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Aripiprazole lauroxil Prefilled Syringe 1064 mg/3.9 ML

Uses

For schizophrenia.

Instructions

This medicine will be given to you at the doctor's office.

This medicine is given as an injection into a muscle.

Keep this medicine at room temperature.

Protect medicine from light.

Do not rub or massage the area where the injection was given.

It may take several weeks for this medicine to fully work.

It is important that you keep taking each dose of this medicine on time even if you are feeling well.

If you miss a dose, contact your doctor for instructions.

Please tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you take. Include both prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbal medicines, or anything else you take for your health.

If your symptoms do not improve or they worsen while on this medicine, contact your doctor.

Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Check with your doctor before stopping.

This medicine may cause higher blood sugar levels or diabetes. Please follow your doctor's instructions and check your blood sugar level regularly while on this medicine.

It is very important that you keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include trouble breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness.

This medicine is associated with a rare but very serious medical condition. Please speak with your doctor about symptoms you should look out for while on this medicine. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop those symptoms.

Some patients taking this medicine have experienced serious side effects. Please speak with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits associated with this medicine.

This medicine may cause dizziness or fainting, especially after exercising or in hot weather. Be very careful when standing or sitting up quickly.

Your ability to stay alert or to react quickly may be impaired by this medicine. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you.

Please check with your doctor before drinking alcohol while on this medicine.

If possible, avoid using with marijuana or other medicines that can cause dizziness or drowsiness. These include allergy/cold products, muscle relaxers, sleep aids, and pain relievers.

Avoid becoming overheated during exercise or other activities. Try to stay cool in hot weather.

Call the doctor if there are any signs of confusion or unusual changes in behavior.

After being on this medication, speak with your doctor about any new, unusual or strong thoughts or feelings.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Do not breastfeed while on this medicine. This medicine can pass through breast milk to the baby.

Ask your pharmacist if this medicine can interact with any of your other medicines. Be sure to tell them about all the medicines you take.

Please tell all your doctors and dentists that you are on this medicine before they provide care.

Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.

This medicine can cause serious side effects in some patients. Important information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is available from your pharmacist. Please review it carefully with your pharmacist to understand the risks associated with this medicine.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • agitated feeling or trouble sleeping
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness or sedation
  • lack of energy and tiredness
  • headaches
  • low blood pressure
  • reaction at the area of the injection (pain, redness, swelling)
  • lightheadedness
  • nausea
  • blurring or changes of vision
  • weight gain

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • breathing interruption during sleep
  • confusion
  • depression or feeling sad
  • face appearing mask-like
  • fainting
  • fever
  • swelling in the neck or throat
  • fast or irregular heart beats
  • high blood sugar
  • unusual strong urges - such as increased need to shop, gamble, or have sex
  • signs of kidney damage (such as bloody or bubbly urine, or changes in urine color or amount)
  • uncontrollable movement of face, tongue, arms or legs
  • muscle aches, spasms or abnormal movements
  • tight or rigid muscles
  • seizures
  • shakiness
  • suicidal thoughts
  • difficulty swallowing
  • excessive thirst
  • unusual or unexplained tiredness or weakness
  • increased urinary frequency
  • dark urine

A few people may have an allergic reactions to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Extra

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This document tells you briefly how to take your medicine, but it does not tell you all there is to know about it.Your doctor or pharmacist may give you other documents about your medicine. Please talk to them if you have any questions.Always follow their advice. There is a more complete description of this medicine available in English.Scan this code on your smartphone or tablet or use the web address below. You can also ask your pharmacist for a printout. If you have any questions, please ask your pharmacist.


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