Rexulti belongs to a class of drugs known as atypical antipsychotics and is used for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. Schizophrenia is characterized by symptoms such as hallucinations, hearing, seeing or sensing things that are not there, suspiciousness, mistaken beliefs, incoherent speech, and behaviour and emotional flatness. People with this disease may also feel depressed, guilty, anxious or tense. Illnesses that affect the brain, like schizophrenia, may be due to certain neurotransmitters in the brain being out of balance. These imbalances may cause some of the symptoms you may be experiencing. Antipsychotic medications affect the chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain that allow nerve cells to talk to each other. Take the medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The usual dose of Rexulti in schizophrenia is 2-4 mg per day. Your healthcare professional has decided on the best dosage for you. Your healthcare professional may change your dose depending on how you respond and other medications you are taking. Do not change your dose or stop taking Rexulti without speaking to your healthcare professional. Rexulti can be taken with or without food.
Rexulti is manufactured by Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and comes from Canada. The active ingredient in Rexulti is Brexpiprazole. The generic equivalent of Rexulti is not available. Rexulti is available as tablets in the dosage forms of 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg, 3 mg and 4 mg.
Rexulti Side Effects
Stop taking Rexulti and call your doctor at once if you have one of these serious side effects:
• Allergic reaction
• Blood clots
• Decreased white blood cells
• Increased blood sugar
• Low blood pressure
• Muscle tenderness and aching
• Muscle twitching or unusual movement of the face or tongue
• Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (severe muscle stiffness or inflexibility with high fever, rapid or irregular heartbeat, sweating, state of confusion or reduced consciousness)
• New or worsening constipation
• Painful and long-lasting erection (more than 4 hours)
• Tightness of the throat, difficulty swallowing or breathing which may lead to choking
Less serious side effects include diarrhea, indigestion, stomach pain, dry mouth, weight gain, dizziness, difficulty staying still or restlessness, shakiness, tremors, back pain, muscle pain, sleepiness, drowsiness and rash. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Rexulti may make you feel drowsy. Do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Rexulti affects you. Some people may faint, or get lightheaded and dizzy, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position. This is more likely to happen if you are elderly and also at the start of treatment or when you increase the dose. This will usually pass on its own but if it does not, tell your healthcare professional. It is important not to become too hot or dehydrated while you are taking Rexulti. Do not exercise too much, in hot weather, stay inside in a cool place if possible, stay out of the sun, do not wear too much clothing or heavy clothing, and drink plenty of water. Do not use Rexulti if you are allergic to Brexpiprazole or any ingredients in the medication. Rexulti can interact with medications such as medicines used to treat HIV infection and AIDS like indinavir, antibiotics such as erythromycin, drugs used to treat malaria like quinine, drugs used to treat fungal infections like itraconazole, anti-cancer drugs such as ceritinib, other drugs such as domperidone, ondansetron, drugs used to treat asthma and COPD such as salmeterol, antidepressants, drugs used to treat heart problems like quinidine, anti-seizure medications, diuretics, laxatives, antacid medications, opioids, other antipsychotic drugs like pimozide, drugs used to lower blood pressure, ST. John’s Wort (a herbal medicine used to treat depression). Rexulti can also interact with alcohol and grapefruit juice. You should not drink alcohol or grapefruit juice with taking Rexulti.
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