Bipolar Jacket

Vraylar (Cariprazine)

Vraylar (cariprazine) is an atypical antipsychotic medication that is used to treat bipolar disorder. It works by balancing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain that are involved in mood regulation.

Vraylar is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder in adults. It can also be used as a maintenance treatment to help prevent future episodes of mania or depression.

Typical Dosing for Vraylar

The starting dose of Vraylar for the treatment of bipolar disorder is typically 1.5 mg once daily, which can be increased gradually to a maximum dose of 6 mg once daily. The healthcare provider may adjust the dosage based on the individual’s response to the medication, tolerance, and potential side effects.

It is important to take Vraylar exactly as prescribed by a healthcare provider and to follow their instructions closely. The medication is available as an oral tablet that can be taken with or without food. Vraylar should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a consistent level of the medication in the body.

Side Effects of Vraylar

Some common side effects of Vraylar include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Restlessness
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Akathisia (an inner sense of restlessness that can make it difficult to sit still)
  • Abnormal movements, such as tremors, stiffness, or shaking
  • Constipation

Less common but more serious side effects of Vraylar can include:

  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), a rare but potentially life-threatening condition that can cause fever, muscle rigidity, and other symptoms
  • Tardive dyskinesia, a movement disorder that can cause uncontrollable movements of the face, tongue, or other body parts
  • Increased risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior, particularly in children, teenagers, and young adults

It is important to contact a healthcare provider immediately if any of these serious side effects occur. The provider can determine the appropriate course of action, which may include adjusting the dosage or switching to a different medication.

Savings on Vraylar

Vraylar is not yet generic and so you must buy name brand. This can be expensive. However, there is significant savings to be had. Please see below:

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