Abilify against Psychotic Disorders
Abilify, or Aripiprazole, is appreciated as an antipsychotic drug. The desirable result is achieved by the active components of the drug that change the brain chemicals stimulating a positive impact. The drug is commonly prescribed as a treatment of various psychotic conditions, including bipolar I disorder and schizophrenia. It is not definitely known whether Abilify is safe in children under 10 years old. If combined with other drugs, the medication can improve major depression symptoms in adults. A doctor may prescribe Abilify to a child above 6 years old to treat Tourette’s disorder or signs of autistic problem (including sudden mood changes, irritability, self-injury, aggression, etc.). The medication can be used in other cases, not mentioned in the safety guide.
Primarily to the Medication Intake
Talk to your healthcare provider before the medication intake to ensure Abilify is safe for your condition and will not cause the occurrence of other symptoms and complications. Do not start the medication intake if you are allergic to Aripiprazole as its active ingredient or other similar drugs. Do not administer Abilify for dementia related conditions treatment, since it increases the danger of fatal outcomes. To help the doctor prescribe you a proper Abilifydose and intake frequency, inform him/her about other health disorders you have, including:
- High cholesterollevel;
- Kidney or liverdisorder;
- Convulsions, epilepsy, seizures;
- Uncontrolled blood pressure;
- Heart disorders;
- Heartrhythm disorders;
- Diabetes, etc.
Abilify may increase blood pressure. Frequent medical tests may be required during Abilify treatment course to make sure the medication produces the best possible effect. Never take the drug if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and do not want to harm the health of an unborn or nursing child.
Besides, keep in mind that Abilify may interact with other prescription and non-prescription medications, herbal remedies and other supplements. Thus, provide your healthcare specialist with a complete list of medications you are taking or have recently administered.
Using Abilify Safely
Follow the recommendations for Abilify use and individual peculiarities prescribed by the doctor to get the best effect possible and experience no complications. Do not use the medication for longer than 6 weeks without doctor’s permission. Administer each Abilify pill with or without food. In case you have missed one dose, you may either take it or skip if the next scheduled one should be used in a short while. Avoid Abilify overuse and misuse, since they may activate severe side effects, such as:
- Distress, agitation;
- Uncontrollable eye, tongue, arms and legs movements;
- Serious reaction of the central nervous system;
- Increased blood sugarlevel;
- Reduced blood cell count and others.