Generic Name: Aripiprazole
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Aripiprazole is a medication recommended and used in the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, irritability associated with autism and tic disorders. This is an atypical antipsychotic. How it works is not known but it is believed to affect certain substances in the brain.
How to Use
Never use Aripiprazole without first talking to a doctor. Your doctor needs to know if any of the following conditions apply to you:
- You are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant or you are breastfeeding
- You are using prescription or nonprescription medicines, dietary supplement or herbal preparation
- Have allergies to foods, medicines or other substances
- Have a history of heart problems
- Have a history of neuroleptic malignant syndrome, seizures, Alzheimer disease, dementia, depression, mood or mental disorders or get suicidal thoughts or attempts
- Have a family history of diabetes or high blood sugar or overweight
- Have low blood volume, dehydrated, smoke, drink alcohol or you will be exposed to high temperatures
- Have never taken Aripiprazole by mouth
Aripiprazole should be used as directed. There is an extra patient information sheet that comes with the medication. Read it carefully. Aripiprazole is given as an injection at a clinic, hospital or doctor’s office. Contact your health care provider if you have questions. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor for advice.
FDA Pregnancy Classification
It is not known if Aripiprazole can harm an unborn baby. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant while using this medication. The doctor will discuss with you the benefits and risks of using the medication while pregnant. You should not breastfeed while using Aripiprazole.
Store at room temperature and far from direct heat and moisture.
- Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
- Tardive dyskinesia
- High blood sugar
- Severe allergic reactions
- Abnormal thinking
- Chest pain
- Fast, slow or irregular heartbeat
- Increased sweating
- Involuntary movements of the tongue, mouth, tongue, arms, jaw, back or legs
- Loss of control over urination
- Muscle tremor
- Loss of coordination
- New/worsening mental or mood problems
- One-sided weakness
- Vision or speech changes
Aripiprazole may cause dizziness, light-headedness or drowsiness. Avoid activities that require alertness. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery after taking this medication. Alcohol and certain medicine will worsen the side effects.
Patients who use Aripiprazole may develop muscle movements they can’t control. This is common in elderly female patients. Let your doctor know if you experience any of these conditions.