Olanzapine parenteral prolonged release
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Prolonged release suspension for injection formulation of olanzapine.
Olanzapine embonate is the INN for olanzapine pamoate monohydrate.
Maintenance treatment of schizophrenia
Patients should be treated initially with oral olanzapine before administering olanzapine embonate for prolonged release suspension for injection, to establish tolerability and response.
Patients should be monitored carefully for signs of relapse during the first one to two months of treatment.
In order to identify the first olanzapine embonate dose for all patients, the following scheme should be used:
For patients on a target oral olanzapine dose of 10 mg/day
Recommended starting dose: 210 mg/2 weeks or 405 mg/4 weeks.
Maintenance dose after 2 months of olanzapine embonate prolonged release suspension for injection treatment: 150 mg/2 weeks or 300 mg/4 weeks.
For patients on a target oral olanzapine dose of 15 mg/day
Recommended starting dose: 300 mg/2 weeks.
Maintenance dose after 2 months of olanzapine embonate prolonged release suspension for injection treatment: 210 mg/2 weeks or 405 mg/4 weeks.
For patients on a target oral olanzapine dose of 20 mg/day
Recommended starting dose: 300 mg/2 weeks.
Maintenance dose after 2 months of olanzapine embonate prolonged release suspension for injection treatment: 300 mg/2 weeks.
Olanzapine is not recommended for treatment in the elderly population (greater than 65 years) unless a well-tolerated and effective dose regimen using oral olanzapine has been established. A lower starting dose (150 mg/4 weeks) is not routinely indicated, but should be considered for those 65 and over when clinical factors warrant.
Not recommended to be started in patients aged older than 75 years.
Patients with Renal Impairment
A lower starting dose (150 mg every 4 weeks) should be considered for patients with renal impairment.
Patients with Hepatic Impairment
A lower starting dose (150 mg every 4 weeks) should be considered for patients with hepatic impairment.
In cases of moderate hepatic insufficiency (cirrhosis, Child-Pugh class A or B), the starting dose should be 150 mg every 4 weeks and only increased with caution
Additional Dosage Information
Patients should be monitored carefully for signs of relapse during the first one to two months of treatment. During antipsychotic treatment, improvement in the patient's clinical condition may take several days to some weeks. Patients should be closely monitored during this period. During treatment, dose may subsequently be adjusted on the basis of individual clinical status.
Supplementation with oral olanzapine was not authorised in double-blind clinical studies. If oral olanzapine supplementation is clinically indicated, then the combined total dose of olanzapine from both formulations should not exceed the corresponding maximum oral olanzapine dose of 20 mg/day.
For intramuscular use only by deep intramuscular gluteal injection by a healthcare professional trained in the appropriate injection technique and in an environment where post-injection observation and access to appropriate medical care in the case of overdose can be assured.
Children under 18 years
Predisposition to narrow angle glaucoma
Long QT syndrome
Torsade de pointes
Precautions and Warnings
Family history of long QT syndrome
Patients over 65 years
Predisposition to venous thromboembolism
Benign prostatic hyperplasia
Congestive cardiac failure
Disorder of lipid metabolism
Elevated serum transaminases
History of myelosuppression
History of seizures
History of torsade de pointes
Correct electrolyte disorders before treatment
Reduce dose in patients with hepatic impairment
Reduce dose in patients with renal impairment
Advise ability to drive/operate machinery may be affected by side effects
Monitor blood pressure in elderly
Monitor ECG in patients at risk of QT prolongation
Monitor patient for 3 hours after treatment
Monitor patient's weight
Monitor patients with existing or tendency towards diabetes mellitus
Monitor serum electrolytes
Monitor serum lipids
Risk of narrow angle glaucoma
Consider discontinuation if signs of tardive dyskinesia occur
Discontinue if hepatitis develops
Discontinue treatment if DRESS is suspected
Increased risk for venous thromboembolism - take preventive measures
May cause postural hypotension especially in elderly
To discontinue, reduce dose gradually
Discontinue if patient develops neuroleptic malignant syndrome
Discontinue if severe skin reaction occurs
Dose adjustment required if patient starts/stops smoking during therapy
Slower metabolisers with 2+ factors(female,elderly,non-smoke):modify dosing
Advise patient to avoid alcohol during treatment
Advise patients to report skin rash
Post-injection syndrome including reactions presenting with signs and symptoms consistent with olanzapine overdose were reported in patients following an olanzapine injection. The majority of these reactions were reported to be of mild to moderate severity. Patients should be observed for 3 hours in a healthcare facility each time olanzapine is administered.
Prior to giving the injection, the healthcare professional should find out whether the patient is travelling alone to their destination. After observation for 3 hours in a healthcare facility, it should be confirmed that the patient is alert, orientated, and absent of signs and symptoms of overdose. Furthermore, the patient should be advised to be vigilant for signs and symptoms of overdose secondary to post-injection adverse reactions.
Pregnancy and Lactation
Olanzapine should be used with caution during pregnancy.
The data available suggest that the risk associated with olanzapine treatment during pregnancy is low for both mother and foetus (Briggs, 2011). Reports on over 200 pregnancies exposed to olanzapine indicated no teratogenicity (Schaefer, 2007). Reproductive studies in rats and rabbits at doses up to 9 and 30 times the maximum dose respectively showed no evidence of teratogenicity.
The data available suggest that the risk associated with olanzapine treatment during pregnancy is low for both mother and foetus (Schaefer, 2007).
UK licensed product information notes that neonates exposed to antipsychotics during the third trimester are at a risk of adverse reactions including extrapyramidal and/or withdrawal symptoms which may vary in severity and duration following delivery. The effects include agitation, hypertonia, hypotonus, tremor, somnolence, respiratory distress and feeding disorders.
NICE advises prescribers to take into account risk factors for gestational diabetes and weight gain if they are considering giving olanzapine to a woman who is pregnant. Risk assessment should also encompass family history, existing weight and ethnicity.
When neuroleptics have been used up to delivery, observation of the neonate for at least 2 days is recommended. In order to prevent neonatal adaptation disorders, prescribers are advised to reduce the dose or even interrupt treatment in the days immediately preceding delivery.
The use of all medication in pregnancy should be avoided whenever possible; particularly in the first trimester. Non-drug treatments should also be considered. When essential, a medication with the best safety record over time should be chosen, employing the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Polypharmacy should be avoided. Teratogens taken in the pre-embryonic period, often quoted as lasting until 14-17 days post-conception, are believed to have an all-or-nothing effect. Where drugs have a short half-life, and when the date of conception is certain, this may allow women to be reassured where drug exposure has occurred within this time frame. Further advice may be available from the UK National Teratology Information Service (NTIS) and through ToxBase, available via password on the internet ( www.toxbase.org ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( www.toxbasebackup.org ).
Olanzapine is contraindicated during breastfeeding.
The amount of olanzapine that can be absorbed from breast milk is very low and evidence indicates that the majority of nursing infants do not suffer side effects. However, sedation in infants has occurred. Further, the long-term potential for neurodevelopment toxicity in the infant should be considered before olanzapine is prescribed during lactation.
NICE advises that Infants of mothers who are breastfeeding while taking psychotropic medication should be monitored for adverse reactions.
Neonates, infants born prematurely, those with low birth weight, those with an unstable gastrointestinal function or who have serious illnesses may require special consideration. For any infant, if a drug is prescribed to the nursing mother, it should be at the lowest practical dose and for the shortest time. When drug administration is unavoidable and breastfeeding is to continue, minimisation of exposure of the infant to the drug may sometimes be achieved by timing the maternal doses to just after a feeding episode. Infants exposed to drugs via breast milk should be monitored for unusual signs or symptoms. Interactions between the drug received by the infant from the mother's milk and medication prescribed for the infant should also be considered, for example, when the drug given to the infant may prevent metabolism of the drug received via breast milk.
Specialist advice is available from the UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service at https://www.midlandsmedicines.nhs.uk/content.asp?section=6&subsection=17&pageIdx=1
Creatine phosphokinase increased
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
Drug rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS)
Elevated triglyceride levels
Erythema at injection site
Exacerbation of diabetes
Increase in alkaline phosphatase
Increase in plasma cholesterol
Increase of liver transaminases
Injection site reactions
Local pain (injection site)
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
Nodules (injection site)
Prolongation of QT interval
Rise in body temperature
Serum bilirubin increased
Sudden cardiac death
Transient ischaemic attack
It is strongly recommended that the UK National Poisons Information Service be consulted on cases of suspected or actual overdose where there is doubt over the degree of risk or about appropriate management.
The following number will direct the caller to the relevant local centre (0844) 892 0111
Information may be obtained if you have access to ToxBase the primary clinical toxicology database of the National Poisons Information Service. This is available via password on the internet ( www.toxbase.org ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( www.toxbasebackup.org ).
Last Full Review Date: June 2013
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