ABILIFY is used to treat manic and mixed episodes of
Bipolar I Disorder in pediatric patients 10 to 17 years of age.
While there is no cure for Bipolar Disorder, there are effective approaches to help manage the symptoms. ABILIFY is an option that may help.
Effectiveness of ABILIFY
In a large 4-week clinical study involving 296 pediatric patients age 10 to 17 with Bipolar I Disorder, those treated with ABILIFY showed improvement in symptoms of manic and mixed episodes.
Some symptoms of a manic episode associated with Bipolar I Disorder include:
- Elevated (extremely happy) or irritable mood
- Talking too fast or too much
- Risky or impulsive behavior, like inappropriate sex talk or behavior or excessive spending sprees
- Needing little sleep
- Being easily distracted (your attention shifts between many topics in just a few minutes)
- Having an inflated feeling of power, greatness, or importance
- Intense focus on goal-directed activity
- Racing thoughts
Keep in mind that as with all medicines, every patient responds differently, and it's important to give the medicine time to work. ABILIFY helps to manage manic symptoms and stabilize mood (manic or mixed). It is important to give their body time to adjust to ABILIFY and allow it to begin working to help manage Bipolar I Disorder symptoms.
What to expect with ABILIFY
ABILIFY is taken once a day, with or without food. If your child misses a dose, don't "double up," instead take the next scheduled dose. Be sure your child takes ABILIFY as prescribed by their doctor. Talk to your healthcare professional before stopping ABILIFY or changing your dose.
How ABILIFY is thought to work
The exact way ABILIFY (or any other medication for Bipolar I Disorder) works is unknown. However, it is thought that ABILIFY may work by adjusting the level of certain chemicals (dopamine and serotonin) in the brain. Dopamine and serotonin are called neurotransmitters because they help information travel inside the brain. Watch a video about how ABILIFY is thought to work.
Safety Profile and Side
Effects of ABILIFY
Find answers to some commonly asked questions about side effects of ABILIFY for Bipolar I Disorder, Manic or Mixed.Click here
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