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Abilify Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Generic Name: Aripiprazole

Abilify is an antipsychotic medication. It works by changing the actions of chemicals in the brain. Aripiprazole medication used to manage positive symptoms including such as hallucinations, delusions, and thought disturbances and as well as negative symptoms including such as social withdrawal, inability to experience pleasure, and blunted affect of schizophrenia.

Abilify Dosage

The usual dose for abilify medication is 10 or 15 milligrams taken once a day.

Uses of Abilify

  • Abilify is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • This drug may also be used to treat dementia-related behavior problems including such as agitation, aggression when standard treatments including such as behavioral therapy, cholinesterase inhibitors have not been successful.

Side Effects of Abilify

If you are taking this medication, then discuss the side effects with your doctor. If you feel any change in intensity, then you should tell your doctor. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe to continue using Abilify. Side effects may include:

  • Anxiety
  • blurred vision
  • constipation
  • cough
  • headache
  • insomnia
  • light-headedness
  • nausea
  • rash
  • restlessness
  • runny nose
  • sleepiness
  • tremors
  • vomiting
  • weakness
  • weight gain

Warnings and precautions before taking Abilify:

  • If you are taking abilify medicine then you may feel some sleepy, So you should be cautious about operating hazardous machinery such as cars.
  • Drugs such as Abilify can cause the body to overheat. So you should be cautious in hot weather and when exercising strenuously.
  • Consult your doctor immediately if you feel any symptoms including such as high fever, sweating, muscle stiffness, faster breathing and drowsiness or sleepiness while taking this medicine.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking certain drugs with abilify, then it may decreased, increased or altered the effects of abilify medicine. You should be cautious when taking Abilify with blood pressure medications classified as alpha-adrenergic blockers, including Hytrin and Cardura. Caution is also advised when combining Abilify with drugs that act on the brain, including tranquilizers, antidepressants, sleeping pills, narcotic painkillers, and other schizophrenia medications.

Overdose

When you are taking abilify, and you feel that overdose is suspected then contact your doctor immediately. Symptoms of an Abilify overdose may include:-

  • drowsiness
  • vomiting
  • agitation
  • aggression
  • confusion
  • tremors
  • fast or slow heart rate
  • seizure (convulsions)
  • trouble breathing
  • feeling light-headed
  • fainting

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