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What Is Aripiprazole ER Injection Used For?

How Does This Medicine Work?

Aripiprazole ER injection belongs to a group of medicines known as atypical antipsychotics (also known as 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 chemical in the brain.)
As the name implies, aripiprazole ER injection is given as an injection into a muscle. After each dose, the medication leaves the body slowly, allowing for once-a-month dosing.

Can Children Use It?

Aripiprazole ER injection has not been adequately studied in children, and is only approved for use in people age 18 and older. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks of using this medicine in children.

Is Aripiprazole ER Injection Used in Older Adults?

Older adults may be more sensitive to certain aripiprazole ER injection side effects, including movement disorders. Because older adults are more likely to have reduced kidney function, and because lower aripiprazole ER injection doses are recommended in people with kidney disease, older adults may require a lower-than-usual amount.

What About Off-Label Uses?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medication for something other than the condition discussed in this article. This is known as an "off-label" use. Some possible off-label uses for aripiprazole ER injection include the treatment of schizoaffective disorder or giving the drug to people younger than 18 years of age.
Also, oral Abilify is approved for a few other uses in addition to schizophrenia, and it is possible that aripiprazole ER injection might also be prescribed off-label for such uses, including the treatment of:
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