ONFI® (clobazam) is indicated for the adjunctive treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) in patients 2 years of age or older.

  • Concomitant use of benzodiazepines and opioids may result in profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death. If a decision is made to prescribe ONFI concomitantly with opioids, prescribe the lowest effective dosages and minimum durations of concomitant use. Advise both patients and caregivers about the risks of respiratory depression and sedation when ONFI is used with opioids1
  • ONFI causes somnolence and sedation. Monitor patients for somnolence and sedation, particularly with concomitant use of other central nervous system (CNS) depressants. Caution patients against engaging in hazardous activities that require mental alertness, such as operating dangerous machinery or motor vehicles, until the effect of ONFI is known1
  • ONFI was administered to 333 healthy volunteers and 300 patients with a current or prior diagnosis of LGS, including 197 patients treated for 12 months or more. Only the CONTAIN trial included a placebo group, allowing comparison of adverse reaction rates on ONFI at several doses to placebo1
  • Since ONFI has a CNS depressant effect, caution patients or their caregivers against simultaneous use with other CNS depressant drugs or alcohol and that the effects of other CNS depressant drugs or alcohol may be potentiated1
  • Serious skin reactions, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), have been reported with ONFI in both children and adults during the post-marketing period. Discontinue ONFI at the first sign of rash, unless the rash is clearly not drug-related1
  • Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), including ONFI, increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in patients. Inform patients, their caregivers, and families of the risk and advise them to monitor and report any emergence or worsening of depression, any unusual changes in mood or behavior, or the emergence of suicidal thoughts, behavior, or thoughts of self-harm. If these symptoms occur, consider whether it may be related to the AED or illness, because epilepsy itself can increase these risks1
  • Based on animal data, ONFI may cause fetal harm and should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus1
  • ONFI is excreted in human milk. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from ONFI, discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug1

ONFI safety results

ADVERSE REACTIONS REPORTED FOR ≥5% OF PATIENTS AND MORE FREQUENTLY THAN PLACEBO IN ANY TREATMENT GROUP1

ONFI® (clobazam) CIV safety results chart. See Indication and full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning for risks from concomitant use with opioids.
  • The adverse reactions associated with ONFI treatment discontinuation in ≥1% of patients in decreasing order of frequency included lethargy, somnolence, ataxia, aggression, fatigue, and insomnia1

Tolerance

  • There was no evidence that tolerance to the therapeutic effect of ONFI developed during the 3-month maintenance period of CONTAIN1

Withdrawal and dependence

  • Withdrawal symptoms were not observed when ONFI was tapered in the CONTAIN trial2
  • Withdrawal symptoms occurred following abrupt discontinuation of ONFI; the risk of withdrawal symptoms is greater with higher doses1
  • As with all AEDs, withdraw ONFI gradually to minimize the risk of precipitating seizures, seizure exacerbation, or status epilepticus1
  • Withdrawal symptoms (eg, convulsions, psychosis, hallucinations, behavioral disorder, tremor, and anxiety) have been reported following abrupt discontinuance of benzodiazepines. The more severe withdrawal symptoms have usually been limited to patients who received excessive doses over an extended period of time, followed by an abrupt discontinuation. Generally milder withdrawal symptoms (eg, dysphoria, anxiety, and insomnia) have been reported following abrupt discontinuance of benzodiazepines taken continuously at therapeutic doses for several months1
  • In clinical trials, cases of dependency were reported following abrupt discontinuation of ONFI. The risk of dependence is present even with the use of ONFI at the recommended dose range over periods of only a few weeks. The risk of dependence increases with increasing dose and duration of treatment. The risk of dependence is increased in patients with a history of alcohol or drug abuse1

DISCOVER PROVEN RESULTS1,2

Results from the CONTAIN Trial, the largest LGS clinical trial conducted to date

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: RISKS FROM CONCOMITANT USE WITH OPIOIDS

See full Prescribing Information for complete boxed warning.

Concomitant use of benzodiazepines and opioids may result in profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death.
  • Reserve concomitant prescribing of these drugs for use in patients for whom alternative treatment options are inadequate.
  • Limit dosages and durations to the minimum required.
  • Follow patients for signs and symptoms of respiratory depression and sedation.

Contraindication: Hypersensitivity

ONFI is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to the drug or its ingredients. Hypersensitivity reactions have included serious dermatological reactions.

Risks from Concomitant Use with Opioids (see Boxed Warning)

Observational studies have demonstrated that concomitant use of opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines increases the risk of drug-related mortality compared to use of opioids alone. If a decision is made to prescribe ONFI concomitantly with opioids, prescribe the lowest effective dosages and minimum durations of concomitant use. Advise both patients and caregivers about the risks of respiratory depression and sedation when ONFI is used with opioids.

Potentiation of Sedation from Concomitant Use with Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants

ONFI has a CNS depressant effect. Caution patients or their caregivers against simultaneous use with other CNS depressant drugs or alcohol and that the effects of other CNS depressant drugs or alcohol may be potentiated.

Somnolence or Sedation

ONFI causes somnolence and sedation. In clinical trials, somnolence or sedation was reported at all effective doses and was dose-related. In general, somnolence and sedation begin within the first month of treatment and may diminish with continued treatment. Monitor patients for somnolence and sedation, particularly with concomitant use of other CNS depressants. Caution patients against engaging in hazardous activities that require mental alertness, such as operating dangerous machinery or motor vehicles, until the effect of ONFI is known.

Withdrawal Symptoms

As with all antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), withdraw ONFI gradually to minimize the risk of precipitating seizures, seizure exacerbation, or status epilepticus. Withdrawal symptoms occurred following abrupt discontinuation of ONFI; the risk of withdrawal symptoms is greater with higher doses.

Serious Dermatological Reactions

Serious skin reactions, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), have been reported with ONFI in both children and adults during the post-marketing period. Discontinue ONFI at the first sign of rash, unless the rash is clearly not drug-related.

Physical and Psychological Dependence

Carefully monitor patients with a history of substance abuse when receiving ONFI or other psychotropic agents because of the predisposition of such patients to habituation and dependence. In clinical trials, cases of dependency were reported following abrupt discontinuation of ONFI. The risk of dependence increases with increasing dose and duration of treatment.

Suicidal Behavior and Ideation

AEDs, including ONFI, increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in patients. Inform patients, their caregivers, and families of the risk and advise them to monitor and report any emergence or worsening of depression, any unusual changes in mood or behavior, or the emergence of suicidal thoughts, behavior, or thoughts of self-harm. If these symptoms occur, consider whether it may be related to the AED or illness, because epilepsy itself can increase these risks.

Pregnancy, Registry and Nursing Mothers

Adverse Reactions

The most commonly observed adverse reactions reported in an LGS randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group clinical trial of patients who received clobazam as adjunctive therapy (≥10% in any treatment group and at least 5% greater than placebo, respectively) were somnolence or sedation (32% vs. 15%), somnolence (25% vs. 12%), pyrexia (17% vs. 3%), lethargy (15% vs. 5%), aggression (14% vs. 5%), drooling (14% vs. 3%), irritability (11% vs. 5%), ataxia (10% vs. 3%), and constipation (10% vs. 0%).

For more information, please see the full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning for risks from concomitant use with opioids; Medication Guide; and Instructions for Use.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: RISKS FROM CONCOMITANT USE WITH OPIOIDS

See full Prescribing Information for complete boxed warning.

Concomitant use of benzodiazepines and opioids may result in profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death.
  • Reserve concomitant prescribing of these drugs for use in patients for whom alternative treatment options are inadequate.
  • Limit dosages and durations to the minimum required.
  • Follow patients for signs and symptoms of respiratory depression and sedation.

Contraindication: Hypersensitivity

ONFI is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to the drug or its ingredients. Hypersensitivity reactions have included serious dermatological reactions.

Risks from Concomitant Use with Opioids (see Boxed Warning)

Observational studies have demonstrated that concomitant use of opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines increases the risk of drug-related mortality compared to use of opioids alone. If a decision is made to prescribe ONFI concomitantly with opioids, prescribe the lowest effective dosages and minimum durations of concomitant use. Advise both patients and caregivers about the risks of respiratory depression and sedation when ONFI is used with opioids.

Potentiation of Sedation from Concomitant Use with Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants

ONFI has a CNS depressant effect. Caution patients or their caregivers against simultaneous use with other CNS depressant drugs or alcohol and that the effects of other CNS depressant drugs or alcohol may be potentiated.

Somnolence or Sedation

ONFI causes somnolence and sedation. In clinical trials, somnolence or sedation was reported at all effective doses and was dose-related. In general, somnolence and sedation begin within the first month of treatment and may diminish with continued treatment. Monitor patients for somnolence and sedation, particularly with concomitant use of other CNS depressants. Caution patients against engaging in hazardous activities that require mental alertness, such as operating dangerous machinery or motor vehicles, until the effect of ONFI is known.

Withdrawal Symptoms

As with all antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), withdraw ONFI gradually to minimize the risk of precipitating seizures, seizure exacerbation, or status epilepticus. Withdrawal symptoms occurred following abrupt discontinuation of ONFI; the risk of withdrawal symptoms is greater with higher doses.

Serious Dermatological Reactions

Serious skin reactions, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), have been reported with ONFI in both children and adults during the post-marketing period. Discontinue ONFI at the first sign of rash, unless the rash is clearly not drug-related.

Physical and Psychological Dependence

Carefully monitor patients with a history of substance abuse when receiving ONFI or other psychotropic agents because of the predisposition of such patients to habituation and dependence. In clinical trials, cases of dependency were reported following abrupt discontinuation of ONFI. The risk of dependence increases with increasing dose and duration of treatment.

Suicidal Behavior and Ideation

AEDs, including ONFI, increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in patients. Inform patients, their caregivers, and families of the risk and advise them to monitor and report any emergence or worsening of depression, any unusual changes in mood or behavior, or the emergence of suicidal thoughts, behavior, or thoughts of self-harm. If these symptoms occur, consider whether it may be related to the AED or illness, because epilepsy itself can increase these risks.

Pregnancy, Registry and Nursing Mothers

Adverse Reactions

The most commonly observed adverse reactions reported in an LGS randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group clinical trial of patients who received clobazam as adjunctive therapy (≥10% in any treatment group and at least 5% greater than placebo, respectively) were somnolence or sedation (32% vs. 15%), somnolence (25% vs. 12%), pyrexia (17% vs. 3%), lethargy (15% vs. 5%), aggression (14% vs. 5%), drooling (14% vs. 3%), irritability (11% vs. 5%), ataxia (10% vs. 3%), and constipation (10% vs. 0%).

For more information, please see the full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning for risks from concomitant use with opioids; Medication Guide; and Instructions for Use.

References
  • ONFI [package insert]. Deerfield, IL: Lundbeck.
  • Ng YT, Conry JA, Drummond R, et al. Randomized, phase III study results of clobazam in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Neurology. 2011;77(15):1473-1481.