Objective: Catatonia is a distinct psychomotor syndrome that involves a constellation of up to 40 different symptoms. Although conventionally responsive to benzodiazepines, the catatonic syndrome is much more resistant to benzodiazepine treatment when a feature of schizophrenia.
Method: We present a patient with schizophrenia with catatonic symptoms, marginally responsive to lorazepam challenge, lorazepam, and olanzapine monotherapy, but ultimately began combination treatment with these 2 medications.
Results: Our patient's score on the Bush-Francis Catatonia Rating Scale significantly decreased after 2 weeks of combination lorazepam and olanzapine without adverse effects.
Conclusion: We propose a modification to the standard treatment protocol for catatonia, especially in those patients with schizophrenia with catatonic features.