Brexpiprazole (brand name Rexulti) is a second-generation (“atypical”) antipsychotic first introduced in the US in 2015.
As of March 2020, it is available only as a brand name preparation (no generic), Rexulti®, that is manufactured by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company Ltd and co-marketed with H. Lundbeck A/S.
On this page, we present basic information about this medication. Other articles on this website with more advanced information and tips related to this medication are linked to under Related Pages below.
1. The treatment of schizophrenia
2. Adjunctive therapy to antidepressants for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD).
1. Partial agonist at the 5-HT1A, D2, and D3 receptors
2. Antagonist at 5-HT2A, 5-HT2B, 5-HT7, alpha-1 (subtypes A, B, and D), and alpha-2C receptors.
1. For adjunctive treatment of major depressive disorder
Recommended starting dosage– 0.5 mg or 1 mg once daily Titrate up to the target dosage of 2 mg once daily
Maximum recommended daily dosage–3 mg.
2. For the treatment of schizophrenia
Recommended starting dosage is 1 mg/day for four days
Then, 2 mg/day for three days Then 4 mg/day.
The recommended target dose is 2 mg to 4 mg once daily.
Potential side effects
Please see THIS PAGE for a handout listing both the common and less common side effects of this medication along with the percentages of patients who report them.
Dose adjustments are recommended for patients who are:
1. Poor metabolizers on the CYP450 2D6 isoenzyme, or
2. Taking strong inducers/ inhibitors of CYP2D6 and/or CYP3A4.
Dosage forms and strengths
Rexulti® is available as tablets in the following dosage strengths: 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg, 3 mg, and 4 mg
Important! Please refer to the full Prescribing Information (see link below) before prescribing this medication.
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