Generic Name: Aripiprazole
Brand Name: Abilify*
Drug Category: Anti-Psychotics
Dosage Form: Tablet
Manufacturer's Name: Intas Pharmaceuticals
Generic for Abilify*(Aripiprazole) is an anti-psychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression). It is also used in combination with other medications to treat depression.
Generic for Abilify*(Aripiprazole) is used to treat certain mental disorders such as schizophrenia (a major mental illness that causes unusual thinking, inappropriate emotions, and loss of interest in life) and bipolar disorder (moderate-to-severe manic episodes). It is also used in combination with other medications to treat depression.
Drug Class and Mechanism:
Generic for Abilify* belongs to a class of medications called atypical anti-psychotics. It works by restoring the balance of certain natural chemicals (dopamine and serotonin) in the brain. Generic for Abilify* treats severe mood swings, improves concentration and decreases hallucinations.
The dosage of Generic for Abilify* depends on your medical condition and history. Always follow the dosage instructions as prescribed by your physician or as mentioned on the prescription drug label. Do not overdose or suddenly stop taking Generic for Abilify* without consulting your doctor.
How should Generic for Abilify* be taken?
Take Generic for Abilify* by mouth at the same time each day. It can be taken with or without food.
Generic for Abilify* tablet should be taken with a glass of water. It is usually taken once a day.
Generic for Abilify* Missed Dosage:
If you have missed a dose of Generic for Abilify*, take one immediately as soon as you remember. But if it is already time for your next scheduled dosage, skip the missed dose and take the next dose as prescribed. Do not take extra dose to compensate for a missed dose.
Generic for Abilify* Overdosage:
Overdose of any medication can lead to serious consequences. Seek emergency medical attention if you suspect an overdose of Generic for Abilify*. Overdose symptoms of Generic for Abilify* include confusion, drowsiness, aggression, fainting, agitation, tremors, seizures, and trouble breathing.
As with many other medications, Generic for Abilify* can cause a few side effects. It should be noted that side effects of Generic for Abilify* cannot be anticipated. Consult your doctor if there is a change in intensity of any side effects of Generic for Abilify*.
While taking Generic for Abilify*, if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction like difficulty in breathing, hives, and swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue, get emergency medical help.
Serious Side Effects of Generic for Abilify*:
- sores in mouth and throat
- increased thirst
- dry skin
- loss of appetite
- yellowing of skin or eyes
- fast or uneven heartbeats
Common or Less Serious Side Effects of Generic for Abilify*:
- weight gain
This list does not include all possible side effects associated with Generic for Abilify*. If you would like more information on Generic for Abilify* side effects, talk to your doctor for expert medical advice.
When Generic for Abilify* is taken with other medication or food, drug interactions can occur. Also, certain habits like smoking, consumption of alcohol and caffeine as well as the use of illegal drugs can affect the way a medicine works. Inform your doctor if you take any other prescription medications, non-prescription medications, and dietary or vitamin supplements.
Generic for Abilify* can interact with narcotic pain medicines, muscle relaxers, high blood pressure medicines, tranquilizers and azole anti-fungals.
Some of the drugs that can interact with Generic for Abilify* are as follows:
This list is not complete and it must be noted that there may be other medications that can interact with Generic for Abilify*.
When taking Generic for Abilify*, it is highly recommended that consumption of alcohol be avoided altogether. When alcohol is taken with Generic for Abilify*, it can increase the drowsiness caused by the drug. Also, inform your doctor if you intend to do intensive exercise.
Generic for Abilify* Contraindications:
Before taking Generic for Abilify*, inform your doctor about all of your medical conditions or allergies, any medications you are using and whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as these factors may affect the way you should take this medication.
Check with your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
- Liver/kidney disease
- Breast cancer
- Heart disease
Generic for Abilify* use during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:
Inform your doctor if you are planning a pregnancy or if you have become pregnant while taking Generic for Abilify*.
Certain medications can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. While taking Generic for Abilify*, do not breastfeed your baby.
Generic for Abilify* for Elderly use:
Generic for Abilify* is not recommended for elderly patients suffering from dementia-related conditions.
Generic for Abilify* for Pediatric use:
Generic for Abilify* is used to treat schizophrenia in children who are above 13 years of age.
Generic for Abilify* Storage instruction:
Generic for Abilify* can be stored at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture.
Keep medication out of the reach of children and pets.
The information provided here is a summary only and is intended to serve as a supplement and not a substitute for the knowledge and judgment of your physician. It should never be presumed that the use of Generic for Abilify* can be safe or effective for your medical condition. Always consult your physician or medical practitioner about the use of this or any other drug.