ADVERSE REACTIONS SECTION.


6 ADVERSE REACTIONS. The following adverse reactions are described below and elsewhere in the labeling:Hepatic Injury [see Warnings and Precautions 5.1)] Neutropenia [see Warnings and Precautions 5.2)] Interstitial lung disease [see Warnings and Precautions 5.3)] Hepatic Injury [see Warnings and Precautions 5.1)] Neutropenia [see Warnings and Precautions 5.2)] Interstitial lung disease [see Warnings and Precautions 5.3)] Most common adverse reactions (incidence greater than or equal to 5% and greater than placebo) were asthenia, nausea, dizziness, decreased lung function, and abdominal pain 6.1) To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact AvKARE at 1-855-361-3993 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 Reactions in Controlled Clinical Trials In the placebo-controlled clinical trials in patients with ALS (Study and 2), total of 313 patients received riluzole tablets 50 mg twice daily [see Clinical Studies 14)] The most common adverse reactions in the riluzole group (in at least 5% of patients and more frequently than in the placebo group) were asthenia, nausea, dizziness, decreased lung function, and abdominal pain. The most common adverse reactions leading to discontinuation in the riluzole group were nausea, abdominal pain, constipation, and elevated ALT. There was no difference in rates of adverse reactions leading to discontinuation in females and males. However, the incidence of dizziness was higher in females (11%) than in males (4%). The adverse reaction profile was similar in older and younger patients. There were insufficient data to determine if there were differences in the adverse reaction profile in different races.Table lists adverse reactions that occurred in at least 2% of riluzole-treated patients (50 mg twice daily) in pooled Study and 2, and at higher rate than placebo.Table 1. Adverse Reactions in Pooled Placebo-Controlled Trials (Studies and 2) in Patients with ALS. table1. 6.2 Postmarketing Experience. The following adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of riluzole tablets. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish causal relationship to drug exposure.Acute hepatitis and icteric toxic hepatitis [see Warnings and Precautions 5.1)] Renal tubular impairmentPancreatitisTo report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS contact AvKARE at 1-855-361-3993; email drugsafetyavkare.com; or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.. Acute hepatitis and icteric toxic hepatitis [see Warnings and Precautions 5.1)] Renal tubular impairment. Pancreatitis.

CARCINOGENESIS & MUTAGENESIS & IMPAIRMENT OF FERTILITY SECTION.


13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility. Carcinogenesis Riluzole was not carcinogenic in mice or rats when administered for years at daily oral doses up to 20 and 10 mg/kg/day, respectively, which are approximately equal to the recommended human daily dose (RHDD, 100 mg) on mg/ 2 basis. Mutagenesis Riluzole was negative in in vitro (bacterial reverse mutation (Ames), mouse lymphoma tk, chromosomal aberration assay in human lymphocytes), and in vivo (rat cytogenetic and mouse micronucleus) assays. N-hydroxyriluzole, the major active metabolite of riluzole, was positive for clastogenicity in the in vitro mouse lymphoma tk assay and in the in vitro micronucleus assay using the same mouse lymphoma cell line. N-hydroxyriluzole was negative in the HPRT gene mutation assay, the Ames assay (with and without rat or hamster S9), the in vitro chromosomal aberration assay in human lymphocytes, and the in vivo mouse micronucleus assay. Impairment of Fertility When riluzole (3, 8, or 15 mg/kg) was administered orally to male and female rats prior to and during mating and continuing in females throughout gestation and lactation, fertility indices were decreased and embryolethality was increased at the high dose. This dose was also associated with maternal toxicity. The mid dose, no-effect dose for effects on fertility and early embryonic development, is approximately equal to the RHDD on mg/m basis.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY SECTION.


12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY. 12.1 Mechanism of Action. The mechanism by which riluzole exerts its therapeutic effects in patients with ALS is unknown.. 12.2 Pharmacodynamics. The clinical pharmacodynamics of riluzole has not been determined in humans.. 12.3 Pharmacokinetics. Table displays the pharmacokinetic parameters of riluzole.Specific Populations Hepatic Impairment Compared with healthy volunteers, the AUC of riluzole was approximately 1.7-fold greater in patients with mild chronic hepatic impairment (CP score A) and approximately 3-fold greater in patients with moderate chronic hepatic impairment (CP score B). The pharmacokinetics of riluzole have not been studied in patients with severe hepatic impairment (CP score C) [see Use in Specific Populations 8.6)] Race The clearance of riluzole was 50% lower in male Japanese subjects than in Caucasian subjects, after normalizing for body weight [see Use in Specific Populations 8.7)] Gender The mean AUC of riluzole was approximately 45% higher in female patients than male patients.Smokers The clearance of riluzole in tobacco smokers was 20% greater than in nonsmokers.Geriatric Patients and Patients with Moderate to Severe Renal Impairment Age 65 years or older, and moderate to severe renal impairment do not have meaningfuleffect on the pharmacokinetics of riluzole. The pharmacokinetics of riluzole in patientsundergoing hemodialysis are unknown.Drug Interaction Studies Drugs Highly Bound To Plasma Proteins Riluzole and warfarin are highly bound to plasma proteins. In vitro, riluzole did not showany displacement of warfarin from plasma proteins. Riluzole binding to plasma proteins wasunaffected by warfarin, digoxin, imipramine and quinine at high therapeutic concentrationsin vitro.. table2.

CLINICAL STUDIES SECTION.


14 CLINICAL STUDIES. The efficacy of riluzole tablets was demonstrated in two studies (Study and 2) that evaluated riluzole tablets 50 mg twice daily in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Both studies included patients with either familial or sporadic ALS, disease duration of less than years, and baseline forced vital capacity greater than or equal to 60% of normal.Study was randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study that enrolled 155 patients with ALS. Patients were randomized to receive riluzole 50 mg twice daily (n=77) or placebo (n=78) and were followed for at least 13 months (up to maximum duration of 18 months). The clinical outcome measure was time to tracheostomy or death.The time to tracheostomy or death was longer for patients receiving riluzole compared to placebo. There was an early increase in survival in patients receiving riluzole compared to placebo. Figure displays the survival curves for time to death or tracheostomy. The vertical axis represents the proportion of individuals alive without tracheostomy at various times following treatment initiation (horizontal axis). Although these survival curves were not statistically significantly different when evaluated by the analysis specified in the study protocol (Logrank test p=0.12), the difference was found to be significant by another appropriate analysis (Wilcoxon test p=0.05). As seen in Figure 1, the study showed an early increase in survival in patients given riluzole. Among the patients in whom the endpoint of tracheostomy or death was reached during the study, the difference in median survival between the riluzole 50 mg twice daily and placebo groups was approximately 90 days.Figure 1. Time to Tracheostomy or Death in ALS Patients in Study (Kaplan-Meir Curves)Study was randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study that enrolled 959 patients with ALS. Patients were randomized to riluzole 50 mg twice daily (n=236) or placebo (n=242) and were followed for at least 12 months (up to maximum duration of 18 months). The clinical outcome measure was time to tracheostomy or death.The time to tracheostomy or death was longer for patients receiving riluzole compared to placebo. Figure displays the survival curves for time to death or tracheostomy for patients randomized to either riluzole 100 mg per day or placebo. Although these survival curves were not statistically significantly different when evaluated by the analysis specified in the study protocol (Logrank test p=0.076), the difference was found to be significant by another appropriate analysis (Wilcoxon test p=0.05). Not displayed in Figure are the results of riluzole 50 mg per day (one-half of the recommended daily dose), which could not be statistically distinguished from placebo, or the results of riluzole 200 mg per day (two times the recommended daily dose), which were not distinguishable from the 100 mg per day results. Among the patients in whom the endpoint of tracheostomy or death was reached during the study, the difference in median survival between riluzole and placebo was approximately 60 days.Although riluzole improved survival in both studies, measures of muscle strength and neurological function did not show benefit.Figure 2. Time to Tracheostomy or Death in ALS Patients in Study (Kaplan-Meir Curves). figure1. figure2.

CONTRAINDICATIONS SECTION.


4 CONTRAINDICATIONS. Riluzole tablets is contraindicated in patients with history of severe hypersensitivity reactions to riluzole or to any of its components (anaphylaxis has occurred) [see Adverse Reactions 6.1)] . Patients with history of severe hypersensitivity reactions to riluzole tablets or to any of its components 4).

DESCRIPTION SECTION.


11 DESCRIPTION. Riluzole is member of the benzothiazole class. The chemical designation for riluzole is 2-amino-6-(trifluoromethoxy)benzothiazole. Its molecular formula is 8H 5F 3N 2OS, and its molecular weight is 234.2. The chemical structure is: Riluzole is white to slightly yellow powder that is very soluble in dimethylformamide, dimethylsulfoxide, and methanol; freely soluble in dichloromethane; sparingly soluble in 0.1 HCl; and very slightly soluble in water and in 0.1 NaOH.Each film-coated tablet for oral use contains 50 mg of riluzole and the following inactive ingredients: dibasic calcium phosphate anhydrous, microcrystalline cellulose, colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, titanium dioxide, triacetin, citric acid monohydrate.. chemical-structure-riluzole.

DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION SECTION.


2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION. The recommended dosage for riluzole tablets is 50 mg taken orally twice daily. Riluzole tablets should be taken at least hour before or hours after meal [see Clinical Pharmacology 12.3)] Measure serum aminotransferases before and during treatment with riluzole tablets [see Warnings and Precautions 5.1)]. Recommended dosage: 50 mg twice daily, taken at least hour before or hours after meal 2) Measure serum aminotransferases before and during treatment 2, 5.1) Recommended dosage: 50 mg twice daily, taken at least hour before or hours after meal 2) Measure serum aminotransferases before and during treatment 2, 5.1).

DOSAGE FORMS & STRENGTHS SECTION.


3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS. Tablets: 50mg white to off-white, film-coated, capsule-shaped and engraved with 795 on one side, plain on the other.. Tablets: 50 mg 3).

DRUG INTERACTIONS SECTION.


7 DRUG INTERACTIONS. Strong to moderate CYP1A2 inhibitors: Coadministration may increase riluzole -associated adverse reactions 7.1) Strong to moderate CYP1A2 inducers: Coadministration may result in decreased efficacy 7.2) Hepatotoxic drugs: Riluzole-treated patients that take other hepatotoxic drugs may be at increased risk for hepatotoxicity 7.3) Strong to moderate CYP1A2 inhibitors: Coadministration may increase riluzole -associated adverse reactions 7.1) Strong to moderate CYP1A2 inducers: Coadministration may result in decreased efficacy 7.2) Hepatotoxic drugs: Riluzole-treated patients that take other hepatotoxic drugs may be at increased risk for hepatotoxicity 7.3) 7.1 Agents that may Increase Riluzole Blood Concentrations. CYP1A2 inhibitors Co-administration of riluzole (a CYP1A substrate) with CYP1A2 inhibitors was not evaluated in clinical trial; however, in vitro findings suggest an increase in riluzole exposure is likely. The concomitant use of strong or moderate CYP1A2 inhibitors (e.g., ciprofloxacin, enoxacin, fluvoxamine, methoxsalen, mexiletine, oral contraceptives, thiabendazole, vemurafenib, zileuton) with riluzole may increase the risk of riluzole-associated adverse reactions [see Clinical Pharmacology 12.3)] . 7.2 Agents that may Decrease Riluzole Plasma Concentrations. CYP1A2 inducers Co-administration of riluzole (a CYP1A substrate) with CYP1A2 inducers was not evaluated in clinical trial; however, in vitro findings suggest decrease in riluzole exposure is likely. Lower exposures may result in decreased efficacy [see Clinical Pharmacology 12.3)] . 7.3 Hepatotoxic Drugs. Clinical trials in ALS patients excluded patients on concomitant medications which were potentially hepatotoxic (e.g., allopurinol, methyldopa, sulfasalazine). Riluzole-treated patients who take other hepatotoxic drugs may be at an increased risk for hepatotoxicity [see Warnings and Precautions 5.1)].

FEMALES & MALES OF REPRODUCTIVE POTENTIAL SECTION.


8.3 Females and Males of Reproductive Potential. In rats, oral administration of riluzole resulted in decreased fertility indices and increases in embryolethality [see Nonclinical Toxicology 13.1)].

GERIATRIC USE SECTION.


8.5 Geriatric Use. In clinical studies of riluzole tablets, 30% of patients were 65 years and over. No overall differences in safety or effectiveness were observed between these subjects and younger subjects, and other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients, but greater sensitivity of some older individuals cannot be ruled out.

HEPATIC IMPAIRMENT SUBSECTION.


5.1 Hepatic Injury. Cases of drug-induced liver injury, some of which were fatal, have been reported in patients taking riluzole tablets. Asymptomatic elevations of hepatic transaminases have also been reported, and in some patients have recurred upon rechallenge with riluzole tablets.In clinical studies, the incidence of elevations in hepatic transaminases was greater in riluzole-treated patients than placebo-treated patients. The incidence of elevations of ALT above times the upper limit of normal (ULN) was 2% in riluzole -treated patients. Maximum increases in ALT occurred within months after starting riluzole tablets. About 50% and 8% of riluzole-treated patients in pooled Studies and 2, had at least one elevated ALT level above ULN and above times ULN, respectively [see Clinical Studies 14)]. Monitor patients for signs and symptoms of hepatic injury, every month for the first months of treatment, and periodically thereafter. The use of riluzole tablets is not recommended if patients develop hepatic transaminases levels greater than times the ULN. Discontinue riluzole tablets if there is evidence of liver dysfunction (e.g., elevated bilirubin).

HOW SUPPLIED SECTION.


16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING. Riluzole Tablets, USP 50 mg are white to off-white, film-coated, capsule-shaped and engraved with 795 on one side, plain on the other. Riluzole is supplied in bottles of 60 tablets, NDC 42291-775-60.Store at 20o to 25oC (68o to 77oF) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Protect from bright light.

INDICATIONS & USAGE SECTION.


1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE. Riluzole tablets is indicated for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).. Riluzole tablets is indicated for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) 1).

INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS SECTION.


17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION. Advise patients to inform their healthcare provider if they experience:Yellowing of the whites of the eyes [see Warnings and Precautions 5.1)] Fever [see Warnings and Precautions 5.2)] Respiratory symptomsfor example, dry cough and difficult or labored breathing [see Warnings and Precautions 5.3)] Manufactured for:AvKAREPulaski, TN 38478Mfg. Rev. 09/20AV 09/20 (P). Yellowing of the whites of the eyes [see Warnings and Precautions 5.1)] Fever [see Warnings and Precautions 5.2)] Respiratory symptomsfor example, dry cough and difficult or labored breathing [see Warnings and Precautions 5.3)].

LACTATION SECTION.


8.2 Lactation. Risk Summary It is not known if riluzole is excreted in human milk. Riluzole or its metabolites have been detected in milk of lactating rat. Women should be advised that many drugs are excreted in human milk and that the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from riluzole is unknown.

MECHANISM OF ACTION SECTION.


12.1 Mechanism of Action. The mechanism by which riluzole exerts its therapeutic effects in patients with ALS is unknown.

NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY SECTION.


13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY. 13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility. Carcinogenesis Riluzole was not carcinogenic in mice or rats when administered for years at daily oral doses up to 20 and 10 mg/kg/day, respectively, which are approximately equal to the recommended human daily dose (RHDD, 100 mg) on mg/ 2 basis. Mutagenesis Riluzole was negative in in vitro (bacterial reverse mutation (Ames), mouse lymphoma tk, chromosomal aberration assay in human lymphocytes), and in vivo (rat cytogenetic and mouse micronucleus) assays. N-hydroxyriluzole, the major active metabolite of riluzole, was positive for clastogenicity in the in vitro mouse lymphoma tk assay and in the in vitro micronucleus assay using the same mouse lymphoma cell line. N-hydroxyriluzole was negative in the HPRT gene mutation assay, the Ames assay (with and without rat or hamster S9), the in vitro chromosomal aberration assay in human lymphocytes, and the in vivo mouse micronucleus assay. Impairment of Fertility When riluzole (3, 8, or 15 mg/kg) was administered orally to male and female rats prior to and during mating and continuing in females throughout gestation and lactation, fertility indices were decreased and embryolethality was increased at the high dose. This dose was also associated with maternal toxicity. The mid dose, no-effect dose for effects on fertility and early embryonic development, is approximately equal to the RHDD on mg/m basis.

OVERDOSAGE SECTION.


10 OVERDOSAGE. Reported symptoms of overdose following ingestion of riluzole ranging from 1.5 to grams (30 to 60 times the recommended dose) included acute toxic encephalopathy, coma, drowsiness, memory loss, and methemoglobinemia.No specific antidote for the treatment of riluzole overdose is available. For current information on the management of poisoning or overdosage, contact the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or www.poison.org.

PEDIATRIC USE SECTION.


8.4 Pediatric Use. Safety and effectiveness of riluzole tablets in pediatric patients have not been established.

PHARMACODYNULLMICS SECTION.


12.2 Pharmacodynamics. The clinical pharmacodynamics of riluzole has not been determined in humans.

PHARMACOKINETICS SECTION.


12.3 Pharmacokinetics. Table displays the pharmacokinetic parameters of riluzole.Specific Populations Hepatic Impairment Compared with healthy volunteers, the AUC of riluzole was approximately 1.7-fold greater in patients with mild chronic hepatic impairment (CP score A) and approximately 3-fold greater in patients with moderate chronic hepatic impairment (CP score B). The pharmacokinetics of riluzole have not been studied in patients with severe hepatic impairment (CP score C) [see Use in Specific Populations 8.6)] Race The clearance of riluzole was 50% lower in male Japanese subjects than in Caucasian subjects, after normalizing for body weight [see Use in Specific Populations 8.7)] Gender The mean AUC of riluzole was approximately 45% higher in female patients than male patients.Smokers The clearance of riluzole in tobacco smokers was 20% greater than in nonsmokers.Geriatric Patients and Patients with Moderate to Severe Renal Impairment Age 65 years or older, and moderate to severe renal impairment do not have meaningfuleffect on the pharmacokinetics of riluzole. The pharmacokinetics of riluzole in patientsundergoing hemodialysis are unknown.Drug Interaction Studies Drugs Highly Bound To Plasma Proteins Riluzole and warfarin are highly bound to plasma proteins. In vitro, riluzole did not showany displacement of warfarin from plasma proteins. Riluzole binding to plasma proteins wasunaffected by warfarin, digoxin, imipramine and quinine at high therapeutic concentrationsin vitro.. table2.

PREGNULLNCY SECTION.


8.1 Pregnancy. Risk Summary There are no studies of riluzole in pregnant women, and case reports have been inadequate to inform the drug-associated risk. The background risk for major birth defects and miscarriage in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is unknown. In the U.S. general population, the background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies is 2-4% and 15-20%, respectively.In studies in which riluzole was administered orally to pregnant animals, developmental toxicity (decreased embryofetal/offspring viability, growth, and functional development) was observed at clinically relevant doses [see Data]. Based on these results, women should be advised of possible risk to the fetus associated with use of riluzole during pregnancy. Data Animal Data Oral administration of riluzole (3, 9, or 27 mg/kg/day) to pregnant rats during the period of organogenesis resulted in decreases in fetal growth (body weight and length) at the high dose. The mid dose, no-effect dose for embryofetal developmental toxicity, is approximately equal to the recommended human daily dose (RHDD, 100 mg) on mg/m basis. When riluzole was administered orally (3, 10, or 60 mg/kg/day) to pregnant rabbits during the period of organogenesis, embryofetal mortality was increased at the high dose and fetal body weight was decreased and morphological variations increased at all but the lowest dose tested. The no-effect dose (3 mg/kg/day) for embryofetal developmental toxicity is less than the RHDD on mg/m basis. Maternal toxicity was observed at the highest dose tested in rat and rabbit. When riluzole was orally administered (3, 8, or 15 mg/kg/day) to male and female rats prior to and during mating and to female rats throughout gestation and lactation, increased embryofetal mortality and decreased postnatal offspring viability, growth, and functional development were observed at the high dose. The mid dose, no-effect dose for pre-and postnatal developmental toxicity, is approximately equal to the RHDD on mg/m basis.

SPL UNCLASSIFIED SECTION.


5.2 Neutropenia. Cases of severe neutropenia (absolute neutrophil count less than 500 per mm 3) within the first months of riluzole treatment have been reported. Advise patients to report febrile illnesses.

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS SECTION.


8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS. Pregnancy: Based on animal data, may cause fetal harm 8.1) Pregnancy: Based on animal data, may cause fetal harm 8.1) 8.1 Pregnancy. Risk Summary There are no studies of riluzole in pregnant women, and case reports have been inadequate to inform the drug-associated risk. The background risk for major birth defects and miscarriage in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is unknown. In the U.S. general population, the background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies is 2-4% and 15-20%, respectively.In studies in which riluzole was administered orally to pregnant animals, developmental toxicity (decreased embryofetal/offspring viability, growth, and functional development) was observed at clinically relevant doses [see Data]. Based on these results, women should be advised of possible risk to the fetus associated with use of riluzole during pregnancy. Data Animal Data Oral administration of riluzole (3, 9, or 27 mg/kg/day) to pregnant rats during the period of organogenesis resulted in decreases in fetal growth (body weight and length) at the high dose. The mid dose, no-effect dose for embryofetal developmental toxicity, is approximately equal to the recommended human daily dose (RHDD, 100 mg) on mg/m basis. When riluzole was administered orally (3, 10, or 60 mg/kg/day) to pregnant rabbits during the period of organogenesis, embryofetal mortality was increased at the high dose and fetal body weight was decreased and morphological variations increased at all but the lowest dose tested. The no-effect dose (3 mg/kg/day) for embryofetal developmental toxicity is less than the RHDD on mg/m basis. Maternal toxicity was observed at the highest dose tested in rat and rabbit. When riluzole was orally administered (3, 8, or 15 mg/kg/day) to male and female rats prior to and during mating and to female rats throughout gestation and lactation, increased embryofetal mortality and decreased postnatal offspring viability, growth, and functional development were observed at the high dose. The mid dose, no-effect dose for pre-and postnatal developmental toxicity, is approximately equal to the RHDD on mg/m basis. 8.2 Lactation. Risk Summary It is not known if riluzole is excreted in human milk. Riluzole or its metabolites have been detected in milk of lactating rat. Women should be advised that many drugs are excreted in human milk and that the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from riluzole is unknown.. 8.3 Females and Males of Reproductive Potential. In rats, oral administration of riluzole resulted in decreased fertility indices and increases in embryolethality [see Nonclinical Toxicology 13.1)] . 8.4 Pediatric Use. Safety and effectiveness of riluzole tablets in pediatric patients have not been established.. 8.5 Geriatric Use. In clinical studies of riluzole tablets, 30% of patients were 65 years and over. No overall differences in safety or effectiveness were observed between these subjects and younger subjects, and other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients, but greater sensitivity of some older individuals cannot be ruled out.. 8.6 Hepatic Impairment. Patients with mild [Child-Pughs (CP) score A] or moderate (CP score B) hepatic impairment had increases in AUC compared to patients with normal hepatic function. Thus, patients with mild or moderate hepatic impairment may be at increased of adverse reactions. The impact of severe hepatic impairment on riluzole exposure is unknown.Use of riluzole tablets is not recommended in patients with baseline elevation of elevations of serum aminotransferases greater than times upper limit of normal or evidence of liver dysfunction (e.g., elevated bilirubin) [Clinical Pharmacology 12.3)] . 8.7 Japanese Patients. Japanese patients are more likely to have higher riluzole concentrations. Consequently, the risk of adverse reactions may be greater in Japanese patients [see Clinical Pharmacology 12.3)].

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS SECTION.


5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS. Hepatic injury: Use of riluzole tablets is not recommended in patients with baseline elevations of serum aminotransferases greater than times upper limit of normal; discontinue Riluzole tablets if there is evidence of liver dysfunction 5.1) Neutropenia: Advise patients to report any febrile illness 5.2) Interstitial lung disease: Discontinue Riluzole tablets if interstitial lung disease develops 5.3) Hepatic injury: Use of riluzole tablets is not recommended in patients with baseline elevations of serum aminotransferases greater than times upper limit of normal; discontinue Riluzole tablets if there is evidence of liver dysfunction 5.1) Neutropenia: Advise patients to report any febrile illness 5.2) Interstitial lung disease: Discontinue Riluzole tablets if interstitial lung disease develops 5.3) 5.1 Hepatic Injury. Cases of drug-induced liver injury, some of which were fatal, have been reported in patients taking riluzole tablets. Asymptomatic elevations of hepatic transaminases have also been reported, and in some patients have recurred upon rechallenge with riluzole tablets.In clinical studies, the incidence of elevations in hepatic transaminases was greater in riluzole-treated patients than placebo-treated patients. The incidence of elevations of ALT above times the upper limit of normal (ULN) was 2% in riluzole -treated patients. Maximum increases in ALT occurred within months after starting riluzole tablets. About 50% and 8% of riluzole-treated patients in pooled Studies and 2, had at least one elevated ALT level above ULN and above times ULN, respectively [see Clinical Studies 14)]. Monitor patients for signs and symptoms of hepatic injury, every month for the first months of treatment, and periodically thereafter. The use of riluzole tablets is not recommended if patients develop hepatic transaminases levels greater than times the ULN. Discontinue riluzole tablets if there is evidence of liver dysfunction (e.g., elevated bilirubin).. 5.2 Neutropenia. Cases of severe neutropenia (absolute neutrophil count less than 500 per mm 3) within the first months of riluzole treatment have been reported. Advise patients to report febrile illnesses. 5.3 Interstitial Lung Disease. Interstitial lung disease, including hypersensitivity pneumonitis, has occurred in patients taking riluzole tablets. Discontinue riluzole tablets immediately if interstitial lung disease develops.