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:
- 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
- Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how ABILIFY affects you. ABILIFY may make you drowsy.
- 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
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:
- Try making your medication part of your daily routine
- Mark your dose on a calendar 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 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.