Real Story: Carol

Carol started taking NUEDEXTA after discussing it with
her doctor. Then she started seeing results.

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Carol is a real patient living with PBA. Image reflects patient’s health status at the time the image was captured.

My uncontrollable crying and laughing episodes started after a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and after a year of seeking answers, I was diagnosed with Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA).

My doctor talked with me about my options and told me about NUEDEXTA. I was relieved that I finally had the correct diagnosis, but I was anxious about starting yet another medicine. My doctor explained that NUEDEXTA is a medication approved to help reduce PBA episodes. He wanted me to be fully aware of the most common side effects of NUEDEXTA, including diarrhea, dizziness, cough, vomiting, weariness, and ankle swelling, as well as other more serious side effects that may happen. As a librarian, I’m a researcher, so I took a little time to dig a bit deeper into NUEDEXTA. I discussed what I learned with my doctor; we talked about why he thought NUEDEXTA might be a good fit for me, and I decided to try NUEDEXTA.

As prescribed, I took one capsule a day for the first week to introduce my body to NUEDEXTA — and then two capsules, 12 hours apart, from Week 2 onward. For the first few weeks, I experienced fatigue and nausea, which I talked with my healthcare team about, but I kept trying.


Carol is a real patient living with PBA. Image reflects patient’s health status at the time the image was captured.

Gradually, I started noticing a difference. My crying episodes became less frequent, and I wasn’t crying as much when things weren’t sad. I’m in a new stage now that I’m taking NUEDEXTA. Although I still have PBA, I have fewer episodes and I know that I’m doing everything I can to help manage my PBA symptoms.

Of course, this is what I have experienced. Everyone is different, and experiences with treatment may vary.

Hear more of Carol’s story.

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Real patients living with PBA. Images reflect patients’ health status at the time the images were captured.