ADVERSE REACTIONS SECTION.


6 ADVERSE REACTIONS. Most common adverse reactions (incidence>10%) are coughing, breath holding, apnea, nausea, vomiting. (6) To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Sandoz Inc. at 1-800-525-8747 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. 6.1 Clinical Trials Experience. Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.Adverse event information is derived from controlled clinical trials, the majority of which were conducted in the United States. The studies were conducted using variety of premedications, other anesthetics, and surgical procedures of varying length. Most adverse events reported were mild and transient, and may reflect the surgical procedures, patient characteristics (including disease) and/or medications administered.Of the 2,143 patients exposed to desflurane in clinical trials, 370 adults and 152 children were induced with desflurane alone and 987 patients were maintained principally with desflurane. The frequencies given reflect the percent of patients with the event. Each patient was counted once for each type of adverse event. They are presented in alphabetical order according to body system.Table 2Frequency of Events Occurring in Greater Than 1% of Clinical Trial Patients (in Reports Deemed Probably Causally Related)Induction (use as mask inhalation agent)Adult Patients (N=370):Coughing 34%, breathholding 30%, apnea 15%, increased secretions Incidence of events 3% to 10%, laryngospasm oxyhemoglobin desaturation (SpO < 90%) pharyngitis Maintenance or RecoveryAdult and Intubated Pediatric Patients (N=687):Body as WholeHeadacheCardiovascularBradycardia, hypertension, nodal arrhythmia, tachycardiaDigestiveNausea 27%, vomiting 16%Nervous systemIncreased salivationRespiratoryApnea breathholding, cough increased laryngospasm pharyngitis Special SensesConjunctivitis (conjunctival hyperemia)Frequency of Events Occurring in Less Than 1% of Patients (in Reports Deemed Probably Causally Related) Reported in or more patients, regardless of severityAdverse reactions reported only from postmarketing experience or in the literature, not seen in clinical trials, are considered rare and are italicized.CardiovascularArrhythmia, bigeminy, abnormal electrocardiogram, myocardial ischemia, vasodilationDigestiveHepatitisNervous SystemAgitation, dizzinessRespiratoryAsthma, dyspnea, hypoxiaFrequency of Events Occurring in Less Than 1% of Clinical Trial Patients(in Reports Deemed Causal Relationship Unknown)Reported in or more patients, regardless of severity Body as WholeFeverCardiovascularHemorrhage, myocardial infarctionMetabolic and NutritionIncreased creatinine phosphokinaseMusculoskeletal SystemMyalgiaSkin and AppendagesPruritus. 6.2 Post-Marketing Experience. The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of desflurane. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from population of uncertain size, it is not possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish causal relationship to drug exposure. Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders: Coagulopathy Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders: Hyperkalemia, Hypokalemia, metabolic acidosis Nervous System Disorders: Convulsion, Post-operative agitation in children Eye Disorders: Ocular icterus Cardiac Disorders: Cardiac arrest, QTc prolongation, torsade de pointes, ventricular failure, ventricular hypokinesia, atrial fibrillation Vascular Disorders: Malignant hypertension, hemorrhage, hypotension, shock Respiratory, Thoracic and Mediastinal Disorders: Respiratory arrest, respiratory failure, respiratory distress, bronchospasm, hemoptysis Gastrointestinal Disorders: Pancreatitis acute, abdominal pain Hepatobiliary Disorders: Hepatic failure, hepatic necrosis, hepatitis, cytolytic hepatitis, cholestasis, jaundice, hepatic function abnormal, liver disorder Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorder: Urticaria, erythema Musculoskeletal, Connective Tissue and Bone Disorders: Rhabdomyolysis General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions: Hyperthermia malignant, asthenia, malaise Investigations: Electrocardiogram ST-T change, electrocardiogram T-wave inversion, tranaminases increased, alanine aminotransferase increased, aspartate aminotransferase increased, blood bilirubin increased, coagulation test abnormal, ammonia increased Injury, Poisoning, and Procedural Complications: Tachyarrhythmia, palpitations, eye burns, blindness transient, encephalopathy, ulcerative keratitis, ocular hyperemia, visual acuity reduced, eye irritation, eye pain, dizziness, migraine, fatigue, accidental exposure, skin burning sensation, drug administration error Reactions categorized within this System Organ Class (SOC) were accidental exposures to non-patients.

ANIMAL PHARMACOLOGY & OR TOXICOLOGY SECTION.


13.2 Animal Toxicology and/or Pharmacology. Published studies in animals demonstrate that the use of anesthetic agents during the period of rapid brain growth or synaptogenesis results in widespread neuronal and oligodendrocyte cell loss in the developing brain and alterations in synaptic morphology and neurogenesis. Based on comparisons across species, the window of vulnerability to these changes is believed to correlate with exposures in the third trimester through the first several months of life, but may extend out to approximately years of age in humans.In primates, exposure to hours of an anesthetic regimen that produced light surgical plane of anesthesia did not increase neuronal cell loss, however, treatment regimens of hours or longer increased neuronal cell loss. Data in rodents and in primates suggest that the neuronal and oligodendrocyte cell losses are associated with subtle but prolonged cognitive deficits in learning and memory. The clinical significance of these nonclinical findings is not known, and healthcare providers should balance the benefits of appropriate anesthesia in neonates and young children who require procedures against the potential risks suggested by the nonclinical data [See Warnings and Precautions (5.7) and Use in Specific Populations 8.1, 8.4)].

CARCINOGENESIS & MUTAGENESIS & IMPAIRMENT OF FERTILITY SECTION.


13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility Carcinogenesis: Long-term studies in animals to evaluate the carcinogenic potential of desflurane have not been conducted.Mutagenesis: In vitro and in vivo genotoxicity studies did not demonstrate mutagenicity or chromosomal damage by desflurane. Tests for genotoxicity included the Ames mutation assay, the metaphase analysis of human lymphocytes, and the mouse micronucleus assay. Impairment of Fertility: In study in which male animals were administered 8.2% desflurane (60% oxygen) for either 0.5, 1, or hours per day beginning 63 days prior to mating and female animals were administered the same doses of desflurane for 14 days prior to mating through Lactation Day 21, there were no adverse effects on fertility in the hour per day treatment group. However, reduced male and female fertility was noted in the hour day group. dose dependent increase in mortality and decreased body weight gain was noted in all treatment groups.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY SECTION.


12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY. 12.2 Pharmacodynamics. Changes in the clinical effects of desflurane rapidly follow changes in the inspired concentration. The duration of anesthesia and selected recovery measures for desflurane are given in the following tables:In 178 female outpatients undergoing laparoscopy, premedicated with fentanyl (1.5 mcg/kg to mcg/kg), anesthesia was initiated with propofol 2.5 mg/kg, desflurane/N 2O 60% in 2 or desflurane/O alone. Anesthesia was maintained with either propofol 1.5 mg/kg/hr to mg/kg/hr, desflurane 2.6% to 8.4% in 2O 60% in 2, or desflurane 3.1% to 8.9% in 2. Emergence and Recovery After Outpatient Laparoscopy 178 Females, Ages 20 to 47 Times in Minutes: Mean +- SD (Range) Induction:PropofolPropofolDesflurane/N 2O Desflurane/O Maintenance:Propofol/N 2O Desflurane/N 2O Desflurane/N 2O Desflurane/O Number of Pts:N 48N 44N 43N 43Median age30 (20 to 43) 26 (21 to 47) 29 (21 to 42) 30 (20 to 40) Anesthetic time49 +- 53 (8 to 336) 45 +- 35 (11 to 178) 44 +- 29 (14 to 149) 41 +- 26 (19 to 126) Time to open eyes7 +- (2 to 19) +- Differences were statistically significant (p 0.05) by Dunnetts procedure comparing all treatments to the propofol-propofol/N 2O (induction and maintenance) group. Results for comparisons greater than one hour after anesthesia show no differences between groups and considerable variability within groups. (2 to 10) +- (2 to 12) +- (1 to 11) Time to state name9 +- (4 to 22) +- (3 to 18) +- (3 to 16) +- (2 to 15) Time to stand80 +- 34 (40 to 200) 86 +- 55 (30 to 320) 81 +- 38 (35 to 190) 77 +- 38 (35 to 200) Time to walk110 +- (47 to 285) 122 +- 85 (37 to 375) 108 +- 59 (48 to 220) 108 +- 66 (49 to 250) Time to fit for discharge152 +- 75 (66 to 375) 157 +- 80 (73 to 385) 150 +- 66 (68 to 310) 155 +- 73 (69 to 325) In 88 unpremedicated outpatients, anesthesia was initiated with thiopental 3mg/kg to mg/kg or desflurane in 2. Anesthesia was maintained with isoflurane 0.7% to 1.4% in 2O 60%, desflurane 1.8% to 7.7% in 2O 60%, or desflurane 4.4% to 11.9% in 2. Emergence and Recovery Times in Outpatient Surgery 46 Males, 42 Females, Ages 19 to 70 Times in Minutes: Mean +- SD (Range) Induction: ThiopentalThiopentalThiopentalDesflurane/O Maintenance:Isoflurane/N 2O Desflurane/N 2O Desflurane/O Desflurane/O Number of Pts:N 23N 21N 23N 21Median age43 (20 to 70) 40 (22 to 67) 43 (19 to 70) 41 (21 to 64) Anesthetic time49 +- 23 (11 to 94) 50 +- 19 (16 to 80) 50 +- 27 (16 to 113) 51 +- 23 (19 to 117) Time to open eyes13 +- (5 to 33) +- Differences were statistically significant (p 0.05) by Dunnetts procedure comparing all treatments to the thiopental-isoflurane/N 2O (induction and maintenance) group. Results for comparisons greater than one hour after anesthesia show no differences between groups and considerable variability within groups. (4 to 16) 12 +- (4 to 39) +- (4 to 13) Time to state name17 +- 10 (6 to 44) 11 +- (6 to 19) 15 +- 10 (6 to 46) +- (5 to 14) Time to walk195 +- 67 (124 to 365) 176 +- 60 (101 to 315) 168 +- 34 (119 to 258) 181 +- 42 (92 to 252) Time to fit for discharge205 +- 53 (153 to 365) 202 +- 41 (144 to 315) 197 +- 35 (155 to 280) 194 +- 37 (134 to 288) Recovery from anesthesia was assessed at 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and 90 minutes following 0.5 MAC desflurane (3%) or isoflurane (0.6%) in 2O 60% using subjective and objective tests. At 30 minutes after anesthesia, only 43% of patients in the isoflurane group were able to perform the psychometric tests compared to 76% in the desflurane group (p 0.05). Recovery Tests: Percent of Preoperative Baseline Values 16 Males, 22 Females, Ages 20 to 65 Percent: Mean +- SD60 minutes After Anesthesia90 minutes After AnesthesiaMaintenance: Desflurane/N 2O Isoflurane/N 2O Desflurane/N 2O Isoflurane/N 2O Confusion Visual analog scale (values from to 100; 100 baseline)66 +- 647 +- 875 +- Differences were statistically significant (p 0.05) using two-sample t-test 56 +- 8Fatigue 70 +- 33 +- 689 +- 12 47 +- 8Drowsiness 66 +- 36 +- 876 +- 49 +- 9Clumsiness 65 +- 549 +- 880 +- 57 +- 9Comfort 59 +- 30 +- 660 +- 31 +- 7DSSTDSST Digit Symbol Substitution Test score74 +- 50 +- 975 +- 55 +- 7Trieger TestsTrieger Test Dot Connecting Test67 +- 574 +- 690 +- 683 +- 7Desflurane was studied in twelve volunteers receiving no other drugs. Hemodynamic effects during controlled ventilation (PaCO 38 mmHg) were: Hemodynamic Effects of Desflurane During Controlled Ventilation12 Male Volunteers, Ages 16 to 26 Mean +- SD (Range)Heart Rate(beats/min)Mean ArterialPressure (mmHg) Cardiac Index (L/min/m 2) TotalMAC EquivalentEnd-Tidal Des/O End-Tidal Des/N 2O 2 2O 2 2O 2 2O 00% 21%0% 0%69 +- (63 to 76) 70 +- (62 to 85) 85 +- (74 to 102) 85 +- (74 to 102) 3.7 +- 0.4 (3.0 to 4.2) 3.7 +- 0.4 (3.0 to 4.2) 0.86% 94%3% 60%73 +- (67 to 80) 77 +- (67 to 97) 61 +- Differences were statistically significant (p 0.05) compared to awake values, Newman-Keuls method of multiple comparison. (55 to 70) 69 +- (62 to 80) 3.2 +- 0.5 (2.6 to 4.0) 3.3 +- 0.5 (2.6 to 4.1) 1.29% 91%6% 60%80 +- (72 to 84) 77 +- (67 to 90) 59 +- (44 to 71) 63 +- (47 to 74) 3.4 +- 0.5 (2.6 to 4.1) 3.1 +- 0.4 (2.6 to 3.8) 1.712% 88%9% 60%94 +- 14 (78 to 109) 79 +- (61 to 91) 51 +- 12 (31 to 66) 59 +- (46 to 68) 3.5 +- 0.9 (1.7 to 4.7) 3.0 +- 0.4 (2.4 to 3.6) When the same volunteers breathed spontaneously during desflurane anesthesia, systemic vascular resistance and mean arterial blood pressure decreased; cardiac index, heart rate, stroke volume, and central venous pressure (CVP) increased compared to values when the volunteers were conscious. Cardiac index, stroke volume, and CVP were greater during spontaneous ventilation than during controlled ventilation.During spontaneous ventilation in the same volunteers, increasing the concentration of desflurane from 3% to 12% decreased tidal volume and increased arterial carbon dioxide tension and respiratory rate. The combination of 2O 60% with given concentration of desflurane gave results similar to those with desflurane alone. Respiratory depression produced by desflurane is similar to that produced by other potent inhalation agents. The use of desflurane concentrations higher than 1.5 MAC may produce apnea.Figure 1. PaCO2 During Spontaneous Ventilation in Unstimulated Volunteers. Figure 1. 12.3 Pharmacokinetics. Due to the volatile nature of desflurane in plasma samples, the washin-washout profile of desflurane was used as surrogate of plasma pharmacokinetics. Desflurane is volatile liquid inhalation anesthetic minimally biotransformed in the liver in humans. Less than 0.02% of the desflurane absorbed can be recovered as urinary metabolites (compared to 0.2% for isoflurane). Eight healthy male volunteers first breathed 70% 2O/30% 2 for 30 minutes and then mixture of desflurane 2%, isoflurane 0.4%, and halothane 0.2% for another 30 minutes. During this time, inspired and end-tidal concentrations (F and A) were measured. The A/F (washin) value at 30 minutes for desflurane was 0.91, compared to 1.00 for 2O, 0.74 for isoflurane, and 0.58 for halothane (See Figure 2) The washin rates for halothane and isoflurane were similar to literature values. The washin was faster for desflurane than for isoflurane and halothane at all time points. The A/F AO (washout) value at minutes was 0.12 for desflurane, 0.22 for isoflurane, and 0.25 for halothane (See Figure 3) The washout for desflurane was more rapid than that for isoflurane and halothane at all elimination time points. By days, the A/F AO for desflurane is 1/20th of that for halothane or isoflurane. Figure 2. Desflurane WashinFigure 3. Desflurane Washout. Figure 2. Figure 3.

CLINICAL STUDIES SECTION.


14 CLINICAL STUDIES. The efficacy of desflurane was evaluated in 1,843 patients including ambulatory (N=1,061), cardiovascular (N=277), geriatric (N=103), neurosurgical (N=40), and pediatric (N=235) patients. Clinical experience with these patients and with 1,087 control patients in these studies not receiving desflurane is described below. Although desflurane can be used in adults for the inhalation induction of anesthesia via mask, it produces high incidence of respiratory irritation (coughing, breathholding, apnea, increased secretions, laryngospasm). Oxyhemoglobin saturation below 90% occurred in 6% of patients (from pooled data, = 370 adults).. 14.1 Ambulatory Surgery. Desflurane plus 2O was compared to isoflurane plus 2O in multicenter studies (21 sites) of 792 ASA physical status I, II, or III patients aged 18 to 76 years (median 32). InductionAnesthetic induction begun with thiopental and continued with desflurane was associated with 7% incidence of oxyhemoglobin saturation of 90% or less (from pooled data, = 307) compared with 5% in patients in whom anesthesia was induced with thiopental and isoflurane (from pooled data, = 152).Maintenance RecoveryDesflurane with or without 2O or other anesthetics was generally well tolerated. There were no differences between desflurane and the other anesthetics studied in the times that patients were judged fit for discharge. In one outpatient study, patients received standardized anesthetic consisting of thiopental 4.2 mg/kg to 4.4 mg/kg, fentanyl 3.5 mcg/kg to mcg/kg, vecuronium 0.05 mg/kg to 0.07 mg/kg, and 2O 60% in oxygen with either desflurane 3% or isoflurane 0.6%. Emergence times were significantly different; but times to sit up and discharge were not different (See Table 5). Table 5Recovery Profiles After Desflurane 3% in 2O 60% vs Isoflurane 0.6% in 2O 60% in Outpatients 16 Males, 22 Females, Ages 20 to 65 Mean +- SD IsofluraneDesflurane Number2117Anesthetic time (min)127 +- 8098 +- 55Recovery time to: Follow commands (min)11.1 +- 7.96.5 +- 2.3 Difference was statistically significant from the isoflurane group (p 0.05), unadjusted for multiple comparisons. Sit up (min)113 +- 2795 +- 56 Fit for discharge (min)231 +- 40207 +- 54. 14.2 Cardiovascular Surgery. Desflurane was compared to isoflurane, sufentanil or fentanyl for the anesthetic management of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral vascular and carotid endarterectomy surgery in studies at 15 centers involving total of 558 patients. In all patients except the desflurane vs. sufentanil study, the volatile anesthetics were supplemented with intravenous opioids, usually fentanyl. Blood pressure and heart rate were controlled by changes in concentration of the volatile anesthetics or opioids and cardiovascular drugs if necessary. Oxygen (100%) was the carrier gas in 253 of 277 desflurane cases (24 of 277 received 2O/O 2). Cardiovascular Patients by Agent and Type of Surgery 418 Males, 140 Females, Ages 27 to 87 (Median 64)Type ofSurgery 13 Centers1 Center1 CenterIsofluraneDesfluraneSufentanilDesfluraneFentanylDesfluraneCABG58571001002525Abd Aorta2925----Periph Vasc2424----Carotid Art4546----Total1561521001002525No differences were found in cardiovascular outcome (death, myocardial infarction, ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation, heart failure) among desflurane and the other anesthetics.InductionDesflurane should not be used as the sole agent for anesthetic induction in patients with coronary artery disease or any patients where increases in heart rate or blood pressure are undesirable. In the desflurane vs. sufentanil study, anesthetic induction with desflurane without opioids was associated with new transient ischemia in 14 patients vs. in the sufentanil group. In the desflurane group, mean heart rate, arterial pressure, and pulmonary blood pressure increased and stroke volume decreased in contrast to no change in the sufentanil group. Cardiovascular drugs were used frequently in both groups: especially esmolol in the desflurane group (56% vs. 0%) and phenylephrine in the sufentanil group (43% vs. 27%). When 10 mcg/kg of fentanyl was used to supplement induction of anesthesia at one other center, continuous 2-lead ECG analysis showed low incidence of myocardial ischemia and no difference between desflurane and isoflurane. If desflurane is to be used in patients with coronary artery disease, it should be used in combination with other medications for induction of anesthesia, preferably intravenous opioids and hypnotics.Maintenance RecoveryIn studies where desflurane or isoflurane anesthesia was supplemented with fentanyl, there were no differences in hemodynamic variables or the incidence of myocardial ischemia in the patients anesthetized with desflurane compared to those anesthetized with isoflurane.During the precardiopulmonary bypass period, in the desflurane vs. sufentanil study where the desflurane patients received no intravenous opioid, more desflurane patients required cardiovascular adjuvants to control hemodynamics than the sufentanil patients. During this period, the incidence of ischemia detected by ECG or echocardiography was not statistically different between desflurane (18 of 99) and sufentanil (9 of 98) groups. However, the duration and severity of ECG-detected myocardial ischemia was significantly less in the desflurane group. The incidence of myocardial ischemia after cardiopulmonary bypass and in the ICU did not differ between groups.. 14.3 Geriatric Surgery. Desflurane plus 2O was compared to isoflurane plus 2O in multicenter study (6 sites) of 203 ASA physical status II or III elderly patients, aged 57 to 91 years (median 71). InductionMost patients were premedicated with fentanyl (mean mcg/kg), preoxygenated, and received thiopental (mean 4.3 mg/kg IV) or thiamylal (mean mg/kg IV) followed by succinylcholine (mean 1.4 mg/kg IV) for intubation.Maintenance RecoveryHeart rate and arterial blood pressure remained within 20% of preinduction baseline values during administration of desflurane 0.5% to 7.7% (average 3.6%) with 50% to 60% 2O. Induction, maintenance, and recovery cardiovascular measurements did not differ from those during isoflurane/N 2O administration nor did the postoperative incidence of nausea and vomiting differ. The most common cardiovascular adverse event was hypotension occurring in 8% of the desflurane patients and 6% of the isoflurane patients. 14.4 Neurosurgery. Desflurane was studied in 38 patients aged 26 to 76 years (median 48 years), ASA physical status II or III undergoing neurosurgical procedures for intracranial lesions.InductionInduction consisted of standard neuroanesthetic techniques including hyperventilation and thiopental.MaintenanceNo change in cerebrospinal fluid pressure (CSFP) was observed in patients who had intracranial tumors when the dose of desflurane was 0.5 MAC in 2O 50%. In another study of patients with intracranial tumors, 0.8 MAC desflurane/air/O did not increase CSFP above post induction baseline values. In different study of 10 patients receiving 1.1 MAC desflurane/air/O 2, CSFP increased mmHg (range mmHg to 13 mmHg increase, with final values of 11 mmHg to 26 mmHg) above the pre-drug values. All volatile anesthetics may increase intracranial pressure in patients with intracranial space occupying lesions. In such patients, desflurane should be administered at 0.8 MAC or less, and in conjunction with barbiturate induction and hyperventilation (hypocapnia) in the period before cranial decompression. Appropriate attention must be paid to maintain cerebral perfusion pressure. The use of lower dose of desflurane and the administration of barbiturate and mannitol would be predicted to lessen the effect of desflurane on CSFP.Under hypocapnic conditions (PaCO 27 mmHg) desflurane and 1.5 MAC did not increase cerebral blood flow (CBF) in patients undergoing craniotomies. CBF reactivity to increasing PaCO from 27 mmHg to 35 mmHg was also maintained at 1.25 MAC desflurane/air/O 2. 14.5 Pediatric Surgery. In clinical safety trial conducted in children aged to 16 years (mean 7.4 years), following induction with another agent, desflurane and isoflurane (in 2O/O 2) were compared when delivered via face mask or laryngeal mask airway (LMA(TM) mask) for maintenance of anesthesia, after induction with intravenous propofol or inhaled sevoflurane, in order to assess the relative incidence of respiratory adverse events. Maintenance in Nonintubated Pediatric Patients (Face Mask or LMA(TM) mask Used; N=300) All Respiratory EventsMinor, moderate and severe respiratory events (>1% of All Pediatric Patients)All Ages(N=300)2 to yr(N=150)7 to 11 yr(N=81)12 to 16 yr(N=69)Any respiratory events39%42%33%39%Airway obstruction4%5%4%3%Breath-holding3%2%3%4%Coughing 26%33%19%22%Laryngospasm13%16%7%13%Secretion12%13%10%12%Non-specific desaturation2%2%1%1%Desflurane was associated with higher rates (compared with isoflurane) of coughing, laryngospasm and secretions with an overall rate of respiratory events of 39%. Of the pediatric patients exposed to desflurane, 5% experienced severe laryngospasm (associated with significant desaturation; i.e. SpO of <90% for >15 seconds, or requiring succinylcholine), across all ages, to 16 years old. Individual age group incidences of severe laryngospasm were 9% for to years old, 1% for to 11 years old, and 1% for 12 to 16 years old. Removal of LMA(TM) mask under deep anesthesia (MAC range 0.6 to 2.3 with mean of 1.12 MAC) was associated with further increase in frequency of respiratory adverse events as compared to awake LMA(TM) mask removal or LMA(TM) mask removal under deep anesthesia with the comparator. The frequency and severity of non-respiratory adverse events were comparable between the two groups. The incidence of respiratory events under these conditions was highest in children aged to years. Therefore, similar studies in children under the age of years were not initiated.

CONTRAINDICATIONS SECTION.


4 CONTRAINDICATIONS. The use of Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation is contraindicated in the following conditions:Known or suspected genetic susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia.Patients in whom general anesthesia is contraindicated.Induction of anesthesia in pediatric patients.Patients with known sensitivity to Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation or to other halogenated agents [See Warnings and Precautions (5.6) . Patients with history of moderate to severe hepatic dysfunction following anesthesia with Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation or other halogenated agents and not otherwise explained [See Warnings and Precautions (5.6) . Known or suspected genetic susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia.. Patients in whom general anesthesia is contraindicated.. Induction of anesthesia in pediatric patients.. Patients with known sensitivity to Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation or to other halogenated agents [See Warnings and Precautions (5.6) . Patients with history of moderate to severe hepatic dysfunction following anesthesia with Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation or other halogenated agents and not otherwise explained [See Warnings and Precautions (5.6) . Patients with known or suspected genetic susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia 4) Patients in whom general anesthesia is contraindicated 4) Induction of anesthesia in pediatric patients 4) Patients with known sensitivity to halogenated agents 4) Patients with history of moderate to severe hepatic dysfunction following anesthesia with halogenated agents and not otherwise explained. 4) Patients with known or suspected genetic susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia 4) Patients in whom general anesthesia is contraindicated 4) Induction of anesthesia in pediatric patients 4) Patients with known sensitivity to halogenated agents 4) Patients with history of moderate to severe hepatic dysfunction following anesthesia with halogenated agents and not otherwise explained. 4).

DESCRIPTION SECTION.


11 DESCRIPTION. Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation, nonflammable liquid administered via vaporizer, is general inhalation anesthetic. It is (+-)1,2,2,2-tetrafluoroethyl difluoromethyl ether:Some physical constants are:Molecular weight168.04Specific gravity (at 20C/4C)1.465Vapor pressure in mmHg669 mmHg 20C731 mmHg 22C757 mmHg 22.8C(boiling point;1atm)764 mmHg 23C798 mmHg 24C869 mmHg 26CPartition coefficients at 37C:Blood/Gas0.424Olive Oil/Gas18.7 Brain/Gas0.54 Mean Component/Gas Partition Coefficients:Polypropylene (Y piece)6.7Polyethylene (circuit tube)16.2Latex rubber (bag)19.3Latex rubber (bellows)10.4Polyvinylchloride (endotracheal tube)34.7Desflurane, USP is nonflammable as defined by the requirements of International Electrotechnical Commission 601-2-13.Desflurane, USP is colorless, volatile liquid below 22.8C. Data indicate that desflurane, USP is stable when stored under normal room lighting conditions according to instructions.Desflurane, USP is chemically stable. The only known degradation reaction is through prolonged direct contact with soda lime producing low levels of fluoroform (CHF 3). The amount of CHF obtained is similar to that produced with MAC-equivalent doses of isoflurane. No discernible degradation occurs in the presence of strong acids. Desflurane, USP does not corrode stainless steel, brass, aluminum, anodized aluminum, nickel plated brass, copper, or beryllium.. Structure.

DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION SECTION.


2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION. Only persons trained in the administration of general anesthesia should administer Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation. Only vaporizer specifically designed and designated for use with desflurane should be utilized for its administration. Facilities for maintenance of patent airway, artificial ventilation, oxygen enrichment, and circulatory resuscitation must be immediately available.Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation is administered by inhalation. The administration of general anesthesia must be individualized based on the patients response. Hypotension and respiratory depression increase as anesthesia with Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation is deepened. The minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) of Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation decreases with increasing patient age. The MAC for Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation is also reduced by concomitant 2O administration (See Table 1) The dose should be adjusted accordingly. The following table provides mean relative potency based upon age and effect of 2O in predominately ASA physical status or II patients. Benzodiazepines and opioids decrease the MAC of Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation [See Drug Interactions (7.1, Table 3)] Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation also decreases the doses of neuromuscular blocking agents required [See Drug Interactions (7.2, Table 4)] The dose should be adjusted accordingly. Table 1Effect of Age on Minimum Alveolar Concentration of Desflurane Mean +- SD (percent atmospheres)AgeNO 100% NN 2O 60%/40% 2 weeks69.2 +- 0--10 weeks59.4 +- 0.4--9 months410 +- 0.757.5 +- 0.82 years39.1 +- 0.6--3 years--56.4 +- 0.44 years48.6 +- 0.6--7 years58.1 +- 0.6--25 years47.3 +- 044 +- 0.345 years46 +- 0.362.8 +- 0.670 years65.2 +- 0.661.7 +- 0.4N number of crossover pairs (using up-and-down method of quantal response). Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation should be administered only by persons trained in the administration of general anesthesia. It should only be administered using vaporizer specifically designed and designated for use with desflurane. 2) The administration of general anesthesia must be individualized based on the patients response, including cardiovascular and pulmonary changes. 2) Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation should not be used as the sole agent for anesthetic induction in patients with coronary artery disease or where increases in heart rate or blood pressure are undesirable. 2.6) For dosing considerations in patients with intracranial space occupying lesions, see Full Prescribing Information. 2.7) Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation should be administered only by persons trained in the administration of general anesthesia. It should only be administered using vaporizer specifically designed and designated for use with desflurane. 2) The administration of general anesthesia must be individualized based on the patients response, including cardiovascular and pulmonary changes. 2) Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation should not be used as the sole agent for anesthetic induction in patients with coronary artery disease or where increases in heart rate or blood pressure are undesirable. 2.6) For dosing considerations in patients with intracranial space occupying lesions, see Full Prescribing Information. 2.7) 2.1 Preanesthetic Medication. Issues such as whether or not to premedicate and the choice of premedication(s) must be individualized. In clinical studies, patients scheduled to be anesthetized with Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation frequently received IV preanesthetic medication, such as opioid and/or benzodiazepine.. 2.2 Induction. In adults, some premedicated with opioid, frequent starting concentration was 3% Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation, increased in 0.5% to 1% increments every to breaths. End-tidal concentrations of 4% to 11%, Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation with and without 2O, produced anesthesia within minutes to minutes. When Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation was tested as the primary anesthetic induction agent, the incidence of upper airway irritation (apnea, breathholding, laryngospasm, coughing and secretions) was high. During induction in adults, the overall incidence of oxyhemoglobin desaturation (SpO < 90%) was 6% See Adverse Reactions (6.1)]. After induction in adults with an intravenous drug such as thiopental or propofol, Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation can be started at approximately 0.5 to MAC, whether the carrier gas is 2 or 2O/O 2. Inspired concentrations of Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation greater than 12% have been safely administered to patients, particularly during induction of anesthesia. Such concentrations will proportionately dilute the concentration of oxygen; therefore, maintenance of an adequate concentration of oxygen may require reduction of nitrous oxide or air if these gases are used concurrently.. 2.3 Maintenance. Surgical levels of anesthesia in adults may be maintained with concentrations of 2.5% to 8.5% Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation with or without the concomitant use of nitrous oxide. In children, surgical levels of anesthesia may be maintained with concentrations of 5.2% to 10% Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation with or without the concomitant use of nitrous oxide.During the maintenance of anesthesia with inflow rates of L/min or more, the alveolar concentration of Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation will usually be within 10% of the inspired concentration [F A/F I, see Figure in Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)] During the maintenance of anesthesia, increasing concentrations of Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation produce dose-dependent decreases in blood pressure. Excessive decreases in blood pressure may be due to depth of anesthesia and in such instances may be corrected by decreasing the inspired concentration of Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation.Concentrations of Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation exceeding MAC may increase heart rate. Thus with this drug, an increased heart rate may not serve reliably as sign of inadequate anesthesia.. 2.4 Maintenance of Anesthesia in Intubated Pediatric Patients. Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation is indicated for maintenance of anesthesia in infants and children after induction of anesthesia with agents other thanDesflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation, and tracheal intubation.Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation, with or without 2O, and halothane, with or without 2O were studied in three clinical trials of pediatric patients aged weeks to 12 years (median years) and ASA physical status or II. The concentration of Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation required for maintenance of general anesthesia is age-dependent [See Clinical Studies (14.5)] Changes in blood pressure during maintenance of and recovery from anesthesia with Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation/N 2O/O are similar to those observed with halothane/N 2O/O 2. Heart rate during maintenance of anesthesia is approximately 10 beats per minute faster with desflurane than with halothane. Patients were judged fit for discharge from post-anesthesia care units within one hour with both Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation and halothane. There were no differences in the incidence of nausea and vomiting between patients receiving Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation or halothane. 2.5 Recovery. The recovery from general anesthesia should be assessed carefully before patients are discharged from the post anesthesia care unit (PACU).. 2.6 Use in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease. In patients with coronary artery disease, maintenance of normal hemodynamics is important to prevent myocardial ischemia. rapid increase in desflurane concentration is associated with marked increase in pulse rate, mean arterial pressure and levels of epinephrine and norepinephrine. Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation should not be used as the sole agent for anesthetic induction in patients with coronary artery disease or patients where increases in heart rate or blood pressure are undesirable. It should be used with other medications, preferably intravenous opioids and hypnotics [See Clinical Studies (14.2)] . 2.7 Neurosurgical Use. Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation may produce dose-dependent increase in cerebrospinal fluid pressure (CSFP) when administered to patients with intracranial space occupying lesions. Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation should be administered at 0.8 MAC or less, and in conjunction with barbiturate induction and hyperventilation (hypocapnia) until cerebral decompression in patients with known or suspected increases in CSFP. Appropriate attention must be paid to maintain cerebral perfusion pressure [See Clinical Studies (14.4)] . 2.8 Observations Related to Vaporizer Use. Yellow discoloration of Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation sometimes accompanied by particulates, has been observed through the vaporizer sight glass or after draining the vaporizer. The presence of discoloration or particulates in these situations does not alter the quality or efficacy of Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation. If observed, refer to the respective vaporizer Instructions For Use (IFU) for recommended actions or contact Sandoz Product Surveillance.

DOSAGE FORMS & STRENGTHS SECTION.


3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS. Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation is colorless, non-flammable, volatile liquid (below 22.8C) for inhalation, 100% desflurane.. Liquid (volatile): 100% 3) Liquid (volatile): 100% 3).

DRUG INTERACTIONS SECTION.


7 DRUG INTERACTIONS. No clinically significant adverse interactions with commonly used preanesthetic drugs, or drugs used during anesthesia (muscle relaxants, intravenous agents, and local anesthetic agents) were reported in clinical trials. The effect of desflurane on the disposition of other drugs has not been determined. Similar to isoflurane, desflurane does not predispose to premature ventricular arrhythmias in the presence of exogenously infused epinephrine in swine.. Concomitant use of 2O, benzodiazepines and/or opioids reduces the MAC of desflurane. Adjust dose accordingly. 7.1, 7.3) Desflurane decreases the doses of neuromuscular blocking agents required. Adjust dose accordingly. 7.2) Concomitant use of 2O, benzodiazepines and/or opioids reduces the MAC of desflurane. Adjust dose accordingly. 7.1, 7.3) Desflurane decreases the doses of neuromuscular blocking agents required. Adjust dose accordingly. 7.2) 7.1 Benzodiazepines and Opioids (MAC Reduction). Benzodiazepines and opioids decrease the amount of desflurane (MAC) needed to produce anesthesia. This effect is shown in Table for intravenous midazolam (25 mcg/kg to 50 mcg/kg) and intravenous fentanyl (3 mcg/kg to mcg/kg) in patients of two different age groups.Table 3Desflurane MAC with Fentanyl or Midazolam Mean +- SD (percent reduction) Dose 18 to 30 years 31 to 65 years No fentanyl6.4 +- 06.3 +- 0.43 mcg/kg fentanyl3.5 +- 1.9 (46%)3.1 +- 0.6 (51%)6 mcg/kg fentanyl3 +- 1.2 (53%)2.3 +- (64%)No midazolam6.9 +- 0.15.9 +- 0.625 mcg/kg midazolam-4.9 +- 0.9 (16%)50 mcg/kg midazolam-4.9 +- 0.5 (17%). 7.2 Neuromuscular Blocking Agents. Anesthetic concentrations of desflurane at equilibrium (administered for 15 or more minutes before testing) reduced the ED 95 of succinylcholine by approximately 30% and that of atracurium and pancuronium by approximately 50% compared to 2O/opioid anesthesia (See Table 4) The effect of desflurane on duration of nondepolarizing neuromuscular blockade has not been studied. Table 4Dosage of Muscle Relaxant Causing 95% Depression in Neuromuscular Blockade Desflurane Concentration Mean ED 95 (mcg/kg) PancuroniumAtracuriumSuccinylcholineVecuronium0.65 MAC 60% 2O/O 26133--1.25 MAC 60% 2O/O 18119--1.25 MAC 2 2212036019Dosage reduction of neuromuscular blocking agents during induction of anesthesia may result in delayed onset of conditions suitable for endotracheal intubation or inadequate muscle relaxation, because potentiation of neuromuscular blocking agents requires equilibration of muscle with the delivered partial pressure of desflurane.Among nondepolarizing drugs, pancuronium, atracurium, and vecuronium interactions have been studied. In the absence of specific guidelines:For endotracheal intubation, do not reduce the dose of nondepolarizing muscle relaxants or succinylcholine.During maintenance of anesthesia, the dose of nondepolarizing muscle relaxants is likely to be reduced compared to that during 2O/opioid anesthesia. Administration of supplemental doses of muscle relaxants should be guided by the response to nerve stimulation. For endotracheal intubation, do not reduce the dose of nondepolarizing muscle relaxants or succinylcholine.. During maintenance of anesthesia, the dose of nondepolarizing muscle relaxants is likely to be reduced compared to that during 2O/opioid anesthesia. Administration of supplemental doses of muscle relaxants should be guided by the response to nerve stimulation. 7.3 Concomitant use with 2O. Concomitant administration of 2O reduces the MAC of desflurane [See Dosage and Administration (2), Table 1].

GERIATRIC USE SECTION.


8.5 Geriatric Use. The minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) of desflurane decreases with increasing patient age. The dose should be adjusted accordingly. The average MAC for desflurane in 70 year old patient is two-thirds the MAC for 20 year old patient [See Dosage and Administration (2) Table and Clinical Studies (14.3)].

HOW SUPPLIED SECTION.


16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING. Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation, NDC 0781-6172-22, is available in amber-colored glass bottle containing 240 mL desflurane, USP. Each individual bottle is supplied in carton of 6, NDC 0781-6172-86.. 16.1 Safety and Handling. Occupational CautionThere is no specific work exposure limit established for Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation. However, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (NIOSH) recommends that no worker should be exposed at ceiling concentrations greater than ppm of any halogenated anesthetic agent over sampling period not to exceed one hour.Principle routes of exposure include:Skin contact May cause skin irritation. In case of contact, immediately flush skin with plenty of water. Remove contaminated clothing and shoes. Seek medical attention if irritation develops.Eye contact May cause eye irritation. In case of contact, immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. Seek medical attention if irritation develops.Ingestion No specific hazards other than therapeutic effects. Do NOT induce vomiting unless directed to do so by medical personnel. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. If large quantities of this material are swallowed, seek medical attention immediately.Inhalation If individuals smell vapors, or experience dizziness or headaches, they should be moved to an area with fresh air. Individuals could also experience the following: Cardiovascular effects: may include fluctuations in heart rate, changes in blood pressure, chest pain. Respiratory effects: may include shortness of breath, bronchospasms, laryngospasms, respiratory depression. Gastrointestinal effects: may include nausea, upset stomach, loss of appetite. Nervous System effects: may include ataxia, tremor, disturbance of speech, lethargy, headache, dizziness, blurred vision.The predicted effects of acute overexposure by inhalation of Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation include headache, dizziness or (in extreme cases) unconsciousness [See Overdosage (10)] There are no documented adverse effects of chronic exposure to halogenated anesthetic vapors Waste Anesthetic Gases or WAGs) in the workplace. Although results of some epidemiological studies suggest link between exposure to halogenated anesthetics and increased health problems (particularly spontaneous abortion), the relationship is not conclusive. Since exposure to WAGs is one possible factor in the findings for these studies, operating room personnel, and pregnant women in particular, should minimize exposure. Precautions include adequate general ventilation in the operating room, the use of well-designed and well-maintained scavenging system; work practices to minimize leaks and spills while the anesthetic agent is in use, and routine equipment maintenance to minimize leaks. Consistent with clinical data, concentrations would need to reach 2% to 3% in inspired air before individuals would likely experience dizziness or other physiologic effects.. 16.2 Storage. Store at 20o to 25oC (68o to 77oF) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation has been demonstrated to be stable for the period defined by the expiration dating on the label. Preserve in tight, light-resistant container. Replace the cap securely after each use.

INDICATIONS & USAGE SECTION.


1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE. Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation, general anesthetic, is an inhalation agent indicated:for induction and/or maintenance of anesthesia in adults 1.1) for maintenance of anesthesia in pediatric patients following induction with agents other than Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation and intubation.. for induction and/or maintenance of anesthesia in adults 1.1) for maintenance of anesthesia in pediatric patients following induction with agents other than Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation and intubation.. 1.1 Induction of Anesthesia. Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation is indicated as an inhalation agent for induction of anesthesia for inpatient and outpatient surgery in adults.Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation is contraindicated as an inhalation agent for the induction of anesthesia in pediatric patients because of high incidence of moderate to severe upper airway adverse events.. 1.2 Maintenance of Anesthesia. Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation is indicated as an inhalation agent for maintenance of anesthesia for inpatient and outpatient surgery in adults and in pediatric patients.After induction of anesthesia with agents other than Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation, and tracheal intubation, Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation is indicated for maintenance of anesthesia in infants and children. Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation is not approved for maintenance of anesthesia in non-intubated children due to an increased incidence of respiratory adverse reactions, including coughing, laryngospasm, and secretions [See Warnings and Precautions (5.3) and Clinical Studies (14.5)].

INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS SECTION.


17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION. Anesthesia providers need to obtain the following information from patients prior to administration of anesthesia:Medications they are taking, including herbal supplementsDrug allergies, including allergic reactions to anesthetic agents (including hepatic sensitivity)Any history of severe reactions to prior administration of anestheticIf the patient or member of the patients family has history of malignant hyperthermia or if the patient has history of Duchenne muscular dystrophy or other latent neuromuscular diseaseAnesthesia providers should inform patients of the risks associated with desflurane, USP:Post-operative nausea and vomiting and respiratory adverse effects including coughing.There is no information of the effects of desflurane, USP following anesthesia on the ability to operate an automobile or other heavy machinery. However, patients should be advised that the ability to perform such tasks may be impaired after receiving anesthetic agents.Anesthesia providers should inform parents and caregivers of pediatric patients that emergence from anesthesia in children may evoke brief state of agitation that may hinder cooperation.Effect of anesthetic and sedation drugs on early brain developmentStudies conducted in young animals and children suggest repeated or prolonged use of general anesthetic or sedation drugs in children younger than years may have negative effects on their developing brains. Discuss with parents and caregivers the benefits, risks, and timing and duration of surgery or procedures requiring anesthetic and sedation drugs [See Warnings and Precautions (5.7) . Medications they are taking, including herbal supplements. Drug allergies, including allergic reactions to anesthetic agents (including hepatic sensitivity). Any history of severe reactions to prior administration of anesthetic. If the patient or member of the patients family has history of malignant hyperthermia or if the patient has history of Duchenne muscular dystrophy or other latent neuromuscular disease. Post-operative nausea and vomiting and respiratory adverse effects including coughing.. There is no information of the effects of desflurane, USP following anesthesia on the ability to operate an automobile or other heavy machinery. However, patients should be advised that the ability to perform such tasks may be impaired after receiving anesthetic agents.

LACTATION SECTION.


8.2 Lactation. It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when desflurane is administered to nursing woman.

NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY SECTION.


13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY. 13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility Carcinogenesis: Long-term studies in animals to evaluate the carcinogenic potential of desflurane have not been conducted.Mutagenesis: In vitro and in vivo genotoxicity studies did not demonstrate mutagenicity or chromosomal damage by desflurane. Tests for genotoxicity included the Ames mutation assay, the metaphase analysis of human lymphocytes, and the mouse micronucleus assay. Impairment of Fertility: In study in which male animals were administered 8.2% desflurane (60% oxygen) for either 0.5, 1, or hours per day beginning 63 days prior to mating and female animals were administered the same doses of desflurane for 14 days prior to mating through Lactation Day 21, there were no adverse effects on fertility in the hour per day treatment group. However, reduced male and female fertility was noted in the hour day group. dose dependent increase in mortality and decreased body weight gain was noted in all treatment groups.. 13.2 Animal Toxicology and/or Pharmacology. Published studies in animals demonstrate that the use of anesthetic agents during the period of rapid brain growth or synaptogenesis results in widespread neuronal and oligodendrocyte cell loss in the developing brain and alterations in synaptic morphology and neurogenesis. Based on comparisons across species, the window of vulnerability to these changes is believed to correlate with exposures in the third trimester through the first several months of life, but may extend out to approximately years of age in humans.In primates, exposure to hours of an anesthetic regimen that produced light surgical plane of anesthesia did not increase neuronal cell loss, however, treatment regimens of hours or longer increased neuronal cell loss. Data in rodents and in primates suggest that the neuronal and oligodendrocyte cell losses are associated with subtle but prolonged cognitive deficits in learning and memory. The clinical significance of these nonclinical findings is not known, and healthcare providers should balance the benefits of appropriate anesthesia in neonates and young children who require procedures against the potential risks suggested by the nonclinical data [See Warnings and Precautions (5.7) and Use in Specific Populations 8.1, 8.4)].

OVERDOSAGE SECTION.


10 OVERDOSAGE. The symptoms of overdosage of desflurane can present as deepening of anesthesia, cardiac and/or respiratory depression in spontaneously breathing patients, and cardiac depression in ventilated patients in whom hypercapnia and hypoxia may occur only at late stage. In the event of overdosage, or suspected overdosage, take the following actions: discontinue administration of desflurane, maintain patent airway, initiate assisted or controlled ventilation with oxygen, and maintain adequate cardiovascular function.

PACKAGE LABEL.PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL.


PACKAGE LABEL PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL. NDC 0781-6172-22Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation240 mLRx OnlyforSandozContainer Label. container label.

PEDIATRIC USE SECTION.


8.4 Pediatric Use. Respiratory Adverse Reactions in Pediatric Patients Desflurane is indicated for maintenance of anesthesia in infants and children after induction of anesthesia with agents other than desflurane, and tracheal intubation.Is not approved for maintenance of anesthesia in non-intubated children due to an increased incidence of respiratory adverse reactions, including coughing (26%), laryngospasm (13%) and secretions (12%) [See Clinical Studies (14.5)] Children, particularly if years old or younger, who are under an anesthetic maintenance of desflurane delivered via laryngeal mask airway (LMA(TM) mask) are at increased risk for adverse respiratory reactions, e.g., coughing and laryngospasm, especially with removal of the laryngeal mask airway under deep anesthesia [See Clinical Studies (14.5)] Therefore, closely monitor these patients for signs and symptoms associated with laryngospasm and treat accordingly. When desflurane is used for maintenance of anesthesia in children with asthma or history of recent upper airway infection, there is an increased risk for airway narrowing and increases in airway resistance. Therefore, closely monitor these patients for signs and symptoms associated with airway narrowing and treat accordingly.Published juvenile animal studies demonstrate that the administration of anesthetic and sedation drugs, such as desflurane, that either block NMDA receptors or potentiate the activity of GABA during the period of rapid brain growth or synaptogenesis, results in widespread neuronal and oligodendrocyte cell loss in the developing brain and alterations in synaptic morphology and neurogenesis. Based on comparisons across species, the window of vulnerability to these changes is believed to correlate with exposures in the third trimester of gestation through the first several months of life, but may extend out to approximately years of age in humans.In primates, exposure to hours of ketamine that produced light surgical plane of anesthesia did not increase neuronal cell loss, however, treatment regimens of hours or longer of isoflurane increased neuronal cell loss. Data from isoflurane-treated rodents and ketamine-treated primates suggest that the neuronal and oligodendrocyte cell losses are associated with prolonged cognitive deficits in learning and memory. The clinical significance of these nonclinical findings is not known, and healthcare providers should balance the benefits of appropriate anesthesia in pregnant women, neonates, and young children who require procedures with the potential risks suggested by the nonclinical data [See Warnings and Precautions (5.7) Use in Specific Populations (8.1), and Nonclinical Toxicology (13.2)].

PHARMACODYNULLMICS SECTION.


12.2 Pharmacodynamics. Changes in the clinical effects of desflurane rapidly follow changes in the inspired concentration. The duration of anesthesia and selected recovery measures for desflurane are given in the following tables:In 178 female outpatients undergoing laparoscopy, premedicated with fentanyl (1.5 mcg/kg to mcg/kg), anesthesia was initiated with propofol 2.5 mg/kg, desflurane/N 2O 60% in 2 or desflurane/O alone. Anesthesia was maintained with either propofol 1.5 mg/kg/hr to mg/kg/hr, desflurane 2.6% to 8.4% in 2O 60% in 2, or desflurane 3.1% to 8.9% in 2. Emergence and Recovery After Outpatient Laparoscopy 178 Females, Ages 20 to 47 Times in Minutes: Mean +- SD (Range) Induction:PropofolPropofolDesflurane/N 2O Desflurane/O Maintenance:Propofol/N 2O Desflurane/N 2O Desflurane/N 2O Desflurane/O Number of Pts:N 48N 44N 43N 43Median age30 (20 to 43) 26 (21 to 47) 29 (21 to 42) 30 (20 to 40) Anesthetic time49 +- 53 (8 to 336) 45 +- 35 (11 to 178) 44 +- 29 (14 to 149) 41 +- 26 (19 to 126) Time to open eyes7 +- (2 to 19) +- Differences were statistically significant (p 0.05) by Dunnetts procedure comparing all treatments to the propofol-propofol/N 2O (induction and maintenance) group. Results for comparisons greater than one hour after anesthesia show no differences between groups and considerable variability within groups. (2 to 10) +- (2 to 12) +- (1 to 11) Time to state name9 +- (4 to 22) +- (3 to 18) +- (3 to 16) +- (2 to 15) Time to stand80 +- 34 (40 to 200) 86 +- 55 (30 to 320) 81 +- 38 (35 to 190) 77 +- 38 (35 to 200) Time to walk110 +- (47 to 285) 122 +- 85 (37 to 375) 108 +- 59 (48 to 220) 108 +- 66 (49 to 250) Time to fit for discharge152 +- 75 (66 to 375) 157 +- 80 (73 to 385) 150 +- 66 (68 to 310) 155 +- 73 (69 to 325) In 88 unpremedicated outpatients, anesthesia was initiated with thiopental 3mg/kg to mg/kg or desflurane in 2. Anesthesia was maintained with isoflurane 0.7% to 1.4% in 2O 60%, desflurane 1.8% to 7.7% in 2O 60%, or desflurane 4.4% to 11.9% in 2. Emergence and Recovery Times in Outpatient Surgery 46 Males, 42 Females, Ages 19 to 70 Times in Minutes: Mean +- SD (Range) Induction: ThiopentalThiopentalThiopentalDesflurane/O Maintenance:Isoflurane/N 2O Desflurane/N 2O Desflurane/O Desflurane/O Number of Pts:N 23N 21N 23N 21Median age43 (20 to 70) 40 (22 to 67) 43 (19 to 70) 41 (21 to 64) Anesthetic time49 +- 23 (11 to 94) 50 +- 19 (16 to 80) 50 +- 27 (16 to 113) 51 +- 23 (19 to 117) Time to open eyes13 +- (5 to 33) +- Differences were statistically significant (p 0.05) by Dunnetts procedure comparing all treatments to the thiopental-isoflurane/N 2O (induction and maintenance) group. Results for comparisons greater than one hour after anesthesia show no differences between groups and considerable variability within groups. (4 to 16) 12 +- (4 to 39) +- (4 to 13) Time to state name17 +- 10 (6 to 44) 11 +- (6 to 19) 15 +- 10 (6 to 46) +- (5 to 14) Time to walk195 +- 67 (124 to 365) 176 +- 60 (101 to 315) 168 +- 34 (119 to 258) 181 +- 42 (92 to 252) Time to fit for discharge205 +- 53 (153 to 365) 202 +- 41 (144 to 315) 197 +- 35 (155 to 280) 194 +- 37 (134 to 288) Recovery from anesthesia was assessed at 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and 90 minutes following 0.5 MAC desflurane (3%) or isoflurane (0.6%) in 2O 60% using subjective and objective tests. At 30 minutes after anesthesia, only 43% of patients in the isoflurane group were able to perform the psychometric tests compared to 76% in the desflurane group (p 0.05). Recovery Tests: Percent of Preoperative Baseline Values 16 Males, 22 Females, Ages 20 to 65 Percent: Mean +- SD60 minutes After Anesthesia90 minutes After AnesthesiaMaintenance: Desflurane/N 2O Isoflurane/N 2O Desflurane/N 2O Isoflurane/N 2O Confusion Visual analog scale (values from to 100; 100 baseline)66 +- 647 +- 875 +- Differences were statistically significant (p 0.05) using two-sample t-test 56 +- 8Fatigue 70 +- 33 +- 689 +- 12 47 +- 8Drowsiness 66 +- 36 +- 876 +- 49 +- 9Clumsiness 65 +- 549 +- 880 +- 57 +- 9Comfort 59 +- 30 +- 660 +- 31 +- 7DSSTDSST Digit Symbol Substitution Test score74 +- 50 +- 975 +- 55 +- 7Trieger TestsTrieger Test Dot Connecting Test67 +- 574 +- 690 +- 683 +- 7Desflurane was studied in twelve volunteers receiving no other drugs. Hemodynamic effects during controlled ventilation (PaCO 38 mmHg) were: Hemodynamic Effects of Desflurane During Controlled Ventilation12 Male Volunteers, Ages 16 to 26 Mean +- SD (Range)Heart Rate(beats/min)Mean ArterialPressure (mmHg) Cardiac Index (L/min/m 2) TotalMAC EquivalentEnd-Tidal Des/O End-Tidal Des/N 2O 2 2O 2 2O 2 2O 00% 21%0% 0%69 +- (63 to 76) 70 +- (62 to 85) 85 +- (74 to 102) 85 +- (74 to 102) 3.7 +- 0.4 (3.0 to 4.2) 3.7 +- 0.4 (3.0 to 4.2) 0.86% 94%3% 60%73 +- (67 to 80) 77 +- (67 to 97) 61 +- Differences were statistically significant (p 0.05) compared to awake values, Newman-Keuls method of multiple comparison. (55 to 70) 69 +- (62 to 80) 3.2 +- 0.5 (2.6 to 4.0) 3.3 +- 0.5 (2.6 to 4.1) 1.29% 91%6% 60%80 +- (72 to 84) 77 +- (67 to 90) 59 +- (44 to 71) 63 +- (47 to 74) 3.4 +- 0.5 (2.6 to 4.1) 3.1 +- 0.4 (2.6 to 3.8) 1.712% 88%9% 60%94 +- 14 (78 to 109) 79 +- (61 to 91) 51 +- 12 (31 to 66) 59 +- (46 to 68) 3.5 +- 0.9 (1.7 to 4.7) 3.0 +- 0.4 (2.4 to 3.6) When the same volunteers breathed spontaneously during desflurane anesthesia, systemic vascular resistance and mean arterial blood pressure decreased; cardiac index, heart rate, stroke volume, and central venous pressure (CVP) increased compared to values when the volunteers were conscious. Cardiac index, stroke volume, and CVP were greater during spontaneous ventilation than during controlled ventilation.During spontaneous ventilation in the same volunteers, increasing the concentration of desflurane from 3% to 12% decreased tidal volume and increased arterial carbon dioxide tension and respiratory rate. The combination of 2O 60% with given concentration of desflurane gave results similar to those with desflurane alone. Respiratory depression produced by desflurane is similar to that produced by other potent inhalation agents. The use of desflurane concentrations higher than 1.5 MAC may produce apnea.Figure 1. PaCO2 During Spontaneous Ventilation in Unstimulated Volunteers. Figure 1.

PHARMACOKINETICS SECTION.


12.3 Pharmacokinetics. Due to the volatile nature of desflurane in plasma samples, the washin-washout profile of desflurane was used as surrogate of plasma pharmacokinetics. Desflurane is volatile liquid inhalation anesthetic minimally biotransformed in the liver in humans. Less than 0.02% of the desflurane absorbed can be recovered as urinary metabolites (compared to 0.2% for isoflurane). Eight healthy male volunteers first breathed 70% 2O/30% 2 for 30 minutes and then mixture of desflurane 2%, isoflurane 0.4%, and halothane 0.2% for another 30 minutes. During this time, inspired and end-tidal concentrations (F and A) were measured. The A/F (washin) value at 30 minutes for desflurane was 0.91, compared to 1.00 for 2O, 0.74 for isoflurane, and 0.58 for halothane (See Figure 2) The washin rates for halothane and isoflurane were similar to literature values. The washin was faster for desflurane than for isoflurane and halothane at all time points. The A/F AO (washout) value at minutes was 0.12 for desflurane, 0.22 for isoflurane, and 0.25 for halothane (See Figure 3) The washout for desflurane was more rapid than that for isoflurane and halothane at all elimination time points. By days, the A/F AO for desflurane is 1/20th of that for halothane or isoflurane. Figure 2. Desflurane WashinFigure 3. Desflurane Washout. Figure 2. Figure 3.

PREGNULLNCY SECTION.


8.1 Pregnancy. Risk Summary. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. In animal reproduction studies, embryo-fetal toxicity (reduced viable fetuses and/or increased post-implantation loss) was noted in pregnant rats and rabbits administered MAC desflurane for hours day (4 MAC-hours/day) during organogenesis.Published studies in pregnant primates demonstrate that the administration of anesthetic and sedation drugs that block NMDA receptors and/or potentiate GABA activity during the period of peak brain development increases neuronal apoptosis in the developing brain of the offspring when used for longer than hours. There are no data on pregnancy exposures in primates corresponding to periods prior to the third trimester in humans [See Data]. The estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage for the indicated population is unknown. All pregnancies have background risk of birth defect, loss, or other adverse outcomes. 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 ConsiderationsLabor or DeliveryThe safety of desflurane during labor or delivery has not been demonstrated. Desflurane is uterine-relaxant.. Data. Animal DataPregnant rats were exposed to 8.2% desflurane (1 MAC; 60% oxygen) for 0.5, 1, or hours (0.5, 1, or MAC-hours) per day during organogenesis (Gestation Day to 15).Embryo-fetal toxicity (increased post-implantation loss and reduced viable fetuses) was noted in the hour treatment group in the presence of maternal toxicity (reduced body weight gain). There was no evidence of malformations in any group.Pregnant rabbits were exposed to 8.9% desflurane (1 MAC; 60% oxygen) for 0.5, 1, or hours per day during organogenesis (Gestation Days to 18). Fetal toxicity (reduced viable fetuses) was noted in the hour treatment group in the presence of maternal toxicity (reduced body weight). There was no evidence of malformations in any group.Pregnant rats were exposed to 8.2% desflurane (1 MAC; 60% oxygen) for 0.5, 1, or hours per day from late gestation and through lactation (Gestation Day 15 to Lactation Day 21). Pup body weights were reduced in the hours per day group in the presence of maternal toxicity (increased mortality and reduced body weight gain). This study did not evaluate neurobehavioral function including learning and memory or reproductive behavior in the first generation (F1) pups.In published study in primates, administration of an anesthetic dose of ketamine for 24 hours on Gestation Day 122 increased neuronal apoptosis in the developing brain of the fetus. In other published studies, administration of either isoflurane or propofol for hours on Gestation Day 120 resulted in increased neuronal and oligodendrocyte apoptosis in the developing brain of the offspring. With respect to brain development, this time period corresponds to the third trimester of gestation in the human. The clinical significance of these findings is not clear; however, studies in juvenile animals suggest neuroapoptosis correlates with long-term cognitive deficits [See Warnings and Precautions (5.7) Use in Specific Populations (8.4), and Nonclinical Toxicology (13.2)].

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Warnings and Precautions; QTc Prolongation 5.4) 03/2019.

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1.1 Induction of Anesthesia. Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation is indicated as an inhalation agent for induction of anesthesia for inpatient and outpatient surgery in adults.Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation is contraindicated as an inhalation agent for the induction of anesthesia in pediatric patients because of high incidence of moderate to severe upper airway adverse events.

STORAGE AND HANDLING SECTION.


16.2 Storage. Store at 20o to 25oC (68o to 77oF) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Desflurane, USP, Liquid for Inhalation has been demonstrated to be stable for the period defined by the expiration dating on the label. Preserve in tight, light-resistant container. Replace the cap securely after each use.

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS SECTION.


8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS. Geriatric Use: The minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) of desflurane decreases with increasing patient age. 8.5) Geriatric Use: The minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) of desflurane decreases with increasing patient age. 8.5) 8.1 Pregnancy. Risk Summary. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. In animal reproduction studies, embryo-fetal toxicity (reduced viable fetuses and/or increased post-implantation loss) was noted in pregnant rats and rabbits administered MAC desflurane for hours day (4 MAC-hours/day) during organogenesis.Published studies in pregnant primates demonstrate that the administration of anesthetic and sedation drugs that block NMDA receptors and/or potentiate GABA activity during the period of peak brain development increases neuronal apoptosis in the developing brain of the offspring when used for longer than hours. There are no data on pregnancy exposures in primates corresponding to periods prior to the third trimester in humans [See Data]. The estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage for the indicated population is unknown. All pregnancies have background risk of birth defect, loss, or other adverse outcomes. 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 ConsiderationsLabor or DeliveryThe safety of desflurane during labor or delivery has not been demonstrated. Desflurane is uterine-relaxant.. Data. Animal DataPregnant rats were exposed to 8.2% desflurane (1 MAC; 60% oxygen) for 0.5, 1, or hours (0.5, 1, or MAC-hours) per day during organogenesis (Gestation Day to 15).Embryo-fetal toxicity (increased post-implantation loss and reduced viable fetuses) was noted in the hour treatment group in the presence of maternal toxicity (reduced body weight gain). There was no evidence of malformations in any group.Pregnant rabbits were exposed to 8.9% desflurane (1 MAC; 60% oxygen) for 0.5, 1, or hours per day during organogenesis (Gestation Days to 18). Fetal toxicity (reduced viable fetuses) was noted in the hour treatment group in the presence of maternal toxicity (reduced body weight). There was no evidence of malformations in any group.Pregnant rats were exposed to 8.2% desflurane (1 MAC; 60% oxygen) for 0.5, 1, or hours per day from late gestation and through lactation (Gestation Day 15 to Lactation Day 21). Pup body weights were reduced in the hours per day group in the presence of maternal toxicity (increased mortality and reduced body weight gain). This study did not evaluate neurobehavioral function including learning and memory or reproductive behavior in the first generation (F1) pups.In published study in primates, administration of an anesthetic dose of ketamine for 24 hours on Gestation Day 122 increased neuronal apoptosis in the developing brain of the fetus. In other published studies, administration of either isoflurane or propofol for hours on Gestation Day 120 resulted in increased neuronal and oligodendrocyte apoptosis in the developing brain of the offspring. With respect to brain development, this time period corresponds to the third trimester of gestation in the human. The clinical significance of these findings is not clear; however, studies in juvenile animals suggest neuroapoptosis correlates with long-term cognitive deficits [See Warnings and Precautions (5.7) Use in Specific Populations (8.4), and Nonclinical Toxicology (13.2)] . 8.2 Lactation. It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when desflurane is administered to nursing woman.. 8.4 Pediatric Use. Respiratory Adverse Reactions in Pediatric Patients Desflurane is indicated for maintenance of anesthesia in infants and children after induction of anesthesia with agents other than desflurane, and tracheal intubation.Is not approved for maintenance of anesthesia in non-intubated children due to an increased incidence of respiratory adverse reactions, including coughing (26%), laryngospasm (13%) and secretions (12%) [See Clinical Studies (14.5)] Children, particularly if years old or younger, who are under an anesthetic maintenance of desflurane delivered via laryngeal mask airway (LMA(TM) mask) are at increased risk for adverse respiratory reactions, e.g., coughing and laryngospasm, especially with removal of the laryngeal mask airway under deep anesthesia [See Clinical Studies (14.5)] Therefore, closely monitor these patients for signs and symptoms associated with laryngospasm and treat accordingly. When desflurane is used for maintenance of anesthesia in children with asthma or history of recent upper airway infection, there is an increased risk for airway narrowing and increases in airway resistance. Therefore, closely monitor these patients for signs and symptoms associated with airway narrowing and treat accordingly.Published juvenile animal studies demonstrate that the administration of anesthetic and sedation drugs, such as desflurane, that either block NMDA receptors or potentiate the activity of GABA during the period of rapid brain growth or synaptogenesis, results in widespread neuronal and oligodendrocyte cell loss in the developing brain and alterations in synaptic morphology and neurogenesis. Based on comparisons across species, the window of vulnerability to these changes is believed to correlate with exposures in the third trimester of gestation through the first several months of life, but may extend out to approximately years of age in humans.In primates, exposure to hours of ketamine that produced light surgical plane of anesthesia did not increase neuronal cell loss, however, treatment regimens of hours or longer of isoflurane increased neuronal cell loss. Data from isoflurane-treated rodents and ketamine-treated primates suggest that the neuronal and oligodendrocyte cell losses are associated with prolonged cognitive deficits in learning and memory. The clinical significance of these nonclinical findings is not known, and healthcare providers should balance the benefits of appropriate anesthesia in pregnant women, neonates, and young children who require procedures with the potential risks suggested by the nonclinical data [See Warnings and Precautions (5.7) Use in Specific Populations (8.1), and Nonclinical Toxicology (13.2)] . 8.5 Geriatric Use. The minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) of desflurane decreases with increasing patient age. The dose should be adjusted accordingly. The average MAC for desflurane in 70 year old patient is two-thirds the MAC for 20 year old patient [See Dosage and Administration (2) Table and Clinical Studies (14.3)] . 8.6 Renal Impairment. Concentrations of 1% to 4% desflurane in nitrous oxide/oxygen have been used in patients with chronic renal or hepatic impairment and during renal transplantation surgery.Because of minimal metabolism, need for dose adjustment in patients with renal and hepatic impairment is not to be expected.Nine patients receiving desflurane (N=9) were compared to patients receiving isoflurane, all with chronic renal insufficiency (serum creatinine 1.5 mg/dL to 6.9 mg/dL). No differences in hematological or biochemical tests, including renal function evaluation, were seen between the two groups. Similarly, no differences were found in comparison of patients receiving either desflurane (N=28) or isoflurane (N=30) undergoing renal transplant.. 8.7 Hepatic Impairment. Eight patients receiving desflurane were compared to six patients receiving isoflurane, all with chronic hepatic disease (viral hepatitis, alcoholic hepatitis, or cirrhosis). No differences in hematological or biochemical tests, including hepatic enzymes and hepatic function evaluation, were seen.

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5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS. Malignant Hyperthermia: Malignant hyperthermia may occur. Discontinue triggering agents, administer intravenous dantrolene sodium, and apply supportive therapy. 5.1) Perioperative Hyperkalemia: Perioperative hyperkalemia may occur. Patients with latent or overt neuromuscular disease, particularly with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, appear to be most vulnerable. Early, aggressive intervention is recommended. 5.2) Respiratory Adverse Reactions in Pediatric Patients:- Not approved for maintenance of anesthesia in non-intubated children due to an increased incidence of respiratory adverse reactions. Monitor and treat accordingly. 5.3) May cause airway narrowing and increased airway resistance in children with asthma or history of recent upper airway infection. Monitor and treat accordingly.( 5.3) QTc Prolongation: Carefully monitor cardiac rhythm when administering desflurane to susceptible patients. 5.4) Interactions with Desiccated Carbon Dioxide (CO 2) Absorbents: May react with desiccated CO absorbents to produce carbon monoxide. Replace desiccated CO absorbent before administration of desflurane. 5.5) Hepatobiliary Disorders: May cause sensitivity hepatitis in patients sensitized by previous exposure to halogenated anesthetics. Approach repeated anesthesia with caution 5.6) Pediatric Neurotoxicity: In developing animals, exposures greater than hours cause neurotoxicity. Weigh benefits against potential risks when considering elective procedures in children under years old. 5.7) Postoperative Agitation in Children: May cause postoperative agitation during emergence from anesthesia in children. 5.9) Malignant Hyperthermia: Malignant hyperthermia may occur. Discontinue triggering agents, administer intravenous dantrolene sodium, and apply supportive therapy. 5.1) Perioperative Hyperkalemia: Perioperative hyperkalemia may occur. Patients with latent or overt neuromuscular disease, particularly with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, appear to be most vulnerable. Early, aggressive intervention is recommended. 5.2) Respiratory Adverse Reactions in Pediatric Patients:. QTc Prolongation: Carefully monitor cardiac rhythm when administering desflurane to susceptible patients. 5.4) Interactions with Desiccated Carbon Dioxide (CO 2) Absorbents: May react with desiccated CO absorbents to produce carbon monoxide. Replace desiccated CO absorbent before administration of desflurane. 5.5) Hepatobiliary Disorders: May cause sensitivity hepatitis in patients sensitized by previous exposure to halogenated anesthetics. Approach repeated anesthesia with caution 5.6) Pediatric Neurotoxicity: In developing animals, exposures greater than hours cause neurotoxicity. Weigh benefits against potential risks when considering elective procedures in children under years old. 5.7) Postoperative Agitation in Children: May cause postoperative agitation during emergence from anesthesia in children. 5.9) 5.1 Malignant Hyperthermia. In susceptible individuals, potent inhalation anesthetic agents may trigger skeletal muscle hypermetabolic state leading to high oxygen demand and the clinical syndrome known as malignant hyperthermia. In genetically susceptible pigs, desflurane induced malignant hyperthermia. The clinical syndrome is signaled by hypercapnia, and may include muscle rigidity, tachycardia, tachypnea, cyanosis, arrhythmias, and/or unstable blood pressure. Some of these nonspecific signs may also appear during light anesthesia: acute hypoxia, hypercapnia, and hypovolemia.Treatment of malignant hyperthermia includes discontinuation of triggering agents, administration of intravenous dantrolene sodium, and application of supportive therapy. (Consult prescribing information for dantrolene sodium intravenous for additional information on patient management.) Renal failure may appear later, and urine flow should be monitored and sustained if possible.Fatal outcome of malignant hyperthermia has been reported with desflurane.. 5.2 Perioperative Hyperkalemia. Use of inhaled anesthetic agents has been associated with rare increases in serum potassium levels that have resulted in cardiac arrhythmias and death in pediatric patients during the postoperative period. Patients with latent as well as overt neuromuscular disease, particularly Duchenne muscular dystrophy, appear to be most vulnerable. Concomitant use of succinylcholine has been associated with most, but not all, of these cases. These patients also experienced significant elevations in serum creatinine kinase levels and, in some cases, changes in urine consistent with myoglobinuria. Despite the similarity in presentation to malignant hyperthermia, none of these patients exhibited signs or symptoms of muscle rigidity or hypermetabolic state. Early and aggressive intervention to treat the hyperkalemia and resistant arrhythmias is recommended, as is subsequent evaluation for latent neuromuscular disease.. 5.3 Respiratory Adverse Reactions in Pediatric Patients. Desflurane is not approved for maintenance of anesthesia in non-intubated children due to an increased incidence of respiratory adverse reactions, including coughing, laryngospasm and secretions [See Clinical Studies (14.5)] Children, particularly if years old or younger, who are under an anesthetic maintenance of desflurane delivered via laryngeal mask airway (LMA(TM) mask) are at increased risk for adverse respiratory reactions, e.g., coughing and laryngospasm, especially with removal of the laryngeal mask airway under deep anesthesia [See Clinical Studies (14.5)] Therefore, closely monitor these patients for signs and symptoms associated with laryngospasm and treat accordingly. When desflurane is used for maintenance of anesthesia in children with asthma or history of recent upper airway infection, there is an increased risk for airway narrowing and increases in airway resistance. Therefore, closely monitor these patients for signs and symptoms associated with airway narrowing and treat accordingly . 5.4 QTc Prolongation. QTc prolongation, associated with torsade de pointes, has been reported [See Adverse Reactions 6.2)]. Carefully monitor cardiac rhythm when administering desflurane to susceptible patients (e.g., patients with congenital Long QT Syndrome or patients taking drugs that can prolong the QT interval). 5.5 Interactions with Desiccated Carbon Dioxide Absorbents. Desflurane like some other inhalation anesthetics, can react with desiccated carbon dioxide (CO 2) absorbents to produce carbon monoxide that may result in elevated levels of carboxyhemoglobin in some patients. Case reports suggest that barium hydroxide lime and soda lime become desiccated when fresh gases are passed through the CO canister at high flow rates over many hours or days. When clinician suspects that CO absorbent may be desiccated, it should be replaced before the administration of desflurane. 5.6 Hepatobiliary Disorders. With the use of halogenated anesthetics, disruption of hepatic function, icterus and fatal liver necrosis have been reported; such reactions appear to indicate hypersensitivity. As with other halogenated anesthetic agents, desflurane may cause sensitivity hepatitis in patients who have been sensitized by previous exposure to halogenated anesthetics [See Contraindications (4)] Cirrhosis, viral hepatitis or other pre-existing hepatic disease may be reason to select an anesthetic other than halogenated anesthetic. As with all halogenated anesthetics, repeated anesthesia within short period of time should be approached with caution. 5.7 Pediatric Neurotoxicity. Published animal studies demonstrate that the administration of anesthetic and sedation drugs that block NMDA receptors and/or potentiate GABA activity increase neuronal apoptosis in the developing brain and result in long-term cognitive deficits when used for longer than hours. The clinical significance of these findings is not clear. However, based on the available data, the window of vulnerability to these changes is believed to correlate with exposures in the third trimester of gestation through the first several months of life, but may extend out to approximately three years of age in humans. [See Use in Specific Populations 8.1, 8.4), Nonclinical Toxicology (13.2)] Some published studies in children suggest that similar deficits may occur after repeated or prolonged exposures to anesthetic agents early in life and may result in adverse cognitive or behavioral effects. These studies have substantial limitations, and it is not clear if the observed effects are due to the anesthetic/sedation drug administration or other factors such as the surgery or underlying illness.Anesthetic and sedation drugs are necessary part of the care of children needing surgery, other procedures, or tests that cannot be delayed, and no specific medications have been shown to be safer than any other. Decisions regarding the timing of any elective procedures requiring anesthesia should take into consideration the benefits of the procedure weighed against the potential risks.. 5.8 Laboratory Findings. Transient elevations in glucose and white blood cell count may occur as with use of other anesthetic agents.. 5.9 Postoperative Agitation in Children. Emergence from anesthesia in children may evoke brief state of agitation that may hinder cooperation.