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Can Ingrezza capsules be opened?

Medically reviewed by Leigh Ann Anderson, PharmD. Last updated on Sep 10, 2021.

Official answer

  • Ask your doctor before you open the Ingrezza capsule and take it any other way than swallowing it whole.
  • Do not open, cut, crush or split the capsule without your doctor’s advice.
  • Contact your doctor right away if you are having trouble swallowing your capsule.

Neurocrine Biosciences, the manufacturer of Ingrezza (valbenazine), does not have specific studies on whether the capsule can be opened and sprinkled on food or taken any other way than swallowing it whole. They state it is up to the professional judgement of your health care provider.

Ingrezza is not an extended-release formulation. It contains a blend of valbenazine tosylate and certain inactive ingredients in a hard gelatin capsule shell, as reported by the drug maker.

What is Ingrezza used for?

  • Ingrezza (valbenazine) is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with movements in the face, tongue, or other body parts that cannot be controlled (tardive dyskinesia).
  • It works by blocking certain chemicals in your body that may be involved with involuntary muscle movement.

Ingrezza is swallowed by mouth once a day in capsule form, with or without food. It is available as a 40 mg, 60 mg and 80 mg capsules. Your doctor will determine your specific dose. Do not stop taking your medicine without speaking with your healthcare provider first.

This is not all the information you need to know about Ingrezza (valbenazine) for safe and effective use and does not take the place of talking to your doctor about your treatment. Review the full Ingrezza information here, and discuss this information and any questions you have with your doctor or other health care provider.


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