Common English name: Aripiprazole long-acting injection
Brand: Abilify Maintena
Application: Schizophrenia in adults
Medication information of long-acting injectable aripiprazole
Medication Information: Schizophrenia is a mental health disorder that disrupts ideas, beliefs, and experiences. Aripiprazole is prescribed to relieve the symptoms of schizophrenia. Symptoms of schizophrenia include hearing, seeing, hallucinations, misconceptions, and suspicious feelings. Aripiprazole works to balance the brain’s chemicals.
Long-acting injectable aripiprazole is used to maintain the symptoms of schizophrenia relieved with aripiprazole. Aripiprazole injection A long-acting injection slowly releases aripiprazole into the body. Sick people should take this medicine once a month. The main advantage of long-acting injectable aripiprazole is that it acts as a depot and slowly releases the drug into your body, so you do not need to take one pill every day.
Long-acting injectable aripiprazole will be injected for you under the supervision of a doctor or nurse. For more information about aripiprazole, see the page about those drugs.
Contraindications Long-acting injectable aripiprazole
Pay attention to the expiration date of the medicine and do not take it if the medicine in your hand has expired.
Never give the medicine to anyone else, even if you have the same symptoms.
Do not take more than the dose prescribed by your doctor.
Check for drug interactions and be sure to tell your doctor what other medications you are taking.
Long-acting injectable aripiprazole drug interactions
It may alter the performance of medications and increase the risk of serious side effects. Make a list of all the medicines (including prescription / over-the-counter medicines and herbal products) you use and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dose of your medicine without consulting your doctor or stop taking the medicine.
Drug that may interact with long-acting injectable aripiprazole: Metoclopramide.
Carbamazepine can be effective in removing aripiprazole from the body and has an effect on the performance of long-acting injectable aripiprazole.
If medications or hypnotics such as alcohol, antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine), sleeping pills or anxiety medications (such as alprazolam, diazepam, and zolpidem) And if you are taking painkillers (such as codeine), be sure to tell your doctor.
Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergies or colds and cough medicines) because most of their ingredients cause drowsiness. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about taking these medicines.
Tips that should be considered before taking long-acting injectable aripiprazole
Some medications are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed; Therefore, it is best for your doctor to be aware of the following before taking long-acting injectable aripiprazole:
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- If you have cardiovascular disease.
- If you have had a stroke or if you have been told that your blood vessels in your brain have thickened.
- If you have liver, kidney or prostate problems.
- If you have any breathing problems.
- If you have any of the following conditions:
- Epilepsy, depression, Parkinson’s disease, high blood pressure (glaucoma) and a condition called myasthenia gravis, which causes muscle weakness.
- If you have a blood disorder such as jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes).
- If you have a tumor in the adrenal gland (a disease called pheochromocytoma).
- If you are taking other medicines. These include all available medicines, whether prescribed or used by your doctor, such as herbal medicines and supplements.
- If you are allergic to any medicine.
Possible side effects of long-acting injectable aripiprazole
All medications can cause side effects; But many consumers also do not experience any side effects. Some of the side effects go away after a short time of taking the medicine. In case of persistent side effects, the physician should be informed.
Common side effects that occur in less than 1 in 10 people:
Headache, fatigue, chills and restlessness, unusual or uncontrollable movements, feeling sick, sleep problems, anxiety, weight gain or loss, dry mouth, injection site pain, muscle stiffness, erectile dysfunction, altered outcome From blood tests
Important Note: If you experience symptoms such as muscle stiffness, high temperature, dizziness, rapid heartbeat and sweating, you should contact your doctor. These symptoms can be a sign of a rare condition known as neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
Talk to your doctor if you experience any symptoms that you feel may be due to long-acting injectable aripiprazole.