Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.

This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

If you are using the orally disintegrating tablet, make sure your hands are dry before you handle the tablet. Do not open the blister pack that contains the tablet until you are ready to take it. Remove the tablet from the blister pack by peeling back the foil, then taking the tablet out. Do not push the tablet through the foil. Do not break or split the tablet. Place the tablet in your mouth. It should melt quickly. After the tablet has melted, you may swallow or take a sip of water.

Swallow the tablets whole. Do not break, crush, or chew them.

Abilify Mycite® has a sensor in the tablet, which helps track it inside the stomach or bowels. The Abilify Mycite® System comes with a patch (wearable sensor), a smartphone application (app), and a web-based portal. Follow your doctor's instructions on how to use the medicine.

The Abilify Mycite® tablet is usually detected within 30 minutes after you take it, but there may be a delay of more than 2 hours for the smartphone app and web portal to detect that you have taken the medicine, and sometimes it might not be detected at all.

To apply the Abilify Mycite® patch:

  • The app will tell you when to apply or remove the patch. It should be changed weekly or sooner as needed.
  • Place the patch to the left side of your body just above the lower edge of your rib cage. Do not put the patch in areas where the skin is scraped, cracked, inflamed, or irritated, or near the area where you had removed the previous patch. The app will help you place the patch in the correct location.
  • You may keep the patch on when showering, swimming, or exercising.

Aripiprazole may be taken with or without food. If your doctor tells you to take it a certain way, follow your doctor's instructions.

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 (tablets and orally disintegrating tablets):
    • For bipolar mania:
      • Abilify® and Abilify Discmelt®:
        • Adults—At first, 15 milligrams (mg) once a day. When it is given with lithium or valproate, the starting dose is 10 to 15 mg once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 30 mg per day.
        • Children 10 years of age and older—At first, 2 mg once a day. The dose will be gradually increased to 10 mg once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose again as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 30 mg per day.
        • Children younger than 10 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
      • Abilify Mycite®:
        • Adults—At first, 15 milligrams (mg) once a day. When it is given with lithium or valproate, the starting dose is 10 to 15 mg once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 30 mg per day.
        • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For depression:
      • Adults—At first, 2 to 5 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 15 mg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For irritability in children with autistic disorder:
      • Children 6 to 17 years of age—At first, 2 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 15 mg per day.
      • Children younger than 6 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For schizophrenia:
      • Abilify® and Abilify Discmelt®:
        • Adults—At first, 10 to 15 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 30 mg per day.
        • Children 13 to 17 years of age—At first, 2 mg once a day. The dose will be gradually increased to 10 mg once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose again as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 30 mg per day.
        • Children younger than 13 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
      • Abilify Mycite®:
        • Adults—At first, 10 to 15 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 30 mg per day.
        • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For Tourette's disorder:
      • Children 6 to 18 years of age—At first, 2 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 20 mg per day.
      • Children younger than 6 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.

If the Abilify Mycite® tablet is not detected on the app or portal after you take it, do not repeat the dose.

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.