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Abilify/ Abilify Discmelt : Tell Me All About It

 

Brand Name : AbilifyAbilify Discmelt

Generic Name: Aripiprazole

Abilify/ Abilify Discmelt Overview:

Abilify is a medication usually used in the treatment of schizophrenia, a very debilitating psychological illness that inhibits an individualís ability to maintain a true sense of reality. The Abilify medication may also be used at times to treat the bipolar symptoms of mania as well as at times in conjunction with antidepressants for Major Depressive Disorder.

Abilify is a medication  most often used to treat psychotic symptoms including hallucinations, delusions and disorganized thinking. This antipsychotic medication is believed to work by changing an individualís sensitivity to brain chemicals referred to as neurotransmitters: serotonin and dopamine. The Abilify Discmelt formulation is an orally disintegrating tablet form frequently prescribed by doctors.

Abilify/Abilify Discmelt: What age groups can take this antipsychotic medication?

Abilify is an antipsychotic medication usually used to treat schizophrenia in adults and adolescents 13 to 17 years old. It may sometimes also be used to treat individuals with bipolar disorder who are experiencing manic and mixed episodes. Sometimes, it may even be used to treat children as young as 10 years old. Abilify may also be used at times in conjunction with antidepressants to treat adults with major depressive disorder. It is not recommended for use with elderly patients with dementia related psychosis as it may increase the risk of death.

 

Abilify/Abilfy Discmelt: Some Important Facts About This Antipsychotic Medication

Before taking this antipsychotic medication, you should always consult a physician due to the potential serious side effects. Abilify medication can cause tardive dyskinesia which is a condition indicated by involuntary movements of the face and body, such as movements of the tongue, puffing of the cheeks, chewing movements as well as several others noticeable and disconcerting side effects. Tardive dyskinesia may be permanent and seems to be most common among older adults, and most frequently among women. You should always consult a physician about potential risk before using the Abilify medication.

Abilify/ Abilfy Discmelt: When should this medication not be prescribed?

If youíve ever had a bad reaction to this medication or any similar medication, you should probably avoid it and consult your physician immediately. Also, the effects of Abilify have not been adequately studied for women who are pregnant. It should probably only be recommended if its benefits significantly outweigh the potential risk to the mother or the baby. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant you should talk to your doctor immediately. Breast-feeding is also not recommended while taking the Abilify medication. As previously mentioned, Abilify should never be used for elderly patients with dementia related psychosis due to the high risk of death.

Abilify/ Abilfy Discmelt Medication Summary:

Abilify is a very popular medication used for the treatment of schizophrenia, some bipolar disorder symptoms and in conjunction with antidepressants in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. It is usually used in treating the schizophrenic symptoms of hallucinations and delusional thinking. However, the Abilify medication has serious side effects which may include death which need to be considered very seriously before taking this antipsychotic medication. Obviously consult with your physician prior to taking Abilify or any other psychiatric medication.

 

Adapted from the PDR pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs (6th and 9th Editions), Consumer Reports Consumer Drug Reference and The PDR Family Guide to Prescription Drugs

Pictures of Abilify by Permission of Drugs.Com

Additional information By Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist 

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