Abilify (aripiprazole) is part of a class of medications called atypical antipsychotics. Abilify is used to control the symptoms that accompany schizophrenia in adults and teens, for adults and teens with bipolar, or for treating depression by augmenting other medications. Abilify will not cure schizophrenia or bipolar, but it will help control the behavior that accompanies these conditions. Abilify is also used to control outbursts, anger, and other emotional issues in children with autism.
Abilify comes in tablet, liquid, or quick-dissolve tablet form and is usually taken once per day. It may take up to two weeks to feel the full effect of this medication, and it is important to continue taking this medication even if feeling well.
Abilify is not recommended for use by older adults with dementia. If you have or have ever had heart disease, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, stroke, or seizures you should talk to your doctor about these conditions before you take this medication. Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family currently has or has ever had diabetes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any problems with addictive drugs, including street drugs and medication. You should also mention any serious reactions you have had to other similar medications. Abilify may interact with other medications or supplements, including antihistamines, antidepressants, antifungals, sleeping pills, HIV medications, high blood pressure medications, and more. If you are taking other prescription drugs or supplements, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Abilify.
Serious side effects of this drug may include:
Less serious side effects of this medication may include:
You can reduce Abilify withdrawal symptoms by slowly tapering off of this medication. Do not stop taking this medication abruptly; see your doctor before reducing or discontinuing this medication. Possible symptoms of withdrawal include:
Page content reviewed by James Pendelton, ND
Last Update: 12-22-2014
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