EMENAT TABLET 1mg

Granisetron

Source of information: Drugbank (External Link). Last updated on: 3rd July 18
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Active Ingredient / Synonyms

granisétron | granisetrón | granisetronum | Granisetron |

Description

A serotonin receptor (5HT-3 selective) antagonist that has been used as an antiemetic and antinauseant for cancer chemotherapy patients. [PubChem]

Indication

For the prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of emetogenic cancer therapy (including high dose cisplatin), postoperation, and radiation (including total body irradiation and daily fractionated abdominal radiation).

Mechanism of Action

Granisetron is a potent, selective antagonist of 5-HT3 receptors. The antiemetic activity of the drug is brought about through the inhibition of 5-HT3 receptors present both centrally (medullary chemoreceptor zone) and peripherally (GI tract). This inhibition of 5-HT3 receptors in turn inhibits the visceral afferent stimulation of the vomiting center, likely indirectly at the level of the area postrema, as well as through direct inhibition of serotonin activity within the area postrema and the chemoreceptor trigger zone.

Pharmacodynamics

Granisetron is a selective inhibitor of type 3 serotonergic (5-HT3) receptors. Granisetron has little or no affinity for other serotonin receptors, including 5-HT 1 , 5-HT 1A , 5-HT 1B/C , or 5-HT 2 ; for alpha 1 -, alpha 2 -, or beta-adrenoreceptors; for dopamine D 2 receptors; for histamine H 1 receptors; for benzodiazepine receptors; for picrotoxin receptors; or for opioid receptors. In most human studies, granisetron has had little effect on blood pressure, heart rate, or electrocardiogram (ECG). The drug is structurally and pharmacologically related to ondansetron, another selective inhibitor of 5-HT3 receptors. The serontonin 5-HT3 receptors are located on the nerve terminals of the vagus in the periphery, and centrally in the chemoreceptor trigger zone of the area postrema. The temporal relationship between the emetogenic action of emetogenic drugs and the release of serotonin, as well as the efficacy of antiemetic agents suggest that chemotherapeutic agents release serotonin from the enterochromaffin cells of the small intestine by causing degenerative changes in the GI tract. The serotonin then stimulates the vagal and splanchnic nerve receptors that project to the medullary vomiting center, as well as the 5-HT3 receptors in the area postrema, thus initiating the vomiting reflex, causing nausea and vomiting.

Pharmacokinetics

Absorption:

Absorption of is rapid and complete, though oral bioavailability is reduced to about 60% as a result of first pass metabolism.

Distribution:

Not Available

Metabolism:

Primarily hepatic; undergoes N -demethylation and aromatic ring oxidation followed by conjugation. Animal studies suggest that some of the metabolites may have 5-HT 3 receptor antagonist activity.

Elimination:

The remainder of the dose is excreted as metabolites, 48% in the urine and 38% in the feces.

Half-life

4-6 hours in healthy patients, 9-12 hours in cancer patients

Clearance

* 0.52 L/h/kg [Cancer Patients with 1 mg bid for 7 days] * 0.41 L/h/kg [Healthy subject with a single 1 mg dose]

Toxicity

LD50>2000 mg/kg (rat, oral)

References

  1. Health Science Authority of Singapore - Reclassified POM
  2. Drugbank

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Approval Information

EMENAT TABLET 1mg was registered with Health Science Authority of Singapore by NATCO PHARMA ASIA PTE LTD. It is marketed with the registration number of SIN15174P with effective from 2017-02-09.

This product contains 1mg of Granisetron in the form of TABLET.

The medicine was manufactured by Natco Pharma LTD-Pharma Division in INDIA

It is a Presciption Only Medicine which can only be obtained from a doctor or a dentist, or from a pharmacist with a prescription from a Singapore-registered doctor or dentist.

Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) Classification

ATC Code: A04AA02

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