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Aripiprazole or Abilify, Abilify Discmelt Information (dosing, side effects, patient counseling)

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Aripiprazole is also known as the brand name: Abilify and Abilify Discmelt Aripiprazole comes in 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 mg tablets as well as 10 and 15 mg dispersible tablets. Aripiprazole is most commonly used for: bipolar disorder, anger associated with autistic disorder, major depressive disorder, schizophrenia and Tourette’s disorder . Aripiprazole may also be used for psychosis associated with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease. No matter what your doctor has you taking it for, aripiprazole is usually taken by mouth once a day. Aripiprazole can be taken on an empty stomach or with food. Aripiprazole must not be stopped suddenly, you must gradually lower the dose. Standard dosing of aripiprazole ranges from: 2 mg to 15 mg daily Some common side effects with aripiprazole include: headache, sleepiness, nausea, vomiting, weight gain, and agitation. Some less common side effects include: dizziness, drooling, and restlessness. Aripiprazole increases the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults between 18-24 with major depressive disorder or other psychiatric disorders. Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with aripiprazole have an increased chance of death and thus should not take aripiprazole. While taking aripiprazole remember it is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have:  Signs of an allergic reaction such as rash, itching, or hives  Trouble controlling body movements  Suicidal thoughts or urges to harm yourself  Seizures  Feinting or passing out
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