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Pronunciation/brɛkˈspɪprəzl/ brek-SPIP-rə-zohl
/rɛkˈsʌlti/ rek-SUL-tee
Trade namesRexulti, Rxulti
Other namesOPC-34712
  • 7-[4-[4-(1-benzothiophen-4-yl)piperazin-1-yl]butoxy]quinolin-2(1H)-one
Clinical data
Drug classAtypical antipsychotic[1]
Main usesSchizophrenia, major depressive disorder[1]
Side effectsWeight gain, movement disorder[1]
  • AU: C[2]
  • US: N (Not classified yet)[2]
Routes of
By mouth (tablets)
External links
License data
Legal status
Bioavailability95% (Tmax = 4 hours)[4]
Protein binding>99%
MetabolismLiver (mainly mediated by CYP3A4 and CYP2D6)
Elimination half-life91 hours (brexpiprazole), 86 hours (major metabolite)
ExcretionFeces (46%), urine (25%)
Chemical and physical data
Molar mass433.57 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
  • O=C5/C=C\c4ccc(OCCCCN3CCN(c1cccc2sccc12)CC3)cc4N5
  • InChI=1S/C25H27N3O2S/c29-25-9-7-19-6-8-20(18-22(19)26-25)30-16-2-1-11-27-12-14-28(15-13-27)23-4-3-5-24-21(23)10-17-31-24/h3-10,17-18H,1-2,11-16H2,(H,26,29)

Brexpiprazole, sold under the brand name Rexulti among others, is an atypical antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia, and major depressive disorder (MDD).[1] In schizophrenia it may be used in those over the age of 12.[1] It may also be used for agitation in people with dementia.[5] It is taken by mouth.[6]

Common side effects include weight gain and a movement disorder known as akathisia.[1] Other side effects may include neuroleptic malignant syndrome, tardive dyskinesia, diabetes, problem gambling, and low white blood cells.[1] Use in older people with dementia increases the risk of death.[1] Safety in pregnancy is unclear.[7] It is believed to work by affecting dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline in the brain.[6]

Brexpiprazole was approved for medical use in the United States in 2015 and Europe in 2018.[1][6] It is not available in the United Kingdom as of 2022.[8] In the United States it costs about 1,200 USD per month as of 2022, regardless of the dose.[9]

Medical uses

Brexpiprazole is used in the treatment of schizophrenia and as an adjunct for major depressive disorder.[10]


It is started at a dose of 0.5 to 1 mg per day, which may be increased to a maximum of 4 mg per day.[1]

Side effects

The most common adverse events associated with brexpiprazole (all doses of brexpiprazole cumulatively greater than or equal to 5% vs. placebo) were upper respiratory tract infection (6.9% vs. 4.8%), akathisia (6.6% vs. 3.2%), weight gain (6.3% vs. 0.8%), and nasopharyngitis (5.0% vs. 1.6%).[11]


Based on information given on the consent forms, it seems brexpiprazole is a substrate of CYP2D6 and CYP3A4, like its predecessor aripiprazole. Participants in the clinical trials are advised to avoid grapefruit, Seville oranges and related citruses.



Site Ki (nM) Action Ref
5-HT1A 0.12 Partial agonist [13]
5-HT1B 32 ND [13]
5-HT2A 0.47 Antagonist [13]
5-HT2B 1.9 Antagonist [13]
5-HT2C 12–34 Partial agonist [13]
5-HT5A 140 ND [13]
5-HT6 58 Antagonist [13]
5-HT7 3.7 Antagonist [13]
D1 160 ND [13]
D2L 0.30 Partial agonist [13]
D3 1.1 Partial agonist [13]
D4 6.3 ND [13]
α1A 3.8 Antagonist [13]
α1B 0.17 Antagonist [13]
α1D 2.6 Antagonist [13]
α2A 15 Antagonist [13]
α2B 17 Antagonist [13]
α2C 0.59 Antagonist [13]
β1 59 Antagonist [13]
β2 67 Antagonist [13]
β3 >10,000 ND [13]
H1 19 Antagonist [13]
H2 >10,000 ND [13]
H3 >10,000 ND [13]
mACh 52% at 10 μM ND [13]
  M1 67% at 10 μM ND [13]
  M2 >10,000 ND [13]
σ 96% at 10 μM ND [13]
SERT 65% at 10 μM Blocker [13]
NET 0% at 10 μM Blocker [13]
DAT 90% at 10 μM Blocker [13]
Values are Ki (nM). The smaller the value, the more strongly the drug binds to the site. Most or all data are for human cloned proteins.

Brexpiprazole acts as a partial agonist of the serotonin 5-HT1A receptor and the dopamine D2 and D3 receptors.[13] Partial agonists have both blocking properties and stimulating properties at the receptor they bind to. The ratio of blocking activity to stimulating activity determines a portion of its clinical effects. Brexpiprazole has more blocking and less stimulating activity at the dopamine receptors than its predecessor, aripiprazole, which may decrease its risk for agitation and restlessness.[13] Specifically, where aripiprazole has an intrinsic activity or agonist effect at the D2 receptor of 60%+, brexpiprazole has an intrinsic activity at the same receptor of about 45%. For aripiprazole, this means more dopamine receptor activation at lower doses, with blockade being reached at higher doses, whereas brexpiprazole is the opposite.[further explanation needed] By contrast, brexpiprazole has a much higher affinity for the 5-HT1A receptor than aripiprazole as well as a much higher intrinsic activity. In vivo characterization of brexpiprazole shows that it may act as a near-full agonist of the 5-HT1A receptor. This may further underlie a lower potential than aripiprazole to cause treatment-emergent, movement-related disorders such as akathisia due to the downstream dopamine release that is triggered by 5-HT1A receptor agonism. It is also an antagonist of the serotonin 5-HT2A, 5-HT2B, and 5-HT7 receptors, which may contribute to antidepressant effect. It also binds to and blocks the α1A-, α1B-, α1D-, and α2C-adrenergic receptors.[13] The drug has negligible affinity for the muscarinic acetylcholine receptors, and hence has no anticholinergic effects.[13] Although brexpiprazole has less affinity for H1 compared to aripiprazole weight gain can occur.[14]


In November 2011, Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Lundbeck announced a global alliance.[15] Lundbeck gave Otsuka an upfront payment of $200 million, and the deal includes development, regulatory and sales payments, for a potential total of $1.8 billion. Specifically for OPC-34712, Lundbeck will obtain 50% of net sales in Europe and Canada and 45% of net sales in the US from Otsuka.

Society and culture

Legal status

In January 2018, it was approved for the treatment of schizophrenia in Japan.[16]



Brexpiprazole was under development for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as an adjunct to stimulants, but was discontinued for this indication.[18][19][20] It reached phase 2 clinical trials for this use prior to discontinuation.[20]


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