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Abilify – Drug Uses, Side Effects and Precautions


Abilify is an antipsychotic medication used to treat mood disorders. It contains aripiprazole, the active ingredient. Abilify comes as tablets that are taken orally.

  • Generic Name: aripiprazole
  • Brand Name: Abilify
  • Drug ClassAntipsychotics, Second Generation, Antimanic Agents

Uses of Abilify

It is used to treat:

  • Schizophrenia, in adults and children ages 13 years and older.
  • Manic and mixed episodes related to bipolar I disorder, in adults and children ages 10 years and older.
  • Major depressive disorder (MDD), in adults in combination with other medications.
  • Irritability that’s related to autism, in children ages 6 years and older.
  • Tourette’s syndrome, in children ages 6 years and older.

How To Take Abilify

Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking Abilify. Read all drug guides or instruction sheets and follow all guidelines on your prescription label. Your doctor may adjust your dose from time to time.

Abilify is a medication that can be taken with or without food. Do not crush, chew, or break the normal pill; instead, swallow it whole. The orally disintegrating tablet should not be split.

Carefully measure liquid medicine. Use the accompanying dosage syringe or pharmaceutical dose-measuring equipment (not a kitchen spoon).

Only take an orally disintegrating tablet out of the container when you’re ready to use it. Without chewing, place the pill in your mouth and let it dissolve. Swallow the tablet several times as it melts. If necessary, consume liquid to aid in the swallowing of the dissolved tablet.

Your doctor will need to check on you on a frequent basis to see how you’re doing.

If you’re taking an antidepressant, don’t quit taking it all at once or you’ll experience unpleasant side effects. Before you stop taking your antidepressant, talk to your doctor.

Store away from moisture and heat at room temperature. Abilify liquid can be used for up to 6 months after it has been opened, but not after the expiration date on the medicine label has passed.

Side Effects of Abilify

The following side effects can be associated with taking Abilify. They include mild and severe side effects.

Consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information on Abilify’s potential adverse effects. They can provide you with advice on how to deal with any unpleasant side effects.

Mild side effects include:

  • rash
  • restlessness or feeling like you need to move
  • upper respiratory infection, such as a cold
  • anxiety
  • headache
  • hair loss
  • nausea, vomiting, or constipation
  • feeling sleepy or having insomnia (trouble falling asleep or staying asleep)
  • memory loss
  • sexual side effects, such as sexual urges or changes in libido
  • blurry vision or dizziness

Severe side effects include:

  • Stroke in older people with psychosis
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (
  • Diabetes
  • Hypotension
  • Decreased level of white blood cells
  • Impaired ability to think or move
  • Problems with your body’s temperature control
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Extrapyramidal disorder
  • Allergic reaction
  • Tremors
  • Increased risk of death in certain older people
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors in younger people

If you develop hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, seek emergency medical attention right away.

If you have new or worsening depression or anxiety, panic attacks, difficulties sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, angry, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, more energetic or talkative, or if you have thoughts about suicide or harming yourself, call your doctor at once.


Abilify is not licensed for treatment in dementia-related psychosis in older persons.

Suicide is a possibility for people suffering from depression or mental disease. When taking a depression medication for the first time, some young people may experience an upsurge in suicidal thoughts. If you notice any sudden changes in your mood or behavior, or if you have suicidal thoughts, contact your doctor straight once.

If you have any of the following symptoms while using Abilify, you should stop taking it immediately and contact your doctor: Uncontrolled muscular movements; numbness or weakness, severe headache, and vision, speech, or balance issues

If you’re on an antidepressant, don’t quit taking it suddenly.


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