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The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Abilify (Aripiprazole) is a medication prescribed to treat or manage different conditions, including:
Abilify works by activating different neurotransmitter receptors located in brain cells. Abilify activates D2 (dopamine) and 5-HT1A (serotonin) receptors and blocks 5-HT2A (serotonin) receptors. This combination of receptor activity is responsible for the treatment effects of Abilify.
Conditions like schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder are caused by neurotransmitter imbalances in the brain. Abilify helps to correct these imbalances and return the normal functioning of neurons.
Once you are prescribed and buy Abilify, then take Abilify exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The dose will vary based on the condition that you are treating.
The starting dose of Abilify ranges from 2-15 mg once daily, and the recommended dose for most conditions is between 5-15 mg once daily. The maximum dose is 30 mg once daily.
Take Abilify with or without food.
The active ingredient in Abilify medication is aripiprazole.
Abilify and other antipsychotic medications have been associated with an increased risk of death in elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis.
When combined with other dopaminergic agents, Abilify can increase the risk of neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
Abilify can cause metabolic changes and in some cases can induce high blood sugar in people with and without diabetes. Abilify can also weight gain and increased risk of dyslipidemia. Blood glucose should be monitored while taking Abilify.
Monitor for low blood pressure and heart rate while taking Abilify; it can cause orthostatic hypertension which may lead to dizziness or fainting.
Use with caution in patients with a history of seizures.
The side effects of Abilify vary greatly depending on what condition is being treated, what other medications are being used concurrently, and what dose is being taken. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for a full list of side effects that apply to you.
Some of the most common side effects include: