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Cariprazine and Alcohol / Food Interactions

There are 5 alcohol/food/lifestyle interactions with cariprazine which include:


Alcohol (Ethanol) ↔ cariprazine

Moderate Drug Interaction

Using cariprazine together with ethanol may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with cariprazine. Do not use more than the recommended dose of cariprazine, and avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medication affects you. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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cariprazine ↔ food

Moderate Food Interaction

Consumer information for this interaction is not currently available.

GENERALLY AVOID: Grapefruit juice may increase the plasma concentrations of cariprazine. The proposed mechanism is inhibition of CYP450 3A4-mediated metabolism of cariprazine by certain compounds present in grapefruit. When cariprazine (0.5 mg/day) was coadministered with the potent CYP450 3A4 inhibitor, ketoconazole (400 mg/day), cariprazine peak plasma concentration (Cmax) and systemic exposure (AUC) increased by approximately 3.5- and 4-fold, respectively, while Cmax and AUC of DDCAR increased by approximately 1.5-fold each. The Cmax and AUC of another active metabolite, desmethyl cariprazine (DCAR), decreased by approximately one-third. The interaction has not been studied with grapefruit juice. In general, the effect of grapefruit juice is concentration-, dose- and preparation-dependent, and can vary widely among brands. Certain preparations of grapefruit juice (e.g., high dose, double strength) have sometimes demonstrated potent inhibition of CYP450 3A4, while other preparations (e.g., low dose, single strength) have typically demonstrated moderate inhibition. Increased exposure to cariprazine may increase the risk of adverse effects such as extrapyramidal symptoms, cognitive and motor impairment, hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, weight gain, orthostatic hypotension, leucopenia, neutropenia, seizures, and dysphagia.

MANAGEMENT: Patients should avoid the consumption of grapefruit and grapefruit juice during treatment with cariprazine.


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Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

atypical antipsychotic agents - hyperglycemia/diabetes

Hyperglycemia, in some cases extreme and associated with ketoacidosis or hyperosmolar coma or death, has been reported with the use of atypical antipsychotic agents. Patients with diabetes should be monitored for worsening control of blood glucose when treated with these agents. It is recommended that patients with risk factors for diabetes mellitus starting treatment with atypical antipsychotics should undergo fasting blood glucose testing at the beginning of treatment, and periodically thereafter. Any patient treated with atypical antipsychotics should be monitored for symptoms of hyperglycemia including polydipsia, polyuria, polyphagia, and weakness. Patients who develop symptoms of hyperglycemia during treatment with atypical antipsychotics should undergo fasting blood glucose testing. In some cases, hyperglycemia has resolved when treatment with these agents was discontinued; however, some patients required continuation of anti-diabetic treatment despite discontinuation of the atypical antipsychotic drug.


High Cholesterol (Hyperlipoproteinemia, Hypertriglyceridemia, Sitosterolemia)

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

atypical antipsychotic agents - lipid alterations

Atypical antipsychotic drugs have been associated with undesirable alterations in lipid levels. While all agents in the class have been shown to produce some changes, each drug has its own specific risk profile. Before or soon after initiation of antipsychotic medication, obtain a fasting lipid profile at baseline and monitor periodically during treatment.



Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

atypical antipsychotic agents - weight gain

Weight gain has been observed with atypical antipsychotic use. While all agents in the class have been shown to produce some changes, each drug has its own specific risk profile. When treating pediatric patients with atypical antipsychotic agents, weight gain should be monitored and assessed against that expected for normal growth. Monitor weight at baseline and frequently thereafter.

Cariprazine drug interactions

There are 991 drug interactions with cariprazine

Cariprazine disease interactions

There are 13 disease interactions with cariprazine which include:

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

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