|ATC code||N03AX22 (WHO)|
|Metabolism||hepatic, mostly via CYP3A4 and/or CYP3A5|
|Biological half-life||105 hrs, 295 hrs (moderate hepatic impairment)|
|Excretion||70% faeces, 30% urine|
|PDB ligand ID||6ZP (PDBe, RCSB PDB)|
|Chemical and physical data|
|Molar mass||349.384 g/mol|
|3D model (Jmol)||Interactive image|
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Perampanel (sold under the trade name Fycompa) is an antiepileptic drug developed by Eisai Co. that is used in addition to other drugs to treat partial seizures and generalized tonic-clonic seizures for people older than 12 years. It was first approved in 2012 and as of 2016 its optimal role in the treatment of epilepsy relative to other drugs was not clear. It was the first antiepileptic drug in the class of selective non-competitive antagonist of AMPA receptors.
The drug label has a black box warning that the drug cause may cause serious psychiatric and behavioral changes; it may cause homicidal or suicidal thoughts. Other side effects have included dizziness, somnolence, vertigo, aggression, anger, loss of coordination, blurred vision, irritability, and slurred speech. Permapanel reduced the effectiveness of levonorgestrel oral contraceptives by about 40%. Women who may get pregnant should not take it as studies in animals show it may harm a fetus. Perampanel is liable to be abused; very high doses produced euphoria responses similar to ketamine. It is designated as a Schedule III controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
A 2016 review found it effective for both indications but due to the newness of the drug was unable to describe its optimal role in the treatment of epilepsy relative to other drugs. A 2014 review of the probability of added benefit of perampanel to the standard of care was unable to come to any conclusions, as no trial conducted by Eisai compared perampanel to a drug within the standard of care, but only to placebo.
Contraindications and drug interactions
Permapanel reduced the effectiveness of levonorgestrel oral contraceptives by about 40%. Other antieptilectic drugs that induce cytochrome P450, including carbamazepine, phenytoin, and oxcarbazepine decrease the effectivenes of perampanel by 50-67%. Use of perampanel with strong CYP3A inducers like rifampin or St. John’s wort is not recommended. Use of perampanel with CNS depressants like alcohol may increase the effect of the CNS depressant.
Fycompa’s label has a black box warning noting that some people taking the drug have undergone serious psychiatric and behavioral changes. These events occurred in people who had no history of such issues, as well as people who had such a history. The psychiatric changes included mood changes like euphoric mood, anger, irritability, aggression, belligerence, agitation, and anxiety, as well as psychosis (acute psychosis, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia) and delirium (delirium, confusional state, disorientation, memory impairment). Behavioral changes included physical assault and homicidal ideation and/or threats.
Other serious side effects include suicidal thoughts or behavior (like all anti-epileptic drugs), dizziness and gait disturbance, somnolence and fatigue, risk of falls, and increased risk of seizures if the drug is quickly withdrawn.
In clinical trials, dizziness, somnolence, vertigo, aggression, anger, loss of coordination, blurred vision, irritability, and slurred speech were the side effects that most commonly led people to leave the trial.
Perampanel is liable to be abused; very high doses produced euphoria responses similar to ketamine, although subjects liked it less and had experienced it more negatively than ketamine; it produced dissociative effects similar to ketamine. It is designated as a Schedule III controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration. A study of dependence in rats found withdrawal symptoms when the drug was removed; dependence in humans wasn't studied well enough to make generalizations as of April 2016. There is limited experience with overdose.
Whole-cell voltage clamp studies have demonstrated that perampanel is a negative allosteric AMPA receptor antagonist. Perampanel caused a slow (τ∼1 s at 3 µM), concentration-dependent inhibition of AMPA receptor currents. The rates of block and unblock of AMPA receptor currents were 1.5 × 105 M−1 s−1 and 0.58 s−1, respectively. Perampanel did not affect NMDA receptor currents. The extent of block (IC50, 0.56 µM) was similar at all agonist concentrations, demonstrating a noncompetitive blocking action. Parampanel did affect AMPA receptor desensitization, or the ratio of peak to late response to rapid application of AMPA. Perampanel is a selective negative allosteric AMPA receptor antagonist of high-affinity and slow blocking kinetics, and is not use-dependent.
Perampanel has a prolonged terminal half-life in humans of approximately 105 hours. The drug is 95% bound to plasma protein. Its primary route of metabolism is by CYP3A4. It does not induce P450 enzymes. About 70% of the dose is excreted in the feces and 30% in the urine; less than 2% of the dose is excreted unchanged into the urine.
The tablets contain lactose monohydrate, low substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose, povidone, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, talc, and titanium dioxide in addition to the API; the oral suspension contains sorbitol, microcrystalline cellulose, carboxymethylcellulose sodium, poloxamer, simethicone, citric acid, sodium benzoate and purified water in addition to the API.
It was approved for marketing under the brand name Fycompa by the European Medicines Agency in July 2012 and as of July 2016 was approved as an adjunct treatment of partial-onset seizures with or without secondarily generalised seizures in people with epilepsy older than 12 and as an adjunct treatment of primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures for people older than 12 years who have idiopathic generalised epilepsy.
It was first approved by the FDA under the same brand name in October 2012 and then in June 2015 for the same uses as those in Europe; it was one of four new drugs for epilepsy approved between 2010 and 2016, along with clobazam (Onfi), ezogabine (Potiga), and eslicarbazepine (Aptiom).
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