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It is used to treat adults who suffer from a disease characterised by symptoms such as hearing, seeing or sensing things which are not there, suspiciousness, mistaken beliefs, incoherent speech and behaviour and emotional flatness. People with this condition may also feel depressed, guilty, anxious or tense.
Abilify is used to treat adults who suffer from a condition with symptoms such as feeling \"high\", having excessive amounts of energy, needing much less sleep than usual, talking very quickly with racing ideas and sometimes severe irritability. It also prevents this condition from returning in patients who have responded to the treatment with Abilify.
Before treatment with Abilify , tell your doctor if you suffer from
If you notice you are gaining weight, experience any difficulty in swallowing or allergic symptoms, please tell your doctor.
If you are an elderly patient suffering from dementia (loss of memory and other mental abilities), you or your carer/relative should tell your doctor if you have ever had a stroke or \"mini\" stroke.
Tell your doctor immediately if you are having any thoughts or feelings about hurting yourself. Suicidal thoughts and behaviours have been reported during aripiprazole treatment.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Blood pressure-lowering medicines: Abilify may increase the effect of medicines used to lower the blood pressure. Be sure to tell your doctor if you take a medicine to keep your blood pressure under control.
Taking Abilify with some medicines may need to change your dose of Abilify. It is especially important to mention the following to your doctor:
Abilify can be taken regardless of meals.
You should not take Abilify if you are pregnant unless you have discussed this with your doctor. Be sure to tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or if you are planning to become pregnant.
Breast-feeding mothers should not take Abilify.
Always take Abilify exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. The usual dose is 15 mg once a day. However your doctor may prescribe a lower or higher dose to a maximum of 30 mg once a day.
If you have the impression that the effect of Abilify is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Try to take the Abilify tablet at the same time each day. It does not matter whether you take it with or without food. Always take the tablet with water and swallow it whole.
If you realise you have taken more Abilify tablets than your doctor has recommended (or if someone else has taken some of your Abilify tablets), contact your doctor right away. If you cannot reach your doctor, go to the nearest hospital and take the pack with you.
If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember but do not take two doses in one day.
Like all medicines, Abilify can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Common side effects (greater than 1 in 100, less than 1 in 10 patients)
Uncontrollable twitching or jerking movements, headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach, constipation, increased production of saliva, light-headedness, trouble sleeping, restlessness, feeling anxious, sleepiness, shaking and blurred vision.
Uncommon side effects (greater than 1 in 1,000, less than 1 in 100 patients)
Some people may feel dizzy, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position, or may experience a fast heart rate.
Some people may feel depressed.
Other infrequently reported side effects:
Changes in the levels of some blood cells; unusual heart beat, sudden unexplained death, heart attack; allergic reaction (e.g. swelling in the mouth, tongue, face and throat, itching, rash); high blood sugar, onset or worsening of diabetes, ketoacidosis (ketones in the blood and urine) or coma, low sodium level in the blood; weight gain, weight loss, anorexia; nervousness, agitation, feeling anxious; thoughts of suicide, suicide attempt and suicide; speech disorder, seizure, combination of fever, muscle stiffness, faster breathing, sweating, reduced consciousness and sudden changes in blood pressure and heart rate; fainting, high blood pressure, blockage of a blood vessel by a blood clot formed elsewhere in the body; spasm of the muscles around the voice box, accidental inhalation of food with risk of pneumonia, difficulty in swallowing; inflammation of the pancreas; inflammation of the liver, yellowing of the skin and white part of eyes, reports of abnormal liver test values, abdominal and stomach discomfort, diarrhoea; skin rash and sensitivity to light, unusual hair loss or thinning, excessive sweating; stiffness or cramps, muscle pain, weakness; involuntary loss of urine, difficulty in passing urine; prolonged and/or painful erection; difficulty controlling core body temperature or overheating, chest pain, and swelling of hands, ankles or feet.
In elderly patients with dementia, more fatal cases have been reported while taking aripiprazole. In addition, cases of stroke or \"mini\" stroke have been reported.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Abilify after the expiry date which is stated on the blister and on the carton.
Store in the original package in order to protect from moisture.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
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