Indications and Usage:
How Abilify Is Prescribed:
The tablet and oral solution forms are prescribed to be taken once daily. It is not necessary to time dosing according to meals. If given by injection, it is advised that you wait at least two hours between doses. Follow your prescription instructions.
Warnings and Precautions for Abilify:
- Older patients with dementia-related psychosis may experience an increased risk of problems with blood flow in the brain.
- Patients at high risk for suicide should be monitored.
- Discontinue if neuroleptic malignant syndrome or tardive dyskinesia occurs.
- Diabetic patients should have their glucose monitored.
- It should be cautiously used in those with cardio- or cerebrovascular disease, due to the risk for orthostatic hypotension.
- Leukopenia, neutropenia and agranulocytosis have been reported with antipsychotics.
- Use cautiously in patients with a history of seizures.
- Use caution when operating machinery.
Adverse Reactions While Using Abilify:
The most common adverse reactions in the pediatric clinical trials were sleepiness, headache, vomiting, extrapyramidal side effects, fatigue, increased appetite, insomnia, nausea, colds and weight gain.
Always notify your doctor about any medications you will be taking with Abilify.
Drugs that interact with Abilify include:
- Strong CYP3A4 (for example, ketoconazole) or CYP2D6 (for example, fluoxetine) inhibitors will increase Abilify's concentration in the blood. The dose should be decreased if used in conjunction with these types of drugs, so be sure to tell your doctor if you are on them.
- CYP3A4 inducers (for example, carbamazepine) will decrease Abilify's concentration. With these drugs, your doctor will likely increase your dose.