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U.S. FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION, including Boxed WARNINGS, and Medication Guide.

Antidepressants may increase suicidal thoughts or behaviors in some children, teenagers, and young adults, especially within the first few months of treatment or when the dose is changed. Depression and other serious mental illnesses are themselves associated with an increase in the risk of suicide. Patients on antidepressants and their families or caregivers should watch for new or worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in behavior, or thoughts of suicide. Such symptoms should be reported to the patient's healthcare provider right away, especially if they are severe or occur suddenly. ABILIFY®(aripiprazole) is not approved for use in pediatric patients with depression. See More Safety Information

INDICATION: ABILIFY (aripiprazole) is indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults and adolescents 13 to 17 years of age.


While there is no cure for schizophrenia, treating with ABILIFY (aripiprazole), along with therapy, may help manage the symptoms of your teen’s schizophrenia.

What to expect

Effectiveness of ABILIFY

ABILIFY is effective at treating the symptoms of schizophrenia. Some of the most commonly reported symptoms of schizophrenia are:

  • Delusions—believing things that are false, even when others prove that the beliefs aren’t true or logical
  • Hallucinations—sensing things that others do not sense
  • Altered emotions—having feelings that don't seem right for what is going on, or having no feelings at all
  • Lack of motivation or desire to do the things you used to enjoy doing
  • Difficulty staying focused and completing tasks
  • Disorganized thinking, speaking, or behavior

Keep in mind, everyone reacts to medication differently, and your teen’s body may need time to adapt. If you have questions about the adjustment period, you should talk to your teen’s doctor before making changes to his or her routine or stopping the medication.


Starting on ABILIFY

ABILIFY is taken once a day, with or without food. If a dose is missed, your teen shouldn’t take a double dose. Instead, he or she should take the next scheduled dose. Be sure your teen takes ABILIFY as prescribed by the doctor. Talk to the doctor before stopping ABILIFY or changing your teen’s dose. If your teen is experiencing side effects or having any problems with taking his or her medication, be sure to discuss them with the healthcare professional.


How ABILIFY Is Thought to Work

The exact way ABILIFY—or any other medication for schizophrenia—works is unknown. However, it is thought that ABILIFY may work by adjusting the level of key brain chemicals. Learn more

Important Safety Information: Increases in blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) can happen in some people who take
ABILIFY (aripiprazole). Extremely high blood sugar can lead to coma or death. If you have diabetes, or risk factors (for example, obesity, family history of diabetes), or have the following symptoms: increases in thirst, urination, or hunger, feel weak or tired, sick to your stomach, or confused (or breath smells fruity), your blood sugar should be monitored.

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