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Abilify (Aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic that can be used in a variety of medical circumstances. Primarily, Aripiprazole is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorders and can be used as an add-on treatment for major depressive disorders. Abilify (Aripiprazole) is also able to treat irritability in autism cases as well as tourette's disorder.
Before taking Aripiprazole consult the paper work given to you by your pharmacist, and make sure to check with your doctor if the directions are unclear. Aripiprazole is usually taken as an oral dose once a day with or without food. The dose ranges from 2 mg to 30 mg and can take several weeks before you feel the full benefit of the drug. Depending on the diagnosis and the guidance of your doctor, the dosage of the medication can be increased over the course of several weeks.
For missed doses take Abilify (Aripiprazole) as soon as you remember. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, skip it to avoid double dosing and continue your regular schedule.
Make sure to stay hydrated while taking this and consult your physician about drinking grapefruit juice while on Abilify (Aripiprazole).
Avoid alcohol and illegal drugs while taking Abilify (Aripiprazole) as they could worsen the medical condition and increase unwanted side effects by the medication. If an overdose occurs call your doctor or 911 right away as you may require urgent care.
Common side effects can include:
Some side effects develop over time with prolonged use of antipsychotics. Tardive dyskinesia (TD) can develop with prolonged use of Apripiprazole and can be identified as grimacing motions with your mouth, unusual sucking or tongue movements, smacking of lips, or uncontrollable bodily movements.
Most antipsychotic medication can cause sedative effects and possibly dizziness. Therefore, patients should avoid operating heavy machinery or driving until the effects of the medication are clearly felt by the patient.
Q: What Medications Negatively Interact with Abilify (Aripiprazole)?
A: Avoid taking Aripiprazole with:
(antibiotic) Clarithromycin (Biaxin®)
(antidepressant) Fluoxetine (Prozac®), Paroxetine (Paxil®), and Nefazodone
(antifungal) Fluconazole (Diflucan®), Ketoconazole (Nizoral®), and Itraconazole (Sporanox®)
(HIV medication) Protease Inhibitors Indinavir (Crixivan®), Ritonavir (Norvir®), Aaquinavir (Fortovase®, Invirase®), and lopinavir/Ritonavir (Kaletra®)
Q: How long before Abilify (Aripiprazole) takes effect?
A: This medication can take upwards to two weeks, and in extreme cases 2-3 months before the full benefit is felt in a patient. During this time it is important to stay in touch with your doctor to understand if this medication is right for you.
Q: How do I store and dispose of this medication?
A: Store the tablets in the container given to you by your pharmacist at room temperature. Disposing of this medication should be done if there are any unused tablets after 6 months or if the expiry date has passed. Disposing of this medication should be done in a way that avoids direct contact with children or pets. Do not flush the medication down the toilet, and seek out pharmaceutical take-back programs if they are available in your local area.
Q: What happens if I get suicidal thoughts while taking Aripiprazole?
A: If you are currently being treated with medication for depression consult your doctor for any changes in behaviour as you begin your treatment with Aripiprazole.
Q: There are doses ranging from 2mg to 30mg what should I order?
A: Abilify comes in a range of dose sizes. Your doctor has prescribed a specific dosage based on the diagnosis. Choose the right dose size based on your doctors instructions for treatment.
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