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Remission, response, and relapse rates in patients with acute schizophrenia treated with olanzapine monotherapy or other atypical antipsychotic monotherapy: 12-month prospective observational study

Authors Takahashi M, Nakahara N, Fujikoshi S, Iyo M

Received 27 March 2014

Accepted for publication 31 December 2014

Published 14 July 2015 Volume 2015:6 Pages 39—46


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Michihiro Takahashi,1 Naohiro Nakahara,2 Shinji Fujikoshi,3 Masaomi Iyo4

1Takahashi Psychiatric Clinic, Ashiya, Hyogo, Japan; 2Zimmer KK, Tokyo, Japan; 3Lilly Research Laboratories Japan, Lilly Japan KK, Kobe, Japan; 4Department of Psychiatry, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan

Purpose: To compare the rates of antipsychotic response, remission, and relapse in patients with schizophrenia treated with olanzapine or other antipsychotics in usual clinical care in Japan.
Patients and methods: This analysis of a 12-month, prospective, noninterventional study examined outcomes for 1,089 inpatients and outpatients with schizophrenia who initiated antipsychotic monotherapy. All treatment decisions, including medication choice, were left to the discretion of the treating physician. The rates of treatment response, relapse, and 6-month sustained remission were compared between olanzapine monotherapy (OLZ) and other antipsychotic monotherapy (OAN), and between OLZ and other atypical antipsychotic monotherapy (OAT). Visit-wise comparisons of treatment response and remission were examined using repeated-measures logistic regressions. Propensity scores were used to control for potential baseline differences between groups.
Results: Response rates were higher for OLZ patients and relapse rates were consistently lower for OLZ patients, however the differences were not statistically significant. Rates of 6-month sustained remission were significantly higher for OLZ than OAN patients (P=0.032) and for OLZ than OAT patients (P=0.041). An exploratory analysis of OLZ and OAN comparison found outpatients treated with OLZ or OAN had similar sustained remission rates (OLZ: 22.2%, OAN: 22.8%), while inpatients treated with OLZ had significantly higher sustained remission rates than inpatients treated with OAN (OLZ: 17.1%, OAN: 6.6%, odds ratio [95% confidence interval] =3.54 [2.00–6.25]).
Conclusion: In usual care in Japan, treating the acute symptoms of schizophrenia with olanzapine was not found to be significantly different for response and relapse rates; however, treatment with olanzapine was found to have significantly greater sustained remission rates than treatment with other antipsychotics. In the inpatient setting, where patients tend to be more severe and difficult to manage, olanzapine treatment may lead to higher sustained remission rates than other antipsychotics.

Keywords: inpatients, Japan, outpatients, prospective studies

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