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Aripiprazole - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Aripiprazole

Generic Name : Aripiprazole
Pronunciation : AR-i-PIP-ra-zole
Latest prescription information about Aripiprazole. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Psychotherapeutics
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Aripiprazole

India : 

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International : 

Abilify
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Why is Aripiprazole Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an atypical antipsychotic and antidepressant, prescribed for schizophrenia and depression. It regulates abnormal conditions like disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions in adults and children greater than 13 years.  

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When should Aripiprazole not be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity, pregnancy and lactation, children less than 18 years.

What is the dosage of Aripiprazole?

Adult: Initial dose: 10 to 15 mg once daily. Usual maintenance dose: 15 mg once daily. Adjust dose at intervals of at least 2 week. Max dose: 30 mg once daily, by mouth.

How should Aripiprazole be taken?

This medication available in the form of tablet and solution to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Aripiprazole?

• Caution should also be exercised in patients with known heart diseases, brain diseases or conditions which would predispose patients to low blood pressure.

Do not drive a car or operate hazardous machinery, including automobiles; do not drink alcohol while taking this drug.

Avoid pregnancy and lactation.

What are the side effects of Aripiprazole?

  Central Nervous System: Dizziness, drowsiness, headache.
  Gastrointestinal: Nausea, vomiting.

What are the other precautions for Aripiprazole?

Avoid changing the dose.

What are the storage conditions for Aripiprazole?

Store at 25C. Store it in air tight container and keep away from children.




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keerthi47, India

I suffer from AGITATION DEPRESSION I am taking Mirtazapine 15 mg and on maintanance dose of Aripiprazole 2.5 mg I reduced the dose gradually from 10mg to 2.5 mg. prior to taking aripiprazole i was not diabetic but I am taking 100 mg of Sitaglyptine and 500 mg of Metformin. Now my HbA1C is 5.8. When I was taking 10 mg of Aripiprazole I used to get ideas of harming my new born grandson and sexually assaulting my grand daughter. now with2.5 mg of aripiprazole i do not get such ideas. Also with 10 mg of aripiprazole i used to get abnormal movements in my fingers and arrhythmias. wity 2.5 mg of aripiprazole abnormal movements have greatly reduced and arrhythmias are infrequent, but i have hyperglycaemia which is controlled by 100 mg of Sitaglyptin and 500mg of metfirmin. Experts please comment.

Concerned_Mom, United States

This medicine has been recommended to my daughter, aged 10. She was diagnosed with ADHD and defiant behavior. The dosage is 5mg per day. Please suggest if this would have any side effects...

nawani14, India

I AM 29YEAR OLD FEMALE AND TAKING ARPIZOL10MG FOR LAST ONE YEAR AS PRESCRIBED BY MY DOCTOR.RECENTLY I MISSED TO TAKE 1/2DAYS . I CAN NOT SLEEP IN NIGHT PROPERLY AND DULLNESS AND AVOIODING /INTEREST IN DAY TO DAY WORK.I CONTACTED MY DOCTOR AND ADVICED NOT TO STOP ANY DAY ARPIZOL10MG-1TAB AND ADICE FOR SLEEP LONAZEP1MG ALONGWITYH ARPIZOL10. BUT AFGTER THAT I CAN NOT SLEEP PROPERLY NOT MORETHAN 3TO4HOURS IN NIGHT . PLEASE ADVICE ME YOUR PROPER COMMENT FGOR MY BETTER LIFE AND FOR THAT I SHALL BE MORE GRATEFUL TO YOU.THANKS

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