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The following serious adverse reactions are discussed elsewhere in the labeling:

  • Addiction, Abuse, and Misuse [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Life Threatening Respiratory Depression [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Interactions with Other CNS Depressants [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Hypotensive Effect [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS ]
  • Gastrointestinal Effects [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Seizures [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]

The most common adverse reactions with AVINZA include constipation, nausea and somnolence.

Clinical Trial Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared with rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

In controlled and open-label clinical studies, 560 patients with chronic malignant or non-malignant pain were treated with AVINZA. The most common serious adverse events reported with administration of AVINZA were vomiting, nausea, death, dehydration, dyspnea, and sepsis. (Deaths occurred in patients treated for pain due to underlying malignancy.) Serious adverse events caused by morphine include respiratory depression, apnea, and to a lesser degree, circulatory depression, respiratory arrest, shock and cardiac arrest.

The most common adverse events (seen in greater than 10%) reported by patients treated with AVINZA during the clinical trials at least once during therapy were constipation, nausea, somnolence, vomiting, and headache. Adverse events occurring in 5-10% of study patients were peripheral edema, diarrhea, abdominal pain, infection, urinary tract infection, accidental injury, flu syndrome, back pain, rash, sweating, fever, insomnia, depression, paresthesia, anorexia, dry mouth, asthenia and dyspnea. Other less common side effects expected from opioid analgesics, including morphine, or seen in fewer than 5% of patients taking AVINZA in the clinical trials were:

Body as a Whole: malaise, withdrawal syndrome.

Cardiovascular System: bradycardia, hypertension, hypotension, palpitations, syncope, tachycardia.

Digestive System: biliary pain, dyspepsia, dysphagia, gastroenteritis, abnormal liver function tests, rectal disorder, thirst.

Hemic and Lymphatic System: anemia, thrombocytopenia.

Metabolic and Nutritional Disorders: edema, weight loss.

Musculoskeletal: skeletal muscle rigidity.

Nervous System: abnormal dreams, abnormal gait, agitation, amnesia, anxiety, ataxia, confusion, convulsions, coma, delirium, euphoria, hallucinations, lethargy, nervousness, abnormal thinking, tremor, vasodilation, vertigo.

Respiratory System: hiccup, hypoventilation, voice alteration.

Skin and Appendages: dry skin, urticaria.

Special Senses: amblyopia, eye pain, taste perversion.

Urogenital System: abnormal ejaculation, dysuria, impotence, decreased libido, oliguria, urinary retention.

Anaphylaxis has been reported with ingredients contained in AVINZA. Advise patients how to recognize such a reaction and when to seek medical attention.