Aripiprazole Tablets (Generic Abilify ) - Uses, Dosage and Side Effects

Aripiprazole (Generic Abilify ) is an atypical antipsychotic and antidepressant used in the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and clinical depression.
It is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for schizophrenia, for acute manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder, as an adjunct for major depressive disorder and to treat irritability in children with autism. It is available under the brand names Abilify, Aripiprex. In its generic form it is available as Asprito manufactured by Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Side Effects of Aripiprazole Tablets (Generic Abilify )

The common side effects of Generic Abilify are akathisia, headache, agitation, anxiety, unusual tiredness or weakness, nausea and vomiting, an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach, constipation, increased production of saliva, light-headedness, insomnia, sleepiness, shaking, blurred vision and sexual dysfunction.
The rarely occuring side effects of Aripiprazole Tablets are
* Uncontrollable twitching or jerking movements, tremors, seizure, and weight gain. Some people may feel dizzy, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position, or may experience a fast heart rate.
* Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (Combination of fever, muscle stiffness, faster breathing, sweating, reduced consciousness, and sudden change in blood pressure and heart rate.)
* Suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts
* Painful and/or sustained erection
* Tardive dyskinesia (As with all antipsychotic medication, patients using aripiprazole may develop the permanent neurological disorder tardive dyskinesia.)
* Stroke (While taking aripiprazole (Generic Abilify) some elderly patients with dementia have suffered from stroke or 'mini' stroke.) * Allergic reaction (such as swelling in the mouth or throat, itching, rash), speech disorder, nervousness, agitation, fainting, reports of abnormal liver test values, inflammation of the pancreas, muscle pain, weakness, stiffness, or cramps.

Generic Abilify - Dosage Forms

The following are the dosage forms of Aripiprazole (Generic Abilify)
* Intramuscular injection, solution: 9.75 mg/mL (1.3 mL)
* Solution, oral: 1 mg/mL (150 mL) [contains propylene glycol, sucrose 400 mg/mL, and fructose 200 mg/mL; orange cream flavor]
* Tablet: 2 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg
* Tablet, orally disintegrating: 10 mg [contains phenylalanine 1.12 mg; creme de vanilla flavor]; 15 mg [contains phenylalanine 1.68 mg; creme de vanilla flavor]

Overdosage and Overdose Symptoms of Aripiprazole (Generic Abilify)

Children or adults who ingested acute overdoses have usually manifested central nervous system depression ranging from mild sedation to coma; serum concentrations of aripiprazole and dehydroaripiprazole in these patients were elevated by up to 3-4 fold over normal therapeutic levels, yet no deaths have yet been recorded.

Aripiprazole - Availability And Packaging

Aripiprazole is available as Generic Abilify Tablets which is packaged in 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg and 30 mg tablets.

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