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   Aripiprazole

Aripiprazole
(oral) (liquid, Tablet, Tablet, Disintegrating)


Treats mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and some symptoms of bipolar disorder (manic episodes).

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Abilify, Abilify Discmelt
 
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Aripiprazole
Abilify, Abilify Discmelt
Uses
Treats mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and some symptoms of bipolar disorder (manic episodes).

Storage
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Opened bottles of the oral liquid form can be used for up to 6 months after opening, but not beyond the expiration date on the bottle. Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment.
  • You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed. Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.


How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Liquid, Tablet, Dissolving Tablet. Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often.
  • Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you.
  • Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. You may take this medicine with or without food. Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup. If you are using the oral disintegrating tablet, make sure your hands are dry before you handle the tablet.
  • Do not open the blister pack that contains the tablet until you are ready to take it.
  • Remove the tablet from the blister pack by peeling back the foil, then taking the tablet out.
  • Do not push the tablet through the foil.
  • Place the tablet on your tongue.
  • It should melt quickly.
  • If possible, take the tablet without any liquid.
  • If needed, you may take a sip of water.
  • Do not split the tablet.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing. Change in how much or how often you urinate. Chest pain, fast or slow heartbeat. Confusion, unusual behavior, depressed mood, or thoughts of hurting yourself. Excessive hunger or thirst, increased urination, and weakness. Extreme sleepiness or weakness with nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Fever, sweating, confusion, uneven heartbeat, or muscle stiffness. Lightheadedness or fainting. Seizures. Trouble swallowing. Twitching or muscle movements you cannot control (often in your face, tongue, or jaw). Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.

Precautions
  • You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to aripiprazole.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can.
  • If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart disease or low blood pressure.
  • Tell your doctor if you have a history of heart attack, stroke, seizures, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or if you have ever experienced symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) in the past. This medicine may raise your blood sugar.
  • Tell your doctor if you have diabetes.
  • It may be necessary to measure your blood sugar more often.
  • The oral liquid form of this medicine also contains sugar. Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medicine, including stroke.
  • Make sure the doctor knows if the person who will be using this medicine has Alzheimer's disease.
  • This medicine is not used to treat dementia in older adults. The oral disintegrating tablet form of this medicine contains phenylalanine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have phenylketonuria (PKU). This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy.
  • Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert. You may get overheated more easily while you are using this medicine.
  • Be careful if you exercise often or are in high heat or humidity.
  • Drink plenty of water every day.
  • Most people should drink at least eight cups (8 ounces per cup) of water per day.

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