Abilify Maintena

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What is Abilify Maintena?

Common Brand(s): Abilify Maintena, Aristada

Extended-release aripiprazole injection is used to treat a mental/mood disorder called schizophrenia. This medication can decrease hallucinations (hearing/seeing things that are not there) and improve your concentration. It also helps you to think more clearly, feel less nervous, and take a more active part in everyday life. Some brands of this medication are also used to treat bipolar disorder. It can help to decrease extreme changes in mood and help you feel less agitated.

Extended-release aripiprazole injection is a long-acting psychiatric medication known as an atypical antipsychotic. It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain.

Uses

  • schizophrenia
  • bipolar disorder in remission

Usage Instructions

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using aripiprazole and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

The extended-release injection should only be used if you have already taken aripiprazole by mouth without any serious side effects.

Aripiprazole is given by injection into the buttock or upper arm muscle by a health care professional, usually once every month. Some doses may be given once every 6 weeks or once every 2 months. Do not rub/massage the injection site after your dose.

After your first injection, your doctor may direct you to continue to take your antipsychotic medication by mouth (such as aripiprazole tablet/solution) for 2 to 3 weeks. This will help maintain the right level of medication in your body as you switch from receiving medication by mouth to receiving it by injection. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.

The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

It may take several weeks to get the full benefit of this medication. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark the days on the calendar when you need to receive the medication.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.

Storage

Not applicable. This medication is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.