Abilify is a form of medication that falls under the categorization of antipsychotics. The primary ingredient in Abilify is aripiprazole. Abilify can be obtained in pill form in quantities of 2mg, 5mg, 10mg, 15mg, 20mg, and 30mg.
How It Works
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the brain that transmits various messages between brain cells. It is largely accountable for moods, cognition, and social behavior. Imbalances in the levels of dopamine within the brain have been held responsible for many of the symptoms of schizophrenia and other mental disorders. Aripiprazole functions by attaching itself to the receptors in the brain that are activated by dopamine. Here, this substance has a dual effect, depending on the levels of dopamine. If they are too high, aripiprazole helps in reducing the level. If they are too low, it works to increase the level.
Abilify is prescribed to individuals suffering from a variety of mental disorders. It is typically given to those who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar I disorder, and is a component in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. It reduces the presence of the positive and negative symptoms in schizophrenia and helps to minimize the mania episodes in bipolar I disorder.
In certain instances, it is given to children who are exhibiting indicators of either Tourette’s syndrome or Autism. This includes diminishing the effect of behavioral issues and mood swings.
Due to the effects produced when taking Abilify, it is important to always observe the instructions given to you by a clinician or psychiatrist. You should only take Abilify as it has been specified and should not take smaller or larger amounts. It is also imperative that you do not suddenly stop consuming Abilify. If there are any changes to be made, they should be first checked and allowed by a clinician.
For the treatment of schizophrenia in teenagers, the recommended amount is 10mg a day. Quantities over 30mg have proved to have no additional effects.
For adults with schizophrenia, the daily dose is either 10mg or 15mg a day. Amounts greater than this does not have any other benefits.
Adolescents with bipolar disorder should be given 10mg of Abilify a day.
Adults diagnosed with bipolar I disorder can be given between 10 and 15mg a day.
For children and adolescents with Tourette’s syndrome, the best quantity is between 5 to 20mg each day.
For those with Autistic tendencies, the dose is usually around 5mg to 15mg a day.
There may be some negative reactions to taking Abilify. Some of these responses may be mild or severe, depending on the patient as well as the dose. Here are a few that you can expect:
Difficulty with digesting food
Dryness in the mouth
If you manifest one or more of these symptoms, you should consult a clinician as soon as possible.
You should speak with a clinician prior to taking Abilify if you have:
A hypersensitivity to aripiprazole
Elevated cholesterol levels
A history of epilepsy or seizures
Decreased levels of white blood cells
Liver problems or kidney disease
Tendencies towards obsessive or addictive behaviors
Been diagnosed with dementia
When taking Abilify, some people may experience an increase in suicidal intentions or thoughts. It is important to carefully monitor individuals who are taking this medication.
During the latter stages of pregnancy, Abilify may prove to be hazardous to a fetus. Inform your clinician if you are pregnant. Abilify can be transmitted through breast milk.