Abilify (Aripiprazole) is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar 1 disorder. Aripiprazole is an antipsychotic medication (atypical type) and it works by changing the actions of chemicals in the brain. Abilify is also used together with other medicines to treat major depressive disorder in adults. Abilify is also used in children 6 years or older who have Tourette's disorder, or symptoms of autistic disorder (irritability, aggression, mood swings, temper tantrums, and self-injury). It is not known if aripiprazole is safe or effective in children younger than 13 with schizophrenia, or children younger than 10 with bipolar disorder. Aripiprazole (Generic) is available for purchase in addition to the brand name Abilify.
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Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Some young people have thoughts about suicide when taking medicine for a major depressive disorder and other psychiatric disorders. Your doctor should check your progress at regular visits. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.
Q: Why is Abilify prescribed?
A: Aripiprazole is an antipsychotic medication that is used to treat the symptoms of certain psychotic conditions
Q: Are there any lifestyle changes I should make while taking Abilify?
A: Avoid drinking alcohol. Also, avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially in hot weather and during exercise. It is easier to become dangerously overheated and dehydrated while you are taking Abilify.
Q: How long until I see the benefits of Abilify?
A: It may take several weeks before you get the full benefit of Abilify. Use regularly for the most effective results.
Q: What precautions should I take when starting Abilify?
A: Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Dizziness or severe drowsiness can cause falls, fractures, or other injuries.
Q: Are there any side effects that may occur?
A: You may have increased sexual urges, unusual urges to gamble, or other intense urges while taking this medicine. Talk with your doctor if this occurs. See more in the Side Effects section.
Q: Are there any known drug interactions with Abilify?
A: Taking this medication with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous or life-threatening side effects. Ask your doctor before taking a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, prescription cough medicine, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures. Many other drugs can interact with aripiprazole. Tell your doctor about all your medications and any you start or stop using during treatment with Abilify including prescription, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Q: What if I miss a dose of Abilify?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose