Abilify (Aripiprazole)

 
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Abilify is one brand name of the medicine also known by its generic name Aripiprazole. This page displays only reviews left by users of Abilify. Click here to see all reviews left for all forms of Aripiprazole. You can also choose other review combinations.

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What is/are Abilify?

ARIPIPRAZOLE is an atypical antipsychotic. It is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression. This medicine may also be used in combination with antidepressants to treat major depressive disorder. This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care providers before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • dehydration
  • dementia
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • history of brain tumor, head injury or stroke
  • Parkinson's disease
  • previous heart attack
  • seizures
  • suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by you or a family member
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to aripiprazole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 10 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

Note: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • carbamazepine
  • charcoal
  • erythromycin
  • fluoxetine
  • grapefruit juice
  • itraconazole
  • ketoconazole
  • paroxetine
  • quinidine

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care providers a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What side effects may I notice from this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • confusion
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
  • increased hunger or thirst
  • increased urination
  • joint pain
  • muscles pain, spasms
  • problems with balance, talking, walking
  • restlessness or need to keep moving
  • seizures
  • suicidal thoughts or other mood changes
  • trouble swallowing
  • uncontrollable head, mouth, neck, arm, or leg movements
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • blurred vision
  • constipation
  • headache
  • nausea, vomiting
  • trouble sleeping
  • weight gain

This list may not describe all possible side effects.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. It may be several weeks before you see the full effects of this medicine. Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. You may need to gradually reduce the dose.

Patients and their families should watch out for worsening depression or thoughts of suicide. Also watch out for sudden changes in feelings such as feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, overly excited and hyperactive, or not being able to sleep. If this happens, especially at the beginning of antidepressant treatment or after a change in dose, call your health care professional.

You may get dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can increase dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

This medicine can reduce the response of your body to heat or cold. Try not to get overheated or dehydrated from exercise. Avoid temperature extremes, such as saunas, hot tubs, or very hot or cold baths or showers. Dress warmly in cold weather.

If you notice an increased hunger or thirst, different from your normal hunger or thirst, or if you find that you have to urinate more frequently, you should contact your health care provider as soon as possible. You may need to have your blood sugar monitored. This medicine may cause changes in your blood sugar levels. You should monitor you blood sugar frequently if you are a diabetic.

Do not treat yourself for colds, diarrhea or allergies without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients can increase possible side effects.

Where should I keep this medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Dosage forms

  • Intramuscular injection, solution: 9.75 mg/mL (1.3 mL)
  • Solution, oral: 1 mg/mL (150 mL) [contains propylene glycol, sucrose 400 mg/mL, and fructose 200 mg/mL; orange cream flavor]
  • Tablet: 2 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg
  • Tablet, orally disintegrating: 10 mg [contains phenylalanine 1.12 mg; creme de vanilla flavor]; 15 mg [contains phenylalanine 1.68 mg; creme de vanilla flavor]

Pharmacokinetics

Aripiprazole displays linear kinetics and has an elimination half-life of approximately 75 hours. Steady-state plasma concentrations are achieved in about 14 days. Cmax (maximum plasma concentration) is achieved 3–5 hours after oral dosing. Bioavailability of the oral tablets is about 90% and the drug undergoes extensive hepatic metabolization (dehydrogenation, hydroxylation, and N-dealkylation), principally by the enzymes CYP2D6 and CYP3A4. Its only known active metabolite is dehydro-aripiprazole, which typically accumulates to approximately 40% of the aripiprazole concentration. The parenteral drug is excreted only in traces, and its metabolites, active or not, are excreted via feces and urine. When dosed daily, brain concentrations of aripiprazole will increase for a period of 10–14 days, before reaching stable constant levels.

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Aripiprazole , which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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It is an awesome drug

My experience taking Abilify Oral has been great as it helps clearing my mind of all the business that was going on in my head relieved and I drift off to sleep right off to sleep within minutes. It is an awesome drug which has put my busy mind at rest so my mind would let me rest,

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Felt like bugs were crawling under my skin

felt like bugs were crawling under my skin. this feeling stopped after stopping the med

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Abilify
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Depression

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It gave me my life back

I've been on abilify for 9 yrs. It gave me my life back. Haven't been suicidal since I started taking it. The only complaint I have is it's caused tremors in my whole body. Drs are decreasing it to see if this helps.

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Abilify
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Bipolar Disorder

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Suddenly had neck and hip spasms

unfortunately our son had to stop this med after 9 doses he had severe dystonia. we loved how it helped him he short time but the ninth day he suddenly had neck and hip spasms that later that day were so bad we ended up in the Emergency department. had to stop and now are checking other alternatives. If you start having neck pain call your provider immediately

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Not for me.

No secret I am diagnosed with mild bi-polar II. During the initial treatment period, and while attempting to wait the 4-6 weeks, my psychiatrist decided this medication was not appropriate for my disorder ~ which actually help diagnose my disorder. Crazy dreams, the common delayed orgasm for men, blurred vision. Complete personality destroyer.

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