OSMOLEX® ER (amantadine) Is Indicated for Both Parkinson's Disease and Drug-Induced Extrapyramidal Reactions1
Parkinson's Disease (PD)2
PD is a neurodegenerative disease
characterized by involuntary movement due
to neuronal death. It is the second most
frequently diagnosed neurodegenerative
disease after Alzheimer’s disease. PD onset
usually occurs after age 60.
PD is primarily a movement disorder.
Motor system symptoms of
Resting limb tremors
Stiffness and rigidity
Drug-Induced Extrapyramidal Reactions (EPR)3,4
Drug-induced EPR are typically reversible effects to the nerves associated with motor activity. They are often caused by antipsychotic drug (APD) use, but may be associated with other medications as well. Symptoms can begin immediately after administration of an APD, or be delayed by hours or days. Drug-induced EPR are rarely life-threatening, but can cause distress for patients and their families.
Drug-induced EPR due to antipsychotic drug (APD) use:
One of the more commonly observed movement disorders induced by APDs.5
- Uncontrolled movement appearing within a few weeks of initation or dosage increase of an APD4
- 50% of cases display additional signs of tardive dyskenisia or akathisia4
Involuntary movement that may be irreversible, occurring months to years after receiving APD therapy.5
- Occurs in about 20%-30% of patients who receive long-term APD treatment for conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depressive disorder6
Involuntary movements that may appear in all muscle groups, but are observed mainly in the head and neck area.7
- 95% of cases appear within 96 hours of starting treatment with APDs, or after a large increase in the dose7
*OSMOLEX ER was approved through the 505b(2) pathway where clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy in drug-induced EPR were not required for submission. OSMOLEX ER reflects similar labeling as SYMMETREL (amantadine IR) and is indicated for the treatment of drug-induced extrapyramidal reactions in adult patients.
- OSMOLEX ER. Prescribing information. Vertical Pharmaceuticals, LLC; 2020.
- Parkinson’s Disease. MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease. http://mghmind.org/disease-research/parkinsons-disease. Accessed April 18, 2019.
- Extrapyramidal Symptoms – statPearls.
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- Ward KM, Citrome L. Antipsychotic-related movement disorders: drug-induced parkinsonism vs. tardive dyskinesia-key differences in pathophysiology and clinical management. Neurol Ther. 2018;7(2):233-248. DOI: 10.1007/s40120-018-0105-0.
- Carbon M, Hsieh CH, Kane JM, Correll CU. Tardive dyskinesia prevalence in the period of second-generation antipsychotic use: a meta-analysis. J Clin Psychiatry. 2017;78(3):e264-e278. DOI: 10.4088/JCP.16r10832.
- Harten PN, Hoek HW, Kahn RS: Acute dystonia induced by drug treatment. BMJ. 1999;319:623-626. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.319.7210.623.