You may have seen the many commercials for Abilify (aripiprazole) or perhaps you or someone you know take it. Especially if that’s the case, you should know that the FDA has approved the first generic versions of Abilify to treat mental illness, which means it will now be available to you at a reduced cost, and looked at more favorably by insurance companies.
On April 28, 2015, the FDA gave pharmaceutical companies Alembic, Hetero Labs, Teva, and Torrent the go-ahead to manufacture the generic version of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Abilify oral tablets.
What should you know about these conditions?
Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that is characterized by the patient hearing voices or feeling as though others are out to get them. Bipolar I disorder is a manic-depressive illness in which a patient experiences highs and lows in regard to their mood.
Mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder affect approximately 1-2% of the population in the United States. These illnesses combined affect more than 80 million people worldwide.
Are there other atypical antipsychotics?
Yes. These medications are also considered atypical antipsychotics:
- Clozaril (clozapine)
- Fanapt (iloperidone)
- Geodon (ziprasidone)
- Invega (paliperidone)
- Latuda (lurasidone)
- Risperdal (risperidone)
- Saphris (asenapine)
- Seroquel (quetiapine)
- Zyprexa (olanzapine)
In what dosage forms and strengths is brand-name Abilify available?
Abilify is available in several different dosage forms, including tablets, dispersible tablets (Abilify Discmelt), oral solution, intramuscular solution, and intramuscular reconstituted suspension (Abilify Maintena).
Only the tablets have generic approval at this time.
- 2 mg
- 5 mg
- 10 mg
- 15 mg
- 20 mg
- 30 mg
What are some side effects of Abilify tablets?