Abilify is an antipsychotic medication that is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. It can also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Abilify is a prescription medication that is available as a tablet, solution, and intramuscular injection. The tablet is taken orally, with or without food. The solution is taken orally with or without food. The intramuscular injection is given by a healthcare provider. Common side effects of Abilify include drowsiness, headache, constipation, upset stomach, weight gain, and mild restlessness or feeling jittery.

Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic medication that is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. It works by restoring the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain. Abilify may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. You should not use Abilify if you are allergic to aripiprazole. To make sure Abilify is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot, epilepsy or other seizure disorder, a history of head injury or brain tumor, dementia (memory loss and decreased ability to think clearly) or other mental illness, diabetes, low blood sugar, trouble swallowing, or if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antipsychotic medication. Your doctor should check your progress at regular visits. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Abilify will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. Aripiprazole can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby.

Benefits of Abilify

It can be used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. May also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Can restore balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain Risks of Abilify: -You should not use Abilify if you are allergic to aripiprazole-Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antipsychotic medication-Aripiprazole can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby.

Side effects

The most common side effects include: drowsiness, headache, constipation, upset stomach, weight gain, and mild restlessness or feeling jittery. -Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: -shaking (tremor), restless feeling, sweating, mouth/tongue movement (tardive dyskinesia)-muscle stiffness, changes in your heartbeat, seizures,-easy bruising or bleeding;-unusual weakness,-fever,, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms,-nausea and vomiting;-loss of balance or coordination;-mask-like face,-upset stomach or throwing up,-changes in vision; -jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or -high blood sugar-increased hunger, thirst, urination,-dry mouth,-drowsiness, confusion.

Abilify may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Pharmacokinetics is the study of how a drug moves through the body. It is important to understand pharmacokinetics when taking Abilify, as it affects how the medication works. Aripiprazole is mostly metabolized in the liver, and its metabolites are excreted in the urine. The half-life of aripiprazole is about 75 hours, meaning that it takes about that long for half of the drug to be eliminated from the body.

Dosage and admissibility

The usual starting dose for Abilify is 10 or 15 mg once daily. The dose can be increased to a maximum of 30 mg once daily if needed. The recommended dose for children and adolescents (ages 6 to 17) is 2 to 15 mg once daily. The dose can be increased to a maximum of 30 mg once daily if needed. Abilify can be taken with or without food. It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at the same time unless directed by your healthcare provider.