What is Rexulti used for?
Rexulti is an atypical antipsychotic medication used to treat mood disorders such as major depressive disorder (MDD) and as an adjunctive treatment for adults with schizophrenia.
It can make daily tasks easier by helping to think more clearly, lessens feelings of nervousness and a decrease in hallucinations. It can also improve mood which can lead to better appetite and sleep and overall energy level.
Frequently Asked Questions About Rexulti
Before taking your first dose of Rexulti, follow all directions provided by your doctor. The product also comes with a drug information leaflet for reference. It is usually taken orally, with or without food, as often as recommended by your doctor.
Your dose may vary depending on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not take more Rexulti than prescribed as it will not improve treatment and can lead to an increased risk of side effects.
Do not stop taking Rexulti once you begin to feel better. Symptoms can return if treatment stops abruptly and you may experience withdrawal symptoms.
If you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor before taking Rexulti to ensure the medicine does not pass to breast milk.
The following drugs are known to interact with Rexulti. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions. It is important to disclose all your current medications, (including prescription medications and herbal products) with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.
- St John's Wort
Rexulti Has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking Rexulti, talk to your doctor or emergency care.
Report side effects with Rexulti to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
- need to keep moving
- inability to sit still
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- weight gain
- lip smacking or puckering
- thoughts of killing oneself
- passing gas
- uncontrolled twisting movements of the neck, trunk, arms, or legs
- shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
- difficulty having a bowel movement
- increased blinking or spasms of the eyelid
- Black, tarry stools
- unusual facial expressions
- increased appetite
- bloody or cloudy urine
- stuffy or runny nose
- increased sweating
- increased sweating
- joint pain
- swollen glands
- sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
- fear or nervousness
- uncontrolled chewing movements
- sticking out of the tongue
- sore throat
- loss of bladder control
- inability to move the eyes
- difficulty breathing
- uncontrolled movements of the arms and legs
- painful or difficult urination
- muscle aches
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- muscle ache, cramp, pain, or stiffness
- puffing of the cheeks
- swollen joints
- dry mouth
- severe muscle stiffness
- rapid or worm-like movements of the tongue
- trouble breathing, speaking, or swallowing
- Bloated or full feeling
- fever with or without chills
- cold sweats
- sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
- general feeling of tiredness or weakness
- stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
- frequent urge to urinate
- trouble sleeping
- lower back or side pain
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position
- unusually pale skin
- blurred vision
- chest pain
- fast heartbeat
- changes in behavior
- high fever
- excess air or gas in the stomach or bowels
- difficulty with moving
- risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in patients aged 24 years and younger
- lower white blood cell count
- tardive dyskinesia
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor.
Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.