To ensure the safe use of Aripiprazole, let your doctor know if you suffer or have a history of any of the following conditions:
Kidney or liver disease
High or low blood pressure
Heart rhythm problems
Stroke or heart attack
Epilepsy or seizures
Family or personal history of diabetes
History of low white blood cell counts
If you suffer from diabetes, let your doctor know before you start using the oral solution which contains 15 grams of sugar per dose. Aripiprazole may also cause high blood sugar. Inform your doctor if you notice signs of hyperglycemia (increased urination or thirst, excessive hunger or weakness). Always check the blood sugar levels regularly if you are diabetic.
Only use Aripiprazole with a prescription. The dose may be changed from time to time by your doctor to achieve the best results. You should not use this drug for a period longer than six weeks unless you are advised by your doctor. You can take the medicine with food or without.
Measure the oral solution using a dose-measuring spoon or a medicine cup. For the orally disintegrating tablet, you should keep the tablet in its pack until you are ready to take it. Use dry hands to handle the tablet. Allow the tablet to dissolve in the mouth before swallowing. Do not chew.
FDA Pregnancy Classification
It is unknown if Aripiprazole can cause harm to an unborn baby. However, taking the drug in the last three months of your pregnancy can cause problems such as feeding problems, tremors, stiff muscles, withdrawal symptoms and fussiness. You should let your doctor know if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant during treatment. Aripiprazole can pass into the breast milk and can cause harm to a breastfeeding baby.
Store at room temperature and away from heat and moisture. The oral solution can be used for up to 6 months after being opened.
Dizziness or drowsiness
Aripiprazole should not be used to treat psychotic conditions that are related to dementia. It may elevate the risk of death in older adults.
Some patients have suicidal thoughts after taking this drug. This is common when being treated for major depressive disorders. The doctor will monitor your progress regularly. It is also important for family and friends to be alert about the mood and symptom changes of the patient.
Aripiprazole interacts with 938 drugs. Acute alcohol intoxication will also interact with this drug.