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Frisium (Clobazam) 10mg by Sanofi Aventis x 10 Strips

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4.1 Therapeutic indications

Frisium is a 1,5-benzodiazepine indicated for the short-term relief (2-4 weeks) only of anxiety that is severe, disabling or subjecting the individual to unacceptable distress, occurring alone or in association with insomnia or short term psychosomatic, organic or psychotic illness. The use of Frisium to treat short-term “mild” anxiety is inappropriate and unsuitable.

Before treatment of anxiety states associated with emotional instability, it must first be determined whether the patient suffers from a depressive disorder requiring adjunctive or different treatment. Indeed, in patients with anxiety associated with depression, Frisium must be used only in conjunction with adequate concomitant treatment. Use of benzodiazepine (such as Frisium) alone, can precipitate suicide in such patients.

In patients with schizophrenic or other psychotic illnesses, use of benzodiazepines is recommended only for adjunctive, i.e. not for primary treatment.

Frisium may be used as adjunctive therapy in epilepsy.

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Treatment of anxiety

The usual anxiolytic dose for adults is 20-30 mg daily in divided doses or as a single dose given at night. Doses up to 60mg daily have been used in the treatment of adult in-patients with severe anxiety.

The lowest dose that can control symptoms should be used. After improvement of the symptoms, the dose may be reduced.

It should not be used for longer than 4 weeks. Long term chronic use as an anxiolytic is not recommended. In certain cases, extension beyond the maximum treatment period may be necessary; treatment must not be extended without re-evaluation of the patient's status using special expertise. It is strongly recommended that prolonged periods of uninterrupted treatment be avoided, since they may lead to dependence. Treatment should always be withdrawn gradually. Patients who have taken Frisium for a long time may require a longer period during which doses are reduced.

Elderly:

Doses of 10-20 mg daily in anxiety may be used in the elderly, who are more sensitive to the effects of psychoactive agents. Treatment requires low initial doses and gradual dose increments under careful observation.

Treatment of epilepsy in association with one or more other anticonvulsants

Adults:

In epilepsy a starting dose of 20-30 mg/day is recommended, increasing as necessary up to a maximum of 60 mg daily.

Paediatric patients aged 6 years and above:

When prescribed for children treatment requires low initial doses and gradual dose increments under careful observation. It is recommended that normally treatment should be started at 5mg daily. A maintenance dose of 0.3 to 1mg/kg body weight daily is usually sufficient.

As there is no age appropriate formulation to enable safe and accurate dosing, no dosage recommendations can be made in children under 6 years of age.

Tablets can be administered whole, or crushed and mixed in apple sauce (please refer to section 5.2). The 10mg tablets can be divided into equal halves of 5mg. Clobazam can be given with or without food.

The patient must be re-assessed after a period not exceeding 4 weeks and regularly thereafter in order to evaluate the need for continued treatment. A break in therapy may be beneficial if drug exhaustion develops, recommencing therapy at a low dose. At the end of treatment (including in poor-responding patients), since the risk of withdrawal phenomena/rebound phenomena is greater after abrupt discontinuation of treatment, it is recommended to gradually decrease the dosage.

4.3 Contraindications

Frisium must not be used:

− In patients with hypersensitivity to benzodiazepines or any of the excipients of Frisium.

− In patients with any history of drug or alcohol dependence (increased risk of development of dependence).

− In patients with myasthenia gravis (risk of aggravation of muscle weakness).

− In patients with severe respiratory insufficiency (risk of deterioration).

− In patients with sleep apnoea syndrome (risk of deterioration).

− In patients with severe hepatic insufficiencies (risk of precipitating encephalopathy).

− During the first trimester of pregnancy (for use during second and third trimester, see section 4.6 Pregnancy and Lactation).

− In breast-feeding women.

Benzodiazepines must not be given to children without careful assessment of the need for their use. Frisium must not be used in children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years, other than in exceptional cases for anticonvulsant treatment where there is a compelling indication.