What is Rexulti?
Rexulti (generic: brexpiprazole) is an oral atypical antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia. Other atypical antipsychotics include Abilify (aripiprazole), Zyprexa (olanzapine), Seroquel (quetiapine) and Geodon (ziprasidone). Rexulti is manufactured by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., and was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on July 10, 2015.
FDA Study Links Rexulti to Compulsive Behaviors
A recent study by the FDA found compulsions to be a rare but serious side effect of Rexulti. Among 2,627 participants who had side effects from Rexulti, at least 3 reported some form of compulsive behavior. All 3 patients had initiated treatment with the drug 6 months or less at the time symptoms first appeared, the study found.
Rexulti Side Effects
Serious side effects of Rexulti may include:
- Uncontrollable Compulsive Behaviors – Gambling, sex, shopping, eating.
- Extrapyramidal Effects – Acute dyskinesias and dystonic reactions, tardive dyskinesia, Parkinsonism, akinesia, akathisia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
- Suicidal Thoughts – Particularly in children, teenagers and young adults.
Common side effects:
- Weight gain
- Runny / stuffy nose
- Increased appetite
Abilify vs. Rexulti: A Case of Pharmaceutical Evergreening?
Pharmaceutical evergreening is a marketing strategy used by manufacturers to generate additional profits after a medication’s patent has expired. The patent-holder tweaks the original drug and then patents the new version. In some cases, the new drug has genuine advantages, but often evergreening is motivated by financial incentives.
Critics have pointed to a case of evergreening with Abilify and Rexulti, which are manufactured by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., and work basically the same, although each has a distinct pharmacological profile. Otsuka claims Rexulti is an improvement on Abilify, but this has yet to be proven.
Symptoms of Schizophrenia
- Disorganized thinking or trouble organizing your thoughts and making sense
- Little desire to be around other people
- Trouble speaking clearly
- Lack of motivation
Why Our Firm is Not Filing a Rexulti Class Action
Our attorneys are not currently filing a class action lawsuits over the alleged side effects of Rexulti. The medication has only been on the U.S. market a short time (approved by the FDA in July 2015), and the first complaints over the drug have only recently been raised.
It often takes years and many consumer complaints before class action status is considered for defective drug litigation. However, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck of you’ve been injured. Our lawyers are investigating potential individual lawsuits for people who suffered uncontrollable compulsive behavior (gambling, shopping, eating, sex) or other serious side effects after taking Rexulti.
Need More Info?
Please visit our Rexulti FAQ page for more information on the issues surrounding this medication.
Do I Have a Rexulti Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Rexulti lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had compulsive behavior or other serious side effects from Rexulti, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.