Rexulti (Brexpiprazole)

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What is Rexulti (Brexpiprazole) prescribed for?

This medication is used to treat various mental and mood disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression. Brexpiprazole helps you obtain a clear mind to think, fee less nervous and to take part in everyday life. It may also help decrease any hallucinations you may have been experiencing.

In addition, this medication may improve not only your mood, but help you sleep better, improve your appetite, and give you an overall energy boost. Brexpiprazole is a psychiatric medication that belongs to the class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. This medication works by helping restore the balance of natural substance, known as a neurotransmitter, in the brain.

Continue taking this medication exactly as prescribed, even if you are feeling better and thinking more clearly. Do not increase your dose or take this drug more often than prescribed. Your symptoms will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, consult with your doctor or pharmacist on the matter. Take this medication directly has prescribed, and make sure to read the instructions on the prescription label.  And if you have any concerns, speak with your medical professional.

This medication is to be taken by mouth, with or without food. Usually once a day.  Be sure to inform your doctor of all of the medications you are currently taking, which includes; prescription medications, non prescription drugs, and any herbal products.

To reduce the risk of any side effects, your doctor may start you at a lower dose, with the intent to gradually increase the dose as time goes by.

Remember the dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment, as well as any other medications you may take. Take this medication on a regular basis to gain the most benefit. Do not increase your dose or take it longer than what has been prescribed to you.  Also do not stop taking this medication until consulting with your doctor.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic Brexpiprazole; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform your doctor of your Medical history, especially if you have ever had the following; dementia, kidney problems, liver problems, personal or family history of diabetes, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, heart problems, seizures, stroke, trouble swallowing, low white blood cell count, breathing trouble during sleep (sleep apnea).

This medication may make you sweat less, making you more likely to get heat stroke. Avoid doing things that may cause you to overheat, such as hard work or exercise in hot weather, or using hot tubs. When the weather is hot, drink a lot of fluids and dress lightly. If you overheat, quickly look for a place to cool down and rest. Get medical help right away if you have a fever that does not go away, mental/mood changes, headache, or dizziness.

Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially drowsiness, dizziness, and lightheadedness. Drowsiness, dizziness, and lightheadedness can increase the risk of falling.

While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; Drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, shaking, increased appetite, weight gain, restlessness, and inability to keep still may occur. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: trouble swallowing, fainting, interrupted breathing during sleep, unusual strong urges (such as increased gambling, increased sexual urges).

Brexpiprazole may rarely cause a condition known as tardive dyskinesia. In some cases, this condition may be permanent. Tell your doctor right away if you develop any unusual/uncontrolled movements (especially of the face, lips, mouth, tongue, arms, or legs).

This medication may rarely make your blood sugar rise, which can cause or worsen diabetes. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. If you already have diabetes, check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.

This drug may also cause weight gain and a rise in your blood cholesterol (or triglyceride) levels. These effects, along with diabetes, may increase your risk for developing heart disease. Discuss the risks and benefits of treatment with your doctor.

Rarely, this medication may increase your blood level of a certain hormone (prolactin). In females, an increase in prolactin levels may result in unwanted breast milk, missed/stopped periods, or difficulty becoming pregnant. In males, it may result in decreased sexual ability, inability to produce sperm, or enlarged breasts. If you develop any of these symptoms, tell your doctor right away.

Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: seizure.

This medication may rarely cause a very serious condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Get medical help right away if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, muscle stiffness/pain/tenderness/weakness, severe tiredness, severe confusion, sweating, fast/irregular heartbeat, dark urine, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine).

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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