Where is Aripiprazole used?
Aripiprazole is a type of medicine called atypical antipsychotic that is used in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. This medicine can also be used with an antidepressant to treat depression when the symptoms can’t be controlled by the medicine alone. Aripiprazole helps you treat severe mood swings and reduce how frequently your mood swings occur. This prescription is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How does Aripiprazole work?
Aripiprazole works by:
- Restoring the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters
- Improving your concentration and lessen your hallucinations
- Helping you to think more positively and more clearly
- Letting you become more active in everyday activities in your life
It may take several weeks before getting the full benefit of this medication. Use this prescription regularly to get the best benefit from it.
How is Aripiprazole taken?
The recommended dosage will depend on your age, weight, medical condition, and response to the treatment. Follow carefully your doctor’s instructions.
- Aripiprazole comes as a tablet for oral use. Each dose is taken by mouth with a full glass of water.
- Your doctor may recommend you to take this medication usually once a day.
- Each tablet/dose may be taken with or without food.
- Remember to take the medicine at the same time each day.
To lessen your risk of side effects, your doctor may start you at a low dosage and slowly increase it. Do not use this drug for longer or more frequently than prescribed. Your risk of side effects will increase and your state will not progress any faster.
Continue taking this medication and do not stop taking it even if you feel well. Some conditions might be worse if this medication is stopped suddenly. Your dosage may need to be slowly decreased.
What are the precautions in taking Aripiprazole?
- Aripiprazole may make it harder for your body to cool down. It might decrease how much you sweat. If you do not sweat enough your body could get too hot. You might feel weak, dizzy, confused, or tired if your body gets too hot. You might have an upset stomach or vomit. If drinking cool water and moving away from the heat does not cool you down, call your doctor.
- This medicine may increase the amount of sugar in your blood. Let your doctor know right away if you have increased urination or If you have diabetes, you can notice a change in the results of your blood sugar or urine tests. If you have several questions, contact your doctor.
- This medicine may increase your weight. Your doctor may need to check your weight regularly while you are using this medicine.
- Do not share this medicine with others who have the same symptoms as yours.
- Inform your doctor if you have any medical history or present medications.
- Before taking Aripiprazole or any other medicine, make sure that you are not allergic to it.
- This may cause dizziness and blur your vision. Do not drive or do anything that needs a clear vision.