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Generic: aripiprazole
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It is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression, and to treat some symptoms of autism
               



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What is this medicine?

ARIPIPRAZOLE (ay ri PIP ray zole) is an atypical antipsychotic. It is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, also known as manic- depression, and to treat some symptoms of autism. This medicine may also be used in combination with antidepressants to treat major depressive disorder.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • dehydration
  • dementia
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • history of stroke
  • low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
  • Parkinson's disease
  • seizures
  • suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by you or a family member
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to aripiprazole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 10 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • carbamazepine
  • certain medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
  • erythromycin
  • fluoxetine
  • grapefruit juice
  • medicines for blood pressure
  • paroxetine
  • quinidine
  • valproic acid

               
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