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Brexpiprazole is an atypical antipsychotic currently indicated for use as an adjunctive therapy for the treatment of major depressive disorder in adults, as well as the treatment of schizophrenia in patients ages 13 and older. This drug has also been used off-label for the treatment of severe behavioral or psychological symptoms of dementia, and agitation in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Brexpiprazole is currently being explored as a possible treatment for unipolar and bipolar patients with treatment-resistant depression when used in combination with other drugs.
Describe the basic pharmacological profile, use, and clinical outcomes of brexpiprazole treatment
Identify the uses for brexpiprazole
Compare the benefits and risks of brexpiprazole use for patients with chronic mental illness compared to other antipsychotics
Identify the contraindications and potential side effects of brexpiprazole
II. History of Brexpiprazole
III. Pharmacological Profile
IV. Brexpiprazole Uses
1. Labeled Uses
2. Unlabeled Uses
V. Dosing Adjustments
VI. Contraindications, Adverse Effects, Warnings, and Precautions
1. Central Nervous System
2. Hyperglycemia and Weight Gain
6. Seizure Disorder
8. Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome
9. Temperature Regulation
10. Geriatric Patients and Beers Criteria
11. Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
12. Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
13. Other Warnings and Precautions
VII. Brexpiprazole Overdose
VIII. Drug Interactions
IX. Studies Reviewing the Uses of Brexpiprazole
1. Major Depressive Disorder
3. Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
X. Brexpiprazole v. Aripiprazole and Cariprazine
XI. Potential Future Uses for Brexpiprazole
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The following individuals were involved in the development of this activity: Angel A. Rodriguez, PharmD, BCACP, and Susan DePasquale, MSN. There are no financial relationships relevant to this activity to report or disclose by any of the individuals involved in the development of this activity.
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