‹< Abilify’s Pharmacology |
|US brand name: Abilify|
| Generic name: aripiprazole |
A is for Abilify. A is also for:
- Antidepressant add-on
- Acidic burping
- Agonist, dopamine
In case you don’t watch enough TV, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) is pushing Abilify as an add-on for your antidepressant (AD). Depression is a far more socially acceptable form of brain cooties than bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, so it’s no surprise that you’ll see way more ads about ADs than mood stabilizers. And recent approvals are always heavily advertized. In any event, there’s way more money in depression than there is in bipolar and schizophrenia combined, so expect Abilify to be marketed as a med that fills a common niche - as an add-on to ADs that are pretty close to working - and is a part of a proven strategy - combining an AAP with an AD. Abilify’s big advantage is being the only AAP currently approved by the FDA for that application. Not counting Zyprexa, which only has the approval when mixed with Prozac in prepackaged form under the name Symbyax.
As with most APs, I liked Abilify. It really helped me with the stupids, giving me more clarity of thought than Zyprexa. And, like most APs, Abilify didn’t like me. After a week on a dosage of 2mg every other day I was waking up with a seizure hangover every morning. After ten days I was waking up with a seizure hangover and then having an aura. The occasional nocturnal seizure I could live with; two seizures a day, every day, was beyond unacceptable.
Name, Address, Serial Number (Generic and Overseas Availability)
Available in the US as a generic? Pending
Shapes & Sizes (How Supplied)
- 2 mg tablets green with “A-006” and “2” imprinted
- 5 mg tablets blue with “A-007” and “5” imprinted
- 10 mg tablets pink with “A-008” and “10” imprinted
- 15 mg tablets yellow with “A-009” and “15” imprinted
- 20 mg tablets white with “A-010” and “20” imprinted
- 30 mg tablets pink with “A-011” and “30” imprinted
- Orally Disintegrating Tablets (ODT)
- 10 mg pink & scattered specks with “A 640” and “10” imprinted
- 15 mg yellow & scattered specks with “A 641” and “15” imprinted
- Oral Solution: 1 mg/mL
- Intramuscular Injection: 9.75 mg/1.3 mL single-dose vial
- 1% Powder for DIY oral solution (In Japan only, so far as I’ve found.)
Abilify 2 mg Tablets
Other Trade Names and Overseas Availability
Not including controlled/extended/sustained release suffixes (Efexor ER, Trevilor retard e.g.) or branded generics that are a hyphenate of the generic name and the drug company name (Apo-Citalopram e.g.).
Available as Abilify in These Countries
Argentina, Australia, Canada, EU, India, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, UK
Available as Generic Aripiprazole in These Countries
Transliterated, Overseas Trade and Branded Generic Names
- エビリファイ: Japan
Full US PI sheet, Global SPCs & PILs, Other Consumer Review & Rating Sites, and Other Sites that may be of Interest
Abilify’s Full US Prescribing Information / PI Sheet
PI Sheets from Around the World
Abilify is the first med I’ve come across where most of the overseas product information is more detailed than what we get in the US. I’ve come to expect the EMA to publish more info, but not ten times as much. Oh, wait, they’ve got the same damn info repeated for every frickin’ dosage. Still, when Health Canada has a PM over 3 times as long as the US PI sheet, and Australia’s is twice as long, and there are fewer approvals in each country, you’ve got to wonder what the hell BMS doesn’t want you to know.
Rating & Review Sites
Other Sites of Interest
DrugsDB.com’s Abilify Page
Pages and Forum Topics Google Thinks are Relevant to Your Mental Health
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|Last modified on Wed, 04 May, 2016 at 16:32:50 by JerodPoore||Page Author Jerod Poore||Date created Tuesday, 29 November 2011 at 11:57:45|
|“Abilify (aripiprazole): Availability, Comments, Links, More” by Jerod Poore is copyright © 2011 Jerod Poore ||Published online 2011/11/29|
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