidney, Liver, and Heart Transplant Patients

    Oral formulations (capsules or oral suspension)  

    Pediatric patients in general need higher tacrolimus doses compared to adults: the higher dose requirements may decrease as the child grows older. Recommendations for the initial oral dosing for pediatric transplant patients and whole blood trough concentration range are shown in Table 3. Perform TDM to ensure that patients are within the ranges listed in Table 3.

    Table 3. Summary of Initial Tacrolimus Capsule and Tacrolimus Granules Dosing Recommendations and Whole Blood Trough Concentration Range in Children

    Patient Population Initial Tacrolimus Capsule and Tacrolimus Granules Dosing Whole Blood Trough Concentration Range
    Pediatric kidney transplant patients† 0.3 mg/kg/day capsules or oral suspension, divided in two doses, administered every 12 hours Month 1 to 12: 5 to 20 ng/mL
    Pediatric liver transplant patients‡ 0.15 to 0.2 mg/kg/day capsules or 0.2 mg/kg/day oral suspension, divided in two doses, administered every 12 hours Month 1 to 12: 5 to 20 ng/mL
    Pediatric heart transplant patients† 0.3 mg/kg/day* capsules or oral suspension, divided in two doses, administered every 12 hours Month 1 to 12: 5 to 20 ng/mL

    * 0.1 mg/kg/day if cell depleting induction treatment is administered.

    † See Clinical Pharmacology (12.3), Tacrolimus Granules Pharmacokinetics in Pediatric Patients

    ‡ See Clinical Studies (14.2), Liver Transplantation  

    For conversion of pediatric patients from tacrolimus granules to tacrolimus capsules or from tacrolimus capsules to tacrolimus granules, the total daily dose should remain the same. Following conversion from one formulation to another formulation of tacrolimus, therapeutic drug monitoring is recommended [see Dosage and Administration (2.7)]. If a patient is unable to receive an oral formulation, the patient may be started on tacrolimus injection. For pediatric liver transplant patients, the intravenous dose is 0.03 to 0.05 mg/kg/day.   

    2.5 Dosage Adjustment in Patients with Renal Impairment

    Due to its potential for nephrotoxicity, consideration should be given to dosing tacrolimus capsules at the lower end of the therapeutic dosing range in patients who have received a liver or heart transplant and have pre-existing renal impairment. Further reductions in dose below the targeted range may be required.  

    In kidney transplant patients with post-operative oliguria, the initial dose of tacrolimus capsules should be administered no sooner than 6 hours and within 24 hours of transplantation, but may be delayed until renal function shows evidence of recovery [see Dosage and Administration (2.3), Warnings and Precautions (5.5), Use in Specific Populations (8.6), and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].  

    2.6 Dosage Adjustments in Patients with Hepatic Impairment

    Due to the reduced clearance and prolonged half-life, patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child Pugh ≥ 10) may require lower doses of tacrolimus capsules. Close monitoring of blood concentrations is warranted.

    The use of tacrolimus capsules in liver transplant recipients experiencing post-transplant hepatic impairment may be associated with increased risk of developing renal insufficiency related to high whole blood concentrations of tacrolimus. These patients should be monitored closely and dosage adjustments should be considered. Some evidence suggests that lower doses should be used in these patients [see Dosage and Administration (2.3), Warnings and Precautions (5.5), Use in Specific Populations (8.7) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    2.7 Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

    Monitoring of tacrolimus blood concentrations in conjunction with other laboratory and clinical parameters is considered an essential aid to patient management for the evaluation of rejection, toxicity, dose adjustments and compliance. Whole blood trough concentrations range can be found in Table 1.

    Factors influencing frequency of monitoring include but are not limited to hepatic or renal dysfunction, the addition or discontinuation of potentially interacting drugs and the post-transplant time. Blood concentration monitoring is not a replacement for renal and liver function monitoring and tissue biopsies. Data from clinical trials show that tacrolimus whole blood concentrations were most variable during the first week post-transplantation.

    The relative risks of toxicity and efficacy failure are related to tacrolimus whole blood trough concentrations. Therefore, monitoring of whole blood trough concentrations is recommended to assist in the clinical evaluation of toxicity and efficacy failure.

    Methods commonly used for the assay of tacrolimus include high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometric detection (HPLC/MS/MS) and immunoassays. Immunoassays may react with metabolites as well as parent compound. Therefore assay results obtained with immunoassays may have a positive bias relative to results of HPLC/MS. The bias may depend upon the specific assay and laboratory. Comparison of the concentrations in published literature to patient concentrations using the current assays must be made with detailed knowledge of the assay methods and biological matrices employed. Whole blood is the matrix of choice and specimens should be collected into tubes containing ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) anti-coagulant. Heparin anti-coagulation is not recommended because of the tendency to form clots on storage. Samples which are not analyzed immediately should be stored at room temperature or in a refrigerator and assayed within 7 days; see assay instructions for specifics. If samples are to be kept longer they should be deep frozen at -20° C. One study showed drug recovery >90% for samples stored at -20° C for 6 months, with reduced recovery observed after 6 months.


  • 3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

    Tacrolimus Capsules USP, 0.5 mg are white to off white powder filled in hard gelatin capsule of size ‘4’, dark yellow opaque cap imprinted with ‘0.5 MG’ and dark yellow opaque body imprinted with ‘RDY 525’using red ink.

    Tacrolimus Capsules USP, 1 mg are white to off white powder filled in hard gelatin capsule of size ‘4’, white opaque cap imprinted with ‘1 MG’ and white opaque body imprinted with ‘RDY 526’using red ink.

    Tacrolimus Capsules USP, 5 mg are white to off white powder filled in hard gelatin capsule of size ‘4’, dark grayish red opaque cap imprinted with ‘5 MG’ and dark grayish red  opaque body imprinted with ‘RDY 527’ using white ink.


  • 4 CONTRAINDICATIONS

    Tacrolimus is contraindicated in patients with a hypersensitivity to tacrolimus. Tacrolimus injection is contraindicated in patients with a hypersensitivity to HCO-60 (polyoxyl 60 hydrogenated castor oil). Hypersensitivity symptoms reported include dyspnea, rash, pruritus, and acute respiratory distress syndrome [see Adverse Reactions (6)].


  • 5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

    5.1 Lymphoma and Other Malignancies

    Patients receiving immunosuppressants, including tacrolimus, are at increased risk of developing lymphomas and other malignancies, particularly of the skin [see Boxed Warning]. The risk appears to be related to the intensity and duration of immunosuppression rather than to the use of any specific agent.

    As usual for patients with increased risk for skin cancer, exposure to sunlight and UV light should be limited by wearing protective clothing and using a sunscreen with a high protection factor.

    Post transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) has been reported in immunosuppressed organ transplant recipients. The majority of PTLD events appear related to Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) infection. The risk of PTLD appears greatest in those individuals who are EBV seronegative, a population which includes many young children.

    5.2 Serious Infections

    Patients receiving immunosuppressants, including tacrolimus, are at increased risk of developing bacterial, viral, fungal, and protozoal infections, including opportunistic infections. These infections may lead to serious, including fatal, outcomes. Serious viral infections reported include:

    Polyoma virus-associated nephropathy (PVAN), mostly due to BK virus infection

    JC virus-associated progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML)

    Cytomegalovirus infections: CMV seronegative transplant patients who receive an organ from a CMV seropositive donor disease are at higher risk of developing CMV viremia and CMV disease.  

    Monitor for the development of infection and adjust the immunosuppressive regimen to balance the risk of rejection with the risk of infection [see Adverse Reactions (6.1, 6.2)].  

    5.3 Not Interchangeable With Extended-Release Tacrolimus Products -Medication Errors

    Medication errors, including substitution and dispensing errors, between tacrolimus immediate-release products and tacrolimus extended-release products were reported outside the U.S. This led to serious adverse reactions, including graft rejection, or other adverse reactions due to under-or over-exposure to tacrolimus. Tacrolimus is not interchangeable or substitutable with tacrolimus extended-release products. Instruct patients and caregivers to recognize the appearance of tacrolimus dosage forms [see Dosage Forms and Strengths (3)].

    5.4 New Onset Diabetes After Transplant

    Tacrolimus was shown to cause new onset diabetes mellitus in clinical trials of kidney, liver and heart transplantation. New onset diabetes after transplantation may be reversible in some patients. African-American and Hispanic kidney transplant patients are at an increased risk. Blood glucose concentrations should be monitored closely in patients using tacrolimus [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

    5.5 Nephrotoxicity

    Tacrolimus, like other calcineurin inhibitors, can cause acute or chronic nephrotoxicity. Nephrotoxicity was reported in clinical trials [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)]. Consider dosage reduction in patients with elevated serum creatinine and tacrolimus whole blood trough concentrations greater than the recommended range. The risk for nephrotoxicity may increase when tacrolimus is concomitantly administered with CYP3A inhibitors (by increasing tacrolimus whole blood concentrations) or drugs associated with nephrotoxicity (e.g., aminoglycosides, ganciclovir, amphotericin B, cisplatin, nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors, protease inhibitors) [see Drug Interactions (7.2)]. Monitor renal function and consider dosage reduction if nephrotoxicity occurs.

    5.6 Neurotoxicity

    Tacrolimus may cause a spectrum of neurotoxicities. The most severe neurotoxicities include posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES), delirium, seizure and coma, others include tremors, paresthesias, headache, mental status changes, and changes in motor and sensory functions [see Adverse Reactions (6.1, 6.2)]. As symptoms may be associated with tacrolimus whole blood trough concentrations at or above the recommended range, monitor for neurologic symptoms and consider dosage reduction or discontinuation of tacrolimus if neurotoxicity occurs.    

    5.7 Hyperkalemia

    Hyperkalemia has been reported with tacrolimus use. Serum potassium levels should be monitored. Careful consideration should be given prior to use of other agents also associated with hyperkalemia (e.g., potassium-sparing diuretics, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers) during tacrolimus therapy[see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

    5.8 Hypertension

    Hypertension is a common adverse effect of tacrolimus therapy and may require antihypertensive therapy [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)]. The control of blood pressure can be accomplished with any of the common antihypertensive agents, though careful consideration should be given prior to use of antihypertensive agents associated with hyperkalemia (e.g., potassium-sparing diuretics, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers) [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7)]. ].

    Calcium-channel blocking agents may increase tacrolimus blood concentrations and therefore require dosage reduction of tacrolimus [see Drug Interactions (7.2)].

    5.9 Anaphylactic Reactions with Tacrolimus Injection

    Anaphylactic reactions have occurred with injectables containing castor oil derivatives, including tacrolimus, in a small percentage of patients (0.6%). The exact cause of these reactions is not known. Tacrolimus injection should be reserved for patients who are unable to take tacrolimus orally. Monitor patients for anaphylaxis when using the intravenous route of administration [see Dosage and Administration (2.1)].

    5.10 Not Recommended for Use with Sirolimus

    Tacrolimus capsules are not recommended for use with sirolimus:  

    • The use of sirolimus with tacrolimus in studies of de novo liver transplant patients was associated with an excess mortality, graft loss, and hepatic artery thrombosis (HAT) and is not recommended.  
    • The use of sirolimus (2 mg per day) with tacrolimus in heart transplant patients in a U.S. trial was associated with increased risk of renal function impairment, wound healing complications, and insulin-dependent post-transplant diabetes mellitus, and is not recommended [see Clinical Studies (14.3)].

    5.11 Interactions with CYP3A4 Inhibitors and Inducers

    When co-administering tacrolimus with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors (e.g., telaprevir, boceprevir, ritonavir, ketoconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole, clarithromycin) and strong inducers (e.g., rifampin, rifabutin) adjustments in the dosing regimen of tacrolimus and subsequent frequent monitoring of tacrolimus whole blood trough concentrations and tacrolimus-associated adverse reactions are recommended  [see Drug Interactions (7)].   

    5.12 QT Prolongation

    Tacrolimus may prolong the QT/QTc interval and may cause Torsade de Pointes. Avoid tacrolimus in patients with congenital long QT syndrome. In patients with congestive heart failure, bradyarrhythmias, those taking certain antiarrhythmic medications or other medicinal products that lead to QT prolongation, and those with electrolyte disturbances such as hypokalemia, hypocalcemia, or hypomagnesemia, consider obtaining electrocardiograms and monitoring electrolytes (magnesium, potassium, calcium) periodically during treatment.  

    When co-administering tacrolimus with other substrates and/or inhibitors of CYP3A4 that also have the potential to prolong the QT interval, a reduction in tacrolimus dose, frequent monitoring of tacrolimus whole blood concentrations, and monitoring for QT prolongation is recommended. Use of tacrolimus with amiodarone has been reported to result in increased tacrolimus whole blood concentrations with or without concurrent QT prolongation [see Drug Interactions (7)].

    5.13 Myocardial Hypertrophy

    Myocardial hypertrophy has been reported in infants, children, and adults, particularly those with high tacrolimus trough concentrations, and is generally manifested by echocardiographically demonstrated concentric increases in left ventricular posterior wall and interventricular septum thickness. This condition appears reversible in most cases following dose reduction or discontinuance of therapy. In patients who develop renal failure or clinical manifestations of ventricular dysfunction while receiving tacrolimus therapy, echocardiographic evaluation should be considered. If myocardial hypertrophy is diagnosed, dosage reduction or discontinuation of tacrolimus should be considered [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)].

    5.14 Immunizations

    The use of live vaccines should be avoided during treatment with tacrolimus; examples include (not limited to) the following: intranasal influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, oral polio, BCG, yellow fever, varicella, and TY21a typhoid vaccines.

    5.15 Pure Red Cell Aplasia

    Cases of pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) have been reported in patients treated with tacrolimus. A mechanism for tacrolimus-induced PRCA has not been elucidated. All patients reported risk factors for PRCA such as parvovirus B19 infection, underlying disease, or concomitant medications associated with PRCA. If PRCA is diagnosed, discontinuation of tacrolimus should be considered [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)].


  • 6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

    The following serious and otherwise important adverse drug reactions are discussed in greater detail in other sections of labeling:

    • Lymphoma and Other Malignancies [see Boxed Warning, Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]
    • Serious Infections [see Boxed Warning, Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]
    • New Onset Diabetes After Transplant [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)]
    • Nephrotoxicity [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)]
    • Neurotoxicity [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)]
    • Hyperkalemia [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7)]
    • Hypertension [see Warnings and Precautions (5.8)]
    • Anaphylactic Reactions with Tacrolimus Injection [see Warnings and Precautions(5.9)]
    • Myocardial Hypertrophy [see Warnings and Precautions (5.13)]
    • Pure Red Cell Aplasia [see Warnings and Precautions (5.15)]

    6.1 Clinical Studies Experience

    Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice. In addition, the clinical trials were not designed to establish comparative differences across study arms with regards to the adverse reactions discussed below.

    Kidney Transplantation

    The incidence of adverse reactions was determined in three randomized kidney transplant trials. One of the trials used azathioprine (AZA) and corticosteroids and two of the trials used mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and corticosteroids concomitantly for maintenance immunosuppression.

    Tacrolimus-based immunosuppression in conjunction with azathioprine and corticosteroids following kidney transplantation was assessed in a trial where 205 patients received tacrolimus-based immunosuppression and 207 patients received cyclosporine-based immunosuppression. The trial population had a mean age of 43 years (mean±SD was 43±13 years on tacrolimus and 44±12 years on cyclosporine arm), the distribution was 61% male, and the composition was White (58%), African-American (25%), Hispanic (12%) and Other (5%). The 12 month post-transplant information from this trial is presented below.

    The most common adverse reactions ( ≥ 30%) observed in tacrolimus-treated kidney transplant patients are: infection, tremor, hypertension, abnormal renal function, constipation, diarrhea, headache, abdominal pain, insomnia, nausea, hypomagnesemia, urinary tract infection, hypophosphatemia, peripheral edema, asthenia, pain, hyperlipidemia, hyperkalemia and anemia. Based on reported adverse reactions terms related to decreased renal function, nephrotoxicity was reported in approximately 52% of kidney transplantation patients.

    Adverse reactions that occurred in ≥ 15% of kidney transplant patients treated with tacrolimus in conjunction with azathioprine are presented below:

    Table 4. Kidney Transplantation: Adverse Reactions Occurring in ≥ 15% of Patients Treated with Tacrolimus in Conjunction with Azathioprine (AZA)

      Tacrolimus/AZA (N=205) Cyclosporine/AZA (N=207)
    Nervous System
    Tremor
    Headache
    Insomnia
    Paresthesia
    Dizziness
    54%
    44%
    32%
    23%
    19%
    34%
    38%
    30%
    16%
    16%
    Gastrointestinal    
    Diarrhea
    Nausea
    Constipation
    Vomiting 
    Dyspepsia
    44%
    38%
    35%
    29%
    28%
    41%
    36%
    43%
    23%
    20%
    Cardiovascular    
    Hypertension
    Chest Pain
    50%
    19%
    52%
    13%
    Urogenital    
    Creatinine Increased 
    Urinary Tract Infection
    45%
    34%
    42%
    35%
    Metabolic and Nutritional    
    Hypophosphatemia
    Hypomagnesemia
    Hyperlipemia
    Hyperkalemia
    Diabetes Mellitus
    Hypokalemia
    Hyperglycemia
    Edema
    49%
    34%
    31%
    31%
    24%
    22%
    22%
    18%
    53%
    17%
    38%
    32%
    9%
    25%
    16%
    19%
    Hemic and Lymphatic    
    Anemia
    Leukopenia
    30%
    15%
    24%
    17%
    Miscellaneous    
    Infection 45% 49%
    Peripheral Edema
    Asthenia
    Abdominal Pain
    Pain
    Fever
    Back Pain
    36% 
    34%
    33%
    32%
    29%
    24%
    48%
    30%
    31%
    30% 
    29% 
    20%
    Respiratory System    
    Dyspnea Cough Increased 22%
    18%
    18%
    15%
    Musculoskeletal    
    Arthralgia 25% 24%
    Skin    
    Rash Pruritus 17%
    15%
    12% 
    7%

    Two trials were conducted for tacrolimus-based immunosuppression in conjunction with MMF and corticosteroids. In the non-US trial (Study 1), the incidence of adverse reactions was based on 1195 kidney transplant patients that received tacrolimus (Group C, n=403), or one of two cyclosporine (CsA) regimens (Group A, n=384 and Group B, n=408) in combination with MMF and corticosteroids; all patients, except those in one of the two cyclosporine groups, also receivedinduction with daclizumab. The trial population had a mean age of 46 years (range 17 to 76), the distribution was 65% male, and the composition was 93% Caucasian. The 12 month post-transplant information from this trial is presented below.

    Adverse reactions that occurred in ≥ 10% of kidney transplant patients treated with tacrolimus in conjunction with MMF in Study 1 [Note: This trial was conducted entirely outside of the United States. Such trials often report a lower incidence of adverse reactions in comparison to U.S. trials] are presented below:

    Table 5. Kidney Transplantation: Adverse Reactions Occurring in ≥ 10% of Patients Treated with Tacrolimus in Conjunction with MMF (Study 1)

      Tacrolimus Cyclosporine Cyclosporine
      (Group C) (Group A) (Group B)
      (N=403) (N=384) (N=408)
    Diarrhea 25% 16% 13%
    Urinary Tract Infection 24% 28% 24%
    Anemia 17% 19% 17%
    Hypertension 13% 14% 12%
    Leukopenia 13% 10% 10%
    Edema Peripheral 11% 12% 13%
    Hyperlipidemia 10% 15% 13%
    Key: Group A = CsA/MMF/CS, B = CsA/MMF/CS/Daclizumab, C=Tac/MMF/CS/Daclizumab CsA = Cyclosporine, CS = Corticosteroids, Tac = Tacrolimus, MMF = mycophenolate mofetil

    In the U.S. trial (Study 2) with tacrolimus-based immunosuppression in conjunction with MMF and corticosteroids, 424 kidney transplant patients received tacrolimus (n=212) or cyclosporine (n=212) in combination with MMF 1 gram twice daily, basiliximab induction, and corticosteroids. The trial population had a mean age of 48 years (range 17 to 77), the distribution was 63% male, and the composition was White (74%), African-American (20%), Asian (3%) and Other (3%). The 12 month post-transplant information from this trial is presented below.

    Adverse reactions that occurred in ≥15% of kidney transplant patients treated with tacrolimus in conjunction with MMF in Study 2 are presented below:

    Table 6. Kidney Transplantation: Adverse Reactions Occurring in ≥ 15% of Patients Treated with Tacrolimus in Conjunction with MMF (Study 2)

      Tacrolimus/MMF Cyclosporine/MMF
      (N=212) (N=212)
    Gastrointestinal Disorders    
    Diarrhea 44% 26%
    Nausea 39% 47%
    Constipation  36% 41%
    Vomiting 26% 25%
    Dyspepsia 18% 15%
    Injury, Poisoning, and Procedural Complications    
    Post-Procedural Pain 29% 27%
    Incision Site Complication 28% 23%
    Graft Dysfunction 24% 18%
    Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders    
    Hypomagnesemia 28% 22%
    Hypophosphatemia 28% 21%
    Hyperkalemia 26% 19%
    Hyperglycemia 21% 15%
    Hyperlipidemia 18% 25%
    Hypokalemia 16% 18%
    Nervous System Disorders    
    Tremor 34% 20%
    Headache 24% 25%
    Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders    
    Anemia 30% 28%
    Leukopenia  16% 12%
    Miscellaneous    
    Edema Peripheral 35% 46%
    Hypertension 32% 35%
    Insomnia 30% 21%
    Urinary Tract Infection 26% 22%
    Blood Creatinine Increased 23% 23%

    Less frequently observed adverse reactions in kidney transplantation patients are described under the subsection Less Frequently Reported Adverse Reactions (> 3% and < 15%) in Liver, Kidney, and Heart Transplant Studies.”  

    Liver Transplantation

    There were two randomized comparative liver transplant trials. In the U.S. trial, 263 adult and pediatric patients received tacrolimus and steroids and 266 patients received cyclosporine-based immunosuppressive regimen (CsA/AZA). The trial population had a mean age of 44 years (range 0.4 to70), the distribution was 52% male, and the composition was White (78%), African-American (5%), Asian (2%), Hispanic (13%) and Other (2%). In the European trial, 270 patients received tacrolimus and steroids and 275 patients received CsA/AZA. The trial population had a mean age of 46 years (range 15 to 68), the distribution was 59% male, and the composition was White (95.4%), Black (1%), Asian (2%) and Other (2%).

    The proportion of patients reporting more than one adverse event was > 99% in both the tacrolimus group and the CsA/AZA group. Precautions must be taken when comparing the incidence of adverse reactions in the U.S. trial to that in the European trial. The 12-month post-transplant information from the U.S. trial and from the European trial is presented below. The two trials also included different patient populations and patients were treated with immunosuppressive regimens of differing intensities. Adverse reactions reported in ≥15% in tacrolimus patients (combined trial results) are presented below for the two controlled trials in liver transplantation.

    The most common adverse reactions (≥ 40%) observed in tacrolimus-treated liver transplant patients are: tremor, headache, diarrhea, hypertension, nausea, abnormal renal function, abdominal pain, insomnia, paresthesia, anemia, pain, fever, asthenia, hyperkalemia, hypomagnesemia, and hyperglycemia. These all occur with oral and IV administration of tacrolimus and some may respond to a reduction in dosing (e.g., tremor, headache, paresthesia, hypertension). Diarrhea was sometimes associated with other gastrointestinal complaints such as nausea and vomiting. Based on reported adverse reactions terms related to decreased renal function, nephrotoxicity was reported in approximately 40% and 36% of liver transplantation patients receiving tacrolimus in the U.S. and European randomized trials.

    Table 7. Liver Transplantation: Adverse Reactions Occurring in ≥ 15% of Patients Treated with Tacrolimus

    U.S. TRIAL EUROPEAN TRIAL
      Tacrolimus Cyclosporine/ Tacrolimus Cyclosporine/
      (N=250) AZA (N=264) AZA
        (N=250)   (N=265)
    Nervous System        
    Headache 64% 60% 37% 26%
    Insomnia 64% 68% 32% 23%
    Tremor 56% 46% 48% 32%
    Paresthesia 40% 30% 17% 17%
    Gastrointestinal        
    Diarrhea 72% 47% 37% 27%
    Nausea 46% 37% 32% 27%
    LFT Abnormal 36% 30% 6% 5%
    Anorexia 34% 24% 7% 5%
    Vomiting 27% 15% 14% 11%
    Constipation 24% 27% 23% 21%
    Cardiovascular        
    Hypertension 47% 56% 38% 43%
    Urogenital        
    Kidney Function Abnormal 40% 27% 36% 23%
    Creatinine Increased 39% 25% 24% 19%
    BUN Increased 30% 22% 12% 9%
    Oliguria 18% 15% 19% 12%
    Urinary Tract Infection 16% 18% 21% 19%
    Metabolic and Nutritional        
    Hypomagnesemia 48% 45% 16% 9%
    Hyperglycemia 47% 38% 33% 22%
    Hyperkalemia 45% 26% 13% 9%
    Hypokalemia 29% 34% 13% 16%
    Hemic and Lymphatic        
    Anemia 47% 38% 5% 1%
    Leukocytosis 32% 26% 8% 8%
    Thrombocytopenia 24% 20% 14% 19%
    Miscellaneous        
    Pain 63% 57% 24% 22%
    Abdominal Pain 59% 54% 29% 22%
    Asthenia 52% 48% 11% 7%
    Fever 48% 56% 19% 22%
    Back Pain 30% 29% 17% 17%
    Ascites 27% 22% 7% 8%
    Peripheral Edema 26% 26% 12% 14%
    Respiratory System        
    Pleural Effusion 30% 32% 36% 35%
    Dyspnea 29% 23% 5% 4%
    Atelectasis 28% 30% 5% 4%
    Skin and Appendages        
    Pruritus 36% 20% 15% 7%
    Rash 24% 19% 10% 4%

    Less frequently observed adverse reactions in liver transplantation patients are described under the subsection “Less Frequently Reported Adverse Reactions (> 3% and < 15%) in Liver, Kidney, and Heart Transplant Studies.”

    Heart Transplantation

    The incidence of adverse reactions was determined based on two trials in primary orthotopic heart transplantation. In a trial conducted in Europe, 314 patients received a regimen of antibody induction, corticosteroids and azathioprine (AZA) in combination with tacrolimus (n=157) or cyclosporine (n=157) for 18 months. The trial population had a mean age of 51 years (range 18 to 65), the distribution was 82% male, and the composition was White (96%), Black (3%) and other(1%).

    The most common adverse reactions (≥ 15%) observed in tacrolimus-treated heart transplant patients are: abnormal renal function, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, CMV infection, tremor, hyperglycemia, leukopenia, infection, anemia, bronchitis, pericardial effusion, urinary tract infection and hyperlipemia. Based on reported adverse reactions terms related to decreased renal function, nephrotoxicity was reported in approximately 59% of heart transplantation patients in the European trial.

    Adverse reactions in heart transplant patients in the European trial are presented below:

    Table 9. Heart Transplantation: Adverse Reactions Occurring in ≥ 15% of Patients Treated with Tacrolimus in Conjunction with Azathioprine (AZA)

      Tacrolimus/AZA (n=157) Cyclosporine/AZA(n=157)
    Cardiovascular System    
    Hypertension 62% 69%
    Pericardial Effusion 15% 14%
    Body as a Whole    
    CMV Infection 32% 30%
    Infection 24% 21%
    Metabolic and Nutritional Disorders    
    Diabetes Mellitus 26% 16%
    Hyperglycemia 23% 17%
    Hyperlipemia 18% 27%
    Hemic and Lymphatic System    
    Anemia 50% 36%
    Leukopenia  48% 39%
    Urogenital System    
    Kidney Function Abnormal 56% 57%
    Urinary Tract Infection 16% 12%
    Respiratory System    
    Bronchitis 17% 18%
    Nervous System    
    Tremor 15% 6%

    In the European trial, the cyclosporine trough concentrations were above the pre-defined target range (i.e., 100 to 200 ng/mL) at Day 122 and beyond in 32% to 68% of the patients in the cyclosporine treatment arm, whereas the tacrolimus trough concentrations were within the pre-defined target range (i.e., 5 to 15 ng/mL) in 74% to 86% of the patients in the tacrolimus treatment arm.

    In a U.S. trial, the incidence of adverse reactions was based on 331 heart transplant patients that received corticosteroids and tacrolimus in combination with sirolimus (n=109), tacrolimus in combination with MMF (n=107) or cyclosporine modified in combination with MMF (n=115) for 1 year. The trial population had a mean age of 53 years (range 18 to 75), the distribution was 78% male, and the composition was White (83%), African-American (13%) and other (4%).

    Only selected targeted treatment-emergent adverse reactions were collected in the U.S. heart transplantation trial. Those reactions that were reported at a rate of 15% or greater in patients treated with tacrolimus and MMF include the following: any target adverse reactions (99%), hypertension (89%), hyperglycemia requiring antihyperglycemic therapy (70%), hypertriglyceridemia (65%), anemia (hemoglobin <10.0 g/dL) (65%), fasting blood glucose >140 mg/dL (on two separate occasions) (61%), hypercholesterolemia (57%), hyperlipidemia (34%), WBCs <3,000 cells/mcL (34%), serious bacterial infections (30%), magnesium <1.2 mEq/L (24%), platelet count <75,000 cells/mcL (19%), and other opportunistic infections (15%).

    Other targeted treatment-emergent adverse reactions in tacrolimus-treated patients occurred at a rate of less than 15%, and include the following: Cushingoid features, impaired wound healing, hyperkalemia, Candida infection, and CMV infection/syndrome. Other less frequently observed adverse reactions in heart transplantation patients are described under the subsection “Less Frequently Reported Adverse Reactions (> 3% and < 15%) in Liver, Kidney and Heart Transplant Studies.”

    New Onset Diabetes After Transplant

    Kidney Transplantation

    New Onset Diabetes After Transplant (NODAT) is defined as a composite of fasting plasma glucose ≥126 mg/dL, HbA1C ≥ 6%, insulin use ≥ 30 days or oral hypoglycemic use. In a trial in kidney transplant patients (Study 2), NODAT was observed in 75% in the tacrolimus-treated and 61% in the Neoral-treated patients without pre-transplant history of diabetes mellitus (Table 10) [see Clinical Studies (14.1)].

    Table 10. Incidence of New Onset Diabetes After Transplant at 1 year in Kidney Transplant Recipients in a Phase 3 Trial (Study 2)

    Parameter        Treatment Group
    Tacrolimus/MMF(n = 212) Neoral/MMF(n = 212)
    NODAT 112/150 (75%) 93/152 (61%)
    Fasting Plasma Glucose ≥ 126 mg/dL 96/150 (64%) 80/152 (53%)
    HbA1C ≥ 6% 59/150 (39%) 28/152 (18%)
    Insulin Use ≥ 30 days 9/150 (6%) 4/152 (3%)
    Oral Hypoglycemic Use 15/150 (10%) 5/152 (3%)

    In early trials of tacrolimus, Post-Transplant Diabetes Mellitus (PTDM) was evaluated with a more limited criterion of “use of insulin for 30 or more consecutive days with < 5 day gap” in patients without a prior history of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. Data are presented in Tables 11 to 14. PTDM was reported in 20% of Tacrolimus/Azathioprine (AZA)-treated kidney transplant patients without pre-transplant history of diabetes mellitus in a Phase 3 trial (Table 11). The median time to onset of PTDM was 68 days. Insulin dependence was reversible in 15% of these PTDM patients at one year and in 50% at 2 years post-transplant. African-American and Hispanic kidney transplant patients were at an increased risk of development of PTDM (Table 12).

    Table 11. Incidence of Post-Transplant Diabetes Mellitus and Insulin Use at 2 Years in Kidney Transplant Recipients in a Phase 3 Trial using Azathioprine (AZA)

    Status of PTDM* Tacrolimus/AZA CsA/AZA
    Patients without pre-transplant history of diabetes mellitus 151 151
    New onset PTDM*, 1st Year 30/151 (20%) 6/151 (4%)
    Still insulin-dependent at one year in those without prior history of diabetes 25/151 (17%) 5/151 (3%)
    New onset PTDM* post 1 year 1 0
    Patients with PTDM*  at 2 years 16/151 (11%) 5/151 (3%)

    * Use of insulin for 30 or more consecutive days, with < 5 day gap, without a prior history of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. 

    Table 12. Development of Post-Transplant Diabetes Mellitus by Race or Ethnicity and by Treatment Group During First Year Post Kidney Transplantation in a Phase 3 Trial

    Patient Race Patients Who Developed PTDM*
    Tacrolimus Cyclosporine
    African-American 15/41 (37%) 3 (8%)
    Hispanic 5/17 (29%) 1 (6%)
    Caucasian 10/82 (12%) 1 (1%)
    Other 0/11 (0%) 1 (10%)
    Total 30/151 (20%) 6 (4%)

    * Use of insulin for 30 or more consecutive days, with < 5 day gap, without a prior history of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus.

    Liver Transplantation

    Insulin-dependent PTDM was reported in 18% and 11% of tacrolimus-treated liver transplant patients and was reversible in 45% and 31% of these patients at 1 year post-transplant, in the U.S. and European randomized trials, respectively, (Table 13). Hyperglycemia was associated with the use of tacrolimus in 47% and 33% of liver transplant recipients in the U.S. and European randomized trials, respectively, and may require treatment [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)]. 

    Table 13. Incidence of Post-Transplant Diabetes Mellitus and Insulin Use at 1 Year in Liver Transplant Recipients

    Status of PTDM* US Trial European Trial
    Tacrolimus Cyclosporine Tacrolimus Cyclosporine
    Patients at risk† 239 236 239 249
    New Onset PTDM* 42 (18%) 30 (13%) 26 (11%) 12 (5%)
    Patients still on insulin at 1 year 23 (10%) 19 (8%) 18 (8%) 6 (2%)

    * Use of insulin for 30 or more consecutive days, with < 5 day gap, without a prior history of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus.

    † Patients without pre-transplant history of diabetes mellitus.

    Heart Transplantation

    Insulin-dependent PTDM was reported in 13% and 22% of tacrolimus-treated heart transplant patients receiving mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) or azathioprine (AZA) and was reversible in 30% and 17% of these patients at one year post-transplant, in the U.S. and European randomized trials, respectively (Table 14). Hyperglycemia defined as two fasting plasma glucose levels ≥126 mg/dL was reported with the use of tacrolimus plus MMF or AZA in 32% and 35% of heart transplant recipients in the U.S. and European randomized trials, respectively, and may require treatment [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

    Table 14. Incidence of Post-Transplant Diabetes Mellitus and Insulin Use at 1 Year in Heart Transplant Recipients

    Status of PTDM* US Trial European Trial
      Tacrolimus /MMF Cyclosporine/MMF Tacrolimus/ AZA Cyclosporine/AZA
    Patients at risk† 75  83 132 138
    New Onset PTDM* 10 (13%) 6 (7%) 29 (22%) 5 (4%)
    Patients still on insulin at1 year‡ 7 (9%) 1 (1%) 24 (18%) 4 (3%)

    * Use of insulin for 30 or more consecutive days without a prior history of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus.

    † Patients without pre-transplant history of diabetes mellitus.

    ‡ 7 to 12 months for the U.S. trial.

    Less Frequently Reported Adverse Reactions (>3% and <15%) in Liver, Kidney, and Heart Transplant Studies

    The following adverse reactions were reported in either liver, kidney, and/or heart transplant recipients who were treated with tacrolimus in clinical trials. 

    • Nervous System [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)]: Abnormal dreams, agitation, amnesia, anxiety, confusion, convulsion, crying, depression, elevated mood, emotional lability, encephalopathy, hemorrhagic stroke, hallucinations, hypertonia, incoordination, monoparesis, myoclonus, nerve compression, nervousness, neuralgia, neuropathy, paralysis flaccid, psychomotor skills impaired, psychosis, quadriparesis, somnolence, thinking abnormal, vertigo, writing impaired

    • Special Senses: Abnormal vision, amblyopia, ear pain, otitis media, tinnitus 

    • Gastrointestinal: Cholangitis, cholestatic jaundice, duodenitis, dysphagia, esophagitis, flatulence, gastritis, gastroesophagitis, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, GGT increase, GI disorder, GI perforation, hepatitis, hepatitis granulomatous, ileus, increased appetite, jaundice, liver damage, esophagitis ulcerative, oral moniliasis, pancreatic pseudocyst, stomatitis 

    • Cardiovascular: Abnormal ECG, angina pectoris, arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, bradycardia, cardiac fibrillation, cardiopulmonary failure, congestive heart failure, deep thrombophlebitis, echocardiogram abnormal, electrocardiogram QRS complex abnormal, electrocardiogram ST segment abnormal, heart failure, heart rate decreased, hemorrhage, hypotension, phlebitis, postural hypotension, syncope, tachycardia, thrombosis, vasodilatation  

    • Urogenital: Acute kidney failure [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)], albuminuria, BK nephropathy, bladder spasm, cystitis, dysuria, hematuria, hydronephrosis, kidney failure, kidney tubular necrosis, nocturia, pyuria, toxic nephropathy, urge incontinence, urinary frequency, urinary incontinence, urinary retention, vaginitis  

    • Metabolic/Nutritional: Acidosis, alkaline phosphatase increased, alkalosis, ALT (SGPT) increased, AST (SGOT) increased, bicarbonate decreased, bilirubinemia, dehydration, GGT increased, gout, healing abnormal, hypercalcemia, hypercholesterolemia, hyperphosphatemia, hyperuricemia, hypervolemia, hypocalcemia, hypoglycemia, hyponatremia, hypoproteinemia, lactic dehydrogenase increase, weight gain 

    • Endocrine: Cushing’s syndrome 

    • Hemic/Lymphatic: Coagulation disorder, ecchymosis, haematocrit increased, hypochromic anemia, leukocytosis, polycythemia, prothrombin decreased, serum iron decreased 

    • Miscellaneous: Abdomen enlarged, abscess, accidental injury, allergic reaction, cellulitis, chills, fall, flu syndrome, generalized edema, hernia, mobility decreased, peritonitis, photosensitivity reaction, sepsis, temperature intolerance, ulcer  

    • Musculoskeletal: Arthralgia, cramps, generalized spasm, leg cramps, myalgia, myasthenia, osteoporosis  

    • Respiratory: Asthma, emphysema, hiccups, lung function decreased, pharyngitis, pneumonia, pneumothorax, pulmonary edema, rhinitis, sinusitis, voice alteration 

    • Skin: Acne, alopecia, exfoliative dermatitis, fungal dermatitis, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, hirsutism, neoplasm skin benign, skin discoloration, skin ulcer, sweating

    6.2 Postmarketing Adverse Reactions

    The following adverse reactions have been reported from worldwide marketing experience with tacrolimus. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure. Decisions to include these reactions in labeling are typically based on one or more of the following factors: (1) seriousness of the reaction, (2) frequency of the reporting, or (3)  strength of causal connection to the drug.

    Other reactions include:

    • Cardiovascular: Atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiac arrest, electrocardiogram T wave abnormal, flushing, myocardial infarction, myocardial ischemia, pericardial effusion, QT prolongation, Torsade de Pointes, venous thrombosis deep limb, ventricular extrasystoles, ventricular fibrillation, myocardial hypertrophy [see Warnings and Precautions (5.13)]

    • Gastrointestinal: Bile duct stenosis, colitis, enterocolitis, gastroenteritis, gastrooesophageal reflux disease, hepatic cytolysis, hepatic necrosis, hepatotoxicity, impaired gastric emptying, liver fatty, mouth ulceration, pancreatitis hemorrhagic, pancreatitis necrotizing, stomach ulcer, veno-occlusive liver disease

    • Hemic/Lymphatic: Agranulocytosis, disseminated intravascular coagulation, hemolytic anemia, neutropenia, pancytopenia, thrombocytopenic purpura, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, pure red cell aplasia [see Warnings and Precautions (5.15)]

    • Infections: Cases of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), sometimes fatal; -polyoma virus-associated nephropathy, (PVAN) including graft loss · [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]

    • Metabolic/Nutritional: Glycosuria, increased amylase including pancreatitis, weight decreased 

      Miscellaneous: Feeling hot and cold, feeling jittery, hot flushes, multi-organ failure, primary graft dysfunction 

    • Nervous System: Carpal tunnel syndrome, cerebral infarction, hemiparesis, leukoencephalopathy, mental disorder, mutism, posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES)· [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)], progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) · [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)], quadriplegia, speech disorder, syncope  

    • Respiratory: Acute respiratory distress syndrome, interstitial lung disease, lung infiltration, respiratory distress, respiratory failure 

    • Skin: Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis 

    • Special Senses: Blindness, blindness cortical, hearing loss including deafness, photophobia 

    • Urogenital: Acute renal failure, cystitis hemorrhagic, hemolytic-uremic syndrome, micturition disorder


  • 7 DRUG INTERACTIONS

    7.1 Mycophenolic Acid

    When tacrolimus is prescribed with a given dose of a mycophenolic acid (MPA) product, exposure to MPA is higher with tacrolimus co-administration than with cyclosporine co-administration because cyclosporine interrupts the enterohepatic recirculation of MPA while tacrolimus does not. Monitor for MPA associated adverse reactions and reduce the dose of concomitantly administered mycophenolic acid products as needed.

    7.2 Effects of Other Drugs on tacrolimus

    Table 15 displays the effects of other drugs on tacrolimus

    Table 15: Effects of Other Drugs/Substances on Tacrolimus*

    Drug/Substance Class or Name Drug Interaction Effect Recommendations
    Grapefruit or grapefruit juice† May increase tacrolimus whole blood trough concentrations and increase the risk of serious adverse reactions (e.g., neurotoxicity, QT prolongation) [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6, 5.11, 5.12)].

    Avoid grapefruit or grapefruit juice.
    Strong CYP3A Inducers‡: Antimycobacterials (e.g., rifampin, rifabutin), anticonvulsants (e.g., phenytoin, carbamazepine and phenobarbital), St John’s Wort   May decrease tacrolimus whole blood trough concentrations and increase the risk of rejection [see Warnings and Precautions (5.11)].
     
    Increase tacrolimus dose and monitor tacrolimus whole blood trough concentrations [see Dosage and Administration (2.3, 2.7) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].
    Strong CYP3A Inhibitors‡: Protease inhibitors (e.g, nelfinavir, telaprevir, boceprevir, ritonavir), azole antifungals (e.g., voriconazole, posaconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole), antibiotics (e.g., clarithromycin, troleandomycin, chloramphenicol), nefazodone, schisandra sphenanthera extracts   May increase tacrolimus whole blood trough concentrations and increase the risk of serious adverse reactions (e.g., neurotoxicity, QT prolongation) [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6, 5.11,5.12)].
     
    Reduce tacrolimus dose (for voriconazole and posaconazole, give one-third of the original dose) and adjust dose based on tacrolimus whole blood trough concentrations [see Dosage and Administration (2.3, 2.7) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].
    Mild or Moderate CYP3A Inhibitors: Clotrimazole, antibiotics (e.g., erythromycin, fluconazole), calcium channel blockers (e.g., verapamil, diltiazem, nifedipine, nicardipine), amiodarone, danazol, ethinyl estradiol, cimetidine, lansoprazole and omeprazole   May increase tacrolimus whole blood trough concentrations and increase the risk of serious adverse reactions (e.g., neurotoxicity, QT prolongation) [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6, 5.11, 5.12)].
    Monitor tacrolimus whole blood trough concentrations and reduce tacrolimus dose if needed [see Dosage and Administration (2.3, 2.7) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].
    Other drugs, such as: Magnesium and aluminum hydroxide antacids Metoclopramide
    May increase tacrolimus whole blood trough concentrations and increase the risk of serious adverse reactions (e.g., neurotoxicity, QT prolongation) [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6, 5.11, 5.12)].
    Monitor tacrolimus whole blood trough concentrations and reduce tacrolimus dose if needed [see Dosage and Administration (2.3, 2.7) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].
    Mild or Moderate CYP3A Inducers Methylprednisolone, prednisone May decrease tacrolimus concentrations. Monitor tacrolimus whole blood trough concentrations and adjust tacrolimus dose if needed [see Dosage and Administration (2.3, 2.7)].

    * Tacrolimus dosage adjustment recommendation based on observed effect of coadministered drug on tacrolimus exposures [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)], literature reports of altered tacrolimus exposures, or the other drug’s known CYP3A inhibitor/inducer status.

    † High dose or double strength grapefruit juice is a strong CYP3A inhibitor; low dose or single strength grapefruit juice is a moderate CYP3A inhibitor.

    ‡ Strong CYP3A inhibitor/inducer, based on reported effect on exposures to tacrolimus along with supporting in vitro CYP3A inhibitor/inducer data, or based on drug-drug interaction studies with midazolam (sensitive CYP3A probe substrate).


  • 8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

    8.1 Pregnancy

    Pregnancy Exposure Registry

    There is a pregnancy registry that monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to tacrolimus during pregnancy. The Transplantation Pregnancy Registry International (TPRI) is a voluntary pregnancy exposure registry that monitors outcomes of pregnancy in female transplant recipients and those fathered by male transplant recipients exposed to immunosuppressants including tacrolimus. Healthcare providers are encouraged to advise their patients to register by contacting the Transplantation Pregnancy Registry International at 1-877-955-6877 or https://www.transplantpregnancyregistry.org/.  

    Risk Summary

    Tacrolimus can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Data from postmarketing surveillance and TPRI suggest that infants exposed to tacrolimus in utero are at a risk of prematurity, birth defects/congenital anomalies, low birth weight, and fetal distress [see Human Data]. Advise pregnant women of the potential risk to the fetus. Administration of oral tacrolimus to pregnant rabbits and rats throughout the period of organogenesis was associated with maternal toxicity/lethality, and an increased incidence of abortion, malformation and embryofetal death at clinically relevant doses (0.5 to 6.9 times the recommended clinical dose range [0.2 to 0.075 mg/kg/day], on a mg/mbasis). Administration of oral tacrolimus to pregnant rats after organogenesis and throughout lactation produced maternal toxicity, effects on parturition, reduced pup viability and reduced pup weight at clinically relevant doses (0.8 to 6.9 times the recommended clinical dose range, on a mg/mbasis). Administration of oral tacrolimus to rats prior to mating, and throughout gestation and lactation produced maternal toxicity/lethality, marked effects on parturition, embryofetal loss, malformations, and reduced pup viability at clinically relevant doses (0.8 to 6.9 times the recommended clinical dose range, on a mg/mbasis). Interventricular septal defects, hydronephrosis, craniofacial malformations and skeletal effects were observed in offspring that died [see Animal Data].  

    The background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in the indicated population is unknown. In the U.S. general population, the estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies is 2 to 4% and 15 to 20%, respectively.  

    Clinical Considerations  

    Disease-Associated Maternal and/or Embryo-Fetal Risk  

    Risks during pregnancy are increased in organ transplant recipients.  

    The risk of premature delivery following transplantation is increased. Pre-existing hypertension and diabetes confer additional risk to the pregnancy of an organ transplant recipient. Pre-gestational and gestational diabetes are associated with birth defects/congenital anomalies, hypertension, low birth weight and fetal death.

    Cholestasis of pregnancy (COP) was reported in 7% of liver or liver-kidney (LK) transplant recipients, compared with approximately 1% of pregnancies in the general population. However, COP symptoms resolved postpartum and no long-term effects on the offspring were reported.

    Maternal Adverse Reactions

    Tacrolimus may increase hyperglycemia in pregnant women with diabetes (including gestational diabetes). Monitor maternal blood glucose levels regularly [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].  

    Tacrolimus may exacerbate hypertension in pregnant women and increase pre-eclampsia. Monitor and control blood pressure [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7, 5.8)].  

    Fetal/Neonatal Adverse Reactions  

    Renal dysfunction, transient neonatal hyperkalemia and low birth weight have been reported at the time of delivery in infants of mothers taking tacrolimus.  

    Labor or Delivery

    There is an increased risk for premature delivery (< 37 weeks) following transplantation and maternal exposure to tacrolimus.  

    Data  

    Human Data

    There are no adequate and well controlled studies on the effects of tacrolimus in human pregnancy. Safety data from the TPRI and postmarketing surveillance suggest infants exposed to tacrolimus in utero have an increased risk for miscarriage, pre-term delivery (< 37 weeks), low birth weight (< 2500 g), birth defects/congenital anomalies and fetal distress.  

    TPRI reported 450 and 241 total pregnancies in kidney and liver transplant recipients exposed to tacrolimus, respectively. The TPRI pregnancy outcomes are summarized in Table 15. In the table below, the number of recipients exposed to tacrolimus concomitantly with mycophenolic acid (MPA) products during the preconception and first trimester periods is high (27% and 29% for renal and liver transplant recipients, respectively). Because MPA products may also cause birth defects, the birth defect rate may be confounded and this should be taken into consideration when reviewing the data, particularly for birth defects. Birth defects observed include cardiac malformations, craniofacial malformations, renal/urogenital disorders, skeletal abnormalities, neurological abnormalities and multiple malformations.  

    Table 16. TPRI Reported Pregnancy Outcomes in Transplant Recipients with Exposure to Tacrolimus

      Kidney Liver
    Pregnancy Outcomes* 462 253
    Miscarriage 24.5% 25%
    Live births 331 180
    Pre-term delivery (< 37 weeks) 49% 42%
    Low birth weight (< 2500 g) 42% 30%
    Birth defects 8%† 5%

    * Includes multiple births and terminations.

    † Birth defect rate confounded by concomitant MPA products exposure in over half of offspring with birth defects.  

    Additional information reported by TPRI in pregnant transplant patients receiving tacrolimus included diabetes during pregnancy in 9% of kidney recipients and 13% of liver recipients and hypertension during pregnancy in 53% of kidney recipients and 16.2% of liver recipients.  

    Animal Data  

    Administration of oral tacrolimus to pregnant rabbits throughout organogenesis produced maternal toxicity and abortion at 0.32 mg/kg (0.5 to 1.4 times the recommended clinical dose range [0.2 to 0.075 mg/kg/day], on a mg/mbasis). At 1 mg/kg (1.6 to 4.3 times the recommended clinical dose range), embryofetal lethality and fetal malformations (ventricular hypoplasia, interventricular septal defect, bulbous aortic arch, stenosis of ductus arteriosus, omphalocele, gallbladder agenesis, skeletal anomalies) were observed. Administration of 3.2 mg/kg oral tacrolimus (2.6 to 6.9 times the recommended clinical dose range) to pregnant rats throughout organogenesis produced maternal toxicity/lethality, embryofetal lethality and decreased fetal body weight in the offspring of C-sectioned dams; and decreased pup viability and interventricular septal defect in offspring of dams that delivered.

    In a peri-/postnatal development study, oral administration of tacrolimus to pregnant rats during late gestation (after organogenesis) and throughout lactation produced maternal toxicity, effects on parturition, and reduced pup viability at 3.2 mg/kg (2.6 to 6.9 times the recommended clinical dose range); among these pups that died early, an increased incidence of kidney hydronephrosis was observed. Reduced pup weight was observed at 1.0 mg/kg (0.8 to 2.2 times the recommended clinical dose range).  

    Administration of oral tacrolimus to rats prior to mating, and throughout gestation and lactation produced maternal toxicity/lethality, embryofetal loss and reduced pup viability at 3.2 mg/kg (2.6 to 6.9 times the recommended clinical dose range). Interventricular septal defects, hydronephrosis, craniofacial malformations and skeletal effects were observed in offspring that died. Effects on parturition (incomplete delivery of nonviable pups) were observed at 1 mg/kg (0.8 to 2.2 times the recommended clinical dose range) [see Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].  

    8.2 Lactation

    Risk Summary

    Controlled lactation studies have not been conducted in humans; however tacrolimus has been reported to be present in human milk. The effects of tacrolimus on the breastfed infant, or on milk production have not been assessed. Tacrolimus is excreted in rat milk and in peri-/postnatal rat studies, exposure to tacrolimus during the postnatal period was associated with developmental toxicity in the offspring at clinically relevant doses [see Pregnancy (8.1), Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].

    The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for tacrolimus and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed child from tacrolimus or from the underlying maternal condition.

    8.3 Females and Males of Reproductive Potential

    Contraception

    Tacrolimus can cause fetal harm when administered to pregnant women. Advise female and male patients of reproductive potential to speak to their healthcare provider on family planning options including appropriate contraception prior to starting treatment with tacrolimus [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1), Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].

    Infertility

    Based on findings in animals, male and female fertility may be compromised by treatment with tacrolimus [see Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)].  

    8.4 Pediatric Use

    Safety and effectiveness have been established in pediatric liver, kidney, and heart transplant patients.

    Liver transplant:

    Safety and efficacy using tacrolimus granules in pediatric de novo liver transplant patients less than 16 years of age are based on evidence from active controlled studies that included 56 pediatric patients, 31 of which received tacrolimus and supported by two pharmacokinetic and safety studies in 151 children who received tacrolimus. Additionally, 122 pediatric patients were studied in an uncontrolled trial of tacrolimus in living related donor liver transplantation. Dose adjustments were made in the PK studies based on clinical status and whole blood concentrations. Pediatric patients generally required higher doses of tacrolimus to maintain blood trough concentrations of tacrolimus similar to adult patients [see Dosage and Administration (2.4), Adverse Reactions (6.1), Clinical Pharmacology (12.3) and Clinical Studies (14.2)].   

    Kidney and heart transplant:

    Use of tacrolimus capsules and tacrolimus granules in pediatric kidney and heart transplant patients is supported by adequate and well-controlled studies and pharmacokinetic data in adult kidney and heart transplant patients with additional pharmacokinetic data in pediatric kidney and heart transplant patients and safety data in pediatric liver transplant patients [see Dosage and Administration (2.4) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].    

    8.5 Geriatric Use

    Clinical trials of tacrolimus did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects. Other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients. In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be cautious, usually starting at the low end of the dosing range, reflecting the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy.

    8.6 Use in Renal Impairment

    The pharmacokinetics of tacrolimus in patients with renal impairment was similar to that in healthy volunteers with normal renal function. However, consideration should be given to dosing tacrolimus at the lower end of the therapeutic dosing range in patients who have received a liver or heart transplant and have pre-existing renal impairment. Further reductions in dose below the targeted range may be required [see Dosage and Administration (2.5) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    8.7 Use in Hepatic Impairment

    The mean clearance of tacrolimus was substantially lower in patients with severe hepatic impairment (mean Child-Pugh score: >10) compared to healthy volunteers with normal hepatic function. Close monitoring of tacrolimus trough concentrations is warranted in patients with hepatic impairment [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

    The use of tacrolimus in liver transplant recipients experiencing post-transplant hepatic impairment may be associated with increased risk of developing renal insufficiency related to high whole-blood trough concentrations of tacrolimus. These patients should be monitored closely and dosage adjustments should be considered. Some evidence suggests that lower doses should be used in these patients [see Dosage and Administration (2.6) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].


  • 10 OVERDOSAGE

    Limited overdosage experience is available. Acute overdosages of up to 30 times the intended dose have been reported. Almost all cases have been asymptomatic and all patients recovered with no sequelae. Acute overdosage was sometimes followed by adverse reactions consistent with those listed in Adverse Reactions (6) (including tremors, abnormal renal function, hypertension, and peripheral edema); in one case of acute overdosage, transient urticaria and lethargy were observed. Based on the poor aqueous solubility and extensive erythrocyte and plasma protein binding, it is anticipated that tacrolimus is not dialyzable to any significant extent; there is no experience with charcoal hemoperfusion. The oral use of activated charcoal has been reported in treating acute overdoses, but experience has not been sufficient to warrant recommending its use. General supportive measures and treatment of specific symptoms should be followed in all cases of overdosage.

    In acute oral and IV toxicity studies, mortalities were seen at or above the following doses: in adult rats, 52 times the recommended human oral dose; in immature rats, 16 times the recommended oral dose; and in adult rats, 16 times the recommended human IV dose (all based on body surface area corrections).


  • 11 DESCRIPTION

    Tacrolimus USP, previously known as FK506, is the active ingredient in tacrolimus capsules USP. Tacrolimus USP is a macrolide immunosuppressant produced by Streptomyces tsukubaensis. Chemically, tacrolimus USP is designated as [3S-[3R*[E(1S*,3S*,4S*)], 4S*,5R*,8S*,9E,12R*,14R*,15S*,16R*,18S*,19S*,26aR*]] -5,6,8,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,24,25,26,26a-hexadecahydro-5,19-dihydroxy-3-[2-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxycyclohexyl)-1-methylethenyl]-14,16-dimethoxy-4,10,12,18-tetramethyl-8-(2-propenyl)-15,19-epoxy-3H-pyrido[2,1-c][1,4]oxaazacyclotricosine-1,7,20,21(4H,23H)-tetrone, monohydrate.

    The chemical structure of tacrolimus is:

    structure

    Tacrolimus USP has an molecular formula of C44H69NO12H2O and a formula weight of 822.03. Tacrolimus USP appears as white to off white granular powder. It is practically insoluble in water, freely soluble in methanol, ethanol, acetone, ehyl acetate, chloroform.

    Tacrolimus USP is available for oral administration as capsules containing the equivalent of 0.5 mg, 1 mg or 5 mg of anhydrous tacrolimus. Inactive ingredients include croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate and magnesium stearate. The 0.5 mg capsule shell contains gelatin, iron oxide red, iron oxide yellow and titanium dioxide, the 1 mg capsule shell contains gelatin and titanium dioxide and the 5 mg capsule shell contains gelatin, iron oxide red, iron oxide black, and titanium dioxide.

    Tacrolimus Capsules meets USP Organic Impurities Test Procedure 2.


  • 12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    12.1 Mechanism of Action

    Tacrolimus binds to an intracellular protein, FKBP-12. A complex of tacrolimus-FKBP-12, calcium, calmodulin, and calcineurin (an ubiquitous mammalian intracellular enzyme) is then formed, afterwhich the phosphatase activity of calcineurin inhibited. Such inhibition prevents the dephosphorylation and translocation of various factors such as the nuclear factor of activated T-cells (NF-AT), and nuclear factor kappa-light-chain enhancer of activated B-cells (NF-κB).  

    Tacrolimus inhibits the expression and/or production of several cytokines that include interleukin (IL)-1 beta, IL-2, IL-3, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, gamma interferon, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, and granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor. Tacrolimus also inhibits IL-2 receptor expression and nitric oxide release, induces apoptosis and production of transforming growth factor beta that can lead to immunosuppressive activity. The net result is the inhibition of T-lymphocyte activation and proliferation as well as T-helper-cell-dependent B-cell response (i.e., immunosuppression).

    12.3 Pharmacokinetics

    Tacrolimus activity is primarily due to the parent drug. The pharmacokinetic parameters (mean±S.D.) of tacrolimus have been determined following intravenous (IV) and/or oral (PO) administration in healthy volunteers, and in kidney transplant, liver and heart transplant patients (Table 17).

    Table 17. Pharmacokinetics Parameters (mean±S.D.) of Tacrolimus in Healthy Volunteers and Patients

    Population N Route (Dose) Parameters
          Cmax (ng/mL) Tmax (hr) AUC (nghr/mL) t1/2 (hr) CL (L/hr/kg) V (L/kg)
    Healthy Volunteers 8 IV
    (0.025 mg/kg/4hr)
    * * 652† ± 156 34.2 ± 7.7 0.040 ± 0.009 1.91 ± 0.31
      30 PO
    (5 mg) (granules)
    35.6 ±
    10.9
    1.3 ± 0.5 320† ± 164 32.1 ± 5.9 ‡ ‡
        PO
    (5 mg) (capsules)
    28.8 ±
    8.9
    1.5 ± 0.7 266† ± 95 32.3 ± 8.8 ‡ ‡
    Kidney Transplant Patients 26 IV
    (0.02 mg/kg/ 12 hr)
    * * 294† ± 262 18.8 ± 16.7 0.083 ± 0.050 1.41 ± 0.66
        PO
    (0.2 mg/kg/day)
    19.2 ±
    10.3
    3.0 203† ± 42 ‡ ‡ ‡
        PO
    (0.3 mg/kg/day)
    24.2 ±
    15.8
    1.5 288† ± 93 ‡ ‡ ‡
    Liver Transplant Patients 17 IV
    (0.05 mg/kg/ 12 hr)
    * * 3300† ± 2130 11.7 ± 3.9 0.053 ± 0.017 0.85 ± 0.30
        PO
    (0.3 mg/kg/day)
    68.5 ±
    30.0
    2.3 ± 1.5 519† ± 179 ‡ ‡ ‡
    Heart Transplant Patients 11 IV
    (0.01 mg/kg/day as a continuous infusion)
    * * 954§  ± 334 23.6 ± 9.22 0.051 ± 0.015 ‡
      11 PO
    (0.075 mg/kg/day)
    14.7 ±
    7.79
    2.1 [0.5-6.0]# 82.7Þ ± 63.2 * ‡ ‡
      14 PO
    (0.15 mg/kg/day)
    24.5 ±
    13.7
    1.5 [0.4-4.0]# 142 Þ ± 116 * ‡ ‡

    * not applicable

    † AUC0-inf

    ‡ not available

    § AUC0-t

    ¶ Determined after the first dose

    # Median [range]

    Þ AUC0-12  

    Due to intersubject variability in tacrolimus pharmacokinetics, individualization of dosing regimen is necessary for optimal therapy [see Dosage and Administration (2.7)]. Pharmacokinetic data indicate that whole blood concentrations rather than plasma concentrations serve as the more appropriate sampling compartment to describe tacrolimus pharmacokinetics.

    Absorption

    Absorption of tacrolimus from the gastrointestinal tract after oral administration is incomplete and variable. The absolute bioavailability of tacrolimus was 17±10% in adult kidney transplant patients (N=26), 22±6% in adult liver transplant patients (N=17), 23±9% in adult heart transplant patients (N=11) and 18±5% in healthy volunteers (N=16).

    A single dose trial conducted in 32 healthy volunteers established the bioequivalence of the 1 mg and 5 mg capsules. Another single dose trial in 32 healthy volunteers established the bioequivalence of the 0.5 mg and 1 mg capsules. Tacrolimus maximum blood concentrations (Cmax) and area under the curve (AUC) appeared to increase in a dose-proportional fashion in 18 fasted healthy volunteers receiving a single oral dose of 3, 7, and 10 mg.

    In 18 kidney transplant patients, tacrolimus trough concentrations from 3 to 30 ng/mL measured at 10 to 12 hours post-dose (Cmin) correlated well with the AUC (correlation coefficient 0.93). In 24 liver transplant patients over a concentration range of 10 to 60 ng/mL, the correlation coefficient was 0.94.  In 25 heart transplant patients over a concentration range of 2 to 24 ng/mL, the correlation coefficient was 0.89 after an oral dose of 0.075 or 0.15 mg/kg/day at steady-state.

    In a healthy volunteer adult study, the systemic exposure to tacrolimus (AUC) for tacrolimus granules was approximately 16% higher than that for tacrolimus capsules when administered as single doses. If pediatric patients are converted between formulations, therapeutic drug monitoring must be performed and dose adjustments made to ensure that systemic exposure to tacrolimus is maintained.

    Food Effects

    The rate and extent of tacrolimus absorption were greatest under fasted conditions. The presence and composition of food decreased both the rate and extent of tacrolimus absorption when administered to 15 healthy volunteers.

    The effect was most pronounced with a high-fat meal (848 kcal, 46% fat): mean AUC and Cmax were decreased 37% and 77%, respectively; Tmax was lengthened 5-fold. A high-carbohydrate meal (668 kcal, 85% carbohydrate) decreased mean AUC and mean Cmax by 28% and 65%, respectively.

    In healthy volunteers (N=16), the time of the meal also affected tacrolimus bioavailability. When given immediately following the meal, mean Cmax was reduced 71%, and mean AUC was reduced 39%, relative to the fasted condition.

    When administered 1.5 hours following the meal, mean Cmax was reduced 63%, and mean AUC was reduced 39%, relative to the fasted condition.

    In 11 liver transplant patients, tacrolimus administered 15 minutes after a high fat (400 kcal, 34% fat) breakfast, resulted in decreased AUC (27±18%) and Cmax (50±19%), as compared to a fasted state.

    Tacrolimus capsules should be taken consistently every day either with or without food because the presence and composition of food decreases the bioavailability of tacrolimus [see Dosage and Administration (2.2)].

    Distribution

    The plasma protein binding of tacrolimus is approximately 99% and is independent of concentration over a range of 5 to 50 ng/mL. Tacrolimus is bound mainly to albumin and alpha-1-acid glycoprotein, and has a high level of association with erythrocytes. The distribution of tacrolimus between whole blood and plasma depends on several factors, such as hematocrit, temperature at the time of plasma separation, drug concentration, and plasma protein concentration. In a U.S. trial, the ratio of whole blood concentration to plasma concentration averaged 35 (range 12 to 67).

    Elimination

    Metabolism

    Tacrolimus is extensively metabolized by the mixed-function oxidase system, primarily the cytochrome P-450 system (CYP3A). A metabolic pathway leading to the formation of 8 possible metabolites has been proposed. Demethylation and hydroxylation were identified as the primary mechanisms of biotransformation in vitro. The major metabolite identified in incubations with human liver microsomes is 13-demethyl tacrolimus. In in vitro studies, a 31-demethyl metabolite has been reported to have the same activity as tacrolimus.

    Excretion

    The mean clearance following IV administration of tacrolimus is 0.040, 0.083, and 0.053, and 0.051 L/hr/kg in healthy volunteers, adult kidney transplant patients, adult liver transplant patients, and adult heart transplant patients, respectively. In man, less than 1% of the dose administered is excreted unchanged in urine.

    In a mass balance study of IV administered radiolabeled tacrolimus to 6 healthy volunteers, the mean recovery of radiolabel was 77.8±12.7%. Fecal elimination accounted for 92.4±1% and the elimination half-life based on radioactivity was 48.1±15.9 hours whereas it was 43.5±11.6 hours based on tacrolimus concentrations. The mean clearance of radiolabel was 0.029±0.015 L/hr/kg and clearance of tacrolimus was 0.029±0.009 L/hr/kg. When administered PO, the mean recovery of the radiolabel was 94.9±30.7%. Fecal elimination accounted for 92.6±30.7%, urinary elimination accounted for 2.3±1.1% and the elimination half-life based on radioactivity was 31.9±10.5 hours whereas it was 48.4±12.3 hours based on tacrolimus concentrations. The mean clearance of radiolabel was 0.226±0.116 L/hr/kg and clearance of tacrolimus 0.172±0.088 L/hr/kg.

    Specific Populations

    PediatricPatients

    Tacrolimus capsules Pharmacokinetics in Pediatric Patients

    Pharmacokinetics of tacrolimus have been studied in liver transplantation patients, 0.7 to 13.2 years of age. Following IV administration of a 0.037 mg/kg/day dose to 12 pediatric patients, mean terminal half-life, volume of distribution and clearance were 11.5±3.8 hours, 2.6±2.1 L/kg and 0.138±0.071 L/hr/kg, respectively. Following oral administration to 9 patients, mean AUC and Cmax were 337±167 ng·hr/mL and 48.4±27.9 ng/mL, respectively. The absolute bioavailability was 31±24%.

    Pharmacokinetics of tacrolimus have also been studied in kidney transplantation patients, 8.2±2.4 years of age. Following IV infusion of a 0.06 mg/kg/day to 12 pediatric patients (8 male and 4 female), mean terminal half-life and clearance were 10.2±5 hours and 0.12±0.04 L/hr/kg, respectively. Following oral administration to the same patients, mean AUC and Cmax were 181±65 ng·hr/mL and 30±11 ng/mL, respectively. The absolute bioavailability was 19±14%.

    Whole blood trough concentrations from 31 patients less than 12 years old showed that pediatric patients needed higher doses than adults to achieve similar tacrolimus trough concentrations [see Dosage and Administration (2.2)].

    Renal and Hepatic Impairment Patients

    The mean pharmacokinetic parameters for tacrolimus following single administrations to patients with renal and hepatic impairment are given in Table 19.

    Table 19. Pharmacokinetic In Renal and Hepatic Impaired Adult Patients

    Population (No. of Patients) Dose AUC0-t
    (ng·hr/mL)
    t1/2(hr) V(L/kg) CI(L/hr/kg)
    Renal Impairment (n=12) 0.02 mg/kg/4hr
    IV
    393±123
    (t=60 hr)
    26.3 ±9.2 1.07±0.20 0.038±0.014
    Mild Hepatic Impairment (n=6) 0.02 mg/kg/4hr
    IV
    367±107
    (t=72 hr)
    60.6±43.8
    Range:
    27.8 to 141
    3.1±1.6 0.042±0.02
    7.7 mg
    PO
    488±320
    (t=72 hr)
    66.1±44.8
    Range:
    29.5 to 138
    3.7±4.7* 0.034±0.019*
    Severe Hepatic Impairment (n=6, IV) 0.02 mg/kg/4hr
    IV (n=2)
    0.01 mg/kg/8hr
    IV (n=4)
    762±204
    (t=120 hr)
    289±117
    (t=144 hr)
    198±158
    Range:
    81 to 436
    3.9±1.0 0.017±0.013
    (n=5, PO)† 8 mg PO
    (n=1)
    658
    (t=120 hr)
    119±35
    Range:
    85 to 178
    3.1±3.4* 0.016±0.011*
      5 mg PO
    (n=4)
    4 mg PO
    (n=1)
    533±156
    (t=144 hr)
         

    * corrected for bioavailability

    † 1 patient did not receive the PO dose

    Renal Impairment: Tacrolimus pharmacokinetics following a single IV administration were determined in 12 patients (7 not on dialysis and 5 on dialysis, serum creatinine of 3.9±1.6 and 12.0±2.4 mg/dL, respectively) prior to their kidney transplant. The pharmacokinetic parameters obtained were similar for both groups. The mean clearance of tacrolimus in patients with renal dysfunction was similar to that in normal volunteers (Table 19) [see Dosage and Administration (2.3) and Use in Specific Populations (8.6)].

    Hepatic Impairment: Tacrolimus pharmacokinetics have been determined in six patients with mild hepatic dysfunction (mean Pugh score: 6.2) following single IV and oral administrations. The mean clearance of tacrolimus in patients with mild hepatic dysfunction was not substantially different from that in normal volunteers (see previous table). Tacrolimus pharmacokinetics were studied in 6 patients with severe hepatic dysfunction (mean Pugh score: >10). The mean clearancewas substantially lower in patients with severe hepatic dysfunction, irrespective of the route of administration [see Dosage and Administration (2.6) and Use in Specific Populations (8.7)].

    Race

    The pharmacokinetics of tacrolimus have been studied following single IV and oral administration of tacrolimus to 10 African-American, 12 Latino-American, and 12 Caucasian healthy volunteers. There were no significant pharmacokinetic differences among the three ethnic groups following a 4-hour IV infusion of 0.015 mg/kg. However, after single oral administration of 5 mg, mean (±SD) tacrolimus Cmax in African-Americans (23.6±12.1 ng/mL) was significantly lower than in Caucasians (40.2±12.6 ng/mL) and the Latino-Americans (36.2±15.8 ng/mL) (p<0.01).  Mean AUC0-inf tended to be lower in African-Americans (203±115 ng·hr/mL) than Caucasians (344±186 ng·hr/mL) and Latino- Americans (274±150 ng·hr/mL). The mean (±SD) absolute oral bioavailability (F) in African-Americans (12±4.5%) and Latino-Americans (14±7.4%) was significantly lower than in Caucasians (19±5.8%, p=0.011). There was no significant difference in mean terminal T1/2 among the three ethnic groups (range from approximately 25 to 30 hours). A retrospective comparison of African-American and Caucasian kidney transplant patients indicated that African-American patients required higher tacrolimus doses to attain similar trough concentrations [see Dosage and Administration (2.3)].  

    Gender

    A formal trial to evaluate the effect of gender on tacrolimus pharmacokinetics has not been conducted, however, there was no difference in dosing by gender in the kidney transplant trial. A retrospective comparison of pharmacokinetics in healthy volunteers, and in kidney and liver transplant patients indicated no gender-based differences.

    Drug Interaction Sections

    Frequent monitoring of whole blood concentrations and appropriate dosage adjustments of tacrolimus are recommended when concomitant use of the following drugs with tacrolimus is initiated or discontinued [see Drug Interactions (7)].

    Telaprevir: In a single dose study in 9 healthy volunteers, co-administration of tacrolimus (0.5 mg single dose) with telaprevir (750 mg three times daily for 13 days) increased the tacrolimus dose-normalized Cmax by 9.3-fold and AUC by 70-fold compared to tacrolimus alone [see Drug Interactions (7.2)].

    Boceprevir: In a single dose study in 12 subjects, co-administration of tacrolimus (0.5 mg single dose) with boceprevir (800 mg three times daily for 11 days) increased tacrolimus Cmax by 9.9-fold and AUC by 17-fold compared to tacrolimus alone [see Drug Interactions (7.2)].

    Nelfinavir: Based on a clinical study of 5 liver transplant recipients, co-administration of tacrolimus with nelfinavir increased blood concentrations of tacrolimus significantly and, as a result, a reduction in the tacrolimus dose by an average of 16-fold was needed to maintain mean trough tacrolimus blood concentrations of 9.7 ng/mL. It is recommended to avoid concomitant use of tacrolimus and nelfinavir unless the benefits outweigh the risks [see Drug Interactions (7.2)].

    Rifampin: In a study of 6 normal volunteers, a significant decrease in tacrolimus oral bioavailability (14±6% vs. 7±3%) was observed with concomitant rifampin administration (600 mg). In addition, there was a significant increase in tacrolimus clearance (0.036±0.008 L/hr/kg vs. 0.053±0.010 L/hr/kg) with concomitant rifampin administration [see Drug Interactions (7.2)].

    Magnesium and Aluminum-hydroxide: In a single-dose crossover study in healthy volunteers, co-administration of tacrolimus and magnesium-aluminum-hydroxide resulted in a 21% increase in the mean tacrolimus AUC and a 10% decrease in the mean tacrolimus Cmax relative to tacrolimus administration alone [see Drug Interactions (7.2)].

    Ketoconazole: In a study of 6 normal volunteers, a significant increase in tacrolimus oral bioavailability (14±5% vs. 30±8%) was observed with concomitant ketoconazole administration (200 mg). The apparent oral clearance of tacrolimus during ketoconazole administration was significantly decreased compared to tacrolimus alone (0.430±0.129 L/hr/kg vs. 0.148±0.043 L/hr/kg). Overall, IV clearance of tacrolimus was not significantly changed by ketoconazole coadministration, although it was highly variable between patients [see Drug Interactions (7.2)]..

    Voriconazole (see complete prescribing information for VFEND): Repeat oral dose administration of voriconazole (400 mg every 12 hours for one day, then 200 mg every 12 hours for 6 days) increased tacrolimus (0.1 mg/kg single dose) Cmax and AUCÏ„ in healthy subjects by an average of 2-fold (90% CI: 1.9, 2.5) and 3-fold (90% CI: 2.7, 3.8), respectively [see Drug Interactions (7.2)].

    Posaconazole (see complete prescribing information for Noxafil): Repeat oral administration of posaconazole (400 mg twice daily for 7 days) increased tacrolimus (0.05 mg/kg single dose) Cmax and AUC in healthy subjects by an average of 2-fold (90% CI: 2.01, 2.42) and 4.5-fold (90% CI 4.03, 5.19), respectively [see Drug Interactions (7.2)]..

    Caspofungin (see complete prescribing information for CANCIDAS): Caspofungin reduced the blood AUC0-12 of tacrolimus by approximately 20%, peak blood concentration (Cmax) by 16%, and 12-hour blood concentration (C12hr) by 26% in healthy adult subjects when tacrolimus (2 doses of 0.1 mg/kg 12 hours apart) was administered on the 10th day of CANCIDAS 70 mg daily, as compared to results from a control period in which tacrolimus was administered alone [see Drug Interactions (7.2)].


  • 13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

    13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment Of Fertility

    Carcinogenesis

    Carcinogenicity studies were conducted in male and female rats and mice. In the 80-week mouse oral study and in the 104-week rat oral study, no relationship of tumor incidence to tacrolimus dosage was found. The highest dose used in the mouse was 3 mg/kg/day (0.9 to 2.2 times the AUC at clinical doses of 0.075 to 0.2 mg/kg/day) and in the rat was 5 mg/kg/day (0.265 to 0.65 times the AUC at clinical doses of 0.075 to 0.2 mg/kg/day)[see Boxed Warning and Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]. 

    A 104-week dermal carcinogenicity study was performed in mice with tacrolimus ointment (0.03% to 3%), equivalent to tacrolimus doses of 1.1 to 118 mg/kg/day or 3.3 to 354 mg/m2/day. In the study, the incidence of skin tumors was minimal and the topical application of tacrolimus was not associated with skin tumor formation under ambient room lighting. However, a statistically significant elevation in the incidence of pleomorphic lymphoma in high-dose male (25/50) and female animals (27/50) and in the incidence of undifferentiated lymphoma in high dose female animals (13/50) was noted in the mouse dermal carcinogenicity study. Lymphomas were noted in the mouse dermal carcinogenicity study at a daily dose of 3.5 mg/kg (0.1% tacrolimus ointment). No drug-related tumors were noted in the mouse dermal carcinogenicity study at a daily dose of 1.1 mg/kg (0.03% tacrolimus ointment). The relevance of topical administration of tacrolimus in the setting of systemic tacrolimus use is unknown.

    The implications of these carcinogenicity studies to the human condition are limited; doses of tacrolimus were administered that likely induced immunosuppression in these animals, impairing their immune system’s ability to inhibit unrelated carcinogenesis.

    Mutagenesis

    No evidence of genotoxicity was seen in bacterial (Salmonella and E. coli) or mammalian (Chinese hamster lung-derived cells) in vitro assays of mutagenicity, the in vitro CHO/HGPRT assay of mutagenicity, or in vivo clastogenicity assays performed in mice; tacrolimus did not cause unscheduled DNA synthesis in rodent hepatocytes.

    Impairment of Fertility

    Tacrolimus subcutaneously administered to male rats at paternally toxic doses of 2 mg/kg/day (1.6 to 4.3 times the recommended clinical dose range [0.2 to 0.075 mg/kg/day] on a mg/m2 basis) or 3 mg/kg/day (2.4 to 6.4 times the recommended clinical dose range) resulted in a dose-related decrease in sperm count. Tacrolimus administered orally at 1.0 mg/kg (0.8 to 2.2 times the clinical dose range) to male and female rats, prior to and during mating, as well as to dams during gestation and lactation, was associated with embryolethality and adverse effects on female reproduction. Effects on female reproductive function (parturition) and embryolethal effects were indicated by a higher rate of pre- and post- implantation loss and increased numbers of undelivered and nonviable pups. When administered at 3.2 mg/kg (2.6 to 6.9 times the clinical dose range based on body surface area), tacrolimus was associated with maternal and paternal toxicity as well as reproductive toxicity including marked adverse effects on estrus cycles, parturition, pup viability, and pup malformations.


  • 14 CLINICAL STUDIES

    14.1 Kidney Transplantation

    Tacrolimus/Azathioprine (AZA)

    Tacrolimus-based immunosuppression in conjunction with azathioprine and corticosteroids following kidney transplantation was assessed in a randomized, multicenter, non-blinded, prospective trial. There were 412 kidney transplant patients enrolled at 19 clinical sites in the United States. Study therapy was initiated when renal function was stable as indicated by a serum creatinine ≤ 4 mg/dL (median of 4 days after transplantation, range 1 to 14 days). Patients less than 6 years of age were excluded.

    There were 205 patients randomized to tacrolimus-based immunosuppression and 207 patients were randomized to cyclosporine-based immunosuppression. All patients received prophylactic induction therapy consisting of an antilymphocyte antibody preparation, corticosteroids and azathioprine. Overall 1 year patient and graft survival was 96.1% and 89.6%, respectively.

    Data from this trial of tacrolimus in conjunction with azathioprine indicate that during the first 3 months of that trial, 80% of the patients maintained trough concentrations between 7 to 20 ng/mL, and then between 5 to 15 ng/mL, through 1 year.

    Tacrolimus/mycophenolate mofetil (MMF)

    Tacrolimus-based immunosuppression in conjunction with MMF, corticosteroids, and induction has been studied. In a randomized, open-label, multicenter trial (Study 1), 1,589 kidney transplant patients received tacrolimus (Group C, n=401), sirolimus (Group D, n=399), or one of two cyclosporine (CsA) regimens (Group A, n=390 and Group B, n=399) in combination with MMF and corticosteroids; all patients, except those in one of the two cyclosporine groups, also receivedinduction with daclizumab. The trial was conducted outside the United States; the trial population was 93% Caucasian. In this trial, mortality at 12 months in patients receiving tacrolimus/MMF was similar (3%) compared to patients receiving cyclosporine/MMF (3% and 2%) or sirolimus/MMF (3%). Patients in the tacrolimus group exhibited higher estimated creatinine clearance rates (eCLcr) using the Cockcroft-Gault formula (Table 20) and experienced fewer efficacy failures, defined as biopsy proven acute rejection (BPAR), graft loss, death, and/or lost to follow-up (Table 21) in comparison to each of the other three groups. Patients randomized to tacrolimus/MMF were more likely to develop diarrhea and diabetes after the transplantation and experienced similar rates of infections compared to patients randomized to either cyclosporine/MMF regimen [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

    Table 20. Estimated Creatinine Clearance at 12 Months (Study 1)

    Group eCLcr [mL/min] at Month 12*
    N MEAN SD MEDIAN Treatment Difference with Group C (99.2% CI†)
    (A) CsA/MMF/CS 390 56.5 25.8 56.9 -8.6 (-13.7, -3.7)
    (B) CsA/MMF/CS/Daclizumab 399 58.9 25.6 60.9 -6.2 (-11.2, -1.2)
    (C) Tac/MMF/CS/Daclizumab 401 65.1 27.4 66.2 -
    (D) Siro/MMF/CS/Daclizumab 399 56.2 27.4 57.3 -8.9 (-14.1, -3.9)
    Total 1589 59.2 26.8 60.5  
    Key: CsA=Cyclosporine, CS=Corticosteroids, Tac=Tacrolimus, Siro=Sirolimus

    *All death/graft loss (n=41, 27, 23 and 42 in Groups A, B, C and D) and patients whose last recorded creatinine values were prior to month 3 visit (n=10, 9, 7 and 9 in Groups A, B, C and D, respectively) were imputed with Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) of 10 mL/min; a subject's last observed creatinine value from month 3 on was used for the remainder of subjects with missing creatinine at month 12 (n=11, 12, 15 and 19 for Groups A, B, C and D, respectively). Weight was also imputed in the calculation of estimated GFR, if missing.

    †Adjusted for multiple (6) pairwise comparisons using Bonferroni corrections.

    Table 21. Incidence of BPAR, Graft Loss, Death or Loss to Follow-up at 12 Months (Study 1)

      Group A Group B Group C Group D
      N=390 N=399 N=401 N=399
    Overall Failure 141 (36.2%) 126 (31.6%) 82 (20.4%) 185 (46.4%)
    Components of efficacy failure        
    BPAR 113 (29.0%) 106 (26.6%) 60 (15.0%) 152 (38.1%)
    Graft loss excluding death 28 (7.2%) 20 (5.0%) 12 (3.0%) 30 (7.5%)
    Mortality 13 (3.3%) 7 (1.8%) 11 (2.7%) 12 (3.0%)
    Lost to follow-up 5 (1.3%) 7 (1.8%) 5 (1.3%) 6 (1.5%)
    Treatment Difference of efficacy failure
    compared to Group C (99.2% CI*)
    15.8%
    (7.1%, 24.3%)
    11.2%
    (2.7%, 19.5%) 
     - 26.0%
    (17.2%, 34.7%)
    Key: Group A = CsA/MMF/CS, B = CsA/MMF/CS/Daclizumab, C = Tac/MMF/CS/Daclizumab, and D = Siro/MMF/CS/Daclizumab

    * Adjusted for multiple (6) pairwise comparisons using Bonferroni corrections.

    The protocol-specified target tacrolimus trough concentrations (Ctrough,Tac) were 3 to 7 ng/mL; however, the observed median Ctroughs,Tac approximated 7 ng/mL throughout the 12 month trial (Table 22). Approximately 80% of patients maintained tacrolimus whole blood concentrations between 4 to 11 ng/mL through 1 year post-transplant.

    Table 22. Tacrolimus Whole Blood Trough Concentration Range (Study 1)

    Time Median (P10 to P90*) tacrolimus whole blood trough concentration range
    (ng/mL)
    Day 30 (N=366) 6.9 (4.4 to 11.3)
    Day 90 (N=351) 6.8 (4.1 to 10.7)
    Day 180 (N=355) 6.5 (4.0 to 9.6)
    Day 365 (N=346) 6.5 (3.8 to 10.0)

    * 10 to 90th Percentile: range of Ctrough, Tac that excludes lowest 10% and highest 10% of Ctrough,Tac

    The protocol-specified target cyclosporine trough concentrations (Ctrough,CsA) for Group B were 50 to 100 ng/mL; however, the observed median Ctroughs,CsA approximated 100 ng/mL throughout the 12 month trial. The protocol-specified target Ctroughs,CsA for Group A were 150 to 300 ng/mL for the first 3 months and 100 to 200 ng/mL from month 4 to month 12; the observed median Ctroughs, CsA approximated 225 ng/mL for the first 3 months and 140 ng/mL from month 4 to month 12.

    While patients in all groups started MMF at 1gram twice daily, the MMF dose was reduced to less than 2 g per day in 63% of patients in the tacrolimus treatment arm by month 12 (Table 23); approximately 50% of these MMF dose reductions were due to adverse reactions. By comparison, the MMF dose was reduced to less than 2 g per day in 49% and 45% of patients in the two cyclosporine arms (Group A and Group B, respectively), by month 12 and approximately 40% of MMF dose reductions were due to adverse reactions.

    Table 23. MMF Dose Over Time in Tacrolimus/MMF (Group C) (Study 1)

    Time period (Days) Time-averaged MMF dose (grams per day)*
    Less than 2.0 2.0 Greater than 2.0  
    0 to 30 (N=364) 37% 60% 2%  
    0 to 90 (N=373) 47% 51% 2%  
    0 to 180 (N=377) 56% 42% 2%  
    0 to 365 (N=380) 63% 36% 1%  
    Key: Time-averaged MMF dose = (total MMF dose)/(duration of treatment)

    * Percentage of patients for each time-averaged MMF dose range during various treatment periods. Administration of 2 g per day of time-averaged MMF dose means that MMF dose was not reduced in those patients during the treatment periods.

    In a second randomized, open-label, multicenter trial (Study 2), 424 kidney transplant patients received tacrolimus (N=212) or cyclosporine (N=212) in combination with MMF 1 gram twice daily, basiliximab induction, and corticosteroids. In this trial, the rate for the combined endpoint of BPAR, graft failure, death, and/or lost to follow-up at 12 months in the tacrolimus/MMF group was similar to the rate in the cyclosporine/MMF group. There was, however, an imbalance in mortality at 12 months in those patients receiving tacrolimus/MMF (4%) compared to those receiving cyclosporine/MMF (2%), including cases attributed to over-immunosuppression (Table 24).

    Table 24. Incidence of BPAR, Graft Loss, Death or Loss to Follow-up at 12 Months (Study 2)

      Tacrolimus/MMF Cyclosporine/MMF
      (N=212) (N=212)
    Overall Failure 32 (15.1%) 36 (17.0%)
    Components of efficacy failure    
    BPAR 16 (7.5%) 29 (13.7%)
    Graft loss excluding death 6 (2.8%) 4 (1.9%)
    Mortality 9 (4.2%) 5 (2.4%)
    Lost to follow-up 4 (1.9%) 1 (0.5%)
    Treatment Difference of efficacy failure    
    compared to tacrolimus/MMF group (95% CI*)   1.9% (-5.2%, 9.0%)

    * 95% confidence interval calculated using Fisher's Exact Test

    The protocol-specified target tacrolimus whole blood trough concentrations (Ctrough,Tac) in Study 2 were 7 to 16 ng/mL for the first three months and 5 to 15 ng/mL thereafter. The observed median Ctroughs,Tac approximated 10 ng/mL during the first three months and 8 ng/mL from month 4 to month 12 (Table 25). Approximately 80% of patients maintained tacrolimus whole blood trough concentrations between 6 to 16 ng/mL during months 1 through 3 and, then, between 5 to 12 ng/mL from month 4 through 1 year.

    Table 25. Tacrolimus Whole Blood Trough Concentration Range (Study 2)

    Time Median (P10 to P90*) tacrolimus whole blood trough concentration range
    (ng/mL)
    Day 30 (N=174) 10.5 (6.3 to 16.8)
    Day 60 (N=179) 9.2 (5.9 to 15.3)
    Day 120 (N=176) 8.3 (4.6 to 13.3)
    Day 180 (N=171) 7.8 (5.5 to 13.2)
    Day 365 (N=178) 7.1 (4.2 to 12.4)

    * 10 to 90th Percentile: range of Ctrough,Tac that excludes lowest 10% and highest 10% of Ctrough, Tac

    The protocol-specified target cyclosporine whole blood concentrations (Ctrough,CsA) were 125 to 400 ng/mL for the first three months, and 100 to 300 ng/mL thereafter. The observed median Ctroughs, CsA approximated 280 ng/mL during the first three months and 190 ng/mL from month 4 to month 12.

    Patients in both groups started MMF at 1gram twice daily. The MMF dose was reduced to less than 2 grams per day by month 12 in 62% of patients in the tacrolimus/MMF group (Table 26) and in 47% of patients in the cyclosporine/MMF group. Approximately 63% and 55% of these MMF dose reductions were because of adverse reactions in the tacrolimus/MMF group and the cyclosporine/MMF group, respectively [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

    Table 26. MMF Dose Over Time in the Tacrolimus/MMF Group (Study 2)

    Time period (Days) Time-averaged MMF dose (g/day)*
    Less than 2.0 2.0 Greater than 2.0
    0 to 30 (N=212) 25% 69% 6%
    0 to 90 (N=212) 41% 53% 6%
    0 to 180 (N=212) 52% 41% 7%
    0 to 365 (N=212) 62% 34% 4%
    Key: Time-averaged MMF dose=(total MMF dose)/(duration of treatment)

    * Percentage of patients for each time-averaged MMF dose range during various treatment periods. Two grams per day of time-averaged MMF dose means that MMF dose was not reduced in those patients during the treatment periods.

    14.2 Liver Transplantation

    The safety and efficacy of tacrolimus-based immunosuppression following orthotopic liver transplantation were assessed in two prospective, randomized, non-blinded multicenter trials. The active control groups were treated with a cyclosporine-based immunosuppressive regimen (CsA/AZA). Both trials used concomitant adrenal corticosteroids as part of the immunosuppressive regimens. These trials compared patient and graft survival rates at 12 months following transplantation.

    In one trial, 529 patients were enrolled at 12 clinical sites in the United States; prior to surgery, 263 were randomized to the tacrolimus-based immunosuppressive regimen and 266 to the CsA/AZA. In 10 of the 12 sites, the same CsA/AZA protocol was used, while 2 sites used different control protocols. This trial excluded patients with renal dysfunction, fulminant hepatic failure with Stage IV encephalopathy, and cancers; pediatric patients (≤ 12 years old) were allowed.

    In the second trial, 545 patients were enrolled at 8 clinical sites in Europe; prior to surgery, 270 were randomized to the tacrolimus-based immunosuppressive regimen and 275 to CsA/AZA. In this trial, each center used its local standard CsA/AZA protocol in the active-control arm. This trial excluded pediatric patients, but did allow enrollment of subjects with renal dysfunction, fulminant hepatic failure in Stage IV encephalopathy, and cancers other than primary hepatic with metastases.

    One-year patient survival and graft survival in the tacrolimus-based treatment groups were similar to those in the CsA/AZA treatment groups in both trials. The overall 1-year patient survival (CsA/AZA and tacrolimus-based treatment groups combined) was 88% in the U.S. trial and 78% in the European trial. The overall 1-year graft survival (CsA/AZA and tacrolimus-based treatment groups combined) was 81% in the U.S. trial and 73% in the European trial. In both trials, the median time to convert from IV to oral tacrolimus dosing was 2 days.

    Although there is a lack of direct correlation between tacrolimus concentrations and drug efficacy, data from clinical trials of liver transplant patients have shown an increasing incidence of adverse reactions with increasing trough blood concentrations. Most patients are stable when trough whole blood concentrations are maintained between 5 to 20 ng/mL. Long-term post-transplant patients often are maintained at the low end of this target range.

    Data from the U.S. clinical trial show that the median trough blood concentrations, measured at intervals from the second week to one year post-transplantation, ranged from 9.8 ng/mL to 19.4 ng/mL.

    14.3 Heart Transplantation

    Two open-label, randomized, comparative trials evaluated the safety and efficacy of tacrolimus-based and cyclosporine-based immunosuppression in primary orthotopic heart transplantation. In a trial conducted in Europe, 314 patients received a regimen of antibody induction, corticosteroids and azathioprine in combination with tacrolimus or cyclosporine modified for 18 months. In a 3-arm trial conducted in the US, 331 patients received corticosteroids and tacrolimus plus sirolimus, tacrolimus plus mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) or cyclosporine modified plus MMF for 1 year.

    In the European trial, patient/graft survival at 18 months post-transplant was similar between treatment arms, 92% in the tacrolimus group and 90% in the cyclosporine group. In the U.S. trial, patient and graft survival at 12 months was similar with 93% survival in the tacrolimus plus MMF group and 86% survival in the cyclosporine modified plus MMF group. In the European trial, the cyclosporine trough concentrations were above the pre-defined target range (i.e., 100 to 200 ng/mL) at Day 122 and beyond in 32% to 68% of the patients in the cyclosporine treatment arm, whereas the tacrolimus trough concentrations were within the pre-defined target range (i.e., 5 to 15 ng/mL) in 74% to 86% of the patients in the tacrolimus treatment arm. Data from this European trial indicate that from 1 week to 3 months post-transplant, approximately 80% of patients maintained trough concentrations between 8 to 20 ng/mL and, from 3 months through 18 months post-transplant, approximately 80% of patients maintained trough concentrations between 6 to18 ng/mL.

    The U.S. trial contained a third arm of a combination regimen of sirolimus, 2 mg per day, and full-dose tacrolimus; however, this regimen was associated with increased risk of wound-healing complications, renal function impairment, and insulin-dependent post-transplant diabetes mellitus, and is not recommended [see Warnings and Precautions (5.10)]..


  • 15 REFERENCES

    1. “OSHA Hazardous Drugs.” OSHA. http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hazardousdrugs/index.html


  • 16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING

    16.1 Tacrolimus Capsules

    Tacrolimus Capsules USP, 0.5 mg are white to off white powder filled in hard gelatin capsule of size ‘4’, dark yellow opaque cap imprinted with ‘0.5 MG’ and dark yellow opaque body imprinted with ‘RDY 525’using red ink and are supplied in bottles of 30’s, 100’s and 500’s, and unit dose package of 100 (10 x 10).

    Bottles of 30                                                                                       NDC 55111-525-30

    Bottles of 100                                                                                     NDC 55111-525-01

    Bottles of 500                                                                                     NDC 55111-525-05

    Unit Dose Package of 100 (10 x 10)                                                   NDC 55111-525-78

    Tacrolimus Capsules USP, 1 mg are white to off white powder filled in hard gelatin capsule of size ‘4’, white opaque cap imprinted with ‘1 MG’ and white opaque body imprinted with ‘RDY 526’using red ink and are supplied in bottles of 30’s, 100’s and 500’s, and unit dose package of 100 (10 x 10). 

    Bottles of 30                                                                                       NDC 55111-526-30

    Bottles of 100                                                                                     NDC 55111-526-01

    Bottles of 500                                                                                     NDC 55111-526-05

    Unit Dose Package of 100 (10 x 10)                                                  NDC 55111-526-78 

    Tacrolimus Capsules USP, 5 mg are white to off white powder filled in hard gelatin capsule of size ‘4’, dark grayish red opaque cap imprinted with ‘5 MG’ and dark grayish red  opaque body imprinted with ‘RDY 527’ using white ink and are supplied in bottles of 30’s, 100’s and 500’s, and unit dose package of 100 (10 x 10). 

    Bottles of 30                                                                                      NDC 55111-527-30

    Bottles of 100                                                                                     NDC 55111-527-01

    Bottles of 500                                                                                     NDC 55111-527-05

    Unit Dose Package of 100 (10 x 10)                                                  NDC 55111-527-78

    Note: Tacrolimus capsules are not filled to maximum capsule capacity. Capsule contains labeled amount.

    Store and Dispense

    Store at 20°C-25°C (68°F-77°F) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature].

    16.4 Handling and Disposal

    Tacrolimus can cause fetal harm. Tacrolimus capsules should not be opened or crushed. Wearing disposable gloves is recommended during dilution of the injection or when preparing the oral suspension in the hospital and when wiping any spills. Avoid inhalation or direct contact with skin or mucous membranes of the powder or granules contained in tacrolimus capsules and tacrolimus granules, respectively. If such contact occurs wash the skin thoroughly with soap and water; if ocular contact occurs, rinse eyes with water. In case a spill occurs, wipe the surface with a wet paper towel. Follow applicable special handling and disposal procedures1.


  • 17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION

    Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Patient Information).

    17.1 Administration

    Advise patients to:

    Advise the patient or caregiver to:

    • Inspect their tacrolimus medicine when they receive a new prescription and before taking it. If the appearance of the capsule is not the same as usual, or if dosage instructions have changed, advise patients to contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible to make sure that they have the right medicine. Other tacrolimus products cannot be substituted for tacrolimus.
    • Take tacrolimus at the same 12 hour intervals every day to achieve consistent blood concentrations.
    • Take tacrolimus consistently either with or without food because the presence and composition of food decreases the bioavailability of tacrolimus.
    • Not to eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice in combination with tacrolimus [seeDrug Interactions (7.2)].

    17.2 Development of Lymphoma and Other Malignancies

    Inform patients they are at increased risk of developing lymphomas and other malignancies, particularly of the skin, due to immunosuppression. Advise patients to limit exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet (UV) light by wearing protective clothing and use a sunscreen with a high protection factor [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

    17.3 Increased Risk of Infection

    Inform patients they are at increased risk of developing a variety of infections, including opportunistic infections, due to immunosuppression and to contact their physician if they develop any symptoms of infection such as fever, sweats or chills, cough or flu-like symptoms, muscle aches, or warm, red, painful areas on the skin [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].  

    17.4 New Onset Diabetes After Transplant

    Inform patients that tacrolimus can cause diabetes mellitus and should be advised to contact their physician if they develop frequent urination, increased thirst or hunger [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].

    17.5 Neurotoxicity

    Inform patients that they are at risk of developing adverse neurologic reactions including seizure, altered mental status, and tremor. Advise patients to contact their physician should they develop vision changes, deliriums, or tremors [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)].

    17.6 Hypertension

    Inform patients that tacrolimus can cause high blood pressure which may require treatment with anti-hypertensive therapy. Advise patients to monitor their blood pressure  [see Warnings and Precautions (5.8)].  

    17.7 Drug Interactions

    Instruct patients to tell their healthcare providers when they start or stop taking all the medicines, including prescription medicines and non-prescription medicines, natural or herbal remedies, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. Advise patients to avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice  [see Drug Interactions (7)].  

    17.8 Pregnant, Lactation and Infertility

    Inform women of childbearing potential that tacrolimus can harm the fetus. Instruct male and female patients to discuss with their healthcare provider family planning options including appropriate contraception. Also, discuss with pregnant patients the risks and benefits of breastfeeding their infant [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1, 8.2, 8.3)].   Encourage female transplant patients who become pregnant and male patients who have fathered a pregnancy, exposed to immunosuppressants including tacrolimus, to enroll in the voluntary Transplantation Pregnancy Registry International. To enroll or register, patients can call the toll free number 1-877-955-6877 or https://www.transplantpregnancyregistry.org/ [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].  

    Based on animal studies, tacrolimus may affect fertility in males and females [see Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)]. 

    17.9 Myocardial Hypertrophy

    Inform patients to report symptoms of tiredness, swelling, and/or shortness of breath (heart failure).

    17.10 Immunizations

    Inform patients that tacrolimus can interfere with the usual response to immunizations and that they should avoid live vaccines [see Warnings and Precautions (5.14)].

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    Patient Information 

    Tacrolimus Capsules USP

    (ta kroe′ li mus) 

    Read this Patient Information before you start taking tacrolimus capsules and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment. 

    What is the most important information I should know about tacrolimus capsules?

    Tacrolimus capsules can cause serious side effects, including: 

    1. Increased risk of cancer. People who take tacrolimus capsules have an increased risk of getting some kinds of cancer, including skin and lymph gland cancer (lymphoma).

    2. Increased risk of infection. Tacrolimus capsules is a medicine that affects your immune system. Tacrolimus capsules can lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections. Serious infections can happen in people receiving tacrolimus capsules that can cause death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of an infection including:

    • fevers
    • weats or chills
    • cough or flu-like symptoms
    • muscle aches
    • warm, red, or painful areas on your skin 

    What are tacrolimus capsules?

    Tacrolimus capsules are a prescription medicine used with other medicines to help prevent organ rejection in people who have had a kidney, liver, or heart transplant.

    Who should not take tacrolimus capsules?

    Do not take tacrolimus capsules if you are allergic to tacrolimus or any of the ingredients in tacrolimus capsules. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in tacrolimus capsules. 

    What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking tacrolimus capsules?

    Before you take tacrolimus capsules, tell your healthcare provider if your medical conditions, including if you:

    • plan to receive any live vaccines . People taking tacrolimus capsules should not receive live vaccines.
    • have or have had liver, kidney or heart problems
    • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Tacrolimus capsules may harm your unborn baby.
    • If you are able to become pregnant, you should use effective birth control before and during treatment with tacrolimus. Talk to your healthcare provider before starting treatment with tacrolimus about birth control methods that may be right for you.
    • Males who have female partners who are able to become pregnant should also use effective birth control before and during treatment with tacrolimus. Talk to your healthcare provider before starting treatment with tacrolimus about birth control methods that may be right for you.
    • There is a pregnancy registry for females who become pregnant and males who have fathered a pregnancy during treatment with tacrolimus. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the health of you and your baby. To enroll in this voluntary registry, call 1-877-955-6877 or go to https://www.transplantpregnancyregistry.org/.
    • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Tacrolimus passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will take tacrolimus capsules or breastfeed. You should not do both. 

    Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, and when you start a new medicine or stop taking a medicine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, natural. herbal or nutritional supplements. 

    Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take:

    sirolimus (RAPAMUNE)

    cyclosporine (GENGRAF, NEORAL, and SANDIMMUNE)

    medicines called aminoglycosides that are used to treat bacterial infections

    ganciclovir (CYTOVENE IV, VALCYTE)

    amphotericin B (ABELCET, AMBISOME)

    cisplatin

    antiviral medicines called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors

    antiviral medicines called protease inhibitors

    water pill (diuretic)

    medicine to treat high blood pressure

    nelfinavir (VIRACEPT)

    telaprevir (INCIVEK)

    boceprevir

    ritonavir (KALETRA, NORVIR, TECHNIVIE, VIEKIRA PAK, VIEKIRA XR)

    ketoconazole

    itraconazole (ONMEL, SPORANOX)

    voriconazole (VFEND)

    clarithromycin (BIAXIN, BIAXIN XL, PREVPAC)

    rifampin (RIFADIN, RIFAMATE, RIFATER, RIMACTANE)

    rifabutin (MYCOBUTIN)

    amiodarone (NEXTERONE, PACERONE)

    Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure if you take any of the medicines listed above. Tacrolimus capsules may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how tacrolimus capsules works. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. 

    How should I take tacrolimus capsules?

    • Take tacrolimus capsules exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
    • Your healthcare provider will tell you how many tacrolimus capsules to take and when to take them.
    • Your healthcare provider may change your tacrolimus capsules dose if needed. Do not stop taking or change your dose of tacrolimus capsules without talking to your healthcare provider.
    • Take tacrolimus capsules with or without food.
    • Take tacrolimus capsules the same way everyday. For example, if you choose to take tacrolimus capsules with food, you should always take tacrolimus capsules with food.
    • Take tacrolimus capsules at the same time each day. For example, if you take your first dose at 7: 00 a.m. you should take your second dose at 7:00 p.m
    • Taking tacrolimus capsules at the same time each day helps to keep the amount of medicine in your body at a steady level.
    • Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking tacrolimus capsules.
    • If you take too much tacrolimus capsules, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away. 
    • Do not open or crush tacrolimus capsules.

    What should I avoid while taking tacrolimus capsules?

    • While you take tacrolimus capsules you should not receive any live vaccines
    • Limit the amount of time you spend in sunlight and avoid exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, such as tanning machines. Wear protective clothing and use a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF)

    What are the possible side effects of tacrolimus capsules?

    Tacrolimus capsules may cause serious side effects, including:

    • See “What is the most important information I should know about tacrolimus capsules?
    • problems from medicine errors. People who take tacrolimus have sometimes been given the wrong type of tacrolimus product.Tacrolimus extended-release medicines are not the same as tacrolimus capsules or granules and cannot be substituted for each other, unless specifically prescribed by your healthcare provider, who will send you to get blood tacrolimus levels at a lab. Check your tacrolimus when you get a new prescription and before you take it to make sure you have received tacrolimus capsule or tacrolimus granules.
    • Check with the pharmacist and call your healthcare provider if you think you were given the wrong medicine.
    • high blood sugar (diabetes). Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check for diabetes while you take tacrolimus capsules. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of high blood sugar, including:
      • frequent urination
      • increased thirst or hunger
      • blurred vision
      • confusion
      • drowsiness
      • loss of appetite
      • fruity smell on your breath
      • nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain 
    • kidney problems. Kidney problems are a serious and common side effect of tacrolimus. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your kidney function while you take tacrolimus capsules.
    • nervous system problems. Nervous system problems are a serious and common side effect of tacrolimus. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any of these symptoms while taking tacrolimus capsules. These could be signs of a serious nervous system problem:
      • headache
      • confusion
      • seizures
      • changes in your vision
      • changes in behavior
      • coma
      • tremors
      • numbness and tingling
    • high levels of potassium in your blood. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your potassium level while you take tacrolimus capsules.
    • high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a serious and common side effect of tacrolimus. Your healthcare provider will monitor your blood pressure while you take tacrolimus and may prescribe blood pressure medicine for you, if needed. Your healthcare provider may instruct you to check your blood pressure at home.
    • changes in the electrical activity of your heart (QT prolongation).
    • heart problems (myocardial hypertrophy). Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get any of these symptoms of heart problems while taking tacrolimus capsules:
      • shortness of breath
      • chest pain
      • feel lightheaded
      • feel faint

    • severe low red blood cell count (anemia).

    The most common side effects of tacrolimus capsules in peoplewho have received a kidney, liver or heart transplant are:

    • infections in general, including cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection
    • tremors (shaking of the body)
    • constipation
    • diarrhea
    • headache
    • stomach pain
    • trouble sleeping
    • nauseal
    • high blood sugar (diabetes)
    • low levels of magnesium in your blood
    • low levels of phosphate in your blood
    • swelling of the hands, legs, ankles, or feet
    • weakness
    • pain
    • high levels of fat in your blood
    • high levels of potassium in your blood
    • low red blood cell count (anemia) 
    • low white blood cell count ·
    • fever
    • numbness or tingling in your hands and feet
    • inflammation of your airway (bronchitis)
    • fluid around your heart

    Tell your healthcare provider f you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

    These are not all the possible side effects of tacrolimus capsules. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. 

    Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. 

    How should I store tacrolimus capsules?

    Store Tacrolimus capsules at room temperature between 20°C-25°C (68°F-77°F)

    Keep tacrolimus capsules and all medicines out of reach of children. 

    General information about the safe and effective use of tacrolimus capsules

    Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use tacrolimus capsules for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give tacrolimus capsules to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about tacrolimus that is written for health professionals

    What are the ingredients in tacrolimus capsules?

    Active ingredient: tacrolimus

    Inactive ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate and magnesium stearate. The 0.5 mg capsule shell contains gelatin, iron oxide red, iron oxide yellow and titanium dioxide, the 1 mg capsule shell contains gelatin and titanium dioxide and the 5 mg capsule shell contains gelatin, iron oxide red, iron oxide black, and titanium dioxide. 

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  • INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE
    TACROLIMUS 
    tacrolimus capsule
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:55111-525
    Route of Administration ORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    tacrolimus (UNII: WM0HAQ4WNM) (tacrolimus anhydrous - UNII:Y5L2157C4J) tacrolimus anhydrous 0.5 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    croscarmellose sodium (UNII: M28OL1HH48)  
    lactose monohydrate (UNII: EWQ57Q8I5X)  
    magnesium stearate (UNII: 70097M6I30)  
    gelatin (UNII: 2G86QN327L)  
    ferric oxide red (UNII: 1K09F3G675)  
    ferric oxide yellow (UNII: EX438O2MRT)  
    titanium dioxide (UNII: 15FIX9V2JP)  
    Product Characteristics
    Color YELLOW (dark yellow) Score no score
    Shape CAPSULE Size 14mm
    Flavor Imprint Code 0;5MG;RDY525
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:55111-525-30 1 in 1 CARTON 05/14/2010
    1 30 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    2 NDC:55111-525-01 1 in 1 CARTON 05/14/2010
    2 100 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    3 NDC:55111-525-05 1 in 1 CARTON 05/14/2010
    3 500 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    4 NDC:55111-525-78 10 in 1 CARTON 05/14/2010
    4 NDC:55111-525-79 10 in 1 BLISTER PACK; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    ANDA ANDA090509 05/14/2010
    TACROLIMUS 
    tacrolimus capsule
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:55111-526
    Route of Administration ORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    tacrolimus (UNII: WM0HAQ4WNM) (tacrolimus anhydrous - UNII:Y5L2157C4J) tacrolimus anhydrous 1 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    croscarmellose sodium (UNII: M28OL1HH48)  
    lactose monohydrate (UNII: EWQ57Q8I5X)  
    magnesium stearate (UNII: 70097M6I30)  
    gelatin (UNII: 2G86QN327L)  
    titanium dioxide (UNII: 15FIX9V2JP)  
    Product Characteristics
    Color WHITE Score no score
    Shape CAPSULE Size 14mm
    Flavor Imprint Code 1MG;RDY526
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:55111-526-30 1 in 1 CARTON 05/14/2010
    1 30 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    2 NDC:55111-526-01 1 in 1 CARTON 05/14/2010
    2 100 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    3 NDC:55111-526-05 1 in 1 CARTON 05/14/2010
    3 500 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    4 NDC:55111-526-78 10 in 1 CARTON 05/14/2010
    4 NDC:55111-526-79 10 in 1 BLISTER PACK; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    ANDA ANDA090509 05/14/2010
    TACROLIMUS 
    tacrolimus capsule
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG Item Code (Source) NDC:55111-527
    Route of Administration ORAL
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    tacrolimus (UNII: WM0HAQ4WNM) (tacrolimus anhydrous - UNII:Y5L2157C4J) tacrolimus anhydrous 5 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    croscarmellose sodium (UNII: M28OL1HH48)  
    lactose monohydrate (UNII: EWQ57Q8I5X)  
    magnesium stearate (UNII: 70097M6I30)  
    gelatin (UNII: 2G86QN327L)  
    ferric oxide red (UNII: 1K09F3G675)  
    ferrosoferric oxide (UNII: XM0M87F357)  
    titanium dioxide (UNII: 15FIX9V2JP)  
    Product Characteristics
    Color RED (dark grayish red) Score no score
    Shape CAPSULE Size 14mm
    Flavor Imprint Code 5MG;RDY527
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:55111-527-30 1 in 1 CARTON 05/14/2010
    1 30 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    2 NDC:55111-527-01 1 in 1 CARTON 05/14/2010
    2 100 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    3 NDC:55111-527-05 1 in 1 CARTON 05/14/2010
    3 500 in 1 BOTTLE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    4 NDC:55111-527-78 10 in 1 CARTON 05/14/2010
    4 NDC:55111-527-79 10 in 1 BLISTER PACK; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    ANDA ANDA090509 05/14/2010
    Labeler - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Limited (650562841)
    Establishment
    Name Address ID/FEI Business Operations
    Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Limited - FTO3 918608162 analysis(55111-525, 55111-526, 55111-527) , manufacture(55111-525, 55111-526, 55111-527)