[Cariprazine, a new type - dopamine D₃ receptor preferring - partial agonist atypical antipsychotic for the treatment of schizophrenia and the primary negative symptoms].Neuropsychopharmacol Hung. 2019 Sep; 21(3):103-118.NH
Dopamine D₂ receptor partial agonists represent a new generation of atypical antipsychotics. Cariprazine, which has received centralized market authorization from the European Medicines Agency in 2017 for the treatment of adult patients with schizophrenia (including those with predominant negative symptoms of schizophrenia) differs from the other two partial agonist antipsychotics aripiprazole and brexpiprazole due to its unique features. Cariprazine is a dopamine D₃ preferring D₃/D₂ partial agonist with very similar dopamine receptor subtype selectivity as dopamine. It has proven efficacy in the treatment of positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia, as well as for relapse prevention. Further phase-3 clinical studies proved the efficacy of cariprazine in the acute treatment of manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder, as well as in bipolar depression. For the adjunctive treatment of major depressive disorder, phase 3 studies are in progress.