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

Elderly people with psychosis related to dementia (for example, an inability to perform daily activities as a result of increased memory loss), treated with antipsychotic medicines including ABILIFY®(aripiprazole), are at an increased risk of death compared to placebo. ABILIFY is not approved for the treatment of people with dementia-related psychosis. See More Safety Information

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

What to Expect

Whether you have recently been prescribed ABILIFY (aripiprazole) or you have been taking it for a long time, you may have questions about how ABILIFY fits into your treatment plan.


When Can I Expect to See Results?

ABILIFY has been shown to help improve a range of symptoms associated with schizophrenia, including:

  • Hearing voices
  • Thinking unclearly
  • Having uncomfortable or disturbing thoughts
  • Feeling confused
  • Lacking interest in the things you previously enjoyed

Studies have shown that some people may feel improvement of symptoms a few weeks after starting therapy.

ABILIFY has also been shown to help maintain stability in patients who have previously been able to remain stable while on other antipsychotic medications.*

Keep in mind, everyone reacts to medication differently, and your body may need time to adapt. If you have questions about the adjustment period, you should talk to your doctor before making changes to your routine or stopping the medication. If you are experiencing side effects or having any problems with taking your medication, be sure to discuss them with your healthcare professional.

*For periods of 3 months or longer, and observed for relapse during a period of up to 26 weeks.

How Do I Take ABILIFY?

  • ABILIFY can be taken once a day with or
    without food
  • You and your doctor should work together to determine the best dose and schedule for you. It's important to follow your doctor's instructions for taking ABILIFY and let him or her know how you are feeling so your doctor can keep an eye on your treatment and help reduce the risk of relapse
  • If you miss a dose, take your ABILIFY as soon as you remember. However, if it's almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose. If you miss several doses, talk to your doctor right away
  • Do not take ABILIFY if you are pregnant or nursing a baby
  • Even if you accidentally miss a day of your ABILIFY medication, or if you feel your symptoms are in control, do not change or stop taking your medication without first talking to your doctor. Changing or stopping your medication can increase your risk of relapse

Find out information about adolescents with schizophrenia 13 to 17 years of age.

What If I'm Already Taking Another Medicine?

Studies haven’t looked specifically at switching to ABILIFY from another antipsychotic drug or taking another antipsychotic along with ABILIFY. While it may be appropriate for some patients with schizophrenia to stop their current antipsychotic immediately, it may be best for others to decrease their dose gradually before stopping the drug completely. For all patients, it’s important to limit the amount of time during which more than one antipsychotic is used. To find out what’s right for you, talk to your doctor.

Important Safety Information: ABILIFY (aripiprazole) and medicines like it have been associated with difficulty swallowing which may lead to aspiration or choking.

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  • How ABILIFY Is Thought to Work

    While the exact way ABILIFY works is not fully understood, many scientists believe it affects the activity of some key brain chemicals.