ARIPIPRAZOLE (ay ri PIP ray zole) is an atypical antipsychotic. It is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression. It is also used to treat Tourette''s disorder and some symptoms of autism. This medicine may also be used in combination with antidepressants to treat major depressive disorder.
Abilify may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions
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 6 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of Abilify contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. NOTE: Abilify is only for you. Do not share Abilify with others.
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.
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
-fast, irregular heartbeat
-fever or chills, sore throat
-inability to keep still
-males: prolonged or painful erection
-new or increased gambling urges, sexual urges, uncontrolled spending, binge or compulsive eating, or other urges
-problems with balance, talking, walking
-signs and symptoms of high blood sugar such as being more thirsty or hungry or having to urinate more than normal. You may also feel very tired or have blurry vision
-signs and symptoms of low blood pressure like dizziness; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; unusually weak or tired
-signs and symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome like confusion; fast or irregular heartbeat; high fever; increased sweating; stiff muscles
-sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg
-suicidal thoughts or other mood changes
-uncontrollable movements of the arms, face, head, mouth, neck, or upper body
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects for Abilify. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.Source: FDA
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
-antihistamines for allergy, cough, and cold
-certain medicines for anxiety or sleep
-certain medicines for depression like amitriptyline, fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline
-certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole
-general anesthetics like halothane, isoflurane, methoxyflurane, propofol
-levodopa or other medicines for Parkinson''s disease
-medicines for blood pressure
-medicines for seizures
-medicines that relax muscles for surgery
-narcotic medicines for pain
-other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)
-phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, prochlorperazine
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
-have trouble controlling your muscles
-have urges you are unable to control (for example, gambling, spending money, or eating)
-history of irregular heartbeat
-history of stroke
-low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
-low blood pressure
-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
Visit your health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Tell your health care professional if symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Do not stop taking except on your health care professional''s advice. You may develop a severe reaction. Your health care professional will tell you how much medicine to take.
Patients and their families should watch out for new or 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 may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
This drug can cause problems with controlling your body temperature. It can lower the response of your body to cold temperatures. If possible, stay indoors during cold weather. If you must go outdoors, wear warm clothes. It can also lower the response of your body to heat. Do not overheat. Do not over-exercise. Stay out of the sun when possible. If you must be in the sun, wear cool clothing. Drink plenty of water. If you have trouble controlling your body temperature, call your health care provider right away.
This medicine may cause dry eyes and blurred vision. If you wear contact lenses, you may feel some discomfort. Lubricating drops may help. See your eye doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
This medicine may increase blood sugar. Ask your health care provider if changes in diet or medicines are needed if you have diabetes.
There are have been reports of increased sexual urges or other strong urges such as gambling while taking this medicine. If you experience any of these while taking this medicine, you should report this to your health care professional as soon as possible.
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.