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Abilify Discmelt is an antipsychotic medicine that is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder (manic depression). It is not known if this medicine is safe or effective in children younger than 13 with schizophrenia, or children younger than 10 with bipolar disorder.
Abilify Discmelt is also used together with other medicines to treat major depressive disorder in adults.
Abilify Discmelt 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).
Abilify Discmelt may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Do not take Abilify Discmelt for longer than 6 weeks unless your doctor has told you to.
Abilify Discmelt can be taken with or without food.
Swallow the regular tablet whole and do not crush, chew, or break it.
Measure liquid medicine carefully. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).
Remove an orally disintegrating tablet from the package only when you are ready to take the medicine. Place the tablet in your mouth and allow it to dissolve, without chewing. Swallow several times as the tablet dissolves. If desired, you may drink liquid to help swallow the dissolved tablet.
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how Abilify Discmelt will affect you. Dizziness or drowsiness can cause falls, accidents, or severe injuries.
Avoid drinking alcohol. Dangerous side effects could occur.
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 Discmelt.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- Severe agitation, distress, or restless feeling;
- Twitching or uncontrollable movements of your eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs;
- The mask-like appearance of the face, trouble swallowing, problems with speech;
- Seizure (convulsions);
- Thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself;
- Severe nervous system reaction--very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out;
- Low blood cell counts--fever, chills, sore throat, mouth sores, skin sores, sore throat, cough, trouble breathing, feeling light-headed; or
- High blood sugar--increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor.
What is this medicine?
Aripiprazole 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 the major depressive disorder.
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?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications: