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Medications Azithromycin and Rupatadine
Designation Unknown or no reaction
Last updated 22-May-2020
Interaction History
Effect on concentration Azithromycin: Unknown

Rupatadine: No change
Pharmacologic effect Azithromycin: N/A

Rupatadine: N/A
Pharmacologic effect applies to drugs in the same class Azithromycin:

Pharmacologic effect description Azithromycin:

Potential pharmacokinetic effect Azithromycin: N/A

Rupatadine: N/A
Potential pharmacokinetic effect applies to drugs in the same class Azithromycin:

Potential pharmacokinetic mechanism Azithromycin:



Non-significant changes were observed in rupatadine pharmacokinetics when administered with azithromycin.


Pharmacokinetic and Safety Profile of Rupatadine When Coadministered With Azithromycin at Steady-State Levels: A Randomized, Open-Label, Two-Way, Crossover, Phase I Study

Study Design
This was a multiple-dose, randomized, open-label, 2-way, crossover, Phase I study in which healthy male and female volunteers received rupatadine 10 mg once a day for 6 days either alone or with azithromycin 500 mg on day 2 and 250 mg from day 3 to day 6. Treatments were administered after a fasting period of 10 hours with 240 mL of water, and fasting conditions were kept until 3 hours postmedication. A washout period of at least 21 days between the 2 active periods was observed. Blood samples were collected and plasma concentrations of rupatadine and its metabolites desloratadine and 3-hydroxydesloratadine were determined by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. Tolerability was based on the recording of adverse events (AEs), physical examination, electrocardiograms, and laboratory screen controls at baseline and the final study visit. 
Study Results
Twenty-four healthy volunteers (15 males, 9 females; mean SD age, 25.67 5.58 years; weight, 65.96 8.57 kg) completed the study. Except for maximum observed concentration during a dosing interval (Cmax,ss) of 3-hydroxydesloratadine, on average, there were no statistically significant differences in mean plasma concentrations in any of the main pharmacokinetic parameters of rupatadine, desloratadine, and 3-hydroxydesloratadine when administered in combination with azithromycin or alone. The Cmax,ss ratio was 111 (90 CI, 91-136) and area under the plasma concentration-time curve during a dosing interval (AUC0-tau) ratio had a value of 103 (90 CI, 91-117). The corresponding ratios for the rupatadine metabolites were 109 (90 CI, 100-120) for Cmax,ss and 103 (90 CI, 96-110) for AUC0-tau for desloratadine and 109 (90 CI, 103-115) for Cmax,ss and 104 (90 CI, 100-108) for AUC0-tau for 3-hydroxydesloratadine. Point estimates for Cmax,ss ratios using paired data were 111 for rupatadine, 109 for desloratadine, and 109 for 3-hydroxydesloratadine. The 90 CIs were included in the interval 80 to 125 for desloratadine and 3-hydroxydesloratadine, whereas 90 CI for rupatadine was shifted to the right of the interval used for comparing bioavailability of the drugs. A total of 5 subjects reported 9 AEs; 5 of these were thought to be related to the drug administration and all were categorized as mild or moderate. The reported AEs were somnolence (1/24 in the rupatadine group and 1/24 in the rupatadine plus azithromycin group), diarrhea (1/24 in the rupatadine plus azithromycin group), and gastric discomfort (2/24 in the rupatadine plus azithromycin group). Four AEs were considered not to be related (2 episodes of headache, 1 anemia, 1 cheilitis). All were resolved spontaneously. No serious AEs were reported. 
Study Conclusions
The results of this study in these healthy volunteers found no significant differences in pharmacokinetic parameters other than Cmax,ss of 3-hydroxydesloratadine between rupatadine 10 mg administered alone or with azithromycin 500 mg on day 2 and 250 mg from day 3 to day 6. The administration of rupatadine compared with rupatadine plus azithromycin met the regulatory definition of bioequivalence in terms of exposure and rate parameters; however, Cmax,ss of rupatadine was outside the conventional confidence interval. 
Solans A. Pharmacokinetic and safety profile of rupatadine when coadministered with azithromycin at steady-state levels: a randomized, open-label, two-way, crossover, phase i study. Clin Ther. 2008; 9: 1639-50.  

Study information updated: 22-May-2020