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Manufacture: Roche
Country: Canada
Condition: Heart Failure (Congestive Heart Failure), High Blood Pressure (Hypertension), Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Class: Cardiovascular agents
Form: Tablets
Ingredients: Cilazapril, Lactose monohydrate, Cornstarch, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, Talc, Sodium stearyl fumarate, Titanium dioxide, Iron oxide

Pharmaceutical Information

Drug Substance

Proper name: cilazapril monohydrate
Chemical Name: 9(s)-[1(s)-(ethoxycarbonyl)-3- phenylpropylamino]-octahydro-10-oxo-6H-pyridazo [1,2-a] [1,2] diazepine-1(s)-carboxylic acid monohydrate
Structural Formula:

Molecular Formula: C22H31N3O5•H2O
Molecular Weight: 435.52
Physical Form: White to off-white crystalline powder
Solubility: Water (25 ºC) 0.5 g/100 mL
pka1, pka2: 3.3, 6.4
pH (1% suspension): 4.9
Partition Coefficient: 0.8 (octanol-pH 7.4 buffer 22 oC)
Melting Point: 98 ºC with decomposition

Detailed Pharmacology

In in vitro studies, using hippurylhistidylleucine as substrate, cilazaprilat, the active metabolite of cilazapril, inhibited the activity of ACE from rabbit lung (IC50 0.97-1.93 nM), hog lung (IC50 2.83 nM), human lung (IC50 1.39 nM), and human plasma (IC50 0.61 nM). Cilazaprilat (20 µM) did not have any effect on a number of other porcine, bovine, or human enzymes except E. coli dipeptidyl carboxypeptidase.

In ex vivo studies, oral administration of 0.1 and 0.25 mg/kg cilazapril to rats inhibited plasma ACE activity by 76% and 96% respectively and 0.3-3 mg/kg significantly inhibited tissue ACE activity in a number of arteries and veins.

In vivo, the dose of cilazapril and/or cilazaprilat required to reduce the angiotensin pressor response by 50% are summarized in Table 1 below.

Table 1 ED50 Values for Cilazapril and/or Cilazaprilat
Animal Model Cilazapril
Conscious normotensive rats ED50 0.02 mg/kg p.o. (at 60 min)
Anesthetised SHAD (unilaterally adrenalectomised and contralaterally adrenal demedulated SHR) rats ED50 0.44 µmol/kg i.v. ED50 0.06 µmol/kg i.v.
2-kidney-1-clip Goldblatt renal hypertensive rats ED50 0.043 mg/kg i.v. ED50 0.006 mg/kg i.v.
Anesthetised normotensive dogs ED50 0.035 mg/kg i.v. (0.084 µmol/kg)

In the anesthetised SHAD rats 0.06 µmol/kg i.v. cilazaprilat potentiated the bradykinin induced vasodepressor response.

The antihypertensive activity of cilazapril was assessed in a number of experimental animal models. In spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR), single oral doses of 10 and 30 mg/kg cilazapril reduced systolic blood pressure for longer than six hours. Repeated daily dosing with oral doses of 10 and 30 mg/kg cilazapril demonstrated 24-hour activity and at the higher dose, antihypertensive effect became maximum after one week. When administered twice daily, the lowest oral dose of cilazapril that reduced systolic blood pressure was 1 mg/kg. Dose dependent decreases in systolic blood pressure were observed between oral doses of 1 and 10 mg/kg twice daily. No further increase in effect was observed with an oral dose of 30 mg/kg twice daily. Intravenous administration of up to 10 mg/kg of either cilazapril or cilazaprilat to conscious SHR evoked only small reductions in blood pressure. The reason for this disparity with the oral dosing data in the same animal model is unclear.

Following the oral administration of 10 mg/kg cilazapril, the maximum decrease in systolic arterial pressure observed in conscious renal hypertensive hypovolemic dogs was approximately double that observed in normovolemic dogs. In the hypovolemic dogs, the systolic blood pressure fell significantly within 30 minutes of the first dose. The effect persisted for 6 hours. Maximum decrease in systolic arterial pressure in conscious normotensive hypovolemic dogs was similar to that observed in renal hypotensive normovolemic dogs.

Heart rate changes accompanying the antihypertensive action of cilazapril in the rat and the dog were minimal.

Total peripheral resistance and regional vascular resistance were reduced in all vascular beds except in the heart in SHR administered multiple, oral, daily doses of 10 mg/kg cilazapril. Regional blood flow to the kidneys, intestine and skin increased. Regional blood flow to the heart decreased. No changes were observed in cardiac output, cardiac index, stroke volume or heart rate. Hemodynamic and blood flow changes were similar after acute or repeated (twice daily for two weeks) administration of 1 mg/kg cilazapril. Additional increases in blood flow to the lungs, stomach, small intestine, pancreas and thymus were observed however.

In conscious dogs, cilazapril had no effect on left ventricular pressure and on force of cardiac contraction at 3 mg/kg p.o. and marginal effects at 10 mg/kg p.o. At these doses, slight decreases were noted in abdominal aortic blood flow and heart rate. In anesthetized dogs, intravenous cilazapril doses of 0.03-1 mg/kg evoked dose dependent decreases in blood pressure and left ventricular pressure. At 1 mg/kg, left ventricular end diastolic pressure was decreased 15%, myocardial contractile force was reduced and heart rate was unchanged. At 0.3 mg/kg, cardiac output, coronary blood flow, left ventricular minute work, left ventricular stroke work, and cardiac index were decreased 15%, 12%, 31%, 40%, and 12% respectively. In the anesthetized dog with ischemic heart failure, intravenous doses of cilazaprilat (0.1-1 mg/kg) reduced total peripheral resistance, left ventricular end diastolic pressure, dp/dt, and mean aortic blood pressure. Cardiac output, heart rate, pulmonary arterial pressure and right arterial pressure remained unchanged.

Oral administration of 3 mg/kg cilazapril did not have an effect on the increase in blood pressure and heart rate accompanying exercise in conscious cats. In anesthetized cats, cilazapril (10 mg/kg i.v.) increased right ventricular force of contraction (28%) and cardiac output (19%). Heart rate changes were minor.

The pharmacokinetics of cilazapril and cilazaprilat have been examined in mice, rats, dogs, monkeys, marmosets and baboons. The oral absorption of cilazapril is rapid and peak plasma concentrations of cilazapril occur in less than 1 hour. Absorption is 70-89%. Cilazapril plasma concentrations decline rapidly with a half-life of 0.7-2.7 hours. Plasma concentrations are less than dose proportional in baboons, and in rats and marmoset levels are too low for reliable quantitation.

Cilazaprilat is produced rapidly in all species and peak concentrations occur in less than 1.5 hours. Bioavailability from oral cilazapril is 70-89%. Cilazaprilat plasma concentrations decline in a biphasic manner with half-lives of 0.5-3.5 hours and 12-68 hours. Plasma concentrations are less than dose proportional, and show a low order of dose dependence during the terminal phase. This is consistent with saturable binding to ACE.

The distribution of drug related material is largely confined to excretory organs, but all major tissues are exposed, including the fetus of pregnant animals. There is no evidence of tissue retention, and more than 95% of the dose is recovered within three days. Repeat administration leads to some accumulation, but only in a limited number of tissues, notably the liver and kidney.

Excretion is rapid in all species. More than 90% of the total recovery in urine is achieved within 24 hours. Excretion is predominantly hepatic in rats and baboons, and renal in marmosets.


Table 2 Acute Toxicity
Species Sex Route Approximate LD50 (mg/kg)
Mouse M
M + F
M + F
2,500 - <5,000
Rat M + F
M + F
>4,000 - <5,000
Monkey M + F p.o. >4,000 - <5,000

The signs of toxicity include: ataxia, reduced motor activity, diarrhea, respiratory depression, tremors, piloerection, prostration, hunched appearance, salivation, emesis and facial fur-staining.

Table 3 Long-Term Toxicity
Rat (8M + 8F) 2 Weeks 0, 2, 6, 20 i.v. All dose groups: Swollen tails in individual rats after 8-10 days; slight increase in urine volume (males).
Monkey Marmoset (3M + 3F) 2 Weeks 0, 2, 6, 20 i.v. All dose groups: Slightly depressed heart rates.
Rat (5M + 5F) 4 Weeks 0, 5, 15, 50 p.o. All dose groups: Increased water consumption.

15 and 50 mg/kg/day: Minimal decreases in RBC, Hb and PCV values (females); increase in plasma urea (2-3x).

50 mg/kg/day: Salivation (6/10) from week 2; decrease body weight gain (20%); slight reduction in food consumption; increased incidence of kidney tubule cells in urine (females).
Rat (16M + 16F) 4 Weeks 25, 125, 625 p.o. All dose groups: Salivation; slight reduction in motor activity; increased urine volumes and minimal decreases in specific gravity (males).

125 and 625 mg/kg/day: Decreased body weight gain and food consumption (males only at 125 mg/kg/day); slight decreases in RBC, Hb and PCV (males); very slight thickening of glomerular afferent arteriolar wall in the kidney (males) (1/10 - 125 mg/kg/day, 6/10 - 625 mg/kg/day).

625 mg/kg/day: Increased BUN values (1.5x) (males); decreased BMC1 (males); slight decrease in heart and liver (males) weight.
Monkey Marmoset (3/6M + 3F) 4 Weeks 0, 5, 15, 50 p.o. 15 and 50 mg/kg/day: Marginal decreases in RBC, Hb and PCV values.

50 mg/kg/day: Increase in plasma urea (2x), K+ and cholesterol values; increased incidence of kidney tubule cells in urine.
Rat (16M + 16F) 13 Weeks 0, 10, 50, 250 p.o. All dose groups: Very slight increases in urine volume and decreased SG values (males).

50 and 250 mg/kg/day: Dose-related decrease in body weight gain (males only at 50 mg/kg/day); increased BUN levels (2x) (males); slight thick-ening of glomerular afferent arterioles in the kidneys (10/30).

250 mg/kg/day: Slight decrease in spontaneous activity and salivation; inhibition of food consumption; small decreases in RBC and BMC (males), and in RBC, PCV and Hb (females).
Monkey Cynomolgus (4M + 4F) 13 weeks 0, 2.5, 25, 50 p.o. 25 and 50 mg/kg/day: Slight decreases in RBC, Hb and PCV. Slight to moderate hyperplasia of the juxtaglomerular apparatus; dose-related decreased body weight gains.

50 mg/kg/day: Two deaths; salivation; emesis; decreased spontaneous activity. Slight decrease in BMC, total protein and inorganic phosphate; increase in BUN (4x), blood creatinine; enlargement of kidney (1 female); reduction in heart weight; kidney tubular dilatation.
Monkey Baboon (2M + 2F) 13 Weeks 0, 2, 10, 20, 40 p.o. All dose groups: Emesis; slight reductions in heart rate, body weight gain and heart weight; hypertrophy and hyperplasia of the juxtaglomerular cells (1/4 - 10 mg/kg, 3/4 - 20 mg/kg, 4/4 - 40 mg/kg).

20 and 40 mg/kg/day: Slight decrease in RBC, PCV and Hb; kidney tubular basophilia/ dilatation (1/4 - 20 mg/kg; 3/4 - 40 mg/kg). Increased urea (2x) in 40 mg/kg only.
Rat (30M + 30F) 26 Weeks 0, 5, 30, 200; 0, 2, 12, 75 - from Week 6; 0, 2, 12, 50 from Week 14 p.o. All dose groups: Slight decrease in heart rate; weight loss; lethargy; hunched posture. Pilo-rection; facial fur-staining; dose-related increases in kidney weights (male).

12 and 50 mg/kg/day: Hypertrophy of afferent glomerular arterioles in the kidneys (13 weeks).

50 mg/kg/day: Body weight gain decrease (14%) (males); increased water intake. Increased BUN levels (3x) (males), ALP activity, and liver weights (males); prominent kidney tubular regeneration; kidney tubular dilatation; minimal kidney tubular necrosis (2 animals at 13 weeks). Sclerosis (2 animals at 26 weeks).
Monkey Marmoset (9, 7, 7, 11M + 9, 7, 7, 11F) 26 Weeks 0, 5, 30, 200; 0, 2, 15, 100 from Week 9; 0, 2, 15, 50 from Week 14 p.o. 200 mg/kg/day: Depression in heart rate; body weight loss (females).

15 mg/kg/day: Two deaths (unrelated to treatment) of minor glomerular arteriolar hypertrophy (13 and 26 weeks).

50 mg/kg/day: Six deaths (two unrelated to treatment); unsteadiness; inactivity; salivation; emesis; diarrhea; slight decrease in RBC, PCV, Hb and bone marrow, myeloid/erythroid ratio (26 weeks). Increase in plasma urea (2x); small reductions in urine osmolality; slight kidney tubular dilatation and tubular epithelium regeneration (4/5 at 13 weeks - 100 mg/kg) (4/10 after 26 weeks).
Monkey Baboon (7M + 7F) 52 Weeks 0, 0.5, 4, 40 p.o. 4 and 40 mg/kg/day: Hyperplasia and hypertrophy of juxtaglomerular apparatus with hypertrophy of muscle cells of glomerular arterioles (1/10 - 4 mg/kg; 8/10 - 40 mg/kg/day).

40 mg/kg/day: Emesis; body weight gain reduction; slight reduction in RBC, PCV and Hb; increase in urea values (2x) and creatinine; osmolality reductions; increased incidence in proteinous casts (Week 52); small increase in adrenal and thyroid weights.
Rat (35M + 35F) 78 Weeks 0, 0.5, 4, 40 p.o. All dose levels: Small reductions in body weight gain.

4 and 40 mg/kg/day: Slight decrease in RBC, PCV and Hb; minimal reduction in food intake; increase in BUN (2x) (males).

40 mg/kg/day: Increased water consumption; slight increase in total WBC count (males); increased urine volumes (males); irregular surface ocysts in the kidneys (7/40 at 76 weeks); increased kidney weights (males); slight decrease in heart and liver weight (females); vascular hypertrophy (20/20 males, 17/20 females) consisting of glomerular afferent arteriolar wall thickening; similar but less frequent and less severe changes were observed in the mid dose group.
Table 3 Reproduction and Teratology
Fertility and General Reproduction Performance
Rat Charles River (Crl:CD (SD) BR) (30M + 30F) 0, 1, 7, 50 p.o. Males - 70 days prior to mating and up to 14 days during mating.

Females - 14 days before mating, during gestation and until Day 21 post-partum.
All dose groups: No effect on mating or fertility at any dose. Retching reflex after dosing (dose-related) (males). Decreased body weight gain.

Males at 50 mg/kg/day: Six deaths (due to dosing error).

Females at 50 mg/kg/day: Two deaths (50 mg/kg) (due to dosing error). Increased preimplantation loss (forced delivery group at 50 mg/kg).

F1 generation at 7 and 50 mg/kg/day: Reduced body weight at the end of lactation; increased incidence of dilatation of the renal pelvis. Reduction in viable fetuses due to a lower number of implantations (50 mg/kg).
Rat Charles River (CD) (35F) 0, 2, 30, 400 p.o. Days 6-17 of gestation. All dose groups: No effect on embryonic, fetal or postnatal development.

Females at 400 mg/kg/day: Body weight gain and food consumption were reduced during latter half of gestation.

F1 generation at 400 mg/kg/day: Slight increase in renal cavitation incidence.
Fertility and General Reproduction Performance
Monkey Cynomolgus (10 or 11F) 0, 20 p.o. Days 21 to 31 or Days 32 to 45 of gestation. Control group: Reduced food consumption and diarrhea (5/10 females); 2/10 abortions between Days 51-53 of pregnancy; low incidence of skeletal variations in tail (2/8 fetuses) and ribs (2/8).

20 mg/kg/day - Days 21-31: Reduced food consumption (10/10 females); diarrhea (2/10); vomiting (2/10). Skeletal findings - ribs (2/8 fetuses), humeri (2/8), distal caudal variations (4/8), and prepuce not patent (2/8) - not treatment related.

20 mg/kg/day - Days 32-45: Decreased food consumption and/or diarrhea (11/11 females); 5/11 abortions; 2/11 maternal deaths (not treatment related). Caudal and humerus variations (1/5 fetuses) - not treatment related.
Peri- and Post-natal Toxicity
Rat Charles River (CDCrl:CD(SD) BR) (25 or 30F) 0, 1, 7, 50 p.o. Day 15 of gestation to Day 21 post-partum. Females at 50 mg/kg/day: 5 deaths on Day 18 postcoitus or Days 4-16 of lactation (due to dosing error).

F1 generation at 50 mg/kg/day: Increased pup mortality (4.9%); reduction in body weight gain during lactation; an associated slight delay in pinna unfolding.


An eighty-eight week carcinogenicity study with cilazapril was conducted in mice initially dosed at 5, 25 or 100 mg/kg/day, subsequently reduced to 1, 7 or 50 mg/kg/day from week 11 onwards. Another carcinogenicity study was conducted in rats in which dose levels of 0.5, 4 or 40 mg/kg/day were administered for 104 weeks. Hypertrophy of renal afferent glomerular arterioles and interlobular arteries, and increased cortical nephropathy were the only recorded findings and occurred in the mid- and high-dose groups in both studies. Tri-PAs staining of kidney sections from the 104 week rat carcinogenicity study indicated no hyperplastic or7 neoplastic oxyphilic cell response and no enhancement of the development of oncocytomas.


No evidence of mutagenicity with cilazapril was found in the Ames test with or without metabolic activation (up to 2.0 mg/plate), “Treatment and Plate” test (up to 7,000 µcg/mL), unscheduled DNA synthesis assay (up to 200 µcg/mL), mutagenic assay with Chinese hamster V79 cells with or without metabolic activation (up to 4,800 µcg/mL), chromosomal abbreration test with or without metabolic activation (up to 3,500 µcg/mL), or in vivo micronucleus test in mice (2.0 g/kg).