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Aripiprazole ( ay-ri-PIP-ray-zole) is used to treat schizophrenia, which is a mental disorder.
This medicine is available only with your healthcare professional's prescription, in the following dosage forms:
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of using the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your healthcare professional will make. For aripiprazole, the following should be considered:
Allergies- Tell your healthcare professional if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to aripiprazole. Also tell your healthcare professional and pharmacist if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Pregnancy- Studies with aripiprazole have not been done in pregnant women. Some unwanted effects have been reported in animal studies, but the risk to human babies is not clear. Before taking this medicine, make sure your healthcare professional knows if you are pregnant or if you may become pregnant.
Breast-feeding- It is not known whether aripiprazole passes into human breast milk. This medicine does pass into the milk of rats. Aripiprazole is not recommended during breast-feeding, because it may cause unwanted effects in nursing babies.
Children- Studies on this medicine have only been done in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing the use of aripiprazole in children with use in other age groups.
Older adults- Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects or problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing the use of aripiprazole in the elderly with use in other age groups. Older patients with swallowing problems may be at risk for side effects.
Other medicines- Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your healthcare professional may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking aripiprazole, it is especially important that your healthcare professional and pharmacist know if you are using any of the following:
Other medical problems- The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of aripiprazole. Make sure you tell your healthcare professional if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Proper Use of This Medicine
The dose of aripiprazole will be different for different patients. Follow your healthcare professional's orders or the directions on the label . The following information includes only the average doses of aripiprazole. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your healthcare professional tells you to do so.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
To store this medicine:
Precautions While Using This Medicine
If you will be taking this medicine for a long time, it is very important that your healthcare professional check you at regular visits. It is important to re-evaluate for long term usefulness of the drug.
Side Effects of This Medicine
Side Effects of This Medicine
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your healthcare professional immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your healthcare professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome.More common
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT