Solution for Injection in Pre-Filled Pen
Please refer to the Summary of Product Characteristics for full prescribing information. Further information is available on request.
Presentation: Pre-filled pen containing 7.5 mg (in 0.3 ml), 10 mg (in 0.4 ml), 12.5 mg (in 0.5 ml), 15 mg (in 0.6 ml), 17.5 mg (in 0.7 ml), 20 mg (in 0.8 ml), 22.5 mg (in 0.9 ml) and 25 mg (1.0 ml) methotrexate in solution for injection. Indications: Active rheumatoid arthritis in adult patients. Polyarthritic forms of severe, active juvenile idiopathic arthritis, when the response to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) has been inadequate. Severe recalcitrant disabling psoriasis, which is not adequately responsive to other forms of therapy such as phototherapy, PUVA, and retinoids, and severe psoriatic arthritis in adult patients. Induction of remission in moderate steroid-dependent Crohn's disease in adult patients, in combination with corticosteroids and for maintenance of remission, as monotherapy, in patients who have responded to methotrexate. Dosage and administration: Nordimet should only be prescribed by physicians with expertise in the use of methotrexate and a full understanding of the risks of methotrexate therapy. Patients must be educated and trained in the proper injection technique when self-administering methotrexate. The first injection of Nordimet should be performed under direct medical supervision. Nordimet is injected once weekly, administered subcutaneously. Rheumatoid arthritis: Recommended initial dose is 7.5 mg of methotrexate once weekly. Depending on the individual activity of the disease & patient tolerability, the initial dose may be increased. A weekly dose of 25 mg should in general not be exceeded. Once the desired therapeutic result has been achieved, the dose should be reduced gradually to the lowest possible effective maintenance dose. Polyarthritic forms of severe, active juvenile idiopathic arthritis: The recommended dose is 10-15 mg/m² body surface area (BSA) per week. In therapy-refractory cases the weekly dose may be increased up to 20mg/m² BSA per week. Use in children < 3 years of age is not recommended. Psoriasis vulgaris and psoriatic arthritis: A test dose of 5 - 10 mg subcutaneously administered one week prior to initiation of therapy is recommended. Recommended initial dose 7.5 mg methotrexate once weekly. The dose is to be increased gradually but should not, in general, exceed a weekly dose of 25 mg of methotrexate. Once the desired therapeutic result has been achieved, dose should be reduced gradually to the lowest possible effective maintenance dose. In a few exceptional cases a higher dose than 25 mg might be clinically justified, but should not exceed a maximum weekly dose of 30 mg of methotrexate. Crohn's disease (adult patients): 25 mg/week administered subcutaneously. Once patients have adequately responded to combination therapy, the corticosteroids should be tapered. Maintenance treatment: 15 mg/week administered subcutaneously, as monotherapy, if the patient has entered remission. Renal impairment, hepatic impairment or elderly patients: Please refer to SmPC. Note: When switching from oral to parenteral use, a reduction in the dose may be required, due to the variable bioavailability of methotrexate after oral administration. Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to methotrexate or to any of the excipients. Severe hepatic impairment, if serum bilirubin is > 5 mg/dl (85.5 µmol/l). Alcohol abuse. Severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance < 30 ml/min).
Pre-existing blood dyscrasias (e.g. bone marrow hypoplasia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia or significant anaemia). Immunodeficiency. Serious, acute or chronic infections such as tuberculosis & HIV. Stomatitis. Ulcers of the oral cavity and known active gastrointestinal ulcer disease. Pregnancy. Breast-feeding. Concurrent vaccination with live vaccines. Special warnings and precautions: Patients must be clearly advised that the therapy is to be administered once a week, and not every day. Patients receiving therapy should be appropriately monitored. Doses exceeding 20 mg/week can be associated with significant increase in toxicity, especially bone marrow suppression. The possible risks of effects on reproduction, pregnancy loss and congenital malformations should be discussed with male and female patients of childbearing potential. Methotrexate contact with skin and mucosal membranes is to be avoided; in cases of contamination rinse the area with plenty of water. Interactions: Consult SmPC for detailed information on interactions. Undesirable effects: See SmPCs for full list of undesirable effects. Very common: Stomatitis. Dyspepsia. Appetite loss. Abdominal pain. Nausea. Abnormal liver function tests (increased Alanine aminotransferase (ALAT), Aspartate aminotransferase (ASAT), alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin). Common: Leukopenia. Anaemia. Thrombopenia. Headache. Tiredness. Drowsiness. Pneumonia. Interstitial alveolitis/pneumonitis. Oral ulcers. Diarrhoea. Exanthema. Erythema. Pruritus. Uncommon: Pharyngitis. Pancytopenia. Precipitation of diabetes mellitus. Depression. Confusion. Dizziness. Enteritis. Pancreatitis. Gastrointestinal ulceration and bleeding. Cirrhosis, Fibrosis and fatty degeneration of liver. Arthralgia, myalgia, osteoporosis. Inflammation and ulceration of bladder. Renal impairment. Rare: Infection. Conjunctivitis. Sepsis. Allergic reactions. Anaphylactic shock. Hypogammaglobulinaemia. Visual disturbances. Pericarditis. Pericardial effusion. Pericardial tamponade. Thromboembolic events. Pulmonary fibrosis. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Shortness of breath and bronchial asthma. Pleural effusion. Acute hepatitis. Renal failure. Anuria. Very rare: Lymphoma. Agranulocytosis. Lymphoproliferative disorders. Severe courses of bone marrow depression. Acute aseptic meningitis. Convulsions. Paralysis. Impaired vision. Retinopathy. Haematemesis. Toxic megacolon. Hepatic failure. Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Toxic epidermal necrolysis. Not known: Eosinophilia. Encephalopathy/Leukoencephalopathy. Pulmonary alveolar haemorrhage. Jaw osteonecrosis (secondary to lymphoproliferative disorders). Legal classification: POM. MA numbers: EU/1/16/1124/001 – 008. Further information available from: Nordic Pharma Ltd, 4045 Kingswood Road, Citywest Business Park, Co Dublin. Date of Prescribing Information: July 2021. Item code: IE/21/NOR/008-00.
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