ABILIFY is one of a group of medicines called antipsychotics. It is used to treat adults and adolescents 15 years and older who suffer from a disease characterized by symptoms such as hearing, seeing or sensing things which are not there, suspiciousness, mistaken beliefs, incoherent speech and behavior and emotional flatness. People with this condition may also feel depressed, guilty, anxious or tense. ABILIFY is used to treat adults who suffer from a condition with symptoms such as feeling “high”, having excessive amounts of energy, needing much less sleep than usual, talking very quickly with racing ideas and sometimes severe irritability. It also prevents this condition from returning in patients who have responded to the treatment with ABILIFY.
BEFORE YOU TAKE ABILIFY
Do not take ABILIFY if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to aripiprazole or any of the other ingredients of ABILIFY. Take special care with ABILIFY Before treatment with ABILIFY, tell your doctor if you suffer from High blood sugar(characterized by symptoms such as excessive thirst, passing of large amounts of urine, increase in appetite, and feeling weak) or family history of diabetes Seizure Involuntary, irregular muscle movements, especially in the face Cardiovascular diseases, family history of cardiovascular disease, stroke or “mini” stroke, abnormal blood pressure Blood clots, or family history of blood clots, as antipsychotics have been associated with formation of blood clots If you notice you are gaining weight, experience any difficulty in swallowing or allergic symptoms, please tell your doctor. If you are an elderly patient suffering from dementia (loss of memory and other mental abilities), you or your career/relative should tell your doctor if you have ever had a stroke or “mini” stroke. Tell your doctor immediately if you are having any thoughts or feelings about hurting yourself. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors have been reported during aripiprazole treatment. Tell your doctor immediately if you suffer from muscle stiffness or inflexibility with high fever, sweating, altered mental status, or very rapid or irregular heart beat. Children and adolescents ABILIFY is not for use in children and adolescents under 15 years. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking ABILIFY.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. Blood pressure-lowering medicines: 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. Taking ABILIFY with some medicines may need to change your dose of ABILIFY. It is especially important to mention the following to your doctor: Medicines to correct heart rhythm Antidepressants or herbal remedy used to treat depression and anxiety Antifungal agents Certain medicines to treat HIV infection Anticonvulsants used to treat epilepsy Taking ABILIFY with food and drink ABILIFY can be taken regardless of meals. Alcohol should be avoided when taking ABILIFY.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
You should not take ABILIFY if you are pregnant unless you have discussed this with your doctor. Be sure to tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or if you are planning to become pregnant. Be sure to tell your doctor immediately if you are breast-feeding. If you are taking ABILIFY, you should not breast-feed.
Driving and using machines
Do not drive or use any tools or machines, until you know how ABILIFY affects you. Important information about some of the ingredients of ABILIFY If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
HOW TO TAKE ABILIFY
Always take ABILIFY exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. Adults: • The usual dose is 15 mg once a day. However your doctor may prescribe a lower or higher dose to a maximum of 30 mg once a day. Children: • For adolescents 15 years and older, ABILIFY may be started at a low dose with the oral solution (liquid) form. The dose may be gradually increased to the usual dose for adolescents of 10 mg once a day. However, your doctor may prescribe a lower or higher dose to a maximum of 30 mg once a day. If you have the impression that the effect of ABILIFY is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Try to take the ABILIFY tablet 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. Even if you feel better, do not alter or discontinue the daily dose of ABILIFY without first consulting your doctor. If you take more ABILIFY than you should If you realize you have taken more ABILIFY tablets than your doctor has recommended (or if someone else has taken some of your ABILIFY tablets), contact your doctor right away. If you cannot reach your doctor, go to the nearest hospital and take the pack with you. If you forget to take ABILIFY If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember but do not take two doses in one day. If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.