Efavirenz, Lamivudine and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate: Package Insert and Label Information (Page 3 of 7)

6.2 Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use for each of the individual components of efavirenz, lamivudine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate tablets (EFV, 3TC, and TDF). Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish causal relationship to drug exposure. These reactions have been chosen for inclusion due to a combination of their seriousness, frequency of reporting, or potential causal connection to EFV, 3TC, and TDF.


Body as a Whole: allergic reactions, asthenia, redistribution/accumulation of body fat [see Warnings and Precautions (5.15)].

Central and Peripheral Nervous System: abnormal coordination, ataxia, encephalopathy, cerebellar coordination and balance disturbances, convulsions, hypoesthesia, paresthesia, neuropathy, tremor, vertigo.

Endocrine: gynecomastia.

Gastrointestinal: constipation, malabsorption.

Cardiovascular: flushing, palpitations.

Liver and Biliary System: hepatic enzyme increase, hepatic failure, hepatitis.

Metabolic and Nutritional: hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia.

Musculoskeletal: arthralgia, myalgia, myopathy.

Psychiatric: aggressive reactions, agitation, delusions, emotional lability, mania, neurosis, paranoia, psychosis, suicide, catatonia.

Respiratory: dyspnea.

Skin and Appendages: erythema multiforme, photoallergic dermatitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

Special Senses: abnormal vision, tinnitus.


Body as a Whole: redistribution/accumulation of body fat [see Warnings and Precautions (5.15)].

Endocrine and Metabolic: hyperglycemia.

General: weakness.

Hemic and Lymphatic: anemia (including pure red cell aplasia and severe anemias progressing on therapy).

Hepatic and Pancreatic: lactic acidosis and hepatic steatosis, posttreatment exacerbation of hepatitis B [see Boxed Warning, Warnings and Precautions (5.1, 5.2)].

Hypersensitivity: anaphylaxis, urticaria.

Musculoskeletal: muscle weakness, CPK elevation, rhabdomyolysis.

Skin: Alopecia, pruritus.

Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate

Immune System Disorders: allergic reaction, including angioedema.

Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders: lactic acidosis, hypokalemia, hypophosphatemia.

Respiratory, Thoracic, and Mediastinal Disorders: dyspnea.

Gastrointestinal Disorders: pancreatitis, increased amylase, abdominal pain.

Renal and Urinary Disorders: renal insufficiency, acute renal failure, renal failure, acute tubular necrosis, Fanconi syndrome, proximal renal tubulopathy, interstitial nephritis (including acute cases), nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, renal insufficiency, increased creatinine, proteinuria, polyuria [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].

Hepatobiliary Disorders: hepatic steatosis, hepatitis, increased liver enzymes (most commonly AST, ALT gamma GT).

Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders: rash.

Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders: rhabdomyolysis, osteomalacia (manifested as bone pain and which may contribute to fractures), muscular weakness, myopathy.

General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions: asthenia.

The following adverse reactions, listed under the body system headings above, may occur as a consequence of proximal renal tubulopathy: rhabdomyolysis, osteomalacia, hypokalemia, muscular weakness, myopathy, hypophosphatemia.


7.1 Not Recommended with Other Antiretroviral Medications

Efavirenz, lamivudine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate is a complete regimen for the treatment of HIV-1 infection; therefore, it should not be administered with other antiretroviral medications for treatment of HIV-1 infection.

7.2 QT Prolonging Drugs

There is limited information available on the potential for a pharmacodynamic interaction between EFV and drugs that prolong the QTc interval. QTc prolongation has been observed with the use of EFV [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.2)]. Consider alternatives to EFV when coadministered with a drug with a known risk of Torsade de Pointes.

7.3 Drugs Affecting Renal Function

Tenofovir is primarily eliminated by the kidneys [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. Coadministration of EFV/3TC/TDF with drugs that are eliminated by active tubular secretion may increase concentrations of tenofovir and/or the coadministered drugs. Some examples include, but are not limited to, acyclovir, cidofovir, ganciclovir, valacyclovir, valganciclovir, aminoglycosides (e.g., gentamicin), and high-dose or multiple NSAIDs [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)]. Drugs that decrease renal function may increase concentrations of tenofovir.

7.4 Cannabinoid Test Interaction

EFV does not bind to cannabinoid receptors. False-positive urine cannabinoid test results have been reported with some screening assays in uninfected and HIV-infected subjects receiving EFV. Confirmation of positive screening tests for cannabinoids by a more specific method is recommended.

7.5 Established and Other Potentially Significant Interactions

EFV has been shown in vivo to induce CYP3A and CYP2B6. Other compounds that are substrates of CYP3A or CYP2B6 may have decreased plasma concentrations when coadministered with EFV.

Drugs that induce CYP3A activity (e.g., phenobarbital, rifampin, rifabutin) would be expected to increase the clearance of EFV resulting in lowered plasma concentrations.

No drug interaction studies have been conducted using efavirenz, lamivudine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate tablets. However, drug interaction studies have been conducted with the individual components of efavirenz, lamivudine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate tablets (EFV, 3TC, and TDF) [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

Drug interactions with EFV are summarized in Table 5 [for pharmacokinetics data see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3, Tables 8 and 9) ]. This table includes potentially significant interactions, but is not all inclusive.

Table 5. Established and Other Potentially Significant Drug Interactions with EFV: Alteration in Dose or Regimen May Be Recommended Based on Drug Interaction Studies or Predicted Interaction
* The interaction between EFV and the drug was evaluated in a clinical study. All other drug interactions shown are predicted.This table is not all-inclusive.
Concomitant Drug Class: Drug Name Effect Clinical Comment
Anticoagulant: Warfarin ­↑ or ↓ warfarin Monitor INR and adjust warfarin dosage if necessary.
Anticonvulsants: Carbamazepine ↓carbamazepine* ↓EFV* There are insufficient data to make a dose recommendation for EFV. Alternative anticonvulsant treatment should be used.
Phenytoin Phenobarbital ↓ anticonvulsant↓ EFV Monitor anticonvulsant plasma levels periodically because of potential for reduction in anticonvulsant and/or EFV plasma levels.
Antidepressants: BupropionSertraline ↓ bupropion*↓ sertraline* Increases in bupropion dosage should be guided by clinical response. Bupropion dose should not exceed the maximum recommended dose.Increases in sertraline dosage should be guided by clinical response.
Antifungals: ItraconazoleKetoconazolePosaconazole Consider alternative antifungal treatment because no dose recommendation for itraconazole or ketoconazole can be made.Avoid concomitant use unless the benefit outweighs the risks.
↓ itraconazole*↓ hydroxyitraconazole* ↓ ketoconazole↓ posaconazole*
Anti-infective: Clarithromycin ↓ clarithromycin* ­↑14-OH metabolite* Consider alternatives to macrolide antibiotics because of the risk of QT interval prolongation.
Antimycobacterial: RifabutinRifampin ↓ rifabutin* ↓ EFV* Increase daily dose of rifabutin by 50%. Consider doubling the rifabutin dose in regimens where rifabutin is given 2 or 3 times a week.Increase EFV total daily dose to 800 mg once daily when coadministered with rifampin to patients weighing 50 kg or more.
Antimalarials: Artemether/lumefantrineAtovaquone/proguanil ↓ artemether* ↓ dihydroartemisinin* ↓ lumefantrine*↓ atovaquone↓ proguanil Consider alternatives to artemether/lumefantrine because of the risk of QT interval prolongation [see Warnings and Precautions (5.16)].Concomitant administration is notrecommended.
Calcium channel blockers: DiltiazemOthers (e.g., felodipine, nicardipine, nifedipine,verapamil) ↓diltiazem* ↓ desacetyl diltiazem* ↓ N-monodesmethyldiltiazem*↓ calcium channel blocker Diltiazem dose adjustments should be guided by clinical response (refer to the full prescribing information for diltiazem).When coadministered with EFV, dosage adjustment of calcium channel blockermay be needed and should be guided byclinical response (refer to the fullprescribing information for the calciumchannel blocker).
HMG-CoA reductase
inhibitors: Atorvastatin Pravastatin Simvastatin ↓ atorvastatin* ↓ pravastatin* ↓ simvastatin* Plasma concentrations of atorvastatin, pravastatin, and simvastatin decreased. Consult the full prescribing information for the HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor for
guidance on individualizing the dose.
Hepatitis C antiviral agents: BoceprevirElbasvir/GrazoprevirPibrentasvir/GlecaprevirSimeprevirVelpatasvir/SofosbuvirVelpatasvir/Sofosbuvir/ VoxilaprevirLedipasvir/Sofosbuvir ↓ boceprevir*↓ elbasvir↓ grazoprevir↓ pibrentasvir↓ glecaprevir↓ simeprevir* ↔ EFV↓ velpatasvir↓ velpatasvir↓ voxilaprevir­ ↑TDF Concomitant administration of bocepreviris not recommended.Coadministration of EFV withelbasvir/grazoprevir is contraindicated[see Contraindications (4)] because it maylead to loss of virologic response toelbasvir/grazoprevir.Coadministration of EFV is notrecommended because it may lead toreduced therapeutic effect ofpibrentasvir/glecaprevir.Concomitant administration of simeprevir is not recommended.Coadministration of EFV and sofosbuvir/velpatasvir is notrecommended because it may result in lossof therapeutic effect ofsofosbuvir/velpatasvir.Coadministration of EFV and sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir is not recommended because it may result in lossof therapeutic effect ofsofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir.Monitor for adverse reactions associated with TDF.
Hepatitis B antiviral agents Adefovir dipivoxil Concomitant administration of adefovir dipivoxil is not recommended.
Hormonal contraceptives: Oral Ethinyl estradiol/ NorgestimateImplant Etonogestrel ↓ active metabolites of norgestimate* ↓ etonogestrel A reliable method of barrier contraception should be used in addition to hormonal contraceptives.A reliable method of barrier contraception should be used in addition to hormonal contraceptives. Decreased exposure of etonogestrel may be expected. There have been postmarketing reports of contraceptive failure with etonogestrel in EFV-exposed patients.
Immunosuppressants: Cyclosporine, tacrolimus,sirolimus, and othersmetabolized by CYP3A ↓ immunosuppressant Dose adjustments of theimmunosuppressant may be required.Close monitoring of immunosuppressantconcentrations for at least 2 weeks (untilstable concentrations are reached) is recommended when starting or stopping treatment with EFV.
Narcotic analgesic: Methadone ↓ methadone* Monitor for signs of methadone withdrawal and increase methadone dose if required to alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

7.6 Drugs without Clinically Significant Interactions

No dosage adjustment is recommended when efavirenz, lamivudine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate is administered with the following: aluminum/magnesium hydroxide antacids, azithromycin, cetirizine, famotidine, fluconazole, and lorazepam.

7.7 Drugs Inhibiting Organic Cation Transporters

3TC, a component of efavirenz, lamivudine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate tablets, is predominantly eliminated in the urine by active organic cationic secretion. The possibility of interactions with other drugs administered concurrently should be considered, particularly when their main route of elimination is active renal secretion via the organic cationic transport system (e.g., trimethoprim) [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. No data are available regarding interactions with other drugs that have renal clearance mechanisms similar to that of 3TC.

7.8 Sorbitol

Coadministration of single doses of 3TC and sorbitol resulted in a sorbitol dose-dependent reduction in 3TC exposures. When possible, avoid use of sorbitol-containing medicines with 3TC [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].


8.1 Pregnancy

Pregnancy Exposure Registry: There is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to efavirenz, lamivudine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate during pregnancy. Healthcare providers are encouraged to register patients by calling the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry (APR) at 1-800-258-4263.

Risk Summary: There are retrospective case reports of neural tube defects in infants whose mothers were exposed to EFV-containing regimens in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Although a causal relationship has not been established between exposure to EFV in the first trimester and neural tube defects, similar malformations have been observed in studies conducted in monkeys at doses similar to the human dose. In addition, fetal and embryonic toxicities occurred in rats, at a dose ten times less than the human exposure at recommended clinical dose. Because of the potential risk of neural tube defects, EFV should not be used in the first trimester of pregnancy. Advise pregnant women of the potential risk to a fetus.

Prospective pregnancy data from the APR are not sufficient to adequately assess this risk of birth defects or miscarriage. EFV and 3TC have been evaluated in a limited number of women as reported to the APR. Available data from the APR show no difference in the risk of major birth defects for EFV and 3TC compared to the background rate for major birth defects of 2.7% in the U.S. reference population of the Metropolitan Atlanta Congenital Defects Program (MACDP). Available data from the APR also show no increase in the overall risk of major birth defects with first trimester exposure for TDF (2.1%) compared with the background rate for major birth defects of 2.7% in a U.S. reference population of the MACDP (see Data).
3TC produced embryonic toxicity in rabbits at a dose that produced similar human exposures as the recommended clinical dose. The relevance of animal findings to human pregnancy registry data is not known.
The rate of miscarriage is not reported in the APR. The estimated background rate of miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies in the U.S. general population is 15% to 20%. The background risk for major birth defects and miscarriage for the indicated population is unknown. The APR uses the MACDP as the U.S. reference population for birth defects in the general population. The MACDP evaluates women and infants from a limited geographic area and does not include outcomes for births that occurred at less than 20 weeks’ gestation.

Human Data: Efavirenz: There are retrospective postmarketing reports of findings consistent with neural tube defects, including meningomyelocele, all in infants of mothers exposed to EFV- containing regimens in the first trimester [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7)].
Based on prospective reports from the APR of approximately 1,000 live births following exposure to EFV-containing regimens (including over 800 live births exposed in the first trimester), there was no difference between EFV and overall birth defects compared with the background birth defect rate of 2.7% in the U.S. reference population of the Metropolitan Atlanta Congenital Defects Program. As of the interim APR report issued December 2014, the prevalence of birth defects following first-trimester exposure was 2.3% (95% CI: 1.4% to 3.6%). One of these prospectively reported defects with first-trimester exposure was a neural tube defect. A single case of anophthalmia with first-trimester exposure to EFV has also been prospectively reported. This case also included severe oblique facial clefts and amniotic banding, which have a known association with anophthalmia.

Lamivudine: Based on prospective reports from the APR of over 11,000 exposures to 3TC during pregnancy resulting in live births (including over 4,300 exposed in the first trimester), there was no difference between 3TC and overall risk of birth defects for 3TC compared with the background birth defect rate of 2.7% in the U.S. reference population of the MACDP. The prevalence of defects in live births was 3.1% (95% CI: 2.6% to 3.6%) following first trimester exposure to 3TC-containing regimens and 2.8% (95% CI: 2.5% to 3.3%) following second/third trimester exposure to 3TC-containing regimens.
3TC pharmacokinetics were studied in pregnant women during 2 clinical trials conducted in South Africa. The trials assessed pharmacokinetics in 16 women at 36 weeks’ gestation using 150 mg 3TC twice daily with zidovudine, 10 women at 38 weeks’ gestation using 150 mg 3TC twice daily with zidovudine, and 10 women at 38 weeks’ gestation using 3TC 300 mg twice daily without other antiretrovirals. These trials were not designed or powered to provide efficacy information.

3TC concentrations were generally similar in maternal, neonatal, and umbilical cord serum samples. In a subset of subjects, amniotic fluid specimens were collected following natural rupture of membranes and confirmed that 3TC crosses the placenta in humans. Based on limited data at delivery, median (range) amniotic fluid concentrations of 3TC were 3.9 (1.2 to 12.8)-fold greater compared with paired maternal serum concentration (n = 8).

Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate: Based on prospective reports from the APR exposures to TDF-containing regimens during pregnancy resulting in live births (including 3,342 exposed in the first trimester and 1,475 exposed in the second/third trimester), there was no increase in overall major birth defects with TDF compared with the background birth defect rate of 2.7% in a U.S. reference population of the MACDP. The prevalence of major birth defects in live births was 2.3% (95% CI: 1.8% to 2.8%) with first trimester exposure to TDF-containing regimens, and 2.1% (95% CI: 1.4% to 3.0%) with the second/third trimester exposure to TDF-containing regimens.

Prospective reports from the APR of overall major birth defects in pregnancies exposed to TDF are compared with a U.S. background major birth defect rate. Methodological limitations of the APR include the use of MACDP as the external comparator group. Limitations of using an external comparator include differences in methodology and populations, as well as confounding due to the underlying disease.

In published data from three controlled clinical trials, a total of 327 pregnant women with chronic HBV infection were administered tenofovir disoproxil fumarate from 28 to 32 weeks gestation through 1 to 2 months postpartum and followed for up to 12 months after delivery. There were no new safety findings in pregnant women compared with the known safety profile of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate in HBV-infected adults. An increased risk of adverse pregnancy-related outcomes was not observed; 2 stillbirths were identified, and there was 1 major birth defect (talipes) and 1 occurrence of multiple congenital abnormalities (not further specified) in tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-exposed infants. Infants were followed for up to 12 months after delivery; there were no clinically relevant drug-related safety findings in infants exposed to tenofovir disoproxil fumarate during late gestation.

Animal Data: Efavirenz: Effects of EFV on embryo-fetal development have been studied in three nonclinical species (cynomolgus monkeys, rats, and rabbits). In monkeys, EFV 60 mg/kg/day was administered to pregnant females throughout pregnancy (gestation days 20 through 150). The maternal systemic drug exposures (AUC) were 1.3 times the exposure in humans at the recommended clinical dose (600 mg/day), with fetal umbilical venous drug concentrations approximately 0.7 times the maternal values. Three of 20 fetuses/infants had one or more malformations; there were no malformed fetuses or infants from placebo-treated mothers. The malformations that occurred in these three monkey fetuses included anencephaly and unilateral anophthalmia in one fetus, microophthalmia in a second, and cleft palate in the third. There was no NOAEL (no observable adverse effect level) established for this study because only one dosage was evaluated. In rats, EFV was administered either during organogenesis (gestation days 7 to 18) or from gestation day 7 through lactation day 21 at 50, 100, or 200 mg/kg/day. Administration of 200 mg/kg/day in rats was associated with increase in the incidence of early resorptions; and doses 100 mg/kg/day and greater were associated with early neonatal mortality. The AUC at the NOAEL (50 mg/kg/day) in this rat study was 0.1 times that in humans at the recommended clinical dose. Drug concentrations in the milk on lactation day 10 were approximately 8 times higher than those in maternal plasma. In pregnant rabbits, EFV was neither embryo lethal nor teratogenic when administered at doses of 25, 50, and 75 mg/kg/day over the period of organogenesis (gestation days 6 through 18). The AUC at the NOAEL (75 mg/kg/day) in rabbits was 0.4 times that in humans at the recommended clinical dose.

Lamivudine: 3TC was administered orally to pregnant rats (at 90, 600, and 4,000 mg per kg per day) and rabbits (at 90, 300, and 1,000 mg per kg per day and at 15, 40, and 90 mg per kg per day) during organogenesis (on gestation Days 7 through 16 [rat] and 8 through 20 [rabbit]). No evidence of fetal malformations due to 3TC was observed in rats and rabbits at doses producing plasma concentrations (Cmax ) approximately 35 times higher than human exposure at the recommended daily dose. Evidence of early embryolethality was seen in the rabbit at system exposures (AUC) similar to those observed in humans, but there was no indication of this effect in the rat at plasma concentrations (Cmax ) 35 times higher than human exposure at the recommended daily dose. Studies in pregnant rats showed that 3TC is transferred to the fetus through the placenta. In the fertility/pre- and postnatal development study in rats, 3TC was administered orally at doses of 180, 900, and 4,000 mg per kg per day (from prior to mating through postnatal Day 20). In the study, development of the offspring, including fertility and reproductive performance, was not affected by maternal administration of 3TC.

Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate: TDF was administered orally to pregnant rats (at 0, 50, 150, or 450 mg/kg/day) and rabbits (at 0, 30, 100, or 300 mg/kg/day) through organogenesis (on gestation days 7 through 17, and 6 through 18, respectively). No significant toxicological effects were observed in embryo-fetal toxicity studies performed with TDF in rats at doses up to 14 times the human dose based on body surface area comparisons and in rabbits at doses up to 19 times the human dose based on body surface area comparisons. In a pre/postnatal development study in rats, TDF was administered orally through lactation at doses up to 600 mg/kg/day; no adverse effects were observed in the offspring at tenofovir exposures of approximately 2.7 times higher than human exposures at the recommended daily dose of TDF.

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