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Aripiprazole - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take 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 is used to treat schizophrenia, an illness that causes changes in perception, thoughts and behaviour. It helps to relieve symptoms common in schizophrenia, such as distorted thinking and emotional instability.

Aripiprazole is also used to treat other mood or psychiatric conditions such as paranoia, mood disorders (mania and hypomania), depression and irritability that are linked to autism.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Aripiprazole exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Aripiprazole with or without food. Take it with food if you find that it upsets your stomach. Try to take Aripiprazole at the same time each day.

Aripiprazole may be available as a conventional tablet, an orodispersible tablet or an oral solution (syrup).

If you have been given the conventional tablet, swallow it with a glass of water.

If you have been given the orodispersible tablet, handle it gently. The orodispersible tablet is easily broken. Do not touch the tablet with wet hands. Remove it from the foil just before you take it. To remove the tablet from the foil, peel the foil backing away gently. Do not push the tablet through the foil as it may break. Place the tablet on your tongue and allow it to dissolve. The tablet will break down quickly in your saliva. You may then swallow it with or without a glass of water. Do not cut, chew or crush the orodispersible tablet.

If you have been given the oral solution (syrup), shake the bottle gently before you open it. Use the dropper or measuring spoon given to accurately measure out your dose.

Aripiprazole must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed otherwise, as stopping it suddenly could worsen your condition.

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

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

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

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have:
  • epilepsy (fits) or other brain disorders
  • heart disease
  • blood disorders or a low blood cell count
  • risk factors for blood clot
  • 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 taking Aripiprazole.

Keep appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. You may need to have regular blood tests to monitor your body's response to Aripiprazole. Ask your doctor how often you need to have these tests.

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 take 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 and grapefruit juice.

How should I store this medicine?

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

The orodispersible tablets must be kept in the original foil wrappers.

The oral solution (syrup) should be stored in the refrigerator, between 2-8 °C. Do not freeze. It must be thrown away 6 months after the seal has been broken.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Aripiprazole - Oral 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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