Preparat: Valcyte, Valganciclovir 2care4, Valganciclovir Accord, Valganciclovir Bluefish, Valganciclovir Medical Valley, Valganciclovir Orion, Valganciclovir Sandoz, Valganciclovir Teva, Valganciklovir Ebb
ATC kod: J05AB14
Substanser: valganciklovir, valganciklovirhydroklorid
Kontrollerade studier som belyser skillnader mellan könen avseende effekter av valganciklovir saknas. Cytomegalovirus-infektion har visats vara vanligare hos kvinnor med ganciclovir eller valganciclovir som antiviralprofylax efter organtransplantation. Det bör observeras att behandling med valganciklovir har associerats med såväl teratogena effekter som med hämning av spermatogenesen. Effektiva preventivmetoder rekommenderas därför både för fertila kvinnor och män som behandlas med valganciklovir. För män bör preventivmedelsanvändningen fortgå i minst tre månader efter avslutad behandling. För mer information, se källan Janusmed fosterpåverkan.
Valganciklovir is a prodrug, which is rapidly metabolized to ganciclovir upon systemic absorption. A prospective, observational study (45 men, 20 women) sought to characterize the population pharmacokinetic profile of ganciclovir administered in the form of oral valganciclovir to solid organ transplant recipients . The central volume of distribution of ganciclovir was found to be almost 40% lower in women. After correcting for their lower body weight, a difference of about 20% remained and was attributed to sex as an independent covariate. Furthermore, the clearance of ganciclovir was found to be almost 25% higher than would be expected in women, after correction for sex-related differences in eGFR. In other words, the clearance of ganciclovir seemed to differ less between men and women than the clearance of creatinine, even though ganciclovir is a predominantly (>90%) renally eliminated drug. The authors suggested that the relatively higher clearance of ganciclovir in women might be explained by differences in expression of organic anion transporter (OAT) enzymes between men and women . Differences between men and women of similar magnitudes were reported in another population pharmacokinetic study (37 men, 9 women) .
The net effect of pharmacokinetic differences between men and women on the systemic exposure of ganciclovir is not clear. A lower volume of distribution would be expected to translate into higher peak plasma concentrations (Cmax), whereas a higher clearance would be expected to reduce the overall systemic exposure (AUC) of ganciclovir. However, no studies reporting sex-based differences in the systemic exposure of (val)ganciclovir have been identified. Furthermore, no well-defined therapeutic exposure targets for ganciclovir have been characterized. Consequently, there is insufficient evidence to support dose adjustments of valganciclovir depending on patient’s sex at present. Individual clinical assessment supported by therapeutic drug monitoring in selected patients is recommended until further evidence emerges.
No studies comparing sex-related differences in valganciclovir efficacy per se have been identified. However, female sex has been associated with an increased risk of developing cytomegalovirus disease after solid-organ transplantation followed by antiviral prophylaxis with ganciclovir or valganciclovir [3, 4]. The underlying reasons for this have not been elucidated, but it has been proposed that higher estrogen levels might facilitate cytomegalovirus replication [3, 4]. It is unclear whether women would benefit from more aggressive or extended antiviral prophylaxis regimens in this context.
Apart from male fertility issues (refer to separate section below), no reports of sex-related differences in adverse events have been reported.
Decreased sperm density and motility during and up to six months after discontinued treatment with valganciclovir has been reported . Male infertility is reported among less common (1/1000) adverse effects of valganciclovir . This seems to be based on observed, temporary effects in humans and indications of permanent male infertility in animal studies . No case reports of permanent infertility have been identified in men or women.
Regarding teratogenic aspects, please consult Janusmed Drugs and Birth Defects (in Swedish, Janusmed fosterpåverkan).
Fler män än kvinnor hämtade ut läkemedel innehållande valganciklovir (ATC-kod J05AB14) på recept i Sverige år 2019, totalt 689 män och 392 kvinnor .
Faktagranskat av: Mia von Euler, Diana Rydberg, Carl-Olav Stiller
Godkänt av: Karin Schenck-Gustafsson