Symbyax combines two drugs that affect the chemicals responsible for mood and behavior in the brain. First, fluoxetine belongs to the group of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Second, olanzapine is an antipsychotic drug.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Symbyax for the treatment of bipolar I disorder in 2003. By 2009, the agency also approved its use in the management of the symptoms of treatment-resistant depression.
Eli Lilly and Company is manufacturer of the branded prescription drug.
Symbyax is a single capsule that contains both the active ingredients. Doctors prescribe it for the treatment of:
- Depressive episodes caused by bipolar I disorder, also known as manic depression; and
- Depression that hasn’t been effectively managed – or treated – after at least two other antidepressants have been administered.
Doctors also sometimes prescribe it for other mental disorders including anxiety disorders, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive–compulsive disorder. These off-label uses should be monitored for safety reasons.
Symbyax shouldn’t be prescribed to:
- Children under 10 years of age
- People with dementia-related psychotic conditions since it may increase the risk of death among older adults with related conditions
- Patients on treatment with methylene blue injection, pimozide, or thioridazine
- Individuals who have taken MAO inhibitors, such as isocarboxazid, phenelzine, linezolid, rasagiline, tranylcypromine, and selegiline, in the past 14 days due to the risk of adverse drug interactions.
Be sure to report to your doctor any worsening or new symptoms when taking the drug. These include behavior or mood changes, panic attacks, anxiety, and difficulty in sleeping, especially when you’re having depressed or suicidal thoughts.