Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Rexulti

Descriptions


Brexpiprazole is used to treat mental conditions, such as depression and schizophrenia. It works in the brain to change how certain chemicals affect patients. It is an antipsychotic agent.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Tablet

Before Using

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of brexpiprazole in children. Safety and efficacy have not been established.

Geriatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of brexpiprazole in elderly patients. However, elderly patients are more likely to have age-related liver, kidney, or heart problems, which may require caution and an adjustment in the dose for patients receiving brexpiprazole. This medicine should not be used to treat behavioral problems in elderly patients who have dementia.

Breastfeeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Drug Interactions

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.

  • Metoclopramide

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Aprepitant
  • Atazanavir
  • Boceprevir
  • Bupropion
  • Carbamazepine
  • Cinacalcet
  • Clarithromycin
  • Conivaptan
  • Diltiazem
  • Dronedarone
  • Duloxetine
  • Erythromycin
  • Fluconazole
  • Fluoxetine
  • Fosaprepitant
  • Fosphenytoin
  • Imatinib
  • Indinavir
  • Itraconazole
  • Ketoconazole
  • Letermovir
  • Lopinavir
  • Nefazodone
  • Nelfinavir
  • Paroxetine
  • Phenytoin
  • Posaconazole
  • Quinidine
  • Rifampin
  • Ritonavir
  • Saquinavir
  • St John's Wort
  • Telaprevir
  • Telithromycin
  • Terbinafine
  • Verapamil
  • Voriconazole

Other Interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following is usually not recommended, but may be unavoidable in some cases. If used together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use this medicine, or give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

  • Grapefruit Juice

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Blood vessel disease or
  • Dehydration or
  • Heart attack, history of or
  • Heart disease or
  • Heart failure, history of or
  • Heart rhythm problems, history of or
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure) or
  • Hypovolemia (decrease in blood volume) or
  • Ischemic heart disease, history of or
  • Stroke, history of or
  • Trouble swallowing—Use with caution. May cause side effects to become worse.
  • Diabetes, or family history of or
  • Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)—This medicine may raise your blood sugar levels.
  • Dyslipidemia (high cholesterol or triglyceride levels) or
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), history of or
  • Seizures, history of—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
  • Kidney disease, moderate to severe or
  • Liver disease, moderate to severe—Use with caution. The effects may be increased because of slower removal of the medicine from the body.

Proper Use

Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.

This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

You may take this medicine with or without food.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For depression:
      • Adults—At first, 0.5 or 1 milligram (mg) once a day. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed and tolerated. However, the dose is usually not more than 3 mg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For schizophrenia
      • Adults—At first, 1 milligram (mg) once a day on Days 1 to 4. Your doctor may increase your dose to 2 mg on Days 5 to 7, and then to 4 mg on Day 8 as tolerated. However, the dose is usually not more than 4 mg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Precautions

It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to allow for changes in your dose and to make sure this medicine is working properly. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for any unwanted effects.

For some patients, this medicine can increase thoughts of suicide. Tell your doctor right away if you start to feel more depressed and have thoughts about hurting yourself. Report any unusual thoughts or behaviors that trouble you, especially if they are new or are getting worse quickly. Make sure the doctor knows if you have trouble sleeping, get upset easily, have a big increase in energy, or start to act reckless. Also tell the doctor if you have sudden or strong feelings, such as feeling nervous, angry, restless, violent, or scared. Let the doctor know if you or anyone in your family has bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness) or has tried to commit suicide.

Check with your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms while using this medicine: convulsions (seizures), difficulty with breathing, a fast heartbeat, a high fever, high or low blood pressure, increased sweating, loss of bladder control, severe muscle stiffness, unusually pale skin, or tiredness. These could be symptoms of a serious condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS).

This medicine may cause tardive dyskinesia (a movement disorder) especially in elderly women. Check with your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms while taking this medicine: lip smacking or puckering, puffing of the cheeks, rapid or worm-like movements of the tongue, uncontrolled chewing movements, or uncontrolled movements of the arms and legs.

This medicine may increase the amount of sugar in your blood. Check with your doctor right away if you have increased thirst or increased urination. If you have diabetes, you may notice a change in the results of your urine or blood sugar tests. If you have any questions, check with your doctor.

This medicine may increase your weight. Your doctor may need to check your weight on a regular basis while you are using this medicine.

Some people who have used this medicine had unusual changes in their behavior. Talk with your doctor right away if you start having unusual urges, such as gambling urges, binge or compulsive eating, compulsive shopping, or sexual urges while using this medicine.

This medicine can temporarily lower the number of white blood cells in your blood, increasing the chance of getting an infection. If you can, avoid people with infections. Check with your doctor immediately if you think you are getting an infection or if you get a fever or chills, cough or hoarseness, lower back or side pain, or painful or difficult urination.

Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting may occur, especially when you get up from a lying or sitting position. Getting up slowly may help. If this problem continues or gets worse, check with your doctor.

This medicine may make it more difficult for your body to cool down. It might also reduce how much you sweat. Your body could get too hot if you do not sweat enough. If your body gets too hot, you might feel dizzy, weak, tired, or confused. You might have an upset stomach or vomit. Call your doctor if drinking cool water and moving away from the heat does not cool you down.

This medicine may cause drowsiness, dizziness, trouble with thinking, or trouble with controlling movements, which may lead to falls, fractures, or other injuries. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you. Stand or sit up slowly if you feel lightheaded or dizzy.

Do not change the dose or stop using this medicine without checking first with your doctor.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines) and herbal (eg, St. John's wort) or vitamin supplements.

Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Rare

  1. Chills
  2. cold sweats
  3. confusion
  4. dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position
  5. fainting

Incidence not known

  1. Black, tarry stools
  2. changes in behavior
  3. chest pain
  4. cough
  5. difficulty breathing
  6. fast heartbeat
  7. fever with or without chills
  8. general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  9. high fever
  10. hoarseness
  11. inability to move the eyes
  12. increased blinking or spasms of the eyelid
  13. increased sweating
  14. lip smacking or puckering
  15. loss of bladder control
  16. lower back or side pain
  17. painful or difficult urination
  18. puffing of the cheeks
  19. rapid or worm-like movements of the tongue
  20. seizures
  21. severe muscle stiffness
  22. sore throat
  23. sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  24. sticking out of the tongue
  25. swollen glands
  26. thoughts of killing oneself
  27. trouble breathing, speaking, or swallowing
  28. uncontrolled chewing movements
  29. uncontrolled movements of the arms and legs
  30. uncontrolled twisting movements of the neck, trunk, arms, or legs
  31. unusual bleeding or bruising
  32. unusual facial expressions
  33. unusual tiredness or weakness
  34. unusually pale skin

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  1. Belching
  2. headache
  3. heartburn
  4. inability to sit still
  5. indigestion
  6. muscle aches
  7. need to keep moving
  8. restlessness
  9. sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  10. stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  11. stuffy or runny nose
  12. weight gain

Less common

  1. Bloated or full feeling
  2. bloody or cloudy urine
  3. blurred vision
  4. diarrhea
  5. difficulty having a bowel movement
  6. difficulty with moving
  7. dizziness
  8. dry mouth
  9. excess air or gas in the stomach or bowels
  10. fear or nervousness
  11. frequent urge to urinate
  12. increased appetite
  13. increased sweating
  14. joint pain
  15. muscle ache, cramp, pain, or stiffness
  16. passing gas
  17. shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
  18. swollen joints
  19. trouble sleeping

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.