Taking ABILIFY® (aripiprazole)

As with any medicine, it's important to take ABILIFY (aripiprazole) exactly as directed, for as long as your doctor prescribes it. Here is some information that can help.

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.

If you are using a Savings Card to pay as little as $5 per month,* tell your pharmacist you want brand-name ABILIFY for every refill

Remember: your Savings Card only works for brand-name ABILIFY. Present your Savings Card (along with your prescription for brand-name ABILIFY) to your pharmacy. If your prescription was sent electronically to your pharmacy, check to make sure your ABILIFY prescription was not switched to a generic option. If it was switched, ask the pharmacist to reprocess your prescription for brand-name ABILIFY. Then, each time you pick up, check your prescription bottle and receipt to ensure you received brand-name ABILIFY and paid $5.* Pharmacy rules or local laws may apply.

*Terms and conditions apply. Assumes one 30-day supply prescription per month. If more than one prescription is filled in a calendar month, you may pay more than $5 in that month. See other terms and conditions.

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:

  1. Thoughts about suicide or dying
  2. Attempts to commit suicide
  3. New or worse depression
  4. New or worse anxiety
  5. Feeling very agitated or restless
  6. Panic attacks
  7. Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  8. New or worse irritability
  9. Acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
  10. Acting on dangerous impulses
  11. An extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
  12. Other unusual changes in behavior or mood

Know what to avoid while taking ABILIFY

  1. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how ABILIFY affects you. ABILIFY may make you drowsy.
  2. Avoid getting over-heated or dehydrated
    1. Do not over-exercise
    2. In hot weather, stay inside in a cool place if possible.
    3. Stay out of the sun. Do not wear too much or heavy clothing
    4. Drink plenty of water

Stay on schedule

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:

  1. Try making your medication part of your daily routine
  2. Mark your dose on a calendar to-do list
  3. Use a childproof weekly pillbox to keep your ABILIFY pills in order
  4. 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 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.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if ABILIFY will harm your unborn baby. If you are breast feeding or plan to breast feed, talk to your doctor.

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.

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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, are at an increased risk of death compared to placebo. ABILIFY is not approved for the treatment of people with dementia-related psychosis (see BOXED WARNING).

Antidepressant medicines 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 is not approved for use in pediatric patients with depression (see BOXED WARNING).

Do not take ABILIFY if you are allergic to aripiprazole or any of the ingredients in ABILIFY. Allergic reactions have ranged from rash, hives, and itching to anaphylaxis, which may include difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, and swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue.

ABILIFY may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Stroke in elderly people (cerebrovascular problems) that can lead to death
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have some or all of the following symptoms: high fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, changes in pulse, heart rate, and blood pressure. These may be symptoms of a rare and serious condition that can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms.
  • Uncontrolled body movements (tardive dyskinesia). ABILIFY may cause movements that you cannot control in your face, tongue, or other body parts. Tardive dyskinesia may not go away, even if you stop receiving ABILIFY. Tardive dyskinesia may also start after you stop receiving ABILIFY.
  • Problems with your metabolism such as:
    • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and diabetes. Increases in blood sugar can happen in some people who take ABILIFY. Extremely high blood sugar can lead to coma or death. If you have diabetes or risk factors for diabetes (such as being overweight or a family history of diabetes), your healthcare provider should check your blood sugar before you start ABILIFY and during your treatment.

      Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms of high blood sugar while receiving ABILIFY:
      • feel very thirsty
      • need to urinate more than usual
      • feel very hungry
      • feel weak or tired
      • feel sick to your stomach
      • feel confused, or your breath smells fruity
    • Increased fat levels (cholesterol and triglycerides) in your blood.
    • Weight gain. You and your healthcare provider should check your weight regularly.
  • Unusual urges. Some people taking ABILIFY have had unusual urges, such as gambling, binge eating or eating that you cannot control (compulsive), compulsive shopping and sexual urges. If you or your family members notice that you are having unusual urges or behaviors, talk to your healthcare provider.
  • Orthostatic hypotension (decreased blood pressure). Lightheadedness or fainting may happen when rising too quickly from a sitting or lying position.
  • Falls. Taking ABILIFY may make you sleepy or dizzy, cause a decrease in your blood pressure when changing position, or slow your thinking and motor skills which may lead to falls that can cause fractures or other injuries.
  • Low white blood cell count
  • Seizures (convulsions)
  • Problems with control of your body temperature especially when you exercise a lot or are in an area that is very hot. It is important for you to drink water to avoid dehydration. Avoid getting over-heated or dehydrated. Do not over-exercise. In hot weather, stay inside in a cool place if possible. Stay out of the sun. Do not wear too much or heavy clothing. Drink plenty of water.
  • Difficulty swallowing that can cause food or liquid to get into your lungs.

Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how ABILIFY affects you. ABILIFY may make you drowsy.

Before taking ABILIFY, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you have or had:

  • diabetes or high blood sugar in you or your family; your healthcare provider should check your blood sugar before you start ABILIFY and also during therapy.
  • seizures (convulsions).
  • low or high blood pressure.
  • heart problems or stroke.
  • pregnancy or plans to become pregnant. It is not known if ABILIFY will harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking ABILIFY, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics. You can register by calling 1-866-961-2388 or go to http://womensmentalhealth.org/clinical-and-research-programs/pregnancyregistry/
  • breast-feeding or plans to breast-feed. ABILIFY can pass into your breast milk and may harm your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you receive ABILIFY.
  • low white blood cell count.
  • phenylketonuria. ABILIFY DISCMELT® Orally Disintegrating Tablets contain phenylalanine.

For patients who must limit their sugar intake, ABILIFY Oral Solution contains sugar.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines that you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

ABILIFY and other medicines may affect each other causing possible serious side effects. ABILIFY may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how ABILIFY works. Do not start or stop any medicines while taking ABILIFY without talking to your healthcare provider first.

The most common side effects of ABILIFY in adults include: nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, blurred vision, upper respiratory illness, dizziness, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, and inner sense of restlessness or need to move (akathisia).

The most common side effects of ABILIFY in children include: feeling sleepy, headache, vomiting, fatigue, increased or decreased appetite, increased saliva or drooling, insomnia, nausea, stuffy nose, weight gain, uncontrolled movement such as restlessness or tremor, and muscle stiffness.

It is important to contact your healthcare provider if you experience prolonged, abnormal muscle spasms or contractions, which may be signs of a condition called dystonia.

These are not all the possible side effects of ABILIFY.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

If you have any questions about your health or medicines, talk to your healthcare provider.

You are encouraged to report side effects of ABILIFY. Please contact Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. at 1-800-438-9927 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.


ABILIFY is indicated for:

  • Treatment of Schizophrenia in adults and in adolescents 13 to 17 years of age
  • Treatment of manic or mixed episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder in adults and in pediatric patients 10 to 17 years of age
  • Use as an add-on treatment to an antidepressant for adults with Major Depressive Disorder who have had an inadequate response to antidepressant therapy
  • Treatment of irritability associated with Autistic Disorder in pediatric patients 6 to 17 years of age
  • Treatment of Tourette’s Disorder in pediatric patients 6 to 18 years of age

Special Considerations for Pediatric Uses:

  • Discuss the risks and benefits of treatment with your child’s healthcare provider. Treatment should be started only after a thorough diagnostic evaluation and as part of a total treatment program