Aristada Side Effects

See also Warning section.

Dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, tiredness, blurred vision, weight gain, shaking (tremors), and redness/pain/swelling at the injection site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Dizziness and lightheadedness can increase the risk of falling. Get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: fainting, trouble swallowing, restlessness (especially in the legs), seizures, trouble controlling certain urges (such as gambling, sex, eating or shopping), interrupted breathing during sleep.

This medication may rarely make your blood sugar rise, which can cause or worsen diabetes. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. If you already have diabetes, check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.

This medication may rarely cause a condition known as tardive dyskinesia. In some cases, this condition may be permanent. Tell your doctor right away if you develop any unusual uncontrolled movements (especially of the face, mouth, tongue, arms, or legs).

This medication may rarely cause a serious condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Get medical help right away if you develop any of the following: fever, muscle cramps/stiffness/pain/tenderness/weakness, severe tiredness, severe confusion, sweating, fast/irregular heartbeat, dark urine, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine).

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: fever, swollen lymph nodes, rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

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  • diabetic ketoacidosis
  • diabetes mellitus
  • hypoglycemic disorder
  • hyperprolactinemia
  • hypertriglyceridemia
  • hyperlipidemia
  • hyponatremia
  • hypokalemia
  • thrombocytopenic disorder
  • agranulocytosis
  • leukopenia
  • neutropenic disorder
  • suicidal ideation
  • homicidal ideation
  • agitation
  • parkinsonism
  • myoclonus
  • tardive dyskinesia
  • extrapyramidal disease
  • neuroleptic malignant syndrome
  • serotonin syndrome
  • photophobia
  • diplopia
  • blurred vision
  • eyelid edema
  • hypertension
  • acute myocardial infarction
  • myocardial ischemia
  • atrioventricular block
  • ventricular tachycardia
  • atrial flutter
  • bradycardia
  • prolonged QT interval
  • orthostatic hypotension
  • hypotension
  • pharyngitis
  • upper respiratory infection
  • nasal congestion
  • laryngismus
  • pneumonia
  • aspiration pneumonia
  • toothache
  • sialorrhea
  • xerostomia
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • dyspepsia
  • constipation
  • steatosis of liver
  • hepatic failure
  • hepatitis
  • biliary calculus
  • priapism
  • erectile dysfunction
  • gynecomastia
  • mastalgia
  • dysmenorrhea
  • amenorrhea
  • menstrual disorder
  • skin photosensitivity
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • pruritus of skin
  • hirsutism
  • arthralgia
  • rhabdomyolysis
  • muscle weakness
  • muscle rigidity
  • myalgia
  • drowsy
  • sedation
  • memory impairment
  • seizure disorder
  • dizziness
  • insomnia
  • sleep apnea
  • fever
  • fatigue
  • hyperhidrosis
  • pain
  • hypokinesia
  • tremor
  • akathisia
  • ataxia
  • skin rash
  • peripheral edema
  • facial edema
  • anorexia
  • weight gain
  • weight loss
  • increased appetite
  • headache disorder
  • palpitations
  • dyspnea
  • cough
  • chest pain
  • hiccups
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dysphagia
  • diarrhea
  • urinary retention

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

A product that may interact with this drug is: metoclopramide.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness such as opioid pain or cough relievers (such as codeine, hydrocodone), alcohol, marijuana (cannabis), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, lorazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants (such as carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine), or antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine).

Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough-and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.