Aripiprazole


The term aripiprazole is defined as an antipsychotic drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 to treat schizophrenia. It is currently approved by the FDA for the treatment of acute episodes related to bipolar disorder. This drug was developed in Japan by the pharmaceutical company “otsuka”.

Aripiprazole is used in adults and adolescents to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia, in the same way it can be used in combination with other drugs to treat episodes of mania, bipolarity and depression; helping to control irritable behaviors, such as tantrums in young people.

This drug comes in different presentations: in normal tablets, in soluble tablets and in solution and for a quick effect it can be injected, the dose to be taken must be ordered by a doctor. Your doctor will probably prescribe a low dose of aripiprazole at the start of treatment, and then gradually increase or decrease it, depending on how well the medicine works and what side effects you have. It is important to highlight that the consumption of this drug can control the symptoms, but it will not cure the disease.

The consumption of this medication can cause some side effects in the person, it is important that if the patient presents these effects, they communicate them to their treating doctor: headache, dizziness, diarrhea, weight gain, pain in the arms, legs and joints, constipation, stomach pains, nervousness, drowsiness.

Some of the side effects can be dangerous, including: seizure, shortness of breath, high fever, swelling of the face, eyes, mouth, lips; chest pain, vision changes, hives, throat tightness.