The Safety of Olanzapine in Adolescents With Schizophrenia or Bipolar I Disorder

Lilly Research Laboratories, Eli Lilly and Co, Indianapolis, IN 46285-6156, USA.
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 5.5). 02/2009; 70(2):247-58. DOI: 10.4088/JCP.08m03538
Source: PubMed


To describe the safety of olanzapine treatment in adolescents (aged 13-17 years) with schizophrenia or bipolar I disorder, and to compare these data with those of olanzapine-treated adults.
Placebo-controlled database, adolescents: acute phase of 2 double-blind, placebo-controlled trials (3-6 weeks; olanzapine, N = 179, mean age = 15.5 years; placebo, N = 89, mean age = 15.7 years); overall adolescent olanzapine exposure database, adolescents: 4 trials (e.g., the 2 aforementioned studies, each with a 26-week open-label extension phase, and 2 open-label, 4.5- and 24-week trials; N = 454, mean age = 15.9 years); and adult database: 84 clinical trials of up to 32 weeks.
The mean daily dosage of olanzapine was 10.6 mg/day (exposure = 48,946 patient days). In the overall adolescent olanzapine exposure database, the most common adverse events included increased weight (31.7%), somnolence (19.8%), and increased appetite (17.4%). In up to 32 weeks of treatment, when compared with adults, adolescents from the overall adolescent olanzapine exposure database gained statistically significantly more weight (7.4 kg vs. 3.2 kg, p < .001); statistically significantly more adolescents gained > or = 7% of their baseline weight (65.1% vs. 35.6%, p < .001). Adolescents experienced statistically significant within-group baseline-to-endpoint changes in fasting glucose (p < .001), total cholesterol (p = .002), triglycerides (p = .007), and alanine aminotransferase (p < .001). Two patients from the overall adolescent olanzapine exposure database (0.4%) attempted suicide; 13 (2.9%) had suicidal ideation. In the placebo-controlled database, adolescents had statistically significant baseline-to-endpoint increases in prolactin (11.4 micrograms/L, p < .001); 47.4% had high prolactin levels.
The types of adverse events in olanzapine-treated adolescents appear to be similar to those of adults. The magnitude and incidence of weight and prolactin changes were greater in adolescents. Identifiers: NCT00051298, NCT00050206, and NCT00113594.

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    • "Olanzapine has been shown to be effective for treating the symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults and schizophrenia and acute manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder in adolescents [6-10]. There have been reports about the safety of olanzapine in the fetus and infant, with some cases reporting normal births without complications and others reporting adverse outcomes, such as differences in birth weight [11] and neural development [2]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Olanzapine use has been reported during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but there are no controlled clinical trials assessing the safety of olanzapine exposure to infants and fetuses. The purpose of this report was to review and analyze prospective post-marketing cases of pregnancy and breastfeeding with olanzapine, in order to guide clinicians and women on the use of olanzapine therapy during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding. A worldwide safety database maintained by Eli Lilly and Company was searched for all spontaneous-reported data regarding olanzapine use during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding. Cases reported prior to pregnancy outcome were considered to be prospective, and follow-up was pursued after the delivery date to assess outcome. Outcome data were available for 610 prospectively identified pregnancies during which olanzapine was used. The majority of women had normal births (66%), although premature births were reported in 9.8% and perinatal conditions in 8% of the pregnancies. A total of 102 pregnancies reported olanzapine treatment during breastfeeding. In these infants, the most commonly reported adverse events were somnolence (3.9%), irritability (2%), tremor (2%), and insomnia (2%), although the majority of pregnancies reported no adverse events (82.3%). The frequency of fetal outcomes in these prospectively identified pregnancies exposed to olanzapine did not differ from rates of outcomes reported in the general population. These data may be useful to help guide clinicians and women decide to continue, or discontinue, olanzapine therapy during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding, but should be considered within the limitations associated with spontaneously reported data. Women should notify their clinicians if they become pregnant or intend to become pregnant while being treated with olanzapine. Because of limited experience in humans, olanzapine should be used in pregnancy only when potential benefit justifies potential risk to the fetus. Olanzapine should only be considered during breastfeeding when the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the infant.
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    • "Antipsychotic medication is generally accepted as a critical piece of a comprehensive care approach for younger populations with schizophrenia [5-11]. Long-term safety and tolerability in pediatric patients with schizophrenia is of paramount concern for clinicians, given that long-term antipsychotic treatment is the standard of care. "
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    • "Although not clinically significant, this finding was highly statistically significant (P < 0.001). Further, 3% of adolescents in the exposure database moved from normal or borderline glucose levels into the diabetic range.110 Increases in fasting glucose with olanzapine treatment ranging from 0.6 to 10 mg/dL have been reported in several other pediatric trials (Table 2).30,31,95 "
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