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Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 2.5 hours
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Course Summary

Cariprazine is an atypical, second-generation antipsychotic. Cariprazine is a  first-choice drug used as primary treatment for schizophrenia. It also has a labeled use for acute treatment of manic or mixed episodes in patients who have bipolar I disorder. Adverse effects for patients taking cariprazine include akathisia, dyspepsia, extrapyramidal symptoms, restlessness, somnolence, and vomiting. Adverse effects may also include weight gain. The atypical antipsychotics are relatively well tolerated. When taken in overdose, fatalities are rare. Treatment of cariprazine overdose should be symptomatic and supportive; there is no antidote.

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Course Syllabus

I. Introduction
II. Pharmacological Profile

1.        Category
2.        Mechanism of Action
3.        Labeled Uses
4.        Off-Label Uses
5.        Dosing
6.        Dosing Adjustment: Geriatric Patients
7.        Dosing Adjustment: Hepatic Impairment
8.        Dosing Adjustment: Renal Impairment
9.        Available Forms
10.    US Boxed Warning
11.    Contraindications
12.    Adverse Effects
13.    Warnings and Precautions
14.    Drug Interactions
15.    Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

III. Clinical Pearls: Cariprazine
IV. Dosing Adjustment

1. Geriatric Patients
2. Hepatic Impairment

V. Cariprazine Overdose
VI. Case Study: Cariprazine
VII. Summary


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