What to Expect with Abilify.
If you’ve been prescribed ABILIFY, or even if you wish to discuss ABILIFY with your healthcare professional, it may be helpful to know a little more about how ABILIFY fits into your treatment plan.
ABILIFY is used to treat adults and pediatric patients 10 to 17 years of age with an acute manic or mixed episode associated with
The onset of symptom relief varies from person to person. In clinical studies with ABILIFY, manic symptoms improved for some patients within several days. Of course, everyone responds to medicine in his or her own way. It's important that patients give ABILIFY a chance to start working and keep their healthcare professional informed about how they are feeling.
Transitioning from other medications
Now that you have been prescribed ABILIFY, your healthcare professional may have instructed you to stop taking the medication you had previously been prescribed. The doctor will adjust your dose based on your response to ABILIFY. It is important to give your body time to adjust to ABILIFY and allow it to begin working to manage your symptoms.
Doctor Discussion Guide
Be sure to have regular conversations with your healthcare professional about your treatment and symptoms as well as any side effects you are experiencing. Create a customized list of questions about ABILIFY that you can use during your next visit to the doctor. Use the
Take ABILIFY as directed by your healthcare professional.
ABILIFY is usually taken once a day, with or without food. You may want to ask your healthcare professional for advice on what time of day to take ABILIFY.
If you miss a dose, do not “double up”; instead, take your next scheduled dose.
Do not take ABILIFY if you are pregnant or nursing a baby. If you become pregnant while taking ABILIFY, talk to your healthcare professional immediately. Also, do not drink alcohol while taking ABILIFY.
Keep ABILIFY and all other medications out of the reach of children and pets.
If you have any questions about taking ABILIFY, or if you experience any side effects, be sure to talk to your healthcare professional. Don’t stop taking ABILIFY without talking with your healthcare professional first.
Change requires patience
If you are experiencing side effects or having any problems with taking your medication, be sure to discuss them with your healthcare professional. Remember that discussions with your healthcare professional were part of what helped you become an ABILIFY patient. Keep talking to your healthcare professional and seek the support you need to get through this transition to ABILIFY.
Also, please make ABILIFY.com part of your treatment plan. With tools like the
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