Talk to your doctor about all your medicines
Be sure to tell your doctor about any other medications you're on including prescription medicines, non-prescription medicines, herbal supplements, and vitamins. ABILIFY may interact with other medications, which could affect the way that each one works. Your doctor can tell you if it is safe to take ABILIFY with your other medicines. He or she can also tell you if you should start or stop any other medications while you're on ABILIFY.
Ask your doctor about continuing on brand-name ABILIFY
Your pharmacist may let you know when generic versions of ABILIFY become available. If you prefer to keep taking the brand, talk with your doctor. He or she can request brand-name ABILIFY on your prescription.*
*Pharmacy rules and local laws may apply.
Report any side effects to your doctor
Everyone responds differently to medication. Serious side effects have been reported with ABILIFY. Take note of any side effects you experience, and report them to your doctor. This will help your doctor understand how to manage your side effects.
Call your doctor if you or your family member has any of the following symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:
- Thoughts about suicide or dying
- Attempts to commit suicide
- New or worse depression
- New or worse anxiety
- Feeling very agitated or restless
- Panic attacks
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- New or worse irritability
- Acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
- Acting on dangerous impulses
- An extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
- Other unusual changes in behavior or mood
Know what to avoid while taking ABILIFY
- ABILIFY may make you drowsy. So do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or perform other dangerous activities until you know how ABILIFY affects you
- Do not drink alcohol while taking ABILIFY
- Avoid breast-feeding. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you take ABILIFY
- Avoid getting over-heated or dehydrated
- Do not over-exercise
- In hot weather, try to stay inside or in the shade, and don't wear heavy clothing
- Drink plenty of water
ABILIFY is usually taken once a day, with or without food. You may want to ask your doctor for advice on what time of day to take ABILIFY. But remember to always take ABILIFY as directed by your doctor.
Taking ABILIFY regularly may help you get the best results from your treatment. And to help yourself stay on your prescribed schedule, there are a few things you may find helpful:
- Try making your medication part of your daily routine
- Mark your dose on a calendar or to-do list
- Use a childproof weekly pillbox to keep your ABILIFY pills in order
- Ask a friend or family member to help remind you
Don't stop taking ABILIFY without talking to your doctor
Even if you start to feel better, it's important to keep taking ABILIFY as prescribed by your doctor. It may take time to feel the effect of ABILIFY, so don't change your routine or stop taking ABILIFY without talking to your doctor first.
Know what to do if you miss a dose
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.
Keep your doctor informed
Consider using a journal to record how you're feeling each day so you can compare it to how you felt before taking ABILIFY. Be sure to share your results with your doctor, including any side effects. This way, your doctor will better understand what effect your treatment is having and be able to adjust it if necessary.
Make the most of your support system
Family and friends can provide a helping hand and be a much-needed source of encouragement. Don't be afraid to reach out, and accept support when you need it.