What is Aripiprazole?
Aripiprazole is an antipsychotic medicine that is used in the treatment of schizophrenia in adults and children of at least 13 years of age. It belongs to the drug class known as atypical antipsychotics. Aripiprazole is available for purchase on Drugstore Nigeria, an online pharmacy in Lagos.
What are the uses of Apripiprazole?
- Aripiprazole is used in children of 6 years of age or older who have Tourette’s disorder or symptoms of autistic disorder such as irritability, aggression, mood swings, temper tantrums, and self-injury.
- It is used in the treatment of schizophrenia in adults and children
- Aripiprazole is used alone or with a mood stabilizer medicine in the treatment of bipolar I disorder (manic depression) both in adults and children of at least 10 years of age.
- Aripiprazole is also used with antidepressant medication in the treatment of major depressive disorder in adults.
Aripiprazole should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor or you can also follow all directions on your prescription label.
Can Aripiprazole be taken with food?
Aripiprazole can be taken with or without food.
What are the side effects of Aripiprazole?
Severe side effects of Aripiprazole include;
- Severe agitation,
- Distress or restless feeling
- Uncontrollable movements of the eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs;
- Mask-like appearance of the face.
- Trouble swallowing.
- Problems with speech;
- seizure (convulsions);
- Severe nervous system reaction which include; very stiff or rigid muscles, very high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling faint.
- Low blood cell counts. Symptoms includes; fever, chills, sore throat, weakness, easy bruising, unusual bleeding, purple or red spots under your skin.
- High blood sugar, symptoms of which include: increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor.
Common side effects of Aripiprazole include; blurred vision, increased saliva or drooling, muscle stiffness, uncontrolled muscle movements, shaking, anxiety, feeling restless, weight gain, nausea, vomiting, constipation, increased or decreased appetite, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, feeling tired, insomnia or cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.
How does it take for Apripiprazole to work?
Aripiprazole will start working in 1 to 2 weeks, but it may take several weeks until it takes full effect. For some people, they may see continued improvement on this medication during the first 3 to 4 months of taking it.
Who should not take Aripiprazole?
People that should not take Aripiprazole include:
- People that are overweight.
- People with very low levels of granulocytes, a type of white blood cell.
- People with low levels of white blood cells.
- Those with low levels of a type of white blood cell called neutrophils.
- Confused people.
- Those with suicidal thoughts.
- Those with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Taking Aripiprazole may make you dizzy or drowsy or blur your vision. Do not operate a machinery when taking this medication.
- Consult your physician before taking this medication when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Do not take Aripiprazole if you are allergic to it or any of it ingredients.
Where to buy Aripiprazole
Aripiprazole can be purchased at Drugstore.ng, Nigeria largest online pharmacy store.