An Introduction to Abilify Medication

Many people wonder, what is Abilify? Abilify medication is prescribed to treat manic depression, otherwise known as Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia. In some cases, it may be prescribed in conjunction with another medication to treat depression. The generic term for Abilify is Aripiprazole, which is a drug known to balance the neurotransmitters, specifically serotonin and dopamine.


Side Affects of Abilify Medication

There are many Abilify side effects, ranging from common to uncommon and they range in levels of severity.

The biggest “watch out” (although it is very rare) is that this medication can cause tardive dyskinesia. What is tardive dyskinesia, you ask?! Well, it is a condition that triggers involuntary spasms and twitches within the body and the facial muscles.

If any uncontrolled, involuntary movements begin to happen it is important to contact your physician immediately as this condition can become permanent. For some reason, this reaction is more common in the elderly, in particular women, versus younger populations.

Also, important to note that this medication is not an approved treatment for forms of dementia. Due to advances in research there are several approved medications for dementia that you can check out. Simply go to WebMD

Abilify, while successful treating Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, can interact with other drugs and make for a very bad situation. Some quality documentation / studies have been done to determine which drugs may have an interaction and what the result might be, as shown below.

  • Carbamazepine – May cause decrease in concentrations of aripiprazole
  • Ketoconazole – May cause increase in concentration on aripiprazole
  • Fluoxetine – May cause increase in aripiprazole plasma levels
  • Paroxetine - May cause increase in aripiprazole plasma levels
  • Quinidine - May cause increase in aripiprazole plasma levels
  • If you are taking, or are considering taking this medication I recommend you take a look at other pages on my website including:

  • Ability Dosage information
  • Side Effects
  • Abilify and Weight Gain
  • Abilify Withdrawal
  • Abilify and Pregnancy 
  • Also, do some research on how depression medications work so you can make a fully informed decision. To learn more about other depression medications, check out my other pages. 

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