What is Abilify?
Abilify is an antipsychotic medication which works by helping to change the chemicals actions of the brain. The product is also known as aripiprazole. Abilify can be used in treating psychotic symptoms and conditions such as bipolar I disorder which is also known as manic depression and also schizophrenia.
It is not well known whether the product is effective or good for younger children from the age of 10 to 13 years who suffer from schizophrenia. Abilify is also very flexible as it can be used with other medicines to help in treating adults who are suffering from disorders such as depression. Also, younger children of 6 years that suffer from Autistic or Tourette’s disorder can also use Abilify as a treatment. Children with autistic disorder are those who are very aggressive, irritated, have mood swings, self-injury, tantrums, and too much temper.
It is important however to note that psychotic conditions that are related to dementia do not approve the use of Abilify as a way of treatment. Older adults that suffer from dementia-related conditions also face an increased risk of death if they decide to use Abilify as a way of treatment for their condition. It is important that during your dosage you communicate with your Doctor regarding any changes. This is mainly because it has been reported that some young people undergo suicide thoughts when they are taking medicine that is used to treat psychiatric or depressive disorders.
Who Makes Abilify?
The product is made by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. and is distributed to patients that meet the criteria of their eligibility. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Company founded the foundation in collaboration with the Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and they are both responsible for distributing the tablets. Also, on 28th of April 2015 Hetero Labs, Torrent, Alembic, and Teva companies were given the go-ahead by the FDA to manufacture Abilify from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company version of Abilify. Every Abilify tablet indicates that it treats bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Otsuka initially developed Abilify in Japan. Otsuka America then joined hands with Bristol-Myers Squibb, and in April 2013 to 2014 March they got $6.9 billion from the sales of the product. This was a huge amount of money which goes on to show how vital Abilify is due to the significant impacts it can make in people’s lives.
Benefits of Abilify
Like every other drug or product, the medicine comes with great advantages which we will get to discuss below. It is reported that on a daily basis more than half of the people who have bipolar disorder take antipsychotics to try and control the mood. Benefits of Abilify are in plenty and outweigh even the risks however you should also note that there are side effects which will be discussed later on.
It helps to treat adults that suffer from depression as it can be used as an add-on treatment in case an anti-depressant is not quite enough to support the patient.
Patients from the ages of 10 to 17 can also use the medicine to treat manic or symptoms that are associated with bipolar I disorder. Adults can use it for the same treatment.
Schizophrenia can also be treated through Abilify from children of ages 13 to 17, and it has been proven to be relatively effective.
Children from the ages of 6-7 years that suffer from autism can also use the medicine for their treatment.
If you start using the product and note specific changes such as your muscles are getting stiff, rapid heart rate, or experience any fever, you need to stop using the medicine and contact your doctor immediately.
Side Effects of Abilify
Although the benefits have been said to outweigh the side effects, you need to familiarize yourself with the side effects that are associated with Abilify.
First of all, before you need to know that you can’t take the medicine if you have the following conditions;
- Kidney or liver disease
- If you are associated with a history of stroke or even heart attack
- If you have a high rate of cholesterol
- If you have epilepsy or even seizure
- If your family has a history of diabetes issues
The side effects include;
The use of the medicine may cause lack of sleep and frequent headaches. If symptoms persist, you should seek medical advice from your doctor.
Abilify can cause dizziness and your head to feel light which may increase the rate of falling. Therefore if you are sitting down somewhere, you need to get up very slowly.
- Abilify intake may increase the rise of sugar in your blood which may worsen diabetes in case you have any. That’s why it is essential you don’t take Abilify if you have diabetes.
- The product intake may also cause a severe condition known as NMS (Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome). Therefore, it is essential to inform your doctor immediately if you experience any muscle pain/stiffness, fever, or problems with your kidney.
- Although it is rare to get a severe allergic reaction from taking it, you need to know that in case you get any symptoms that seem to result from allergic reactions you should inform your doctor right away.
This is the most important part to note if you have been approved to take the medicine. The reason is that every medication needs to be taken with the utmost care and in the right way. When taking Abilify, you need to follow the prescription that has been written for you by your doctor.
Sometimes the doctor might change the dosage to ensure that the medication is providing the right results. Abilify should also not be taken for way too long than your doctor has prescribed it. You should also not take smaller or larger amount outside of what has been prescribed by the doctor.
Unless the doctor has prescribed explicitly for you, you should not take the product for more than six weeks. You can take Abilify with or without food, and you need to measure the medicine with either the spoon, pill, or syringe provided to you by the doctor. If you happen to miss a dose, you need to take it as soon as you remember. If you also happen to overdose seek medical attention immediately
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