Drug: Abilify, Abilify Discmelt (aripiprazole)

What is aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Discmelt)? Aripiprazole is an antipsychotic medication. It works by changing the actions of chemicals in the brain.Aripiprazole is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression). It is also used together with other medications to treat major depressive disorder in adults.Aripiprazole is also used to treat irritability and symptoms of aggression, mood swings, temper tantrums, and self-injury related to autistic disorder in children who are at least 6 years old.Aripiprazole may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Abilify 10 mgrectangular, pink, imprinted with A-008 10Abilify 15 mground, yellow, imprinted with A-009 15Abilify 20 mground, white, imprinted with A-010 20Abilify 30 mground, pink, imprinted with A-011 30Abilify 5 mgrectangular, blue, imprinted with A-007 5 featuredcontentslider.init({ id: "slider1", contentsource: ["inline", ""], toc: "#increment", nextprev: ["Prev", "Next"], revealtype: "click", enablefade: [true, 0.2], autorotate: [true, 100000], onChange: function(previndex, curindex){ } })

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What are the possible side effects of aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Discmelt)? Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.Stop using aripiprazole and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
  • fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats;
  • jerky muscle movements you cannot control;
  • sudden numbness or weakness, headache, confusion, or problems with vision, speech, or balance;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;
  • increased thirst or urination, loss of appetite, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, nausea, and vomiting;
  • seizure (convulsions);
  • thoughts of hurting yourself;
  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes); or
  • urinating less than usual or not at all.
Less serious side effects may include:
  • choking or trouble swallowing;
  • dizziness, drowsiness, or weakness;
  • constipation, mild stomach upset;
  • headache, anxiety;
  • sleep problems (insomnia); or
  • weight gain.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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What other drugs will affect aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Discmelt)? Before you take aripiprazole, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by aripiprazole.Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
  • a medication to treat high blood pressure or a heart condition;
  • carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol), phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton), or phenytoin (Dilantin);
  • rifabutin (Mycobutin) or rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane, Rifater);
  • ketoconazole (Nizoral), itraconazole (Sporanox);
  • quinidine (Quin-G); or
  • fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), fluvoxamine (Luvox), or paroxetine (Paxil).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with aripiprazole. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

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What happens if I overdose (Abilify, Abilify Discmelt)? Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.Overdose symptoms may include drowsiness, vomiting, agitation, aggression, confusion, tremors, fast or slow heart rate, seizure (convulsions), trouble breathing, or fainting.

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