WARNING: RISKS FROM CONCOMITANT USE WITH OPIOIDS
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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.
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.
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
- 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 fetus.
- ONFI is excreted in human milk. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from ONFI, discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug.
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%).