Aripiprazole should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container, away from moisture and heat. Keep Abilify Discmelt tablets in their foil blisters until just before use.
Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children.
If you do not take your aripiprazole as scheduled, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose.
Aripiprazole tablets are available in the following strengths:
- Aripiprazole 2 mg
- Aripiprazole 5 mg
- Aripiprazole 10 mg
- Aripiprazole 15 mg
- Aripiprazole 20 mg
- Aripiprazole 30 mg.
Abilify Discmelt orally disintegrating tablets are available in the following strengths:
- Abilify Discmelt 10 mg
- Abilify Discmelt 15 mg.
A liquid form of aripiprazole is available and contains 1 mg of medication per mL. An injectable form is also available and is approved to treat agitation associated with schizophrenia or bipolar mania.
There are several alternatives to aripiprazole for the treatment of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Some other atypical antipsychotic medications used for treating schizophrenia or bipolar disorder include:
- Clozapine (Clozaril®, FazaClo®)
- Iloperidone (Fanapt™)
- Olanzapine (Zyprexa®)
- Paliperidone (Invega®)
- Quetiapine (Seroquel®)
- Risperidone (Risperdal®)
- Ziprasidone (Geodon®).
Older, "typical" antipsychotics are also approved to treat schizophrenia. Haloperidol (Haldol®) and thioridazine (Mellaril®) are examples of typical antipsychotics.
Mood stabilizer bipolar medications (which are alternatives to aripiprazole for treating bipolar disorder) can include:
- Carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Epitol®, Equetro™, Tegretol®, Tegretol XR®)
- Divalproex sodium (Depakote®, Depakote ER®)
- Lamotrigine (Lamictal®)
- Lithium (Eskalith®, Lithobid®)
- Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal®)
- Topiramate (Topamax®)
- Valproic acid (Depakene®).
Not all of the medications listed here are approved to treat schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. However, they are commonly used "off-label" to treat these conditions.
(Click Abilify Alternatives for more information, including non-medication alternatives.)