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Aripiprazole - Intramuscular - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I use this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while using this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I use this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

Aripiprazole Intramuscular injection is used to treat agitation related to schizophrenia (an illness that causes changes in perception, thoughts and behaviour) and bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness).

It also helps to quickly control other disturbing behaviours associated with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, such as threatening behaviours, escalating or urgently distressing behaviours, and self-exhausting behaviours.

How do I use this medicine?

Aripiprazole Intramuscular injection is to be injected slowly into the muscles, usually into the buttock muscles.

Your doctor or nurse will administer the injection for you.

Aripiprazole Intramuscular injection is given when you are not able to swallow pills or if you need urgent treatment for your condition. Your doctor will advise you about when you can switch from the injection to the pills.

Aripiprazole Intramuscular injection must not be injected intravenously or subcutaneously.

What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?

Ensure that you keep all appointments with your doctor so that you do not miss any doses.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

When should I not use this medicine?

Aripiprazole is not suitable for patients with dementia-related psychosis.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have:
  • epilepsy (fits) or other brain disorders
  • heart disease
  • risk factors for blood clot
  • blood disorders or a low blood cell count
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • problems with swallowing food or pills
  • diabetes
  • suicidal thoughts
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Individuals who are poor metaboliser of CYP2D6 may respond poorer to this medicine. Your doctor may advise you to take genetic testing to check if Aripiprazole is best suited for you. If you know you have this gene type, inform your doctor.

If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are using Aripiprazole Intramuscular injection.

Keep appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication. You may need to have your blood pressure, respiratory rate, and level of consciousness checked regularly to monitor your body's response to Aripiprazole.

What lifestyle changes should I make?

Aripiprazole may affect the ability of your body to adjust to temperature changes in the environment. Avoid exposure to very cold or very hot environments. Avoid strenuous exercise and activities like going to the sauna. Drink more water to prevent dehydration.

What side effects could I experience?

Aripiprazole may cause dizziness, sleepiness and tiredness. It may also blur your vision. Do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert. Dizziness may be worse when you get up from a sitting or lying down position, especially if you are taking Aripiprazole for the first time or if your dose is still being adjusted. This is normal and should disappear gradually as you get used to the medicine. It will help if you get up slowly from a sitting or lying down position.

Other common side effects include nausea, vomiting, indigestion, stomach discomfort, constipation, anxiety, agitation, restlessness, difficulty sleeping, difficulty in swallowing, weight gain and headache.

Other side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

- confusion and hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not existent)
- unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being aggressive, agitated, or having compulsive and impulsive behaviour)
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- chest pain
- muscle stiffness, unexplained high fever
- uncontrolled muscle movements of your body or face, such as sticking out of the tongue, smacking of the lips

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I use this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicines to treat depression e.g. paroxetine, fluoxetine
  • medicines to treat fungal infections e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole
  • quinidine (used to treat irregular heart rhythm)
  • medicines for epilepsy (fits) e.g. carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital
  • medicines for HIV infection e.g. ritonavir, indinavir, nevirapine
  • herbal supplements such as St. John's wort
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Aripiprazole.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Store at 25 °C. Protect from light. Light may cause the medication to lose some of its effectiveness.

Throw away any portion of the injection that was not used.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Aripiprazole - Intramuscular and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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