Abilify Solution (Aripiprazole) Medication Information
Abilify is an atypical antipsychotic indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults and maintenance treatment of bipolar I disorder in adults
The oral formulation also can be used to treat major depressive disorder, Tourette disorder, and irritability associated with autism.
There are oral tablets that are available in several dosage strengths:
- 2 mg
- 5 mg
- 10 mg
- 15 mg
- 20 mg
- 30 mg
There is also an oral solution available for those who have difficulty swallowing tablets.
The most common side effects of Abilify include:
- Increased weight
- Tardive dyskinesia
- Orthostatic hypotension
- Dry mouth
- Nasal congestion
Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for a full list of side effects that applies to you.
Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death. Although the causes of death were varied, most of the deaths appeared to be either cardiovascular (e.g., heart failure, sudden death) or infectious (e.g., pneumonia) in nature.
Atypical antipsychotic drugs have been associated with metabolic changes that include hyperglycemia/diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, and weight gain.
The risk of developing tardive dyskinesia and the likelihood that it will become irreversible are believed to increase as the duration of treatment and the total cumulative dose of antipsychotic drugs administered to the patient increase. However, the syndrome can develop, although much less commonly, after relatively brief treatment periods at low doses.
Some of the common drug interactions with Abilify:
- Blood pressure lowering agents
- CNS depressants
For a more complete list speak with your doctor or pharmacist
Store tablets at room temperature away from moisture and steam (bathroom).
- Notify your health care provider if you notice any movements which you cannot control in your face, tongue, or other body part
- There is a risk of orthostatic hypotension and syncope especially early in treatment, and also at times of re-initiating treatment or increases in dosage
Can I take Abilify with food?
The tablet or oral solution can be taken with or without food
How is the injection administered?
The injectable product is an intramuscular injection, it cannot be administered under the skin or in a vein.
Can I take Abilify if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Abilify crosses the placenta, but current recommendations state that therapy during pregnancy should be individualized for the patient. Speak with your doctor before disconsinuting this medication if you become pregnant.
Babies who are exposed to Abilify in breast milk should be monitored weekly for the first month of exposure for symptoms of appetite change, insomnia, or irritability.