Tapclob 10mg/5ml Oral Suspension

Summary of Product Characteristics Updated 19-Jun-2019 | Martindale Pharma, an Ethypharm Group Company

1. Name of the medicinal product

Tapclob 10mg/5ml Oral Suspension

Clobazam Martindale Pharma 10mg/5ml Oral Suspension

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Each 5ml of suspension contains 10mg of clobazam

Excipients with known effect

Each 5ml of suspension contains 1250mg of Sorbitol, 10.3mg of Sodium Methyl Hydroxybenzoate and 1.12mg of Sodium Propyl Hydroxybenzoate

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1

3. Pharmaceutical form

Oral Suspension

An off white viscous suspension with an odour of raspberry

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Clobazam 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 clobazam 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, clobazam must be used only in conjunction with adequate concomitant treatment. Use of benzodiazepine (such as clobazam) 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.

Clobazam may be used as adjunctive therapy in epilepsy in adults or children over 2 years of age, if standard treatment with one or more anticonvulsants has failed.

Clobazam oral suspension should only be used in children from 6 month to 2 years old, under exceptional situations, where there is a clear epilepsy indication.

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Posology

If low doses are required, the 5mg/5ml strength product is the most suitable presentation. If high doses are required, the 10mg/5ml strength product is the most suitable presentation.

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 clobazam 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

The oral suspension is suitable for any epilepsy patient in whom the clinician feels an oral suspension is preferable to clobazam tablets.

In all cases, treatment should be initiated at the lowest effective dose with gradual dose increments under careful observation.

Adults

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

Elderly

Treatment requires low initial doses and gradual dose increments under careful observation.

Paediatric population 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.

Paediatric population aged 2 and above:

Initial: 5 mg/day (aged 6 years and above) or 0.1 mg/kg/day for younger patients. The dose may be increased slowly by steps of 0.1 to 0.2 mg/kg/day at 7 days intervals, until the required clinical effect is achieved or side effects occur.

Maintenance dose: usually 0.3 to 1 mg/kg/day . The daily dose can be taken in divided doses or as single dose at night.

Paediatric population aged 6 month-2 years:

Clobazam oral suspension should only be used in children from 6 month to 2 years old, under exceptional situations, when there is a clear epilepsy indication. Use 0.1mg/kg/day and titrate upwards very slowly (increasing not more often than every 5 days) to achieve required clinical effect, in divided doses twice daily.

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.

Method of administration

For oral use only

Once titrated to an effective dose of clobazam, patients should remain on their treatment and care should be exercised when changing between different formulations.

4.3 Contraindications

Clobazam must not be used:

− In patients with hypersensitivity to the active substance, benzodiazepines or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1

− 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. Clobazam must not be used in children between the ages of 6 month to 2 years old, other than in exceptional cases for anticonvulsant treatment where there is a compelling indication.

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Amnesia may occur with benzodiazepines. In case of loss or bereavement psychological adjustment may be inhibited by benzodiazepines.

Special caution is necessary if clobazam is used in patients with myasthenia gravis, spinal or cerebellar ataxia or sleep apnoea. A dose reduction may be necessary.

Disinhibiting effects may be manifested in various ways. Suicide may be precipitated in patients who are depressed and aggressive behaviour towards self and others may be precipitated. Extreme caution should therefore be used in prescribing benzodiazepines in patients with personality disorders.

Use of benzodiazepines - including clobazam - may lead to the development of physical and psychological dependence upon these products. The risk of dependence increases with dose and duration of treatment; it is also greater in patients with a history of alcohol or drug abuse. Therefore the duration of treatment should be as short as possible (see section 4.2 Posology).;

Once physical dependence has developed, abrupt termination of treatment will be accompanied by withdrawal symptoms (or rebound phenomena). Rebound phenomena are characterised by a recurrence in enhanced form of the symptoms which originally led to clobazam treatment. This may be accompanied by other reactions including mood changes, anxiety or sleep disturbances and restlessness.

A withdrawal syndrome may also occur when abruptly changing over from a benzodiazepine with a long duration of action (for example, clobazam) to one with a short duration of action.

Respiratory function should be monitored in patients with chronic or acute severe respiratory insufficiency and a dose reduction of clobazam may be necessary.

In patients with impairment of renal or hepatic function, responsiveness to clobazam and susceptibility to adverse effects are increased, and a dose reduction may be necessary. In long-term treatment renal and hepatic function must be checked regularly.

In the treatment of epilepsy with benzodiazepines - including clobazam - consideration must be given to the possibility of a decrease in anticonvulsant efficacy (development of tolerance) in the course of treatment.

Excipients in the formulation

Tapclob Oral Suspension contains sorbitol. Patients with a rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance should not take this medicine.

The medicine also contains sodium methyl and propyl hydroxybenzoates which may cause allergic reactions. The signs may include a rash, swallowing or breathing problems and swelling of the lips, face, throat or tongue.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Especially when clobazam is administered at higher doses, an enhancement of the central depressive effect may occur in cases of concomitant use with antipsychotics (neuroleptics), hypnotics, anxiolytics/sedatives, antidepressant agents, narcotic analgesics, anticonvulsant drugs, anaesthetics and sedative antihistamines. Special caution is also necessary when clobazam is administered in cases of intoxication with such substances or with lithium.

Concomitant consumption of alcohol can increase the bioavailability of clobazam by 50% and therefore increase the effects of clobazam (e.g.; sedation). This affects the ability to drive or use machines.

Addition of clobazam to established anticonvulsant medication (eg, phenytoin, valproic acid) may cause a change in plasma levels of these drugs. If used as an adjuvant in epilepsy the dosage of clobazam should be determined by monitoring the EEG and the plasma levels of the other drugs checked.

Phenytoin and carbamazepine may cause an increase in the metabolic conversion of clobazam to the active metabolite N-desmethyl clobazam.

The effects of muscle relaxants, analgesics and nitrous oxide may be enhanced. If clobazam is used concomitantly with narcotic analgesics, possible euphoria may be enhanced; this may lead to increased psychological dependence.

Concurrent treatment with drugs that inhibit the cytochrome P-450 enzyme (mono-oxygenase) system (eg cimetidine) may enhance and prolong the effect of clobazam.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

Pregnancy

If the product is prescribed to a woman of childbearing potential, she should be warned to contact her physician regarding discontinuation of the product if she intends to become pregnant or suspects that she is pregnant.

If, for compelling medical reasons, the product is administered during the late phase of pregnancy, or during labour at high doses, effects on the neonate such as hypothermia, hypotonia, moderate respiratory depression and difficulties in drinking (signs and symptoms of so-called “floppy infant syndrome”), can be expected due to the pharmacological action of the compound.

Moreover, infants born to mothers who took benzodiazepines during the latter stage of pregnancy may have developed physical dependence and may be at some risk for developing withdrawal symptoms in the postnatal period.

Breast-feeding

Since benzodiazepines are found in the breast milk, benzodiazepines should not be given to breast feeding mothers.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Sedation, amnesia, impaired concentration and impaired muscular function may adversely affect the ability to drive or to use machines. If insufficient sleep duration occurs, the likelihood of impaired alertness may be increased (see also Interactions).

This medicine can impair cognitive function and can affect a patient's ability to drive safely. This class of medicine is in the list of drugs included in regulations under 5a of the Road Traffic Act 1988. When prescribing this medicine, patients should be told:

• The medicine is likely to affect your ability to drive

• Do not drive until you know how the medicine affects you

• It is an offence to drive while under the influence of this medicine

• However, you would not be committing an offence (called 'statutory defence') if:

o The medicine has been prescribed to treat a medical or dental problem and

o You have taken it according to the instructions given by the prescriber and in the information provided with the medicine and

o It was not affecting your ability to drive safely

4.8 Undesirable effects

Clobazam may cause sedation, leading to fatigue and sleepiness, especially at the beginning of treatment and when higher doses are used. Side-effects such as drowsiness, dizziness or dryness of the mouth, constipation, loss of appetite, nausea, or a fine tremor of the fingers have been reported. These are more likely to occur at the beginning of treatment and often disappear with continued treatment or a reduction in dose.

Paradoxical reactions, such as restlessness, irritability, difficulty in sleeping, anxiety, delusion, nightmare, hallucinations or suicidal tendencies may occur, especially in elderly and in children. In the event of such reactions, treatment with clobazam must be discontinued.

Anterograde amnesia may occur, especially at higher dose levels. Amnesia effects may be associated with inappropriate behaviour.

Clobazam may cause respiratory depression, especially if administered in high doses. Therefore, particularly in patients with pre-existing compromised respiratory function (i.e., in patients with bronchial asthma) or brain damage, respiratory insufficiency may occur or deteriorate.

Isolated cases of skin reactions, such as rashes or urticaria, have been observed.

Slowing of reaction time, ataxia, confusion and headaches may occasionally occur.

Disorders of articulation, unsteadiness of gait and other motor functions, visual disorders (e.g., double vision), weight gain, or loss of libido may occur, particularly with high doses or in long-term treatment. These reactions are reversible.

Pre-existing depression may be unmasked during benzodiazepine use.

After prolonged use of benzodiazepines, impairment of consciousness, sometimes combined with respiratory disorders, has been reported in very rare cases, particularly in elderly patients: it sometimes persists for some length of time. These disorders have not been seen so far under clobazam treatment.

Tolerance and physical and/or psychic dependence may develop, especially during prolonged use. Discontinuation of the therapy may result in withdrawal or rebound phenomena (see section 4.4 Warnings and Precautions). Abuse of benzodiazepines has been reported.

When used as an adjuvant in the treatment of epilepsy, this preparation may in rare cases cause restlessness and muscle weakness.

As with other benzodiazepines, the therapeutic benefit must be balanced against the risk of habituation and dependence during prolonged use.

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 the Yellow Card Scheme

Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

4.9 Overdose

Overdose of benzodiazepines is usually manifested by degrees of central nervous system depression ranging from drowsiness to coma. In mild cases, symptoms include drowsiness, mental confusion and lethargy, in more serious cases, symptoms may include ataxia, hypotonia, hypotension, respiratory depression, rarely coma and very rarely death. As with other benzodiazepines, overdose should not present a threat to life unless combined with other CNS depressants (including alcohol).

In the management of overdose, it is recommended that the possible involvement of multiple agents be taken into consideration.

Following overdose with oral benzodiazepines, vomiting should be induced (within one hour) if the patient is conscious, or gastric lavage undertaken with the airway protected if the patient is unconscious. If there is no advantage in emptying the stomach, activated charcoal should be given to reduce absorption. Special attention should be paid to respiratory and cardiovascular functions in intensive care.

Secondary elimination of clobazam (by forced diuresis or haemodialysis) is ineffective.

Consideration should be given to the use of flumazenil as a benzodiazepine antagonist.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Clobazam is a 1,5-benzodiazepine. In single doses up to 20mg or in divided doses up to 30mg, clobazam does not affect psychomotor function, skilled performance, memory or higher mental functions.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Absorption of clobazam is virtually complete after oral administration. Approximately 85% is protein bound in man. It is metabolised by demethylation and hydroxylation. It is excreted unchanged and as metabolites in the urine (87%) and faeces.

The peak plasma level of clobazam after oral administration of Clobazam Oral Suspension 10 mg/5 ml was slightly higher than that observed after administration of a reference 10 mg tablet in a single dose, randomised, crossover bioequivalence study (mean Cmax 267.5 ± 64.5 ng/mL and 220.4 ± 49.9 ng/mL, respectively).

5.3 Preclinical safety data

Not applicable.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Sorbitol (E420)

Xanthan Gum (E415)

Acesulfame Potassium (E950)

Raspberry Flavour

Sodium Propyl Hydroxybenzoate (E217)

Sodium Methyl Hydroxybenzoate (E219)

Disodium Hydrogen Phosphate Dihydrate (for pH-adjustment)

Sodium Dihydrogen Phosphate Dihydrate (for pH-adjustment)

Purified Water

6.2 Incompatibilities

None

6.3 Shelf life

2 years

28 days after first opening

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 25°C

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Amber glass bottles sealed with tamper evident, child-proof plastic screw caps. The bottle is packed in a cardboard carton containing a 5ml syringe with an adaptor and a 30ml measuring cup along with the patient information leaflet.

Pack sizes: 100 ml, 150 ml and 250 ml.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

This product may settle during storage. Please shake the bottle thoroughly before use

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Martindale Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Bampton Road

Harold Hill

Essex

RM3 8UG

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 00156/0323

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation

11/02/2013

10. Date of revision of the text

04/2019

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