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Abilify Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Abilify is an antipsychotic medication. It works by changing the actions of chemicals in the brain. It helps manage positive symptoms such as  hallucinations, delusions, and thought disturbances and  as well as negative symptoms such as include social withdrawal, inability to experience pleasure, and blunted affect of schizophrenia.

Abilify Dosage

The usual dose of abilify medication is 10 or 15 milligrams taken once a day. Doctor may also increase your dosage.

Uses of Abilify

  • Abilify is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia.
  • It is also used to treat the mania phase of bipolar disorder such as manic-depressive illness).
  • It is also used for other conditions those are listed in the medication guide.

Side Effects of Abilify

If you are taking abilify medication then you should discuss the side effects of abilify with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should tell your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe to continue using Abilify. More common side effects may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Restlessness
  • Runny nose
  • Sleepiness
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain

Warnings and precautions before taking Abilify

  • After taken abilify, it may impair judgement, thinking, or motor skills. So you should be careful in operating machinery such as including automobiles.
  • You should also be avoid drinking alcohol while taking Abilify.
  • Abilify can also cause the body to overheat. So be cautious in hot weather.
  • You should tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to any drug.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
  • Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.

Drug Interaction:-

If you are taking abilify with other drugs, then it may increase, decrease or also alter the effects of abilify. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Accolate with other drugs. So be cautious when taking Abilify with blood pressure medications classified as alpha-adrenergic blockers, such as Hytrin and Cardura. Caution is also advised when combining Abilify with drugs that act on the brain, such as  tranquilizers, antidepressants, sleeping pills, narcotic painkillers, and other schizophrenia medications.
Overdose

After taken Abilify if you feel that overdose is suspected, then contact with your doctor immediately. Symptoms of an Abilify overdose may include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Aggression
  • Confusion
  • Tremors
  • Fast or slow heart rate
  • Seizure (convulsions)


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