Abilify

Abilify Medication Information:

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About Abilify

What Abilify is used for

ABILIFY is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia in adults. Schizophrenia is characterised by symptoms such as:

  • hearing, seeing or sensing things that are not there,

  • suspiciousness, mistaken beliefs,

  • incoherent speech and behaviour and emotional flatness.

People with this condition may also feel depressed, guilty, anxious or tense.

ABILIFY is also used to treat adults who suffer from bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a condition with symptoms such as:

  • feeling invincible or all powerful inflated self-esteem

  • racing thoughts, easily loosing train of thought

  • overreaction to what is seen or heard

  • misinterpretation of events

  • speeded-up activity, talking very quickly, too loudly, or more than usual,

  • decreased need for sleep

  • poor judgment

  • sometimes exhibiting severe irritability

ABILIFY is not a cure for your condition, but it can help manage your symptoms and may reduce the risk of relapse.

Your doctor may have prescribed ABILIFY for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why ABILIFY has been prescribed for you.

What Abilify does

ABILIFY belongs to a group of medicines called atypical antipsychotic drugs.

Antipsychotic medications affect the chemicals that allow communication between nerve cells (neurotransmitters). Illnesses that affect the brain, such as schizophrenia, may be due to certain chemicals in the brain being out of balance. These imbalances may cause some of the symptoms you may be experiencing. Doctors and scientists are not sure what causes these imbalances to occur. Exactly how ABILIFY works is unknown. However, it seems to adjust the balance of chemicals called dopamine and serotonin.

When Abilify should not be used

Do not take ABILIFY if you have had an allergic reaction to ABILIFY or any of the ingredients listed in the “What the nonmedicinal ingredients are:” section of this leaflet. Signs of allergic reaction may include a rash, itching, shortness of breath or swelling of the face, lips or tongue.

What the medicinal ingredient is

ABILIFY tablets contain the active ingredient called aripiprazole.

What the nonmedicinal ingredients for Abilify are

ABILIFY tablets contain the following inactive ingredients: lactose monohydrate, maize starch, microcrystalline cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, magnesium stearate and coloring agents (2 mg: FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake and iron oxide yellow; 5 mg: FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake; 10 mg and 30 mg: iron oxide red; 15 mg: iron oxide yellow).

What dosage forms Abilify comes in

ABILIFY tablets are available in strengths of 2 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg and 30 mg.


Warnings and Precautions

Serious Warnings and Precautions

Various medicines of the group to which ABILIFY belongs, including ABILIFY, have been associated with an increased rate of death when used in elderly patients with dementia. ABILIFY is not indicated in elderly patients with dementia.

ABILIFY is not for use in children under 18 years of age.

BEFORE you use ABILIFY talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you:

  • are taking any other medicines (prescriptions or over the counter medicines).

  • are pregnant, think you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You should not take ABILIFY if you are pregnant unless you have discussed this with your doctor.

  • are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. Breast-feeding mothers should not take ABILIFY.

  • have high blood sugar or a family history of diabetes.

  • have ever had blackouts or seizures.

  • have involuntary, irregular muscle movements, especially in the face.

  • suffer from heart disease or have a family history of heart disease, stroke or “mini” stroke.

  • suffer from abnormal (high) blood pressure or have rapid heart beat and a drop in blood pressure when getting up.

  • are an elderly patient suffering from dementia (loss of memory and other mental abilities), you or your carer/relative should tell your doctor if you have ever had a stroke or "mini" stroke.

  • exercise vigorously or work in hot, sunny places.

  • drink alcoholic beverages or use recreational drugs.

  • have ever abused drugs.

  • suffer from lactose intolerance or have hereditary galactose intolerance or glucose-galactose malabsorption, because ABILIFY tablets contain lactose.


Interactions with Abilify

Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking ABILIFY.

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.

  • If you are taking other medicines, your doctor may need to change your dose of ABILIFY. You should tell your doctor if you are taking ketoconazole (antifungal), quinidine (antiarrythmic), paroxetine (antidepressant) or fluoxetine (antidepressant). These medicines may lead to higher concentrations of aripiprazole in your blood.

  • You should also tell your doctor if you are taking carbamazepine as it may lead to lower concentrations of aripiprazole in your blood, making ABILIFY less effective.

ABILIFY may increase the effect of medicines used to lower the blood pressure. Be sure to tell your doctor if you take a medicine to keep your blood pressure under control.

The effects of alcohol could be made worse while taking ABILIFY. It is recommended that you do not drink alcohol while taking ABILIFY.

Only take other medicines while you are on ABILIFY if your doctor tells you to.


Proper Use of Abilify

Usual adult dose

The most important thing about taking ABILIFY is to take it exactly the way your doctor has prescribed it, every day. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. Your doctor has decided on the best dosage for you based on your individual situation. Your doctor may increase or decrease your dose depending on your response. The usual dose is 10 mg or 15 mg once a day. However your doctor may prescribe a lower or higher dose to a maximum of 30 mg once a day.

Try to take ABILIFY at the same time each day. It does not matter whether you take it with or without food. Always take the tablet with water and swallow it whole.

If you have the impression that the effect of ABILIFY is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Even if you feel better, do not alter or discontinue the daily dose of ABILIFY without first consulting your doctor. Although ABILIFY cannot cure your condition, it can help relieve your symptoms. If your symptoms improve or disappear, it is probably because your treatment is working. ABILIFY should be taken for as long as you and your doctor believe it is helping you.

Do not give ABILIFY to anyone else. Your doctor has prescribed it for you and your condition.

ABILIFY is not for use in children under 18 years of age.

Overdose

If you have taken more ABILIFY tablets than your doctor has recommended (or if someone else has taken some of your ABILIFY tablets), contact your regional Poison Control Centre and talk to your doctor right away or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Take the medication package with you.

Missed dose

If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember but do not take two doses in one day.


Side Effects for Abilify and What to Do About Them

Like other medicines, ABILIFY can cause some side effects. These side effects are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.

The most common side effects of ABILIFY are:

  • feeling of restlessness (akathisia)

  • drowsiness

  • abnormal movements

  • nausea, vomiting, upset stomach

  • dizziness

  • constipation

  • headaches

  • insomnia

  • anxiety

You should tell your doctor if you notice any symptoms that worry you, even if you think the problems are not connected with the medicine or are not listed here.

Because some people experience sleepiness, you should avoid driving a car or operating machinery until you know how ABILIFY affects you.

Serious Side Effects, How Often They Happen and What to Do About Them
Symptom/Effect Talk with your doctor or pharmacist Stop taking drug and call your doctor or pharmacist
Only if severe In all cases
Common Skin rash on its own    
Uncommon Muscle twitching or abnormal movement of your face or tongue    
Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arms, or legs and speech or vision problems    
Allergic reaction (symptoms include swelling in the mouth, tongue, face and throat, itching, rash)    
Seizure i.e. loss of consciousness with uncontrollable shaking    
Pronounced muscle stiffness or inflexibility with high fever, rapid or irregular heartbeat, sweating, state of confusion or reduced consciousness    
Long-lasting (greater than 4 hours in duration) and painful erection of the penis    

This is not a complete list of side effects. For any unexpected effects while taking ABILIFY, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Abilify Facts

The FDA has recently approved ABILIFY for the treatment of acute manic and mixed episodes in patients of certain age groups.

The active ingredient in ABILIFY was developed by the Japanese company Otsuka, which markets the drug jointly with Bristol-Myers Squibb.

The U.S. patent for ABILIFY does not expire until 2014, but is currently under legal challenge to permit generic equivalents.

The sixth atypical antipsychotic medication of its kind, ABILIFY was approved by the FDA in 2002 for the treatment of schizophrinia.