For opioid-induced constipation in adult patients with chronic non-cancer pain, including patients with chronic pain related to prior cancer or its treatment who do not require frequent (e.g., weekly) opioid dosage escalation

OIC can be harder for patients to talk about than it seems

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The guide below can help you get your patients to share the important information you need to better understand what they're experiencing and, ultimately, to determine if a prescription treatment is right for them.

If they say...

Consider asking them this:

I’ve been having difficulty going to the bathroom.
How many bowel movements do you have each week? Are you straining when you have a bowel movement? Do you feel like they’re incomplete when you are able to go? How does this compare with before you started opioids?
It's a problem, but I'd rather prioritize pain management.
Are you worried that in order to address the opioid‑induced constipation we’ll need to change your pain management regimen? We don’t necessarily have to do that. There are OIC treatments that don’t require any change to your opioid regimen.
I haven’t been able to go normally, but I’m trying to manage it.
What have you been trying, and for how long have you been trying to manage this way? Sometimes OIC requires a prescription therapy such as Symproic that helps address the underlying mechanism.
Maybe this is just my general constipation getting worse.
OIC is actually different than general constipation. It’s caused by opioids binding to the receptors in tissues such as those in your gut. You may be suffering from OIC—Symproic may be able to help.

Recommend the Pharmacy Locator Service to
your patients

Help them find a local pharmacy that carries Symproic

  1. PATIENT CALLS 844-438-6133 (Monday–Friday, 8 AM to 9 PM ET)
    A Symproic® (naldemedine) Pharmacy Locator Specialist will search for the nearest local pharmacies that have Symproic in stock.
  2. PATIENT RECEIVES A CALLBACK
    Within 1 hour, the Pharmacy Locator Specialist will call the patient back and provide the locations of at least 2 of the nearest pharmacies able to fill the prescription.
  3. PATIENT GOES TO THE PHARMACY
    Patient takes prescription for Symproic to the pharmacy to be filled.

Important Safety Information

Contraindications

  • Patients with known or suspected gastrointestinal (GI) obstruction and patients at increased risk of recurrent obstruction, due to the potential for GI perforation.
  • Patients with a history of a hypersensitivity reaction to Symproic® (naldemedine). Reactions have included bronchospasm and rash.

Warnings and Precautions

Cases of GI perforation have been reported with use of another peripherally acting opioid antagonist in patients with conditions that may be associated with localized or diffuse reduction of structural integrity in the wall of the GI tract. Monitor for the development of severe, persistent, or worsening abdominal pain; discontinue if this symptom develops.

Symptoms consistent with opioid withdrawal, including hyperhidrosis, chills, increased lacrimation, hot flush/flushing, pyrexia, sneezing, feeling cold, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting have occurred in patients treated with Symproic.

Patients having disruptions to the blood-brain barrier may be at increased risk for opioid withdrawal or reduced analgesia. Take into account the overall risk-benefit profile when using Symproic in such patients. Monitor for symptoms of opioid withdrawal in such patients.

Drug Interactions

Avoid use with strong CYP3A inducers (e.g., rifampin) because they may reduce the efficacy of Symproic.

Use with moderate (e.g., fluconazole) and strong (e.g., itraconazole) CYP3A inhibitors and P-glycoprotein inhibitors (e.g., cyclosporine) may increase Symproic concentrations. Monitor for potential adverse reactions.

Avoid use of Symproic with another opioid antagonist due to potential for additive effect and increased risk of opioid withdrawal.

Use in Specific Populations

Symproic crosses the placenta and may precipitate opioid withdrawal in a fetus due to the immature fetal blood-brain barrier. Symproic should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions, including opioid withdrawal in breastfed infants, a decision should be made to discontinue breastfeeding or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

Avoid use in patients with severe hepatic impairment. No dose adjustment of Symproic is required in patients with mild or moderate hepatic impairment.

Adverse Reactions

The most common adverse reactions with Symproic as compared to placebo in clinical trials were: abdominal pain (8% vs 2%), diarrhea (7% vs 2%), nausea (4% vs 2%), and gastroenteritis (2% vs  1%).

In pooled Studies 1 and 2, the incidence of adverse reactions of opioid withdrawal was 1% (8/542) for Symproic and 1% (3/546) for placebo. In Study 3 (52-week data), the incidence was 3% (20/621) for Symproic and 1% (9/619) for placebo.

To report suspected Adverse Reactions, contact Shionogi at 1‑800‑849‑9707 or FDA at 1‑800‑FDA‑1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Indication

Symproic is indicated for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation (OIC) in adult patients with chronic non-cancer pain, including patients with chronic pain related to prior cancer or its treatment who do not require frequent (e.g., weekly) opioid dosage escalation.

Please see Full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide for Symproic.

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