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What is Symbyax?
SYMBYAX (olanzapine and fluoxetine HCl capsules) combines an atypical antipsychotic and a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, olanzapine (the active ingredient in Zyprexa, and Zyprexa Zydis) and fluoxetine hydrochloride (the active ingredient in Prozac, Prozac Weekly, and Sarafem).
Olanzapine belongs to the thienobenzodiazepine class. The chemical designation is 2-methyl-4-(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)-10-thieno[2,] [1,5]benzodiazepine. The molecular formula is CHNS, which corresponds to a molecular weight of 312.44.
Fluoxetine hydrochloride is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). The chemical designation is (±)-N-methyl-3-phenyl-3-[(α,α,α-trifluoro-p-tolyl)oxy]propylamine hydrochloride. The molecular formula is CHFNO•HCl, which corresponds to a molecular weight of 345.79.
The chemical structures are:
Olanzapine is a yellow crystalline solid, which is practically insoluble in water.
Fluoxetine hydrochloride is a white to off-white crystalline solid with a solubility of 14 mg/mL in water.
SYMBYAX capsules are available for oral administration in the following strength combinations:
Each capsule also contains pregelatinized starch, gelatin, dimethicone, titanium dioxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, edible black ink, red iron oxide, yellow iron oxide, and/or black iron oxide.
What does Symbyax look like?
What are the available doses of Symbyax?
Capsules (mg olanzapine/mg equivalent fluoxetine):
What should I talk to my health care provider before I take Symbyax?
How should I use Symbyax?
SYMBYAX is indicated for the treatment of:
Adult Starting Dose: 6 mg olanzapine with 25 mg fluoxetine (6 mg/25 mg, once daily in the evening (, )
Adult Maximum Dose: 12 mg/50 mg once daily (, ).
Pediatric Bipolar Depression Starting Dose: 3 mg/25 mg once daily (for ages 10 to 17 years) ().
Pediatric Bipolar Depression Maximum Dose: 12 mg/50 mg ()
Starting dose in patients predisposed to hypotensive reactions, hepatic impairment, or with potential for slowed metabolism: 3 mg/25 mg to 6 mg/25 mg . Escalate dose cautiously ()
What interacts with Symbyax?
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What are the warnings of Symbyax?
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What are the precautions of Symbyax?
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What are the side effects of Symbyax?
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What should I look out for while using Symbyax?
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOI)
What might happen if I take too much Symbyax?
How should I store and handle Symbyax?
Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15-30°C (59-86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature].Keep tightly closed and protect from moisture.Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15-30°C (59-86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature].Keep tightly closed and protect from moisture.Doxycycline hyclate capsules, USP is equivalent to doxycycline, USP and are supplied as hard gelatin capsules filled with yellow to light yellow powder having “AMNEAL” printed on light blue opaque cap and “1100” printed on light blue opaque body with black ink. They are available as follows: Bottles of 50: NDC 69238-1100-2 Bottles of 500: NDC 69238-1100-5 Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F); excursions permitted between 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Dispense in tight, light-resistant containers as defined in the USP. Doxycycline hyclate capsules, USP is equivalent to doxycycline, USP and are supplied as hard gelatin capsules filled with yellow to light yellow powder having “AMNEAL” printed on light blue opaque cap and “1100” printed on light blue opaque body with black ink. They are available as follows: Bottles of 50: NDC 69238-1100-2 Bottles of 500: NDC 69238-1100-5 Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F); excursions permitted between 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Dispense in tight, light-resistant containers as defined in the USP. Doxycycline hyclate capsules, USP is equivalent to doxycycline, USP and are supplied as hard gelatin capsules filled with yellow to light yellow powder having “AMNEAL” printed on light blue opaque cap and “1100” printed on light blue opaque body with black ink. They are available as follows: Bottles of 50: NDC 69238-1100-2 Bottles of 500: NDC 69238-1100-5 Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F); excursions permitted between 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Dispense in tight, light-resistant containers as defined in the USP.
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Although the exact mechanism of SYMBYAX is unknown, it has been proposed that the activation of 3 monoaminergic neural systems (serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine) is responsible for its enhanced antidepressant effect. In animal studies, olanzapine and fluoxetine in combination has been shown to produce synergistic increases in norepinephrine and dopamine release in the prefrontal cortex compared with either component alone, as well as increases in serotonin.
Non-Clinical ToxicologyMonoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOI)
Because tetracyclines have been shown to depress plasma prothrombin activity, patients who are on anticoagulant therapy may require downward adjustment of their anticoagulant dosage.
Since bacteriostatic drugs may interfere with the bactericidal action of penicillin, it is advisable to avoid giving tetracyclines in conjunction with penicillin.
Absorption of tetracyclines is impaired by antacids containing aluminum, calcium, or magnesium, and iron-containing preparations.
Absorption of tetracyclines is impaired by bismuth subsalicylate.
Barbiturates, carbamazepine, and phenytoin decrease the half-life of doxycycline.
The concurrent use of tetracycline and Penthrane (methoxyflurane) has been reported to result in fatal renal toxicity.
Concurrent use of tetracycline may render oral contraceptives less effective.
Drug/Laboratory Test Interactions
Patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), both adult and pediatric, may experience worsening of their depression and/or the emergence of suicidal ideation and behavior (suicidality) or unusual changes in behavior, whether or not they are taking antidepressant medications, and this risk may persist until significant remission occurs. Suicide is a known risk of depression and certain other psychiatric disorders, and these disorders themselves are the strongest predictors of suicide. There has been a long-standing concern, however, that antidepressants may have a role in inducing worsening of depression and the emergence of suicidality in certain patients during the early phases of treatment. Pooled analyses of short-term placebo-controlled trials of antidepressant drugs (SSRIs and others) showed that these drugs increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 18 to 24) with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders. Short-term studies did not show an increase in the risk of suicidality with antidepressants compared to placebo in adults beyond age 24; there was a reduction with antidepressants compared to placebo in adults aged 65 and older.
The pooled analyses of placebo-controlled trials in children and adolescents with MDD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), or other psychiatric disorders included a total of 24 short-term trials of 9 antidepressant drugs in over 4400 patients. The pooled analyses of placebo-controlled trials in adults with MDD or other psychiatric disorders included a total of 295 short-term trials (median duration of 2 months) of 11 antidepressant drugs in over 77,000 patients. There was considerable variation in risk of suicidality among drugs, but a tendency toward an increase in the younger patients for almost all drugs studied. There were differences in absolute risk of suicidality across the different indications, with the highest incidence in MDD. The risk differences (drug versus placebo), however, were relatively stable within age strata and across indications. These risk differences (drug-placebo difference in the number of cases of suicidality per 1000 patients treated) are provided in .
No suicides occurred in any of the pediatric trials. There were suicides in the adult trials, but the number was not sufficient to reach any conclusion about drug effect on suicide.
It is unknown whether the suicidality risk extends to longer-term use, i.e., beyond several months. However, there is substantial evidence from placebo-controlled maintenance trials in adults with depression that the use of antidepressants can delay the recurrence of depression.
All patients being treated with antidepressants for any indication should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, and unusual changes in behavior, especially during the initial few months of a course of drug therapy, or at times of dose changes, either increases or decreases.
The following symptoms, anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, and mania, have been reported in adult and pediatric patients being treated with antidepressants for Major Depressive Disorder as well as for other indications, both psychiatric and nonpsychiatric. Although a causal link between the emergence of such symptoms and either the worsening of depression and/or the emergence of suicidal impulses has not been established, there is concern that such symptoms may represent precursors to emerging suicidality.
Consideration should be given to changing the therapeutic regimen, including possibly discontinuing the medication, in patients whose depression is persistently worse, or who are experiencing emergent suicidality or symptoms that might be precursors to worsening depression or suicidality, especially if these symptoms are severe, abrupt in onset, or were not part of the patient's presenting symptoms.
If the decision has been made to discontinue treatment, medication should be tapered, as rapidly as is feasible, but with recognition that abrupt discontinuation can be associated with certain symptoms .
Families and caregivers of patients being treated with antidepressants for Major Depressive Disorder or other indications, both psychiatric and nonpsychiatric, should be alerted about the need to monitor patients for the emergence of agitation, irritability, unusual changes in behavior, and the other symptoms described above, as well as the emergence of suicidality, and to report such symptoms immediately to health care providers. Such monitoring should include daily observation by families and caregivers.
It should be noted that SYMBYAX is not approved for use in treating any indications in patients less than 10 years of age .
The following adverse reactions are discussed in more detail in other sections of the labeling:
This information is obtained from the National Institute of Health's Standard Packaging Label drug database.
While we update our database periodically, we cannot guarantee it is always updated to the latest version.
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