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ARIPIPRAZOLE

This medication is an antipsychotic drug (atypical type). Aripiprazole works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters).

This drug is used to treat certain mental/mood disorders (such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Tourette’s disorder, and irritability associated with autistic disorder). It may also be used in combination with other medication to treat depression.

Do not use Aripiprazole if you are allergic to any ingredient in Aripiprazole Extended-Release Injection.  Tell your doctor or health care provider right away if this applies to you.

Side effects of this drug include:

  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach Pain
  • Weight Gain
  • Increased Appetite
  • Increased Salivation
  • Pain, Especially In The Arms, Legs, Or Joints

 

More serious side effects of this drug include:

  • Seizures
  • Slow, Fast, Or Irregular Heartbeat
  • Chest Pain
  • Changes In Vision
  • Unusual Movements Of Your Body Or Face That You Cannot Control
  • High Fever
  • Muscle Stiffness
  • Confusion
  • Sweating
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Swelling Of The Eyes, Face, Mouth, Lips, Tongue, Throat, Hands, Feet, Ankles, Or Lower Legs
  • Difficulty Breathing Or Swallowing
  • Tightening Of The Neck Muscles
  • Tightness In The Throat

Tell your doctor promptly if any of these effects persist or worsen. Also, call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

Before using Aripiprazole Extended-Release Injection, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following:

  • If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • If you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • If you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • If you have a history of heart problems (eg, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack), high or low blood pressure, high blood cholesterol or triglyceride levels, blood vessel problems, stroke, or low white blood cell levels
  • If you have a history of seizures, neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), dementia, Alzheimer disease, depression or other mental or mood disorders, or suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • If you or a family member has a history of diabetes or high blood sugar, or you are very overweight
  • If you are dehydrated or have low blood volume, drink alcohol, or smoke, or you will be exposed to high temperatures
  • If you have never taken Aripiprazole by mouth

 

Interactions

Drug interactions may interfere with how your medication works. Tell your doctor about all your medications and any you start or stop using during treatment with Aripiprazole

The following may interact with this drug:

  • Metoclopramide
  • Products That Cause Drowsiness Including Alcohol, Antihistamines (Such As Cetirizine, Diphenhydramine)
  • Drugs For Sleep Or Anxiety (Such As Alprazolam, Diazepam, Zolpidem)
  • Muscle Relaxants
  • Narcotic Pain Relievers (Such As Codeine)

Call emergency hotline if someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing. Symptoms of overdose may include very fast heartbeat and loss of consciousness.

 

Available brands:

  • Abdin
  • Bisoza 5/Bisoza 10/Bisoza 15
  • Abilify Tablet/Abilify Discmelt/Abilify OS

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