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1. Name of the medicinal product

Largactil 25mg/ml Solution for Injection.

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

25mg/ml chlorpromazine hydrochloride.

For full list of excipients see section 6.1

3. Pharmaceutical form

Sterile solution for injection.

A clear, colourless or almost colourless solution.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Largactil injection is a phenothiazine neuroleptic. It is indicated in the following conditions:

- Schizophrenia and other psychoses (especially paranoid) mania and hypomania.

- Anxiety, psychomotor agitation, excitement, violent or dangerously impulsive behaviour. Largactil is used as an adjunct in the short-term treatment of these conditions.

- Intractable hiccup.

- Nausea and vomiting of terminal illness (where other drugs have failed or are not available).

- Childhood schizophrenia and autism.

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Route of administration: Deep intramuscular injection.

Oral route administration should be used wherever possible.

Parenteral formulations may be used in emergencies. They may only be administered by deep intramuscular injection. Largactil is too irritant to give subcutaneously. Repeated injections should be avoided if possible.

ADULTS: A single deep intramuscular injection of 25-50mg followed by oral therapy will suffice in many cases, but the intramuscular dose may be repeated if required at 6 to 8 hour intervals. As soon as possible oral administration should be substituted.

ELDERLY: Should be started on half or even quarter of the adult dosage.

Dosage of chlopromazine in schizophrenia, other psychoses, anxiety and agitation, childhood schizophrenias and autism:

Route

Adults

Children under 1 year

Children 1-5 years

Children 6-12 years

Elderly or debilitated patients

i.m.

For acute relief of symptoms 25-50 mg every 6-8 hours.

Do not use unless need is life-saving.

0.5 mg/kg bodyweight every 6-8 hours. Dosage is not advised to exceed 40 mg daily.

0.5 mg/kg bodyweight every 6-8 hours. Dosage is not advised to exceed 75 mg daily.

Doses in the lower range for adults should be sufficient to control symptoms i.e. 25 mg 8 hourly.

Hiccup:

Indication

Route

Adults

Children under 1 year

Children 1-5 years

Children 6-12 years

Elderly or debilitated patients

Hiccups

i.m.

25-50 mg and if this fails 25-50 mg in 500-1000 ml sodium chloride injection by slow intravenous infusion.

No information available.

Nausea and vomiting of terminal illness:

Route

Adults

Children under 1 year

Children 1-5 years

Children 6-12 years

Elderly or debilitated patients

i.m.

25 mg initially then 25-50 mg every 3-4 hours until vomiting stops then drug to be taken orally.

Do not use unless need is life-saving.

0.5 mg/kg 6-8 hourly. It is advised that maximum daily dosage should not exceed 40 mg.

0.5 mg/kg every 6-8 hours. It is advised that maximum daily dosage should not exceed 75 mg.

Not recommended.

4.3 Contraindications

• Hypersensitivity to chlorpromazine or to any of the excipients

• Bone marrow depression

• Risk of angle-closure glaucoma

• Risk of urinary retention related to urethroprostatic disorders

• History of agranulocytosis

• Dopaminergic antiparkinsonism agents (see Section 4.5)

• Nursing mothers (see Section 4.6)

• Citalopram, escitalopram

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

All patients must be advised that, if they experience fever, sore throat or any other infection, they should inform their physician immediately and undergo a complete blood count. Treatment will be discontinued if any marked changes (hyperleucocytosis, granulocytopenia) are observed in the latter.

As agranulocytosis has been reported, regular monitoring of the complete blood count is recommended. The occurrence of unexplained infections or fever may be evidence of blood dyscrasia (see section 4.8) and requires immediate haematological investigation.

Neuroleptic malignant syndrome: treatment must be interrupted in the event of unexplained hyperpyrexia since this can be one of the signs of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (pallor, hyperthermia, autonomic dysfunction, altered consciousness, muscle rigidity). Signs of autonomic instability, such as hyperhydrosis and irregular blood pressure, can precede the onset of hyperthermia and as such constitute premonitory signs of this syndrome. While this neuroleptic-related effect can be of idiosyncratic origin, certain risk factors such as dehydration and brain damage would seem to indicate a predisposition.

Largactil should be avoided in patients with, hypothyroidism, phaeochromocytoma, myasthenia gravis and prostate hypertrophy. It should be avoided in patients known to be hypersensitive to phenothiazines or with a history of narrow angle glaucoma or agranulocytosis.

Acute withdrawal symptoms, including nausea, vomiting and insomnia, have very rarely been reported following the abrupt cessation of high doses of neuroleptics. Relapse may also occur, and the emergence of extrapyramidal reactions has been reported. Therefore, gradual withdrawal is advisable.

In schizophrenia, the response to neuroleptic treatment may be delayed. If treatment is withdrawn, the recurrence of symptoms may not become apparent for some time.

Neuroleptic phenothiazines may potentiate QT interval prolongation which increases the risk of onset of serious ventricular arrhythmias of the torsade de pointes type, which is potentially fatal (sudden death). QT prolongation is exacerbated, in particular, in the presence of bradycardia, hypokalaemia, and congenital or acquired (i.e. drug induced) QT prolongation. If the clinical situation permits, medical and laboratory evaluations should be performed to rule out possible risk factors before initiating treatment with a neuroleptic agent and as deemed necessary during treatment (see section 4.8).

Where clinically possible, the absence of any factors favouring the onset of ventricular arrhythmias should be ensured before administration:

• Bradycardia less than 55 beats per minute;

• Hypokalemia;

• Hypocalcaemia;

• Hypomagnesaemia;

• Starvation;

• Alcohol abuse;

• Concomitant therapy with other drugs known to prolong the QT interval;

• Congenital long QT interval;

• Ongoing treatment with any drug which could induce marked bradycardia (<55 beats per minute), hypokalemia, intracardiac conduction depression or QT prolongation (see section 4.5).

With the exception of emergencies, it is recommended that the initial work up of patients receiving a neuroleptic should include and ECG.

Except under exceptional circumstances, this drug must not be administered to patients with Parkinson's disease.

The concomitant use of chlorpromazine with lithium, other QT prolonging agents, and dopaminergic antiparkinsonium agents is not recommended (see section 4.5).

The onset of paralytic ileus, potentially indicated by abdominal bloating and pain, must be treated as an emergency (see section 4.8).

Cases of venous thromboembolism (VTE), sometimes fatal have been reported with antipsychotic drugs. Since patients treated with antipsychotics often present with acquired risk factors for VTE, all possible risk factors for VTE should be identified before and during treatment with Largactil and preventative measures undertaken.

Stroke: In randomised clinical trials versus placebo performed in a population of elderly patients with dementia and treated with certain atypical antipsychotic drugs, a 3-fold increase of the risk of cerebrovascular events has been observed. The mechanism of such risk increase is not known. An increase in the risk with other antipsychotic drugs or other populations of patients cannot be excluded. Largactil should be used with caution in patients with stroke risk factors.

Elderly Patients with Dementia: Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with antipsychotics drugs are at an increased risk of death. Analyses of seventeen placebo-controlled trials (modal duration of 10 weeks), largely in patients taking atypical antipsychotic drugs, revealed a risk of death in drug-treated patients of between 1.6 to 1.7 times the risk of death in placebo-treated patients. Over the course of a typical 10-week controlled trial, the rate of death in drug-treated patients was about 4.5%, compared to a rate of about 2.6% in the placebo group. Although the causes of death in clinical trials with atypical antipsychotics were varied, most of the deaths appeared to be either cardiovascular (e.g., heart failure, sudden death) or infectious (eg. , pneumonia) in nature. Observational studies suggest that, similar to atypical antipsychotic drugs, treatment with conventional antipsychotic drugs may increase mortality. The extent to which the findings of increased mortality in observational studies may be attributed to the antipsychotic drug as opposed to some characteristic(s) of the patients is not clear.

As with all antipsychotic drugs, Largactil should not be used alone where depression is predominant. However, it may be combined with antidepressant therapy to treat those conditions in which depression and psychosis coexist.

Largactil is not licensed for the treatment of dementia-related behavioural disturbances.

Because of the risk of photosensitisation, patients should be advised to avoid exposure to direct sunlight (see section 4.8).

In those frequently handling preparations of phenothiazines, the greatest care must be taken to avoid contact of the drug with the skin.

Hyperglycaemia or intolerance to glucose has been reported in patients treated with Largactil. Patients with established diagnosis of diabetes mellitus or with risk factors for the development of diabetes who are started on Largactil, should get appropriate glycaemic monitoring during treatment (see section 4.8).

The following populations must be closely monitored after administration of chlorpromazine:

- Epileptics, since chlorpromazine may lower the seizure threshold. Treatment must be discontinued if seizures occur.

- Elderly patients presenting with heightened susceptibility to orthostatic hypotension, sedation and extrapyramidal effects; chronic constipation (risk of paralytic ileus), and potentially prostatic hypertrophy. It should be used with caution particularly during very hot or cold weather (risk of hyper-, hypothermia

- Patients presenting with certain forms of cardiovascular disease, since this class of drug has quinidine–like effects can induce tachycardia and hypotension.

- Patients with severe liver and/or renal failure because of the risk of accumulation.

• Patients on long-term treatment should receive regular ophthalmological and haematological examinations.

• Patients are strongly advised not to consume alcohol and alcohol-containing drugs throughout treatment (see section 4.5)

• Owing to the risk of hypotension, patients should be advised to remain supine for at least half an hour after injection. Tachycardia as well as local pain or nodule formation may occur after intramuscular administration. Blood pressure should be monitored when receiving parenteral chlorpromazine

• Risk of allergic reaction including anaphylactic reactions and bronchospasm owing to the presence of sodium sulfite and disulfite in the formulation.

• Since there is a potential impact on cognitive function, children should undergo a yearly clinical examination to evaluate learning capacity. The dosage should be adjusted regularly as a function of the clinical status of the child.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Adrenaline must not be used in patients overdosed with Largactil.

Anticholinergic drugs may reduce the antipsychotic effect of Largactil and the mild anticholinergic effect of Largactil may be enhanced by other anticholinergic drugs possibly leading to constipation, heat stroke, etc.

The action of some drugs may be opposed by Largactil; these include amphetamine, levodopa, clonidine, guanethidine and adrenaline.

Increases or decreases in the plasma concentrations of a number of drugs, e.g. propranolol Phenobarbital have been observed but were not of clinical significance.

Simultaneous administration of deferoxamine and prochlorperazine has been observed to induce a transient metabolic encephalopathy characterised by loss of consciousness for 48-72 hours. It is possible this may occur with Largactil since it shares many of the pharmacological properties of prochlorperazine.

There is an increased risk of agranulocytosis when neuroleptics are used concurrently with drugs with myelosuppressive potential, such as carbamazepine or certain antibiotics and cytotoxics.

Combinations contraindicated

Dopaminergics (quinaglide, cabergoline), not including dopaminergic antiparkinsonism agents, are contraindicated (see section 4.3); reciprocal antagonism of the dopaminergic agent and neuroleptic.

Citalopram and escitalopram are contraindicated.

Combinations not recommended

Dopaminergic antiparkinsonium agents (amantadine, bromocriptine, cabergoline, levodopa, lisuride, pergolide, piribedil, ropinirole) are not recommended: reciprocal antagonism of the antiparkinsonism agent and neuroleptic (see section 4.4). Neuroleptic-induced extrapyramidal syndrome should be treated with an anticholinergic rather than a dopaminergic antiparkinsonism agent (dopaminergic receptors blocked by neuroleptics).

Levodopa: reciprocal antagonism of levodopa and the neuroleptic. In Parkinson's patients, it is recommended to use the minimal doses of each drug.

QT prolonging drugs: There is an increased risk of arrhythmias when neuroleptics are used with concomitant QT prolonging drugs (including certain antiarrhythmics, antidepressants and other antipsychotics including sultopride) and drugs causing electrolyte imbalance.(see section 4.4)

Alcohol: alcohol potentiates the sedative effect of neuroleptics. Changes in alertness can make it dangerous to drive or operate machinery. Alcoholic beverages and medication containing alcohol should be avoided (see section 4.4)

Lithium (high doses of neuroleptics): concomitant use can cause confusional syndrome, hypertonia and hyper-reflexivity, occasionally with a rapid increase in serum concentrations of lithium (see section 4.4). There have been rare cases of neurotoxicity Lithium can interfere with the absorption of neuroleptic agents.

Combinations requiring precautions

Anti-diabetic agents: concomitant administration of high chlorpromazine doses (100mg/day) and anti-diabetic agents can lead to an increase in blood sugar levels (decreased insulin release). Forewarn the patient and advise increased self-monitoring of blood and urine levels. If necessary, adjust the anti-diabetic dosage during and after discontinuing neuroleptic treatment.

Topical gastrointestinal agents (magnesium, aluminium and calcium salts, oxides and hydroxides): decreased GI absorption of phenothiazine neuroleptics. Do not administer phenothiazine neuroleptics simultaneously with topical GI agents (administer more than 2 hours apart if possible).

Combinations to be taken into consideration

Antihypertensive agents: potentiation of the antihypertensive effect and risk of orthostatic hypotension (additive effects). Guanethidine has adverse clinically significant interactions documented.

Atropine and other atropine derivatives: imipramine, antidepressants, histamine H1-receptor antagonists, anticholinergic antiparkinsonism agents, atropinic antispasmodics, dispyramide: build-up of atropine-associated adverse effects such as urinary retention, constipation and dry mouth, heat stroke etc.

Other CNS depressants: morphine derivatives (analgesics, antitussives and substitution treatments), barbiturates, benzodiazepines, anxiolytics other than benzodiazepines, hypnotics, sedative antidepressants, histamine H1 receptor antagonists, central antihypertensive agents increased central depression. Changes in alertness can make it dangerous to drive or operate machinery.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

Pregnancy

There is inadequate evidence of the safety of Largactil in human pregnancy. There is evidence of harmful effects in animals. Like other drugs it should be avoided in pregnancy unless the physician considers it essential. It may occasionally prolong labour and at such a time should be withheld until the cervix is dilated 3-4 cm. Possible adverse effects on the foetus include lethargy or paradoxical hyperexcitability, tremor and low Apgar score.

A large amount of exposure to chlorpromazine during pregnancy did not reveal any teratogenic effect.

It is advised to keep an adequate maternal psychic balance during pregnancy in order to avoid decompensation. If a treatment is necessary to ensure this balance, the treatment should be started or continued at effective dose all through pregnancy.

Neonates exposed to antipsychotics (including Largactil) during the third trimester of pregnancy are at risk of adverse reactions including extrapyramidal and/or withdrawal symptoms that may vary in severity and duration following delivery. There have been reports of agitation, hypertonia, hypotonia, tremor, somnolence, respiratory distress, bradycardia, tachycardia, feeding disorder, meconium ileus, delayed meconium passage, abdominal bloating. Consequently, newborns should be monitored carefully in order to plan appropriate treatment.

Lactation

Largactil may be excreted in milk, therefore breastfeeding should be suspended during treatment.

Fertility

A decrease in fertility was observed in female animals treated with chlorpromazine. In male animals data are insufficient to assess fertility.

In humans, because of the interaction with dopamine receptors, chlorpromazine may cause hyperprolactinaemia which can be associated with impaired fertility in women (see section 4.8). In men, data on consequences of hyperprolactinaemia are insufficient with regard to fertility.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Patients should be warned about drowsiness during the early days of treatment and advised not to drive or operate machinery.

4.8 Undesirable effects

 

System Organ Class

Very common

(≥1/10)

Common

(≥1/100 to <1/10)

Not known (cannot be estimated from available data)

Blood and lymphatic system disorders

Agranulocytosis

Leucopenia

Immune system disorders

Systemic lupus erythematosus

Antinuclear antibody positive1

Bronchospasm

Anaphylactic reactions

Endocrine disorders

Hyperprolactinaemia

Amenorrhoea

Galactorrhoea

Gynaecomastia

Erectile dysfunction

Impotence

Female sexual arousal disorder

Metabolism and nutrition disorders

Weight increased

Glucose tolerance impaired (see section 4.4)

Hyperglycaemia (see section 4.4)

Hypertriglyceridaemia

Hyponatraemia

Inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion

Psychiatric disorders

Anxiety

Lethargy

Mood altered

Nervous system disorders

Sedation2

Somnolence2

Dyskinesia (Acute dystonias or dyskenias, usually transitory are more common in children and young adults and usually occur within the first 4 days of treatment or after dosage increases.)

Tardive dyskinesia3

Extrapyramidal disorder

Akathisia-often after large initial dose

Hypertonia

Convulsion

Tortcolis

Oculogyric crisis

Trismus

Akinesia

Hyperkinesia

Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (hyperthermia, rigidity, autonomic dysfunction and altered consciousness) (see section 4.4)

Parkinsonism (more common in adults and the elderly. It usually develops after weeks or months of treatment) to include tremor, rigidity or other features of Parkinsonism

Eye disorders

Accommodation disorder4

Deposit eye5

Ocular changes7

Cardiac disorders

ECG changes include Electrocadiogram QT prolonged (as with other neuroleptics) (see section 4.4), ST depression, U-Wave and T-Wave changes.

Cardiac arrhythmias, including Ventricular arrhythmia and atrial arrhythmias, a-v block,

Ventricular fibrillation

Ventricular tachycardia

Torsade de pointes

Cardiac arrests have been reported during neuroleptic phenothiazine therapy, possibly related to dosage. Pre-existing cardiac disease, old age, hypokalaemia and concurrent tricyclic antidepressants may predispose.

Sudden death/ Sudden cardiac death (with possible causes of cardiac origin as well as cases of unexplained sudden death, in patients receiving neurleptic phenothiazines) (see section 4.4)

Vascular disorders

Orthostatic hypotension (Elderly or volume depleted subjects are particularly susceptible: it is more likely to occur after intramuscular administration.)

Embolism venous

Pulmonary embolism (sometimes fatal)

Deep vein thrombosis (see section 4.4)

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders

Respiratory depression

Nasal stuffiness

Gastrointestinal disorders

Dry mouth

Constipation (see section 4.4)

Colitis ischaemic

Ileus paralytic (see section 4.4)

Intestinal perforation (sometimes fatal)

Gastrointestinal necrosis (sometimes fatal)

Necrotising colitis (sometimes fatal)

Intestinal obstruction

Hepatobiliary disorders

Jaundice cholestatic6

Liver Injury6

Cholestatic liver injury6

Mixed liver injury

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Dermatitis allergic

Angioedema

Contact skin sensitisation may occur rarely in those frequently handling preparations of chlorpromazine (see section 4.4)

Skin rashes

Urticaria

Photosensitivity reaction

Renal and urinary disorders

Urinary retention4

Pregnancy, puerperium and perinatal conditions

Drug withdrawal syndrome neonatal (see section 4.6)

Reproductive system and breast disorders

Priapism

General disorders and administration site conditions

Temperature regulation disorder

Insomnia

Agitation

1 may be seen without evidence of clinical disease

2 particularly at the start of treatment

3 particularly during long term treatment; may occur after the neuroleptic is withdrawn and resolve after reintroduction of treatment or if the dose is increased.

4 linked to anticholinergic effects

5 in the anterior segment of the eye caused by accumulation of the drug but generally without any impact on sight

6 A premonitory sign may be a sudden onset of fever after one to three weeks of treatment followed by the development of jaundice. Chlorpromazine jaundice has the biochemical and other characteristics of obstructive (cholestatic) jaundice and is associated with obstructions of the canaliculi by bile thrombi; the frequent presence of an accompanying eosinophilia indicates the allergic nature of this phenomenon. Liver injury, sometimes fatal, has been reported rarely in patients treated with chlorpromazine. Treatment should be withheld on the development of jaundice (see section 4.4).

7 The development of a metallic greyish-mauve coloration of exposed skin has been noted in some individuals, mainly females, who have received chlorpromazine continuously for long periods (four to eight years).

Risk of allergic reactions including anaphylactic reactions and bronchospasm owing to the presence of sodium sulfite and disulfite in the formulation.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

4.9 Overdose

Toxicity and treatment of overdosage: Symptoms of chlorpromazine overdosage include drowsiness or loss of consciousness, hypotension, tachycardia, ECG changes, ventricular arrhythmia's, hypothermia, Parkinsonism, convulsions and coma. Severe extra-pyramidal dyskinesias may occur.

Treatment should be symptomatic with continuous respiratory and cardiac monitoring (risk of prolonged QT interval) until the patients conditions resolves.

If the patient is seen sufficiently soon (up to 6 hours) after ingestion of a toxic dose, gastric lavage may be attempted. Pharmacological induction of emesis is unlikely to be of any use. Activated charcoal should be given. There is no specific antidote. Treatment is supportive.

Generalised vasodilation may result in circulatory collapse; raising the patient's legs may suffice. In severe cases, volume expansion by intravenous fluids may be needed; infusion fluids should be warmed before administration in order not to aggravate hypothermia.

Positive inotropic agents such as dopamine may be tried if fluid replacement is insufficient to correct the circulatory collapse. Peripheral vasoconstriction agents are not generally recommended; avoid the use of adrenaline.

Ventricular or supraventricular tachy-arrhythmias usually respond to restoration of normal body temperature and correction of circulatory or metabolic disturbances. If persistent or life threatening, appropriate anti-arrhythmic therapy may be considered. Avoid lidocaine and, as far as possible, long acting anti-arrhythmic drugs.

Pronounced central nervous system depression requires airway maintenance or, in extreme circumstances, assisted respiration. Severe dystonic reactions usually respond to procyclidine (5-10mg) or orphenadrine (20-40mg) administered intramuscularly or intravenously. Convulsions should be treated with intravenous diazepam.

Neuroleptic malignant syndrome should be treated with cooling. Dantrolene sodium may be tried.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic Group: Antipsychotics, ATC Code: N05AA01

Largactil is a phenothiazine neuroleptic.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Chlorpromazine is rapidly absorbed and widely distributed in the body. It is metabolised in the liver and excreted in the urine and bile. Whilst plasma concentration of chlorpromazine itself rapidly declines excretion of chlorpromazine metabolites is very slow. The drug is highly bound to plasma protein. It readily diffuses across the placenta. Small quantities have been detected in milk from treated women. Children require smaller dosages per kg than adults.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

There are no preclinical data of relevance to the prescriber which are additional to that already included in other sections of the SPC.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Sodium sulphite anhydrous (E221)

Sodium citrate

Sodium metabisulphite (E223)

Sodium chloride

Water for Injections

6.2 Incompatibilities

Largactil injection solutions have a pH of 5.0-6.5; they are incompatible with benzylpenicillin potassium, pentobarbital sodium and phenobarbital sodium.

6.3 Shelf life

The shelf life of the Largactil Injection is 36 months.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Keep ampoules in outer carton in order to protect from light. Discoloured solution should not be used.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Largactil Injection 2.5% w/v is supplied in boxes containing 10 x 1 ml or 10 x 2 ml in glass ampoules.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

None

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Aventis Pharma Ltd also trading as Aventis Pharma

One Onslow Street

Guildford

Surrey

GU1 4YS

UK

Or trading as

Sanofi-aventis or Sanofi

One Onslow Street

Guildford

Surrey

GU1 4YS

UK

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 04425/0582

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation

Date of First Authorisation: 24 April 2007

10. Date of revision of the text

18 July 2016

Legal status

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