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About ABILIFY MAINTENA
What is ABILIFY MAINTENA?
ABILIFY MAINTENA is an injection given by a healthcare provider. It is the only once-monthly* maintenance treatment for bipolar I in adults. It is not known if ABILIFY MAINTENA is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.
*You should continue to take your current bipolar I disorder medication for 2 weeks after your first treatment with
Is ABILIFY MAINTENA FDA-approved?
Yes, ABILIFY MAINTENA is the first and only FDA-approved once-monthly maintenance treatment for bipolar I in adults.
What else is ABILIFY MAINTENA approved to treat?
ABILIFY MAINTENA is also FDA-approved for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults.
Before starting ABILIFY MAINTENA
Have you already taken the pill form of aripiprazole?
If you have, be sure to tell your healthcare provider. He or she will need to know how well your body can tolerate the medicine before starting you on once-monthly* ABILIFY MAINTENA.
If you have not, you will first take the pill form of aripiprazole for 2 weeks before getting your first injection. This is so your healthcare provider can see how well your body tolerates the medicine.
*You should continue to take your current bipolar I disorder medication for 2 weeks after your first treatment with ABILIFY MAINTENA.
Do I need to stay on my current treatment after I start ABILIFY MAINTENA?
To keep a consistent level of medicine in your body, you will need to continue taking your current treatment for 2 weeks when you start ABILIFY MAINTENA.
What if I am taking medication for other conditions I have?
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription medicines and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
ABILIFY MAINTENA and other medicines may affect each other causing possible serious side effects. ABILIFY MAINTENA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how ABILIFY MAINTENA works.
Your healthcare provider can tell you if it is safe to receive ABILIFY MAINTENA with your other medicines. Do not start or stop any medicines during treatment with ABILIFY MAINTENA without talking to your healthcare provider first.
Receiving ABILIFY MAINTENA
Can I inject ABILIFY MAINTENA myself?
No. ABILIFY MAINTENA is given by a healthcare professional only. Your healthcare provider may be able to give you your injection in his or her office, or you can find a Local Care Center (LCC) in your area.
Where is ABILIFY MAINTENA injected into the body?
You will receive ABILIFY MAINTENA in your shoulder or buttock.
What are the most common side effects of ABILIFY MAINTENA?
The most common side effects of ABILIFY MAINTENA include: weight gain, inner sense of restlessness such as feeling like you need to move, injection site pain, or sleepiness (sedation). These are not all the possible side effects of ABILIFY MAINTENA.
What should I do if I am having any side effects?
You should call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You can also report side effects to the FDA at
What is a Local Care Center (LCC)?
LCCs are places where you can get your prescribed injection instead of your healthcare provider’s office. These can be retail pharmacies, urgent care clinics, dialysis centers, and infusion centers where a healthcare provider can give you your ABILIFY MAINTENA.
Where can I go to receive my injection?
Your healthcare provider may give you your ABILIFY MAINTENA injection, or you can receive it at a Local Care Center (LCC). Learn more about LCCs here.
About financial assistance options
Is there financial assistance available for ABILIFY MAINTENA?
If you don’t have health insurance or can’t afford your ABILIFY MAINTENA injections, the Otsuka Patient Assistance Foundation (OPAF) might be able to help you get your ABILIFY MAINTENA medicine for free.*
*Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. does not control or influence how the Otsuka Patient Assistance Foundation distributes funds.
Am I eligible for financial assistance?
You can find out if you are eligible for financial assistance, whether you have insurance or not. Call Otsuka Patient Assistance Foundation at 1-855-727-6274, to see if you qualify for financial assistance.
The ABILIFY MAINTENA Savings Card
How much will I pay with the Savings Card?
Eligible patients may pay as little as $10 per 30-day calendar month with an annual maximum benefit of $8,000 and monthly $1,400 maximum.* Presumes only 1 prescription filled per calendar month.
*Conditions apply. Find out more about the Savings Card.
How long can I use my Savings Card?
There is currently no expiration date for using this card. Please keep in mind that Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. has the right to change or end this program at any time without notice.
What happens if I switch pharmacies or healthcare providers?
If you change your pharmacy where you get your injection, you'll need to present your Savings Card again with a valid prescription. If you change your healthcare provider, you'll need to present them with your Savings Card so they can call in your prescription with the Savings Card. If you no longer have a card, please call 1-888-591-9812 to get a replacement card.
Am I eligible for the Savings Card?
In order to be eligible, you must have commercial health insurance and be 18 years or older. The Savings Card is not valid for prescriptions reimbursed in whole or in part under any federal or state health programs, including, but not limited to, Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare, DOD, and the VA. Other conditions apply.