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Olanzapine / Samidorphan Dosage

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 15, 2021.

Applies to the following strengths: 5 mg-10 mg; 10 mg-10 mg; 15 mg-10 mg; 20 mg-10 mg

Usual Adult Dose for Schizophrenia

Initial dose: Olanzapine 5 mg-samidorphan 10 mg OR olanzapine 10 mg-samidorphan 10 mg orally once a day
Maintenance dose: Olanzapine 10 mg-samidorphan 10 mg to olanzapine 20 mg-samidorphan 10 mg orally once a day
Maximum dose: Olanzapine 20 mg-samidorphan 10 mg/day

Comment: Doses may be increased in weekly intervals of 5 mg (olanzapine component), based on response and tolerance.

Use: Treatment of schizophrenia

Usual Adult Dose for Bipolar Disorder

Monotherapy:

  • Initial dose: Olanzapine 10 mg-samidorphan 10 mg OR olanzapine 15 mg-samidorphan 10 mg orally once a day
  • Maintenance dose: Olanzapine 5 mg-samidorphan 10 mg to olanzapine 20 mg-samidorphan 10 mg orally once a day
  • Maximum dose: Olanzapine 20 mg-samidorphan 10 mg/day

Adjunctive to lithium or valproate:
  • Initial dose: Olanzapine 10 mg-samidorphan 10 mg orally once a day
  • Maintenance dose: Olanzapine 10 mg-samidorphan 10 mg to olanzapine 20 mg-samidorphan 10 mg orally once a day
  • Maximum dose: Olanzapine 20 mg-samidorphan 10 mg/day

Comments:
  • Initial recommended dosages for monotherapy range from olanzapine 10 mg-samidorphan 10 mg to olanzapine 20 mg-samidorphan 10 mg/day.
  • Dosage increases of 5 mg (olanzapine component) may be performed in no less than 24-hour intervals in patients receiving monotherapy OR in no less than weekly intervals in those receiving valproate or lithium conjunctively, based on response and tolerance.

Uses:
  • Acute treatment of manic or mixed episodes as monotherapy and as and adjunct to lithium or valproate
  • Maintenance monotherapy treatment of bipolar disorder
  • Treatment of bipolar I disorder

Renal Dose Adjustments

Mild to severe renal dysfunction (estimated GFR 15 to 89 mL/min/1.73 m2): No adjustment recommended.
End-stage renal impairment (estimated GFR less than 15 mL/min/1.73 m2): Not recommended.

Liver Dose Adjustments

No adjustment recommended.

Dose Adjustments

Dose modifications are generally not necessary for age, gender, or smoking status; however, dose modification may be necessary in patients exhibiting a combination of these factors.

Patients using opioids:

  • Contraindicated in patients currently using opioids OR those undergoing acute withdrawal
  • Treatment should be delayed at least 7 days after the last short-acting opioid dose AND/OR 14 days after the last dose of long-acting opioids

An initial dose of olanzapine 5 mg-samidorphan 10 mg orally once a day should be considered in the following patients:
  • Those at higher risk of hypotensive reactions
  • Those at risk of slower olanzapine metabolism
  • Those who may be pharmacodynamically sensitive to olanzapine

Precautions

US BOXED WARNINGS:
INCREASED MORTALITY IN ELDERLY PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA-RELATED PSYCHOSIS:

  • Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death.
Recommendation:
  • This drug is not approved for the treatment of patients with dementia-related psychosis.

CONTRAINDICATIONS:
  • Patients who are undergoing acute opioid withdrawal
  • Patients who are using opioids

Safety and efficacy have not been established in children.

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.

Dialysis

Data not available

Other Comments

Administration advice:

  • This drug may be taken without regard to meals.
  • Tablets should not be divided, and different tablet strengths should not be combined.

Patient advice:
  • Inform patients that this drug may cause somnolence, and they should avoid driving or operating machinery if these side effects occur.
  • Advise patients to speak to their healthcare provider if they become pregnant, intend to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Further information

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