The active ingredient in Qulipta is atogepant. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) Qulipta comes as a tablet that you swallow. It belongs to a group of drugs known as calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor antagonists.
This article describes the dosages of Qulipta, as well as its strengths and how to take it. To learn more about Qulipta, see this in-depth article.
Note: This article covers Qulipta’s usual dosages, which are provided by the drugmaker. But when using Qulipta, always take the dosage your doctor prescribes.
Below is information about Qulipta’s dosage for episodic migraine.
Note: This chart highlights the basics of Qulipta’s dosage. Be sure to read on for more detail.
|Usual Qulipta dosage
|10 milligrams (mg), 30 mg, or 60 mg taken once daily
What is Qulipta’s form?
Qulipta comes as a tablet that you swallow.
What strengths does Qulipta come in?
Qulipta comes in three strengths:
- 10 milligrams (mg)
- 30 mg
- 60 mg
What are the usual dosages of Qulipta?
Your doctor will prescribe the smallest starting dose that provides the desired effect. Your dosage may vary depending on other drugs you take and certain health conditions you have.
The information below describes dosages that are commonly used or recommended. But be sure to take the dosage your doctor prescribes for you. They’ll determine the best dosage to fit your needs.
Is Qulipta used long term?
Yes, Qulipta is usually used as a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that it’s safe and effective for your condition, you’ll likely take it long term.
If you have severe kidney problems or take certain other medications with Qulipta, your doctor might adjust your dosage.
The dosage of Qulipta you’re prescribed may depend on several factors. These include:
- whether you have serious kidney or liver problems
- whether you take drugs that are processed by certain enzymes* or that transport proteins in the body
- other conditions you may have (see “Dosage adjustments” just above)
* An enzyme is a protein that aids chemical changes in your body, including breaking down or metabolizing drugs.
The usual dosage and frequency of Qulipta is 10 milligrams (mg), 30 mg, or 60 mg taken once daily. While some drugs have a dosage that’s determined by weight, Qulipta isn’t one of them.
Qulipta’s dosing instructions are to take one tablet by mouth once each day with or without food.
For information on the expiration, storage, and disposal of Qulipta, see this article.
If you have trouble swallowing tablets, see this article for tips on how to take this form of medication.
Accessible drug containers and labels
If you find it hard to read the prescription label on your medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist. Some pharmacies provide medication labels that:
- have large print or use braille
- feature a code you can scan with a smartphone to change the text to audio
Your doctor or pharmacist may be able to recommend pharmacies that offer these accessibility features if your current pharmacy doesn’t.
If you have trouble opening medication bottles, let your pharmacist know. They may be able to supply Qulipta in an easy-open container. They may also have tips to help make it simpler to open the drug’s container.
If you miss a dose of Qulipta, take it as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, take the next dose and skip the missed dose. Don’t double up on doses to make up for the missed one.
If you need help remembering to take your dose of Qulipta on time, try using a medication reminder. This can include setting an alarm or downloading a reminder app on your phone.
Do not take more Qulipta than your doctor prescribes, as this can lead to serious side effects.
What to do in case you take too much Qulipta
Call your doctor right away if you think you’ve taken too much Qulipta. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use its online resource. But if you have severe symptoms, immediately call 911 (or your local emergency number) or go to the nearest emergency room.
The sections above describe the usual dosages provided by the drugmaker. If your doctor recommends Qulipta for you, they’ll prescribe the dosage that’s right for you.
Remember, you should not change your dosage of Qulipta without your doctor’s recommendation. Only take Qulipta exactly as prescribed. Talk with your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your current dosage. Here are some examples of questions you may want to ask:
- Does my dosage of Qulipta need to change if I’m taking other drugs along with it?
- Should my dosage of Qulipta increase if it’s not working well enough for me?
- Would a higher dosage of Qulipta increase my risk of side effects?
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