Gabapentin enacarbil

Gabapentin enacarbil
Clinical data
Trade names Horizant, Regnite
License data
  • US: C (Risk not ruled out)
Routes of
Legal status
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Pharmacokinetic data
Excretion Renal
CAS Number 478296-72-9 YesY
PubChem (CID) 9883933
ChemSpider 8059607 N
Chemical and physical data
Formula C16H27NO6
Molar mass 329.389 g/mol
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Gabapentin enacarbil (Horizant (in USA), Regnite (in Japan), formerly known as XP-13512) is a prodrug for the anticonvulsant and analgesic drug gabapentin.[1] It was designed for increased oral bioavailability over gabapentin,[2][3] and human trials showed it to produce extended release of gabapentin with almost twice the overall bioavailability,[4] especially when taken with a fatty meal.[5] Gabapentin enacarbil has passed human clinical trials for the treatment of restless legs syndrome, and initial results have shown it to be well tolerated and reasonably effective.[6][7][8]

Gabapentin enacarbil was denied approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February 2010, citing concerns about possible increased cancer risk shown by some animal studies. Similar concerns had been raised about gabapentin itself in the past, but were felt to be outweighed by its clinical utility as an anticonvulsant, whereas the treatment of restless legs syndrome was not seen to justify the same kind of risk.[9]

On April 6, 2011, Xenoport received FDA approval for Horizant (gabapentin enacarbil) for the treatment of moderate-to-severe restless legs syndrome.[10] On June 7, 2012, FDA approved Horizant for the treatment of postherpetic neuralgia in adults.[11]

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  2. Cundy KC, Branch R, Chernov-Rogan T, Dias T, Estrada T, Hold K, Koller K, Liu X, Mann A, Panuwat M, Raillard SP, Upadhyay S, Wu QQ, Xiang JN, Yan H, Zerangue N, Zhou CX, Barrett RW, Gallop MA (October 2004). "XP13512 [(+/-)-1-([(alpha-isobutanoyloxyethoxy)carbonyl] aminomethyl)-1-cyclohexane acetic acid], a novel gabapentin prodrug: I. Design, synthesis, enzymatic conversion to gabapentin, and transport by intestinal solute transporters". The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 311 (1): 315–23. doi:10.1124/jpet.104.067934. PMID 15146028.
  3. Cundy KC, Annamalai T, Bu L, De Vera J, Estrela J, Luo W, Shirsat P, Torneros A, Yao F, Zou J, Barrett RW, Gallop MA (October 2004). "XP13512 [(+/-)-1-([(alpha-isobutanoyloxyethoxy)carbonyl] aminomethyl)-1-cyclohexane acetic acid], a novel gabapentin prodrug: II. Improved oral bioavailability, dose proportionality, and colonic absorption compared with gabapentin in rats and monkeys". The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 311 (1): 324–33. doi:10.1124/jpet.104.067959. PMID 15146029.
  4. Cundy KC, Sastry S, Luo W, Zou J, Moors TL, Canafax DM (December 2008). "Clinical pharmacokinetics of XP13512, a novel transported prodrug of gabapentin". Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 48 (12): 1378–88. doi:10.1177/0091270008322909. PMID 18827074.
  5. Lal R, Sukbuntherng J, Luo W, Huff FJ, Zou J, Cundy KC (February 2010). "The effect of food with varying fat content on the clinical pharmacokinetics of gabapentin after oral administration of gabapentin enacarbil". International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 48 (2): 120–8. doi:10.5414/cpp48120. PMID 20137764.
  6. Merlino G, Serafini A, Lorenzut S, Sommaro M, Gigli GL, Valente M (January 2010). "Gabapentin enacarbil in restless legs syndrome". Drugs of Today (Barcelona, Spain : 1998). 46 (1): 3–11. doi:10.1358/dot.2010.46.1.1424766. PMID 20200691.
  7. Bogan RK, Bornemann MA, Kushida CA, Trân PV, Barrett RW (June 2010). "Long-term maintenance treatment of restless legs syndrome with gabapentin enacarbil: a randomized controlled study". Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Mayo Clinic. 85 (6): 512–21. doi:10.4065/mcp.2009.0700. PMC 2878254Freely accessible. PMID 20511481.
  8. Imamura S, Kushida C (August 2010). "Gabapentin enacarbil (XP13512/GSK1838262) as an alternative treatment to dopaminergic agents for restless legs syndrome". Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy. 11 (11): 1925–32. doi:10.1517/14656566.2010.494598. PMID 20629607.
  9. GlaxoSmithKline/XenoPort: FDA setback halts gabapentin reformulations
  10. Jeffrey, Susan. "FDA Approves Gabapentin Enacarbil for Postherpetic Neuralgia". Medscape.
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