July 31, 2014
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Abilify

(aripiprazole)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02322374 ABILIFY 2MG TABLET
02322382 ABILIFY 5MG TABLET
02322390 ABILIFY 10MG TABLET
02322404 ABILIFY 15MG TABLET
02322412 ABILIFY 20MG TABLET
02322455 ABILIFY 30MG TABLET

How does Abilify work? What will it do for me?

Aripiprazole belongs to the group of medications known as antipsychotics. It is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Aripiprazole may also be used in addition to other medications to treat major depressive disorder for adults who have not had enough of a response from previous treatments.

Aripiprazole does not cure these medical conditions, but helps to manage symptoms by affecting the actions of certain chemical messengers in the brain.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Abilify?

For schizophrenia, the recommended adult dose is 10 mg or 15 mg taken once a day, with or without food. Some people may require higher doses. If your doctor decides that a higher dose is needed, increases should only be made after 2 weeks. The maximum daily dose is 30 mg daily.

The recommended starting dose for adolescents (15 to 17 years) to treat schizophrenia is 2 mg daily, gradually increased to 10 mg daily, taken once a day.

For bipolar disorder, the recommended initial dose for adults is 15 mg daily with or without food. Based on response, the dose can be increased to a maximum of 30 mg daily.

The recommended starting dose for adolescents (13 to 17 years) to treat bipolar disorder is 2 mg daily, gradually increased to 10 mg daily, taken once a day.

For major depressive disorder, the recommended starting dose for adults is 2 mg to 5 mg taken once a day. Gradual increases in the dose can be made only after 1 week. The maximum dose is 15 mg daily.

Swallow the tablets whole with water.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Abilify come in?

2 mg
Each green, modified rectangle tablet imprinted with "A-006" and "2" contains aripiprazole 2 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, hydroxypropyl cellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose; coloring agents: FD&C Blue No. 2, Aluminum Lake, and iron oxide yellow.

5 mg
Each blue, modified rectangle tablet imprinted with "A-007" and "5" contains aripiprazole 5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, hydroxypropyl cellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose; coloring agents: FD&C Blue No. 2, Aluminum Lake.

10 mg
Each pink, modified rectangle tablet imprinted with "A-008" and "10" contains aripiprazole 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, hydroxypropyl cellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose; coloring agents: iron oxide red.

15 mg
Each yellow, round tablet imprinted with "A-009" and "15" contains aripiprazole 15 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, hydroxypropyl cellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose; coloring agents: iron oxide yellow.

20 mg
Each white, round tablet imprinted with "A-010" and "20" contains aripiprazole 20 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, hydroxypropyl cellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose.

30 mg
Each pink, round tablet imprinted with "A-011" and "30" contains aripiprazole 30 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, hydroxypropyl cellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose; coloring agents: iron oxide red.

Who should NOT take Abilify?

Do not take this medication if you are allergic to aripiprazole or any ingredients of the medication.

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