Abilify is a medication that is taken daily for the treatment of Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, and more.  It can be used in a variety of different settings.

Often approved for children ages 10-17 and Adults (18 and greater). Classified as an atypical antipsychotic and antidepressant. This medication is also known as Aripiprazole and it was approved by the FDA in 2002 for schizophrenia.

Abilify is traditionally prescribed for Mixed Episodes and Acute Manic of Bipolar Disorder and approved for this in 2004.

This medication was also approved for use in combination with other drugs for Major Depressive Disorder in 2007.

Typical Uses of Abilify:

1.)  Clinical Depression
2.)  Bipolar Disorder
3.)  Schizophrenia

Typical Ages for use:

–  Approved for ages 10 – 17
–  Approved for Adults

The Mechanism of Action:

–  Acts as a D2 partial agonist and 5-HT(1A) Receptor, and like other atypical is a partial agonist of 5-HT(2A) Receptor.
–  14 days are typical for the proper amount of concentration to be found within the plasma

Side Effects as follows:

The list of side effects can be long, but the following are the most common:

–  Headache
–  Tiredness
–  Weakness
–  Dizziness
–  Insomnia
–  Shaking
–  Blurred vision

Side Effects that are rarely seen include:

–  Tardive dyskinesia
–  Stroke
–  Blood Sugar Changes
–  Allergic reaction

Drug interactions

  –  Paroxetine
  –  Fluoxetine
  –  Carbamazepine

**  – occasionally dosing may need adjustment with the above medications

–  Alcohol