About the Drug
Abilify (Aripiprazole) is an anti-psychotic drug used mainly to treat Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. It is also used to treat severe depression when combined with other drugs. Autistic children can be given Abilify to lessen irritiablity, mood swings, aggression and self-injury.
Use of Information
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Abilify comes in three different forms – tablet, liquid and a dissolving tablet form. This medication is taken once a day with or without food and should be taken at the same time every day. It may take up to two weeks to get the full effect of the drug so do not stop taking it without consulting your physician.
What If I Missed a Dose?
In the case that you miss taking your medicine, It is recommended that you take it when you remember. It is NOT advised to “double dose” (taking both your missed dose and your next one). What’s most important is you get back to your medication regime and avoid missing doses without professional consult.
How Can I Store this Medicine?
This medication should be kept at room temperature in the container it came in. It should be kept away from heat or moisture. The dissolving tablets should remain in their package and used immediately when opened. The liquid form should be disposed of six months after opening.
Possible Side Effects
The following side effects should decrease after your body has had time to adjust. Tell your doctor if they do not decrease.
- stomach pain
- weight gain
- increased appetite
- increased salivation
- pain in arms, legs or joints
The following symptoms should be addressed immediately by calling your physician.
- changes in heart rate or rhythm
- chest pain
- changes in vision
- uncontrolled body movements
- high fever
- muscle stiffness
- swelling anywhere on the body such as face, arms and/or legs
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- tightening of the neck muscles
- tightness in the throat
This medication can make you drowsy so tell your doctor if you are taking any other prescribed or over the counter medications as the drowsiness may be increased with these other medications. Do not drink alcohol as this can also increase drowsiness. Abilify can increase your blood sugar so tell your doctor if you are diabetic or have a family history of diabetes. Taking this medication can cause your body to overheat so be cautious when exercising, avoid being exposed to extreme heat and drink plenty of fluids.
Took an Overdose?
If you or someone you know took an overdose of this medication, then you need to IMMEDIATELY seek medical attention.
Hotline: U.S. National Poison Control 1800-222-1222
Other Drug Interactions
Abilify can react with other medications so tell you doctor about any other medications you are taking. The following list contains some medications that can react with Abilify.
- itraconazole, ketoconazole
- fluoxetine, paroxetine
- clarithromycin, telithromycin
- protease inhibitors
- tramadol, neuroleptics
- bupropion, antipsychotics