Name: Aripiprazole (ay-ree-PIP-ray-zole)
medicine is used to treat schizophrenia. Your doctor may prescribe this
medicine for other conditions as well.
information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect,
adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions
about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.
How it Works
works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural chemicals in
the brain. These chemicals are referred to as "neurotransmitters".
How to Take It
the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine
may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. Continue to take this medicine
even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- Side effects that may occur while taking this medicine include:
- change in weight
- blurred vision
- Contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY if you experience:
- uncontrolled muscle movements (especially of the face or tongue)
- severe muscle stiffness
- irregular or unusually fast heartbeat (especially with fever
and increased sweating).
- Contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY if you develop symptoms of high
blood sugar such as increased thirst, increased urination, or vision
changes. Keep all lab appointments.
- Do NOT increase your dose of this medicine without first talking
to your doctor, even if you feel that the medicine is not working.
- Do NOT abruptly stop this medicine without talking to your doctor.
- This medicine may cause DROWSINESS or DIZZINESS, or lightheadedness.
DO NOT drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could
be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine.
- Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine
and should be avoided.
- This medicine may reduce sweating. DO NOT become overheated in
hot weather, during exercise, or during other activities since risk
of heatstroke may be increased. Drink plenty of fluids.
- This medicine may increase your risk of getting diabetes or increase
blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can cause serious problems
if left untreated. Your healthcare provider can give you more information
- Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact
your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
- Before taking any new medicine, either prescription or over-the-counter,
check with your doctor or pharmacist. This includes supplements
and herbal products.
your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose,
skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double
this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of
reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat
and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is
outdated or no longer needed.
you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and
risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. It is NOT known if this
medicine is excreted in breast milk. It is recommended that you DO NOT
breast-feed while taking this medicine unless your doctor or pediatrician
has told you to.
more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider,
or you can visit this website, www.abilify.com for additional information
from the manufacturer of this drug.
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