Ongentys (opicapone)

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Neurology Parkinson's Disease
Marketing Authorisation Holder Bial - Portela & Ca, S.A.
Mode of Action COMT inhibitor (dopamine enhancer)
Administration Oral
Regulatory agency approval European Medical Agency (EMA), European Union
Strength 50 milligram
Package 30 Capsules

What is Ongentys (opicapone) for?

Ongentys (opicapone) is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with Parkinson disease. It is used as an add-on to levodopa/DOPA decarboxylase inhibitors (DDCI) (other medicines for Parkinson’s disease) in patients who are having fluctuations in the control of their condition1

How does Ongentys (opicapone) work?

Parkinson’s disease develops when neurons (brain cells) in a particular part of the brain stop working properly and are lost over time. These neurons produce an important chemical called dopamine. Dopamine is used by the brain to send messages across brain areas to help control movement. Eventually, the brain cannot make enough dopamine to control the movement properly. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s Disease. Existing treatments aim to help patients manage symptoms3.

The active substance in Ongentys (opicapone) works to restore the levels of dopamine in the areas of the brain that control movement and coordination. It enhances the effects of another drug, levodopa, commonly used to treat Parkinson’s Disease. Opicapone blocks an enzyme that is involved in the breakdown of levodopa in the body, called catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT). As a result, levodopa remains active for longer. This helps to relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as stiffness and slowness of movement1.

Is Ongentys (opicapone) approved?

Opicapone was approved for treating patients with Parkinson’s Disease as an add-on to levodopa/DOPA decarboxylase inhibitors (DDCI) in patients who are having fluctuations in the control of their condition1 by:

  • European Medicines Agency (EMA) June 24, 2016 

How do I take Ongentys (opicapone)?

The recommended therapy consists of 50mg, taken once a day at bedtime, at least one hour before or after levodopa combination medicines1.

Note: Consult your treating doctor for personalised dosing.

Complete information on dosing can be found in the resources section.

More Information
Working ingredient opicapone
Shipping method Standard (not temperature controlled)
Package 30
Therapeutic Area Neurology
Neurology Parkinson's Disease
Indication Parkinson's disease
Administration Oral
Mode of Action COMT inhibitor (dopamine enhancer)
Regulatory agency approval European Medical Agency (EMA), European Union
Marketing Authorisation Holder Bial - Portela & Ca, S.A.
HS Code 30029090
CAS Number 923287-50-7

The benefits of opicapone in Parkinson’s disease were investigated in two main studies. In the first study, 600 patients with fluctuations were given opicapone, entacapone (another medicine for Parkinson’s disease) or placebo (a dummy treatment), in addition to their current levodopa/DDCI combination. This study looked at how well the treatments reduced the ‘off periods' (the time when patients have more difficulty moving about). After 14–15 weeks, ‘off periods’ were shortened by 117 minutes (almost 2 hours) in patients taking opicapone 50mg, compared with 96 minutes in patients taking the comparator medicine entacapone and 56 minutes in patients taking placebo. In the second study, which also looked at the reduction in off periods, opicapone was compared with a placebo in 427 patients who were taking a levodopa / DDCI combination. After 14–15 weeks, ‘off periods’ were shortened by 119 minutes (almost 2 hours) in patients taking opicapone 50 mg, compared to 64 minutes in patients taking placebo. Both studies were extended for one additional year and confirmed the benefits of opicapone when used long-term1.

The most common side effects with opicapone are disorders of the nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Among these, dyskinesia (difficulty controlling movement) may affect around 2 in 10 people1.

1. Human Medicines: Ongentys (opicapone)
    EMA, cited Nov 2016

2. Summary of Product Characteristics [EMA]: Ongentys (opicapone)
    Bial – Portela & Cª, Feb. 2017

3. Parkinson's UK
    cited nov 2016

Shipping Type Standard
Shipping method Standard (not temperature controlled)
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