Uridine triacetate (Vistogard)

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General information

Class/mechanism: Pyrimidine analog, antidote to Fluorouracil (5-FU) and Capecitabine (Xeloda). Uridine triacetate is an acetylated pro-drug of uridine. After oral administration, uridine triacetate is deacetylated into uridine, which competitively inhibits cell damage and cell death caused by fluorouracil/capecitabine.[1][2][3]
Route: PO
Extravasation: n/a

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  • Adults: Uridine triacetate (Vistogard) 10 g PO every 6 hours x 20 doses[1]
  • Pediatric patients: Uridine triacetate (Vistogard) 6.2 g/m2 (maximum of 10 g per dose) PO every 6 hours x 20 doses[1]

Diseases for which it is used

  • Overdose of, or early-onset, severe, or life-threatening toxicity from fluorouracil or capecitabine.

Patient drug information

History of changes in FDA indication

  • 2015-12-11: Approved for patients following a fluorouracil or capecitabine overdose regardless of the presence of symptoms
  • 2015-12-11: Approved for patients who exhibit early-onset, severe or life-threatening toxicity affecting the cardiac or central nervous system, and/or earlyonset, unusually severe adverse reactions (e.g., gastrointestinal toxicity and/or neutropenia) within 96 hours following the end of fluorouracil or capecitabine administration.

Also known as

  • Brand name: Vistogard