Effects Can be Very Serious
Abilify side effects: An
The Abilify side effects can be relatively
dangerous and need to be considered very seriously and discussed with
your physician. You always need to make the judgment of whether to
take this medication based upon your needs, benefits and risks,
including the Abilify side effects.
What are some of the
Abilify side effects?
While the Abilify side effects cannot be
anticipated, if any develop or change in intensity you need to notify
your doctor immediately. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe
to continue using this antipsychotic medication.
Some of the Abilify
effects may include:
Anxiety, blurred vision, constipation, cough,
headache, insomnia, light-headedness, nausea, rash, restlessness,
runny nose, sleepiness, tremors, vomiting, weakness, weight gain
Are there any other
special warnings about this antipsychotic medication in addition to
the Abilify side effects?
In addition to the above Abilify side effects, it
is important to consider the risk of tardive dyskinesia, which
increases with the total amount of this medication that you have
taken. To reduce this risk, your physician will usually prescribe the
lowest effective dosage and will not recommend long-term treatment
unless absolutely necessary. If you develop symptoms of tardive
dyskinesia (involuntary muscular movement and/or twitching) you should
talk to your doctor immediately, at which time your doctor may decide
to discontinue use of this medication.
In some rare cases, Abilify has been known to
cause a potentially fatal condition referred to as neuroleptic
malignant syndrome (NMS). Symptoms include rapid heartbeat, rigid
muscles, irregular pulse or blood pressure, high fever, excessive
perspiration, altered mental status, and changes in heart rhythms. If
you develop any of these symptoms you need to contact your doctor
Abilify as well as certain other antipsychotic
drugs are sometimes associated with an increased risk of developing
high blood sugar, which in some rare circumstances has led to coma or
death. You should see your doctor immediately if you develop signs of
high blood sugar, including dry mouth, unusual thirst, increased
urination, and tiredness. If you have diabetes or a family history of
diabetes you need to see your doctor immediately for blood sugar
testing. Also, you need to be aware that the oral solution contains
400 mg of sucrose and 200 mg of fructose per milliliter.
Abilify also has a tendency make some people very
tired, so you should be cautious when operating heavy equipment or
doing activities which require optimum levels of alertness.
Abilify side effects are also known to include
dizziness or lightheadedness when standing abruptly, or may even lead
to fainting. You need to use Abilify with caution if you have ever
had a heart or circulatory problem, taken medication for high blood
pressure or have a tendency to become dehydrated.
Some final Abilify side effects that need to be
mentioned include a potential for triggering seizures in a very small
number of patients, and can also interfere with the swallowing
mechanism. Risk of either of these problems is greater among the
elderly. If you have ever had a seizure, be sure to tell your
doctor. These types of medications have also known to cause the body
to overheat, so, you'll need to be cautious in hot weather and when
exercising strenuously, and be sure to get plenty of liquids.
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