Receiving ABILIFY MAINTENA
Before starting treatment with ABILIFY MAINTENA, it's important to talk with your healthcare provider about medications you’ve been prescribed, relapses you've experienced in the past year, and any side effects you may have had with your current medication.
Have you already taken the pill form of aripiprazole?
If you have taken the pill form, be sure to tell your healthcare provider. This information will help them figure out how much medicine your body will be able to tolerate when you start ABILIFY MAINTENA.
If you haven’t taken the pill form, tell your healthcare provider. You will be asked to take the pill form for 2 weeks before getting your first injection of ABILIFY MAINTENA, so your healthcare provider can see how well your body tolerates the medicine.
Read the MEDICATION GUIDE before receiving ABILIFY MAINTENA. There may be new information. Remember it does not take the place of talking to your doctor about schizophrenia or your treatment.
Important things to know about treatment
Talk to your healthcare provider
Remember to follow your ABILIFY MAINTENA treatment schedule exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to. Your healthcare provider can tell you if it is safe to take ABILIFY MAINTENA with your other medicines. Do not start or stop any medicines while taking ABILIFY MAINTENA without talking to your healthcare provider first.
Take your current treatment
You should continue to take your current schizophrenia treatment for two weeks after your first treatment of ABILIFY MAINTENA. This allows the levels of medicine in your body to stay consistent.
Receiving your injection
ABILIFY MAINTENA is given by a healthcare provider. You will receive the medicine in your arm or buttock, which may cause a little pain. About 5% of people reported feeling injection pain.
Don't miss a dose
If a dose is missed for some reason, call your healthcare provider right away to discuss what you should do next. Following the treatment plan can help keep relapses under control. You and your healthcare provider will determine how much medicine your body can tolerate. Mark your injection date on a calendar to help remember when the next injection appointment is.
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.
Where to get ABILIFY MAINTENA
There are several ways to receive your ABILIFY MAINTENA injections. Your healthcare provider may give you your medicine in their office, or there are also Local Care Centers (LCCs) available.