Risk of Respiratory depression with Pregabalin: Drug Safety Alert from Europe Medicines Agency

Safety Alert: Serious risk of respiratory depression associated with the use of pregabalin even without concomitant use of opioid medications or other CNS depressants. Health Authority: Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Pregabalin-containing medicinal products are marketed under various brand names for the treatment of following conditions: Generalized anxiety disorder

Pigmentary maculopathy associated with long term use of Pentosan polysulfate sodium

Pentosan polysulfate sodium is a semi-synthetically produced heparin which has anticoagulant and fibrinolytic effect. It is used in the treatment of bladder pain and discomfort caused by cystitis (bladder inflammation or irritation). Product information (PI) of Pentosan polysulfate sodium (‘Section 4.4 Special Warnings and Precautions for Use’ and ‘Section 4.8 Adverse Effects’) are updated with

Propylthiouracil and Carbimazole: Product label update of Pregnancy category from “C” to “D”

Propylthiouracil and Carbimazole are the medications used in the treatment of hyperthyroidism. The product information (PI) documents which were previously having status of category “C” for use in pregnant women is being updated to category “D” Category C status: Based on the mechanism of action & pharmacological activity, suspicion of causing harmful effects to the

Hypertension risk associated with Erenumab use: TGA safety alert

Product Information (PI) for Erenumab has been updated with the below statements- A warning about a potential causal relationship between the drug and hypertension under the ‘Special Warnings and Precautions’ section (Section 4.4) of the PI. Addition of hypertension under ‘Vascular disorders’ in the ‘Adverse Effects’ section (Section 4.8). Erenumab is a fully human monoclonal

Risk of agranulocytosis with minocycline antibiotic

Safety update: Product Information (PI) for minocycline is in the process of being updated to include information about agranulocytosis, a rare but potentially life-threatening adverse event. Minocycline is a tetracycline antibiotic that may be used to treat acne that is resistant to other antibiotics, as well as various other susceptible infections. Agranulocytosis is a serious

Risk of Leaking heart valves with Fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics: Drug Safety Alert Health Canada

Safety update: Potential Risk of leaking heart valves (heart valve regurgitation) associated with the use of antibiotics belonging to the Fluoroquinolone class which included ciprofloxacin-, levofloxacin-, moxifloxacin- and norfloxacin-containing medicinal products which are administered by injection or by mouth (systemic) and by breathing in (inhaled). Fluoroquinolones broader spectrum antibiotics which are used in the treatment

Risk of acute pulmonary oedema with Nifedipine use during pregnancy

Safety update: Risk of acute pulmonary oedema with Nifedipine when used for the treatment of preterm labor in pregnancy: Product label update from Therapeutic Goods & Administration (TGA) – Health authority of Australia. The ‘Fertility, pregnancy and lactation’ section of the nifedipine PI (section 4.6) has been updated to include the following information: ‘Acute pulmonary

Risk of microscopic colitis with sertraline: TGA Drug Safety Alert

Safety update: Potential risk of microscopic colitis associated with the use of sertraline. Sertraline is antidepressant medication marketed under the brand name Zoloft and multiple generic brands. It acts as a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) with the below therapeutic indications: Treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in children and adolescents (aged 6 years and

Risk of venous thromboembolism with Dienogest: TGA Drug Safety Alert

Safety update: Risk of venous thromboembolism with Dienogest: Product label update Dienogest is an oral a progestogen used for contraception in the two below combinations- Valette (dienogest/ethinylestradiol) is indicated for oral contraception and treatment of mild-moderate acne in women wanting contraception Qlaira (dienogest/estradiol valerate) is indicated for oral contraception and treatment of heavy or prolonged

Risk of serious liver injury with the use of Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) in patients with advanced cirrhosis: USFDA Boxed warning

USFDA issued a drug safety communication for the restricted use (new contraindication) of Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) in patients with advanced cirrhosis due to the risk of serious liver failure (sometimes requiring liver transplant). Ocaliva is a prescription medicine which is used in the treatment of primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) in combination with ursodeoxycholic acid. It

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