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Aripiprazole

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Abilify Discmelt®;Abilify®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Abilify®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Abilify
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antipsychotic Agent, Atypical

    Uses
    • It is used to treat schizophrenia. It may take 6 weeks to see the full effect.
    • It is used to treat manic low mood (depression).
    • It is used to treat mood problems.
    • It is used to treat bold or forceful actions.
    • Aripiprazole helps clear your thinking.
    • It works on helping social interactions, mood, expression of mood, as well as, delusions, paranoia, and look.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Oral-disintegrating tablet: Do not push the tablet out of the foil when opening. Use dry hands to take it from the foil. Place on your tongue and let it melt. Water is not needed. Do not swallow it whole. Do not chew, break, or crush it.
    • There is a liquid (solution) if you cannot swallow pills.
    • Those who have feeding tubes may also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.
    • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
    • Follow the diet and workout plan that your doctor told you about.
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into a muscle.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store tablets at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • Store liquid (solution) in a refrigerator. Throw away any part not used after 6 months.
    • Use oral-disintegrating tablet right after opening. Throw away any part of opened pouch that is not used.
    • The shot will be given to you in a hospital or doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • There is a higher chance of death in older adults who take this drug for memory problems (dementia).
    • The want to harm yourself is an unsafe sign of low mood (depression). It may last until your low mood is fully treated. If you are planning on harming yourself, call the ER (emergency department) right away.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to aripiprazole or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
    • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor.
    • If you have a family history of high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor.
    • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have Parkinson's disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have PKU, talk with your doctor. Some products have phenylalanine.
    • If you have seizures, talk with your doctor.
    • If you are overweight, talk with your doctor.
    • Check your blood sugar as you have been told by your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Avoid beer, wine, mixed drinks, or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
    • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
    • Be careful in hot weather. Drink lots of fluids to stop fluid loss.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.
    • High blood sugar. This most often goes back to normal when drug is stopped.
    • Headache.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Nervous and excitable.
    • Weight gain.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • If you are planning to harm yourself or the want to harm yourself gets worse.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Big change in balance.
    • Shakiness, trouble moving around, or stiffness.
    • Very nervous and excitable.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • More trips to the bathroom, more thirst, or weight loss.
    • For women, if you get pregnant while taking this drug.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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