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INTRAVITREAL CORTICOSTEROIDS IN DIABETIC MACULAR EDEMA: PHARMACOKINETIC CONSIDERATIONS.

Yang Y, Bailey C, Loewenstein A, Massin P - Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.) (2015)

Bottom Line: There is a relationship between visual gains and drug persistence in the intravitreal compartment.Safety effects were more complex; level of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide exposure is related to development of elevated intraocular pressure and cataract; this does not seem to be the case for dexamethasone, where two different doses showed similar mean intraocular pressure and incidence of cataract surgery.With fluocinolone acetonide, rates of intraocular pressure elevations requiring surgery seem to be dose related; rates of cataract extraction were similar regardless of dose.

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Affiliation: *Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom; †University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol, United Kingdom; ‡Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel; and §Department of Ophthalmology, Lariboisière Hospital, Paris, France.

ABSTRACT

Purpose: To review the relationship between kinetics, efficacy, and safety of several corticosteroid formulations for the treatment of diabetic macular edema.

Methods: Reports of corticosteroid use for the treatment of diabetic macular edema were identified by a literature search, which focused on the pharmacokinetics, efficacy, and safety of these agents in preclinical animal models and clinical trials.

Results: Available corticosteroids for diabetic macular edema treatment include intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide, dexamethasone, and fluocinolone acetonide. Because of differences in solubility and bioavailability, various delivery mechanisms are used. Bioerodible delivery systems achieve higher maximum concentrations than nonbioerodible formulations. There is a relationship between visual gains and drug persistence in the intravitreal compartment. Safety effects were more complex; level of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide exposure is related to development of elevated intraocular pressure and cataract; this does not seem to be the case for dexamethasone, where two different doses showed similar mean intraocular pressure and incidence of cataract surgery. With fluocinolone acetonide, rates of intraocular pressure elevations requiring surgery seem to be dose related; rates of cataract extraction were similar regardless of dose.

Conclusion: Available corticosteroids for diabetic macular edema exhibit different pharmacokinetic profiles that impact efficacy and adverse events and should be taken into account when developing individualized treatment plans.

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Chemical structures of (A) TA,17–19 (B) DEX,21,22 and (C) FAc.24,25
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Figure 1: Chemical structures of (A) TA,17–19 (B) DEX,21,22 and (C) FAc.24,25

Mentions: Triamcinolone acetonide (TA; Figure 1A) is a synthetic corticosteroid formulated as an injectable suspension and has a 7.5-fold higher anti-inflammatory potency than cortisone.16 Because TA is water insoluble, it can remain in the vitreous for much longer than other corticosteroids, which are usually eliminated within a few days. Available formulations include Kenalog, Trivaris, and Triesence, which are indicated in the United States for ocular inflammatory conditions unresponsive to topical corticosteroids.17–19 In the European Union, Kenalog is contraindicated for intraocular injection, and Trivaris and Triesence are not approved for any indication.


INTRAVITREAL CORTICOSTEROIDS IN DIABETIC MACULAR EDEMA: PHARMACOKINETIC CONSIDERATIONS.

Yang Y, Bailey C, Loewenstein A, Massin P - Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.) (2015)

Chemical structures of (A) TA,17–19 (B) DEX,21,22 and (C) FAc.24,25
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4697357&req=5

Figure 1: Chemical structures of (A) TA,17–19 (B) DEX,21,22 and (C) FAc.24,25
Mentions: Triamcinolone acetonide (TA; Figure 1A) is a synthetic corticosteroid formulated as an injectable suspension and has a 7.5-fold higher anti-inflammatory potency than cortisone.16 Because TA is water insoluble, it can remain in the vitreous for much longer than other corticosteroids, which are usually eliminated within a few days. Available formulations include Kenalog, Trivaris, and Triesence, which are indicated in the United States for ocular inflammatory conditions unresponsive to topical corticosteroids.17–19 In the European Union, Kenalog is contraindicated for intraocular injection, and Trivaris and Triesence are not approved for any indication.

Bottom Line: There is a relationship between visual gains and drug persistence in the intravitreal compartment.Safety effects were more complex; level of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide exposure is related to development of elevated intraocular pressure and cataract; this does not seem to be the case for dexamethasone, where two different doses showed similar mean intraocular pressure and incidence of cataract surgery.With fluocinolone acetonide, rates of intraocular pressure elevations requiring surgery seem to be dose related; rates of cataract extraction were similar regardless of dose.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: *Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom; †University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol, United Kingdom; ‡Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel; and §Department of Ophthalmology, Lariboisière Hospital, Paris, France.

ABSTRACT

Purpose: To review the relationship between kinetics, efficacy, and safety of several corticosteroid formulations for the treatment of diabetic macular edema.

Methods: Reports of corticosteroid use for the treatment of diabetic macular edema were identified by a literature search, which focused on the pharmacokinetics, efficacy, and safety of these agents in preclinical animal models and clinical trials.

Results: Available corticosteroids for diabetic macular edema treatment include intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide, dexamethasone, and fluocinolone acetonide. Because of differences in solubility and bioavailability, various delivery mechanisms are used. Bioerodible delivery systems achieve higher maximum concentrations than nonbioerodible formulations. There is a relationship between visual gains and drug persistence in the intravitreal compartment. Safety effects were more complex; level of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide exposure is related to development of elevated intraocular pressure and cataract; this does not seem to be the case for dexamethasone, where two different doses showed similar mean intraocular pressure and incidence of cataract surgery. With fluocinolone acetonide, rates of intraocular pressure elevations requiring surgery seem to be dose related; rates of cataract extraction were similar regardless of dose.

Conclusion: Available corticosteroids for diabetic macular edema exhibit different pharmacokinetic profiles that impact efficacy and adverse events and should be taken into account when developing individualized treatment plans.

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Related in: MedlinePlus