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NORTHERA can be titrated to achieve symptomatic relief1,2

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NORTHERA can be titrated to achieve symptomatic relief1,2

NORTHERA® (droxidopa) can be titrated every 24 to 48 hours to symptomatic response1

Start, Titrate, and Maintain chart on how to titrate NORTHERA
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  • Monitor supine blood pressure prior to and during treatment and more frequently when increasing doses1

 

A patient’s maintenance dose may be prescribed through 100 mg, 200 mg, and 300 mg strength capsules once symptomatic relief has been established through titration.1

 

Switching patients to higher-strength capsules may help reduce the number of pills taken daily.

 

NORTHERA pill dosages

 

For oral administration. Not actual sizes.

 

The goal of nOH treatment: reduce symptoms reported by patients

Considering that nOH is due to autonomic dysfunction and often associated with an underlying neurodegenerative disorder, restoring blood pressure (BP) to a normal range may not be a feasible treatment goal. Instead, therapy should focus on symptom improvement in nOH patients.3-6

Total daily dosing

~70% of patients received a maintenance dose of at least 1200 mg (400 mg three times a day)2

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  • About 40% of patients received the maximum dose of 1800 mg (600 mg three times a day)2
  • Dose escalation was stopped if2:
    • Sustained supine systolic blood pressure (SBP) rose to ≥180 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) to ≥110 mm Hg
    • The patient became asymptomatic, reached the maximum dose, or was unable to tolerate side effects believed to be related to the study drug
  • Fewer than 10% of patients remained at the starting dose of 300 mg (100 mg three times a day)2

Prescribe brand-name NORTHERA

With the goal of nOH treatment in mind, write “Dispense as written” to ensure your nOH patients receive their medication exactly as prescribed for symptomatic relief.

Dispense as written
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  • NORTHERA capsules should be taken whole, the same way each time, either with food or without food1
  • If a dose is missed, the next dose should be taken at the regularly scheduled time. The patient should not double the next dose1
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Learn about titration and dosing from Dr. Olshansky.

Patients should be advised to elevate the head of the bed when resting or sleeping1

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  • If supine hypertension is not well managed, NORTHERA may increase the risk of cardiovascular events, particularly stroke1
  • Reduce or discontinue NORTHERA if supine hypertension persists1
  • Use of or change in dose of dopa-decarboxylase inhibitors may require dose adjustments for NORTHERA1
  • Administering NORTHERA in combination with other agents that increase blood pressure (e.g., norepinephrine, ephedrine, midodrine, and triptans) would be expected to increase the risk for supine hypertension1
  • Clinical experience with NORTHERA in patients with severe renal function impairment (GFR <30 mL/min) is limited; therefore, dosing recommendations cannot be provided for these patients1
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References:

1. NORTHERA [package insert]. Deerfield, IL: Lundbeck. 2. Data on file. Deerfield, IL: Lundbeck. 3. Freeman R. N Engl J Med. 2008;358(6):615-624. 4. Gibbons CH, Schmidt P, Biaggioni I, et al. J Neurol. 2017;264(8):1567-1582. 5. Freeman R, Wieling W, Axelrod FB, et al. Clin Auton Res. 2011;21(2):69-72. 6. Isaacson SH. Am J Manag Care. 2015;21(suppl 13):s258-s268.

Please see Important Safety Information, including Boxed Warning for supine hypertension.

For more information, see the full Prescribing Information.

Indications and Usage

NORTHERA (droxidopa) is indicated for the treatment of orthostatic dizziness, lightheadedness, or the “feeling that you are about to black out” in adult patients with symptomatic neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (nOH) caused by primary autonomic failure (Parkinson’s disease [PD], multiple system atrophy, and pure autonomic failure), dopamine beta-hydroxylase deficiency, and non-diabetic autonomic neuropathy. Effectiveness beyond 2 weeks of treatment has not been established. The continued effectiveness of NORTHERA should be assessed periodically.

Important Safety Information

WARNING: SUPINE HYPERTENSION

Monitor supine blood pressure prior to and during treatment and more frequently when increasing doses. Elevating the head of the bed lessens the risk of supine hypertension, and blood pressure should be measured in this position. If supine hypertension cannot be managed by elevation of the head of the bed, reduce or discontinue NORTHERA.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • NORTHERA is contraindicated in patients who have a history of hypersensitivity to the drug or its ingredients.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

  • Supine Hypertension: NORTHERA therapy may cause or exacerbate supine hypertension in patients with nOH, which may increase the risk of cardiovascular events if not well managed, particularly stroke.
  • Hyperpyrexia and Confusion: Cases of a symptom complex resembling neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) have been reported with NORTHERA use during post-marketing surveillance. Observe patients carefully when the dosage of NORTHERA is changed or when concomitant levodopa is reduced abruptly or discontinued, especially if the patient is receiving neuroleptics. NMS is an uncommon but life-threatening syndrome characterized by fever or hyperthermia, muscle rigidity, involuntary movements, altered consciousness, and mental status changes. The early diagnosis of this condition is important for the appropriate management of these patients.
  • Ischemic Heart Disease, Arrhythmias, and Congestive Heart Failure: NORTHERA therapy may exacerbate existing ischemic heart disease, arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure. Careful consideration should be given to this potential risk prior to initiating therapy.
  • Allergic Reactions: Hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, angioedema, bronchospasm, urticaria, and rash have been reported in post-marketing experience, with some resulting in emergency treatment. If a hypersensitivity reaction occurs, discontinue the drug and initiate appropriate therapy.
  • This product contains FD&C Yellow No. 5 (tartrazine), which may also cause allergic-type reactions (including bronchial asthma) in certain susceptible persons. Although the overall incidence of FD&C Yellow No. 5 (tartrazine) sensitivity in the general population is low, it is frequently seen in patients who also have aspirin hypersensitivity.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

  • The most common adverse reactions (>5% and ≥3% difference compared to placebo) were headache, dizziness, nausea, and hypertension.

DRUG INTERACTIONS

  • Administering NORTHERA in combination with other agents that increase blood pressure (e.g., norepinephrine, ephedrine, midodrine, and triptans) would be expected to increase the risk for supine hypertension.
  • Dopa-decarboxylase inhibitors may require dose adjustments for NORTHERA.
  • The concomitant use of selective MAO-B inhibitors, such as rasagiline or selegiline, was permitted in the NORTHERA clinical trials. However, based on mechanism of action, the use of non-selective MAO inhibitors and linezolid should be avoided as there is a potential for increased blood pressure when taken with NORTHERA.

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

  • There are no available data on use of NORTHERA in pregnant women and risk of major birth defects or miscarriage. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions, including reduced weight gain in breastfed infants, advise a woman not to breastfeed during treatment with NORTHERA.
  • The safety and effectiveness of NORTHERA in pediatric patients have not been established. No overall differences in safety or effectiveness were observed between patients aged 75 years and older and younger patients in clinical trials, but greater sensitivity of some older individuals cannot be ruled out.
  • Clinical experience with NORTHERA in patients with severe renal function impairment (GFR <30 mL/min) is limited; therefore, dosing recommendations cannot be provided for these patients.

For more information, please see the full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning for supine hypertension.