FANAPT® tablets are indicated for the treatment of adults with schizophrenia. Efficacy was established in two short-term (4- and 6-week) placebo- and active-controlled studies of adult patients with schizophrenia [see Clinical Studies].
When deciding among the alternative treatments available for this condition, the prescriber should consider the finding that FANAPT is associated with prolongation of the QTc interval [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. Prolongation of the QTc interval is associated in some other drugs with the ability to cause torsade de pointes-type arrhythmia, a potentially fatal polymorphic ventricular tachycardia which can result in sudden death. In many cases this would lead to the conclusion that other drugs should be tried first. Whether FANAPT will cause torsade de pointes or increase the rate of sudden death is not yet known.
Patients must be titrated to an effective dose of FANAPT. Thus, control of symptoms may be delayed during the first 1 to 2 weeks of treatment compared to some other antipsychotic drugs that do not require a similar titration. Prescribers should be mindful of this delay when selecting an antipsychotic drug for the treatment of schizophrenia [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION and Clinical Studies].
The effectiveness of FANAPT in long-term use, that is, for more than 6 weeks, has not been systematically evaluated in controlled trials. Therefore, the physician who elects to use FANAPT for extended periods should periodically re-evaluate the long-term usefulness of the drug for the individual patient [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
FANAPT must be titrated slowly from a low starting dose to avoid orthostatic hypotension due to its alpha-adrenergic blocking properties. The recommended starting dose for FANAPT tablets is 1 mg twice daily. Increases to reach the target dose range of 6-12 mg twice daily may be made with daily dosage adjustments to 2 mg twice daily, 4 mg twice daily, 6 mg twice daily, 8 mg twice daily, 10 mg twice daily, and 12 mg twice daily on days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, respectively. Efficacy was demonstrated with FANAPT in a dose range of 6 to 12 mg twice daily. Prescribers should be mindful of the fact that patients need to be titrated to an effective dose of FANAPT. Thus, control of symptoms may be delayed during the first 1 to 2 weeks of treatment compared to some other antipsychotic drugs that do not require similar titration. Prescribers should also be aware that some adverse effects associated with FANAPT use are dose related.
The maximum recommended dose is 12 mg twice daily (24 mg/day); FANAPT doses above 24 mg/day have not been systematically evaluated in the clinical trials.
FANAPT can be administered without regard to meals.
Dosage in Special Populations
Dosage adjustments are not routinely indicated on the basis of age, gender, race, or renal impairment status [see Use in Specific Populations].
Dosage adjustment for patients taking FANAPT concomitantly with potential CYP2D6 inhibitors
FANAPT dose should be reduced by one-half when administered concomitantly with strong CYP2D6 inhibitors such as fluoxetine or paroxetine. When the CYP2D6 inhibitor is withdrawn from the combination therapy, FANAPT dose should then be increased to where it was before [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
Dosage adjustment for patients taking FANAPT concomitantly with potential CYP3A4 inhibitors
FANAPT dose should be reduced by one-half when administered concomitantly with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors such as ketoconazole or clarithromycin. When the CYP3A4 inhibitor is withdrawn from the combination therapy, FANAPT dose should be increased to where it was before [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
Dosage adjustment for patients taking FANAPT who are poor metabolizers of CYP2D6
FANAPT dose should be reduced by one-half for poor metabolizers of CYP2D6 [see Pharmacokinetics].
FANAPT is not recommended for patients with hepatic impairment.
Although there is no body of evidence available to answer the question of how long the patient treated with FANAPT should be maintained, it is generally recommended that responding patients be continued beyond the acute response. Patients should be periodically reassessed to determine the need for maintenance treatment.
Reinitiation of Treatment in Patients Previously Discontinued
Although there are no data to specifically address re-initiation of treatment, it is recommended that the initiation titration schedule be followed whenever patients have had an interval off FANAPT of more than 3 days.
Switching from Other Antipsychotics
There are no specific data to address how patients with schizophrenia can be switched from other antipsychotics to FANAPT or how FANAPT can be used concomitantly with other antipsychotics. Although immediate discontinuation of the previous antipsychotic treatment may be acceptable for some patients with schizophrenia, more gradual discontinuation may be most appropriate for others. In all cases, the period of overlapping antipsychotic administration should be minimized.
Dosage Forms And Strengths
FANAPT tablets are available in the following strengths: 1 mg, 2 mg, 4 mg, 6 mg, 8 mg, 10 mg and 12 mg. The tablets are white, round, flat, beveled-edged and identified with a logo debossed on one side and tablet strength “1”, “2”, “4”, “6”, “8”, “10”, or “12” debossed on the other side.
Storage And Handling
FANAPT tablets are white, round and identified with a logo debossed on one side and tablet strength “1”, “2”, “4”, “6”, “8”, “10”, or “12” debossed on the other side. Tablets are supplied in the following strengths and package configurations:
|Package Configuration||Tablet Strength (mg)||NDC Code|
|Bottles of 60||1 mg||0078-0595-20|
|Bottles of 60||2 mg||0078-0596-20|
|Bottles of 60||4 mg||0078-0597-20|
|Bottles of 60||6 mg||0078-0598-20|
|Bottles of 60||g s 8||0078-0599-20|
|Bottles of 60||10 mg||0078-0600-20|
|Bottles of 60||12 mg||0078-0601-20|
|Titration Pack||2x1 mg, 2x2 mg, 2x4 mg, 2x6 mg (Total of 8 tablets)||0078-0602-08|
Store FANAPT tablets at controlled room temperature, 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15° - 30 °C (59° - 86°F) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Protect FANAPT tablets from exposure to light and moisture.
Distributed by: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation East Hanover, NJ 07936. Revised: 01/2012
Last reviewed on RxList: 3/1/2013
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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