Aripiprazole ER Injection
Talk with your healthcare provider prior to using this medication if you have:
- Any kind of dementia, including Alzheimer's or dementia with Lewy bodies
- Parkinson's disease
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Diabetes or high blood glucose (sugar) or a close family member with diabetes
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease or congestive heart failure
- Had a heart attack or stroke
- Been told you have a low white blood cell count
- A tendency to be dehydrated or will be exposed to high temperatures
- A history of dizziness or fainting
- Difficulty swallowing
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Abilify Maintena and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Abilify Maintena and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Aripiprazole ER Injection to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)
Aripiprazole ER injection belongs to a group of medicines known as atypical antipsychotics (also called second-generation antipsychotics). It is thought to work by blocking the action of dopamine, a neurotransmitter chemical in the brain that is believed to be elevated in people with schizophrenia.
Like other atypical antipsychotics, aripiprazole ER injection also blocks a type of serotonin receptor, which is believed to help control some of the symptoms of schizophrenia. (Serotonin is another type of chemical in the brain.)
As the name implies, aripiprazole ER injection is given as an injection into a muscle. After each dose, the medication is removed from the body slowly, allowing for once-a-month dosing.