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Cariprazine Dosage

Medically reviewed on March 2, 2017.

Applies to the following strengths: 1.5 mg; 3 mg; 4.5 mg; 6 mg; 1.5 mg-3 mg

Usual Adult Dose for Schizophrenia

Initial dose: 1.5 mg orally once a day
Titration regimen: The dose may be increased to 3 mg once a day on Day 2; further dose adjustments should be made in 1.5 to 3 mg increments based on efficacy and tolerability.
Maintenance dose: 1.5 to 6 mg orally once a day
Maximum dose: 6 mg/day

Comments:
-Due to the long half-life, changes in dose will not be fully reflected in plasma for several weeks; monitor for adverse reactions and treatment response several weeks after beginning therapy and after each dose adjustment.
-Doses above 6 mg once a day have not shown increased effectiveness sufficient to outweigh dose related adverse reactions.

Use: For the treatment of schizophrenia

Usual Adult Dose for Bipolar Disorder

Initial dose: 1.5 mg orally once a day
Titration regimen: The dose should be increased to 3 mg once a day on Day 2; further dose adjustments should be made in 1.5 to 3 mg increments based on efficacy and tolerability.
Maintenance dose: 3 to 6 mg orally once a day
Maximum dose: 6 mg/day

Comments:
-Due to the long half-life, changes in dose will not be fully reflected in plasma for several weeks; monitor for adverse reactions and treatment response several weeks after beginning therapy and after each dose adjustment.
-Doses above 6 mg once a day have not shown increased effectiveness sufficient to outweigh dose related adverse reactions.

Use: For the acute treatment of manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar 1 disorder

Renal Dose Adjustments

Mild to moderate renal dysfunction (CrCl 30 mL/min or greater): No adjustment recommended
Severe renal dysfunction (CrCl less than 30 mL/min): Not recommended

Liver Dose Adjustments

Mild to moderate liver dysfunction (Child-Pugh score 5 to 9): No adjustment recommended
Severe liver dysfunction (Child-Pugh score 10 to 15): Not recommended

Dose Adjustments

Elderly: Cautious dose selection is recommended

DOSE ADJUSTMENTS FOR CYP450 3A4 INHIBITORS:
Initiating a Strong CYP450 3A4 Inhibitor While on a Stable Dose of This Drug:
-Reduce the current dose of this drug by approximately one-half (e.g.,4.5 mg per day may be reduced to 1.5 or 3 mg per day; 1.5 mg per day may be reduced to 1.5 mg every other day).

Initiating This Drug While Receiving a Strong CYP450 3A4 Inhibitor:
-Initial dose:1.5 mg orally once a day on Days 1 and 3, with no dose given on Day 2; starting on Day 4, 1.5 mg orally once a day.
-Maximum dose: 3 mg/day

Withdrawing a Strong CYP450 3A4 Inhibitor While on This Drug:
-A dose increase of this drug may be necessary.

CYP450 3A4 INDUCERS: Concomitant use of this drug with CYP450 3A4 inducers has not been evaluated and is not recommended.

Upon discontinuation: Plasma concentrations of this drug and its active metabolites decline by 50% in approximately 1 week.

Precautions

US BOXED WARNINGS:
INCREASED MORTALITY IN ELDERLY PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA-RELATED PSYCHOSIS:
-Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death.
-This drug is not approved for the treatment of patients with dementia-related psychosis.

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 18 years.

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.

Dialysis

Data not available

Other Comments

Administration advice: Take orally once a day with or without food

Storage requirements: Protect from light

General:
-It may take approximately 1 week after stopping this drug for plasma concentration to decline by 50%.
-Switching from this drug to other antipsychotics, or co-administration with other antipsychotics has not been studied.

Monitoring:
-Cardiovascular: Orthostatic vital signs in at-risk patients
-Hematologic: CBC frequently during the first few months in patients with preexisting low WBC and/or a prior history of drug-induced leukopenia or neutropenia.
-Metabolic: Monitor for increases in blood sugar, weight, and lipids

Patient advice:
- Counsel patients regarding the signs and symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), tardive dyskinesia, hyperglycemia, and diabetes mellitus; instruct patients to contact their physician immediately if signs or symptoms occur.
-This drug may impact mental alertness; have patient avoid driving or operating machinery until adverse effects are determined.
-Patients should be aware that there are a number of potential drug interactions with this drug and they should speak with a healthcare professional before starting any new medications including over the counter medications.
-Counsel patients to avoid becoming dehydrated or overheated, as well as the risk for orthostatic hypotension and syncope.
-Patients should be advised to notify their health care professional if they are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.

Further information

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