Proper Use

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Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor to benefit your condition as much as possible. Do not take more or less of it, do not take it more or less often, and do not take it for a longer or shorter time than your doctor ordered.

You may take this medicine with or without food.

For patients taking the oral solution:

  • Measure the dose with the measuring device provided with your medicine. You can take the medicine directly from the measuring device or you can stir the dose into a small glass of water, coffee, orange juice, or low-fat milk just before taking it. Do not mix this medicine with cola or tea.
  • Rinse the empty measuring device with water and place it back in its storage case. Put the plastic cap back on the bottle of medicine.

For patients taking the orally disintegrating tablet:

  • Do not open the package until you are ready to take your medicine. To remove one tablet, separate one of the four tablets by tearing apart on perforations. Bend the corner as shown on the package. Peel back the foil to get to the tablet. Do not push the tablet through the foil because that could damage the tablet.
  • Use dry hands and take the tablet out of the package and immediately place it on your tongue. The tablet needs to be used immediately because it cannot be stored once it is taken out of the package. Once the tablet is on your tongue it will disintegrate in seconds. You can swallow it with or without liquid. It is important not to split or chew the tablet.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage forms (solution, tablets, or orally disintegrating tablets):
    • For bipolar mania:
      • Adults—At first, 2 to 3 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose usually is not more than 6 mg per day.
      • Older adults—At first, 0.5 mg two times a day. The medicine can be given on a once a day schedule after your doctor has found the correct dose for you. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose usually is not more than 6 mg per day.
      • Children 10 to 17 years of age—At first, 0.5 mg once a day, in the morning or evening. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose usually is not more than 6 mg per day.
      • Children younger than 10 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For irritability associated with autistic disorder:
      • Children 5 to 16 years of age weighing 20 kilograms (kg) or greater—At first, 0.5 milligrams (mg) per day . Your doctor may increase your dose as needed.
      • Children 5 to 16 years of age weighing less than 20 kg—At first, 0.25 mg per day. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed.
      • Children younger than 5 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For schizophrenia:
      • Adults—At first, 2 milligrams (mg) per day. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose usually is not more than 16 mg per day.
      • Older adults—At first, 0.5 mg two times a day. The medicine can be given on a once a day schedule after your doctor has found the correct dose for you. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose usually is not more than 6 mg per day.
      • Children 13 to 17 years of age—At first, 0.5 mg once a day in the morning or evening. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose usually is not more than 6 mg per day.
      • Children younger than 13 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.