ARIPIPRAZOLE (ay ri PIP ray zole) is an antipsychotic. It is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depression.
This medicine is for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
A special MedGuide will be given to you before each treatment. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
fast, irregular heartbeat
fever or chills, sore throat
inability to keep still
males: prolonged or painful erection
new or increased gambling urges, sexual urges, uncontrolled spending, binge or compulsive eating, or other urges
pain, redness or irritation at site where injected
problems with balance, talking, walking
signs and symptoms of high blood sugar such as being more thirsty or hungry or having to urinate more than normal. You may also feel very tired or have blurry vision
signs and symptoms of low blood pressure like dizziness; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; unusually weak or tired
signs and symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome like confusion; fast or irregular heartbeat; high fever; increased sweating; stiff muscles
sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg
suicidal thoughts or other mood changes
uncontrollable movements of the arms, face, head, mouth, neck, or upper body
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
certain medicines for anxiety or sleep
certain medicines for blood pressure
certain medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole, fluconazole, posaconazole, and itraconazole
other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)
Keep appointments for follow-up doses as directed. It is important not to miss your scheduled dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
history of stroke
low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
an unusual or allergic reaction to aripiprazole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. It may be several weeks before you see the full effects of this medicine. Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. You may need to gradually reduce the dose.
You may get dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can increase dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
This medicine can reduce the response of your body to heat or cold. Dress warmly in cold weather and stay hydrated in hot weather. If possible, avoid extreme temperatures like saunas, hot tubs, very hot or cold showers, or activities that can cause dehydration, such as vigorous exercise.
This medicine may cause dry eyes and blurred vision. If you wear contact lenses, you may feel some discomfort. Lubricating drops may help. See your eye doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
This medicine may increase blood sugar. Ask your healthcare provider if changes in diet or medicines are needed if you have diabetes.
There have been reports of uncontrollable and strong urges to gamble, binge eat, shop, and have sex while taking this medicine. If you experience any of these or other uncontrollable and strong urges while taking this medicine, you should report it to your health care provider as soon as possible.