The development of a treatment plan often involves learning about different medications, therapies, and strategies for sticking to treatment. If you are considering ABILIFY® (aripiprazole) or beginning your treatment with ABILIFY, then you may want to consider ways to get the most from your treatment plan.
Getting the Most from your Treatment Plan
Suggestions for taking your medication regularly
Make ABILIFY part of a daily routine
For example, try taking the medication at the same time every day, or take the medication when doing a regular activity, such as brushing your teeth. Remember, medications like ABILIFY can help manage the symptoms of Schizophrenia but they do not cure Schizophrenia. If you expect to continue to experience the benefits of this medication, you need to take it regularly as prescribed.
Please note: ABILIFY should be taken only by the person for whom it is prescribed.
Please remember to keep medicines out of the reach of children.
Keep medications sorted in a 7-day or a 14-day pill case
You might need to take a number of medications each day. To help sort out what needs to be taken when, buy a pill case that has a compartment for each day. These are available at most pharmacies or from your doctor. Please remember to keep medicines out of the reach of children.
Make refills part of the monthly routine
If a prescription for ABILIFY needs to be refilled on a regular basis, you should try to work with your doctor or a treatment team member to have the refill happen at the same time as a routine event, such as an appointment or a peer group meeting.
Prominently display a calendar
A calendar is a valuable tool in helping you maintain structure in your life. Put the calendar somewhere in clear view, such as on a bedroom mirror, and mark it when you take ABILIFY and any other medications you may be prescribed.
Find a pharmacy that delivers
If you have difficulty making it to the drugstore, you can arrange to have the prescription filled by a pharmacy that delivers. If you arrange for delivery, you can complete the refill process over the phone. You might also be able to fill prescriptions through the mail. Check to see if your pharmacy uses a mail-order fulfillment service for prescriptions.
Write down symptoms, side effects, and improvements on a progress report. From one day to the next it may not always be clear how ABILIFY is working. During the first months, it might be helpful to keep a diary of your symptoms and daily activities. This might help you and your doctor get a record of your progress, and allow you to see improvements even when they are not clearly evident day to day.
Set goals for yourself
Although medication is often the first step in getting back to a more normal life, it is not the only answer. Once you and your doctor find the right medication for you, it might be helpful to slowly make changes in your life by adding everyday tasks and enjoyable activities. Write down a few things you would like to do and what changes you would like to make in your life over the next 6 months. Bring your worksheet when you visit the doctor.
Keep track of how you are feeling
If you are ever concerned about how you are thinking or feeling and worried that it might be related to your illness or medication, write down your feelings and talk about them with your doctor.
As you move forward and start to be involved in activities you enjoy, you might find that you need counseling to help improve life skills. This therapy typically focuses on teaching practical coping skills, such as solving problems and minimizing stress in everyday life. Some therapists might also focus on helping you learn skills to improve social interactions.
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