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What ABILIFY is used for
During mania, patients experience episodes of overactivity, elation or irritability.
sleep than usual, talking very quickly with racing ideas and sometimes severe irritability.
been prescribed for you.
Before you take ABILIFY
When you must not take it
Before you start to take it
with you the benefits and risks of taking it. Babies exposed to antipsychotics (including ABILIFY) during the third trimester
of pregnancy are at risk of experiencing shaking, muscle stiffness, difficulty in feeding and/or withdrawal symptoms. These
symptoms may resolve spontaneously or require additional medical treatment.
a possibility that the breast-fed baby may be affected.
blood pressure, which may lead to coma. This reaction is called neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
cheeks or jaw which may progress to the arms and legs. This reaction is called tardive dyskinesia.
Taking other medicines
your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
or of the other medicine.
How to take ABILIFY
you are taking any other medicines.
How to take it
If you forget to take it
How long to take it
may take several days to some weeks to occur. Even if you feel better do not stop taking ABILIFY unless your doctor tells
If you take too much (overdose)
Emergency Centre at your nearest hospital, if you or anyone else may have taken too much ABILIFY. Do this even if there are
no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
While you are taking ABILIFY
Things you must do
Things you must not do
Things to be careful of
be dangerous if you are dizzy or light headed or not alert.
tiredness. If this occurs do not undertake the activity.
feel dizzy or faint if you are too hot. To stay cool in hot weather, try to do the following:
is generally well-tolerated and the side effects are often hard to distinguish from disease symptoms. It is important that
you tell your doctor as soon as possible about any unwanted effects.
and uncrossing the legs.
to the arms and legs.
the face, lips, tongue, throat or other parts of the body).
unwell, fever, itching and dark coloured urine.
self-harm; an increase in aggressive behaviour, irritability or agitation. If you or someone you know is showing these signs
contact your doctor or a mental health advisor right away or go to the nearest hospital for treatment.
stroke, pneumonia or heart problems. These serious side effects can be life threatening.
After using ABILIFY
medicine or medicine no longer needed.
with any leftover medicine.
What it looks like
in New Zealand)
are also present in the tablets: