Abilify / Aripiprazole

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:49 by admin
Belonging to the class of medications called antipsychotics, Abilify (also known as aripiprazole) is used to treat schizophrenia. Abilify decreases abnormal excitement in the brain that often leads to the debilitating side effects of schizophrenia, which include the inability to function in everyday life and a rapid, abnormal change in conduct and thought. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, Abilify is made by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Abilify comes as a tablet to take by mouth, usually once a day, and is available by prescription only.

Abilify may impair judgment, thinking, or motor skills. Users should be careful in operating machinery, including automobiles, until they know how Abilify affects them. Abilify may cause trouble swallowing (esophageal dysmotility). This can cause choking and lead to a type of pneumonia called aspiration pneumonia in some patients.

Common side effects of Abilify include, but may not be limited to, headache, weakness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, anxiety problems, sleeping, lightheadedness (dizziness), sleepiness, restlessness and rash.

Antipsychotic drugs such as Abilify have been linked to two serious complications known as Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS) and Tardive Dyskinesia. NMS is a potentially fatal syndrome involving muscle rigidity, an altered mental status and symptoms of cardiac instability (irregular blood pressure, tachycardia, irregular pulse). Tardive Dyskinesia is a central nervous system disorder characterized by involuntary movements of the limbs as well as twitching of the face and tongue.

In April 2004, the FDA and Bristol-Myers Squibb notified healthcare professionals of revision to the WARNINGS section of labeling for Abilify, describing the risk of hyperglycemia and diabetes in patients taking Abilify. FDA asked all manufacturers of atypical antipsychotic medications, including Bristol-Myers Squibb, to add this Warning statement to labeling.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems after taking Abilify. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Antidepressants & Other Psychiatric Drugs
  2. Anxiety Disorders & Panic Attacks: Overview
  3. Diabetes
  4. Digestive Disorders: Overview
  5. Headaches
  6. Nausea: Overview
  7. Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome
  8. Sleep Disorders: Overview
  9. Tardive Dyskinesia
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