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Abilify Special Warnings and Interactions

 

Abilify special warnings:

The most significant risk associated with taking Abilify is related to the development of tardive dyskinesia. This risk increases with the cumulative amount that has been taken over an extended period of time. Doctors usually limit the risk by prescribing the minimum dosage possible or by using this medication on a long-term basis only when absolutely necessary. If you develop the symptoms of tardive dyskinesia which include involuntary muscular movements of the mouth, tongue etc., you need to contact your physician immediately. Your doctor may then have to discontinue your medication therapy with Abilify.

Abilify and Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome:

On some rare occasions Abilify has been known to also cause a potentially fatal condition called Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome. Symptoms of NMS include high fever, rigid muscles, irregular pulse or blood pressure, changes in heart rhythm, rapid heartbeat, excessive perspiration, and altered mental status. If any of these symptoms occur you need to contact your physician immediately who will want to discontinue treatment with this medication.

 

Additional Precautions While Taking Abilify:

Abilify may have a sedative effect. Because it may make some people’s sleepy, you should be cautious while operating automobiles or any other hazardous machinery until you are absolutely certain how this medication affects your coordination and judgment.

A few people have noted an abrupt drop in blood pressure when they stand up which may lead to lightheadedness or dizziness which is referred to as orthostatic hypotension. Always use Abilify with extreme caution if you have any kind of circulatory problem or heart disease, take blood pressure medication, or have any tendency to become dehydrated.

Abilify and Seizures:

Abilify has also been known to trigger seizures in a very small group of patients and may even possibly interfere with an individual’s ability to swallow. The risk of both of these conditions is obviously greater among the elderly.

If you’ve ever had a seizure, make sure you tell your physician immediately who may want you to use Abilify with caution or to discontinue it completely.

Abilify and similar medications may also cause the body to overheat. You need to be cautious in hot weather or when exercising in a strenuous manner and be sure to drink plenty of liquids.

Children, Adolescents and the Elderly:

Finally, Abilify has never been tested in children or adolescents, although it is now being prescribed at times for each of these age groups. Be very careful to monitor children and adolescents while on this medication for serious side effects. Also older adults obviously need to be very cautious when taking this antipsychotic 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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