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Aripiprazole

Uses

The following psychotic (neuroleptic) conditions are treated with this drug:

  •       Schizophrenia in adults and children aged 13 years and older
  •       Manic episodes in adults and children aged 10 years and older
  •       Autism-related irritability and aggressiveness in children aged 6 years and older
  •       Motor tics, especially in those with Tourette syndrome, in children aged 6 years and older

IUPAC name: 7-[4-[4-(2,3-dichlorophenyl)piperazin-1-yl]butoxy]-3,4-dihydro-1H-quinolin-2-one

Drug class: Atypical antipsychotics

Route of administration: oral and intramuscular

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Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES

Is it an OTC drug? NO

Mechanism of action

This medication works by regulating and restoring the activity of certain neurotransmitters (such as dopamine and serotonin) in the brain and helps to enhance thoughts, feelings, moods, and behavior.

Side effects

It may cause dizziness, drowsiness, headache, constipation, nausea, vomiting, weight gain, vision problems, salivation, difficulty sleeping, agitation, fatigue, tremors, restlessness, nervousness and increased appetite.

Precautions

Before using this medication, take the following precautions and notify your doctor:

If you are allergic to it or to other antipsychotic (neuroleptic) drugs, or if you have any other allergies,

If you are taking any other medication (prescribed, non-prescribed, or herbal products),

If you have a history of hepatic issues (liver disease), leukemia (low white blood cell count), seizures (fits), breathing/lung problems (including sleep apnea, severe asthma, COPD-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), cardiac disease (heart attack, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, coronary artery disease), kidney problems, dementia, trouble swallowing, stroke,

If you have undergone any type of surgery,

Limit your alcohol usage since it increases your chances of developing blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness. It may also cause a loss of alertness.

Even if you do not have diabetes, aripiprazole may raise your chance of developing hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels).

This medication’s oral disintegrating tablet contains phenylalanine. If you have phenylketonuria, consult your doctor.

This drug’s adverse effects are more severe in older adults with dementia.

Avoid activities that can cause you to overheat while taking this medication.

If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor. Using this drug in the last trimester of pregnancy is not recommended since it might harm the unborn child.

Consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding.

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