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Abilify Dosage: How do you take this medication?

ABILIFY 5 MG TABLETWhat is the appropriate Abilify dosage? 

The usual appropriate Abilify dosage is taken once a day with food or on an empty stomach.  This drug is available in tablet and oral solution forms. 

Recommended Abilify Dosage: 

Adults Abilify Dosage 

Schizophrenia  

The usual Abilify dosage is 10 mg or 50 mg taken once a day.  Your doctor will usually wait at least two weeks before increasing the prescribed dosage. 

Bipolar disorder 

The usual starting Abilify dosage is 30 mg once a day.  If you experience significant side effects, your doctor may want to decrease your dose to 15 mg once a day. 

Overdosage 

Any medication taken in excess of the prescribed amount can be dangerous or sometimes even fatal.  If you suspect an overdose of Abilify, you need to contact your physician or go to an emergency room immediately. 

Symptoms of Abilify overdosage may include:  

Sleepiness, vomiting 

If you miss your Abilify dosage... 

You should take your forgotten dose as soon as you remember.  If it is almost time for your next dose however, you should skip it and return to your regular schedule.  You should never take two doses at once. 

Storage instructions... 

You should store Abilify at room temperature.  Keep bottles of the oral solution in the refrigerator and use it within six months of having opened it. 

What are some of the possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication? 

Your doctor may want to reduce your Abilify dosage when you take the following additional drugs: 

  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)

  • Ketoconazole (Nizoral)

  • Paroxetine (Paxil)

  • Quinidine (Quinidex)

On the other hand, your Abilify dosage may need to be increased if you are taking Carbamazepine (Tegretol). 

Be cautious when taking Abilify with blood pressure medications classified as powerful-adrenergic blockers, including Hytrin or Cardura.  You should always be cautious when combining Abilify with drugs that act on the brain, including tranquilizers, antidepressants, sleeping pills, narcotic painkillers and other schizophrenic medications.  

Although Abilify does not interact with alcohol, the manufacturer recommends avoiding this combination.

Information from The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs

 

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate                                      

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