Frequently asked questions about INGREZZA® (valbenazine) capsules
What is INGREZZA?
INGREZZA is a medicine that was designed to treat tardive dyskinesia (TD).
It is the #1 most prescribed treatment for TD and is used to treat adults with movements in the face, tongue, or other body parts that cannot be controlled. It is not known if INGREZZA is safe and effective in children.
Do not take INGREZZA if you are allergic to valbenazine or any of the ingredients in INGREZZA.
INGREZZA is taken once a day in capsule form and is available in 2 different doses.
How does INGREZZA work?
Though how it works isn’t fully understood, INGREZZA is thought to reduce dopamine signaling in the brain—while working directly in the region of the brain that causes the uncontrollable movements of TD.
- INGREZZA is believed to reduce extra dopamine signaling
- Dopamine is a chemical in the brain that helps control movement
- TD may be caused by too much dopamine signaling in the brain
Does INGREZZA improve uncontrollable movements?
Will I keep seeing positive results with INGREZZA?
How do I know INGREZZA is working?
Ask your doctor to explain how INGREZZA works, when to expect results, and to clarify the goals of your treatment, including what you should look for to know if it’s working.
What are common side effects of INGREZZA?
In clinical studies, the most common side effect was sleepiness.
Other serious side effects were heart rhythm problems and abnormal movements, including shaking, body stiffness, trouble moving or walking, or keeping your balance. Tell your doctor right away if you have a change in your heartbeat (a fast or irregular heartbeat), or if you faint.
Other side effects included:
- Changes in balance (balance problems, dizziness) or increased risk of falls
- Feelings of restlessness
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision
These are not all of the possible side effects of INGREZZA. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit MedWatch at www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Does INGREZZA have dosing options?
How should I take INGREZZA?
INGREZZA is a capsule that is taken once a day with or without food. Take INGREZZA exactly as your doctor tells you.
Your healthcare provider will tell you how much INGREZZA to take and when to take it. Do not stop taking INGREZZA without talking to your doctor first.
If you take too much INGREZZA, call your poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
Are there savings programs available for INGREZZA?
Ask your doctor to enroll you in the INBRACE® Support Program.
The pharmacy will verify your insurance coverage and work with your healthcare provider to complete any additional paperwork required by your insurance.
The INBRACE® Support Program can help by providing information about options to help pay for INGREZZA.
You may be eligible for a $0 copay on your INGREZZA prescription.*
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