Generic Abilify Now in Pharmacies!

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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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 is Abilify used for?
Abilify (aripiprazole) is indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder. It has also been used as add-on therapy for patients who have depression.

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.

What type of medication is Abilify?
Abilify (aripiprazole) is classified as a second generation, or atypical, antipsychotic.

Are there other atypical antipsychotics?

Yes. These medications are also considered atypical antipsychotics:

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.

In what strengths are Abilify and aripiprazole tablets available?
Aripiprazole tablets will be available in the same strengths as brandn-name Abilify:

What are some side effects of Abilify tablets?

The most common side effects associated with Abilify (aripiprazole) are nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, dizziness, uncontrollable body movements, anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness.

When will generic aripiprazole be available?
Aripiprazole tablets are currently available. If your pharmacy doesn’t already have aripiprazole in stock, they will be getting it soon.

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