Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet?
This leaflet answers some common questions about Aripiprazole GH. It does not contain all the available information. Some of the information contained in this leaflet may not apply to you.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Aripiprazole GH against the benefits it is expected to have for you.
If you have concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine as you may need to read it again.
What is Aripiprazole GH?
Aripiprazole (Ari-pip-rah-zol) belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotic agents.
Aripiprazole GH is used to treat symptoms of Schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a mental illness with disturbances in thinking, feelings and behaviour.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
There is no evidence that Aripiprazole GH is addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
Aripiprazole GH is not recommended for use in children under the age of 18, as safety and efficacy has not been established in this age group.
Before Taking Aripiprazole GH
When you must not take it
Do not take Aripiprazole GH if you have an allergy to:
- any ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- rash, itching, or hives on the skin;
- shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing;
- swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat or other parts of the body.
Do not take Aripiprazole GH after the expiry date printed on the pack as it may not work as well.
Do not take Aripiprazole GH if the packaging is torn or show signs of tampering. If this is the case, return it to your pharmacist.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have allergies to:
- any other medicines;
- any other substances such as foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Aripiprazole GH is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
If you need to take Aripiprazole GH during your pregnancy, your doctor will discuss with you the benefits and risks to taking it. Babies exposed to antipsychotics (including to aripiprazole) during the third trimester of pregnancy are at risk of experiencing shaking, muscle stiffness, difficulty in feeding and/or withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms may resolve spontaneously or require additional medical treatment.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. It is recommended that you do not breast-feed while taking Aripiprazole GH as it may pass into breast milk and therefore there is a possibility that the breast-fed baby may be affected.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have, or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
- a reaction to some medicines with a sudden increase in body temperature, sweating, fast heartbeat, muscle stiffness and fluctuating blood pressure, which may lead to coma. This reaction is called neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
- a reaction to some medicines with abnormal movements of the tongue, or other uncontrolled movements of the mouth, tongue, cheeks or jaw which may progress to the arms and legs. This reaction is called tardive dyskinesia.
- low blood pressure.
- problems with your heart or blood vessels.
- epilepsy, seizures or fits.
- problems with your oesophagus (food pipe) such as difficulty in swallowing.
- high blood sugar or diabetes mellitus.
- Alzheimer's disease or dementia.
- alcohol or drug abuse or dependence or a history of one of these.
- venous thromboembolism or are at risk of venous thromboembolism
- lactose intolerance
Tell your doctor if you have past experience of excessive gambling.
Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol. Your doctor may advise you to avoid alcohol as it can magnify the side-effects of this medicine.
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before you start taking Aripiprazole GH.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and Aripiprazole GH may interfere with each other. These include:
- medicines used to treat braindisorders such as, anxiety, depression, mood swings, epilepsy or seizures, Parkinson's disease or insomnia;
- medicines used to treat high blood pressure;
- medicines used to treat fungal infections;
- medicines used to treat heart rhythm disturbances;
- medicines used to treat bacterial or viral infections;
- a medicine called cyclosporin (Neoral(R); Sandimmun(R));
- a medicine called cimetidine (Tagamet(R); Magicul(R);).
These medicines may be affected by Aripiprazole GH, or may affect how well it works. Your doctor may need to adjust your dose of Aripiprazole GH or of the other medicine.
Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice may affect how Aripiprazole GH works.
Your doctor or pharmacist may have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking Aripiprazole GH.
How to take Aripiprazole GH
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how much you will need to take each day. This will depend on your condition and whether you are taking any other medicines.
The label put on the carton by the pharmacist will tell you how much you should take.
If you do not understand the instructions on the carton, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
How to take it
Aripiprazole GH tablets should be swallowed whole and washed down with a glass of water.
Take Aripiprazole GH at about the same time each day. Unless your doctor gives you other directions, you should take Aripiprazole GH only once a day.
Taking the medicine at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.
It does not matter whether you take Aripiprazole GH with or without food.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed. This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
How long to take it
Continue taking Aripiprazole GH for as long as your doctor tells you. Aripiprazole GH helps to control your condition but does not cure it. Therefore you must take Aripiprazole GH every day.
Improvement in symptoms may take several days to some weeks to occur.
Even if you feel better do not stop taking Aripiprazole GH unless your doctor tells you to.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or pharmacist or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 1126), or go to the Accident and Emergency Centre at your nearest hospital, if you or anyone else may have taken too much Aripiprazole GH.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
While you are taking Aripiprazole GH
Things you must do
Tell any doctors, dentists or pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Aripiprazole GH.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, tell your doctor, dentist and pharmacist that you are taking Aripiprazole GH.
If you plan to have any kind of surgery that needs a general anaesthetic, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Aripiprazole GH.
If you become pregnant while taking Aripiprazole GH, tell your doctor immediately.
Be sure to keep all of your doctor's appointments so that your progress can be checked.
Things you must not do
Do not give Aripiprazole GH to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar or they have the same condition as you.
Do not take Aripiprazole GH to treat any other complaints unless your doctor or pharmacist tells you to.
Do not stop taking Aripiprazole GH or lower the dosage, even if you are feeling better, without checking with your doctor. If you stop taking Aripiprazole GH suddenly your condition may worsen.
Do not take more of this medicine and do not take it more often than your doctor has ordered.
Things to be careful of
Make sure that you know how you react to Aripiprazole GH before you drive a car, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or light headed or not alert. Aripiprazole GH may cause some people to become drowsy or less alert than they are normally or cause light-headedness, dizziness or tiredness. If this occurs do not undertake the activity.
If Aripiprazole GH makes you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint, be careful when getting up from a sitting or lying position. Getting up slowly may help.
Be careful when drinking alcohol while taking Aripiprazole GH. Your doctor may suggest you avoid alcohol while you are being treated with Aripiprazole GH.
Make sure you keep cool in hot weather and keep warm in cool weather.
Aripiprazole GH may affect the way your body reacts to temperature changes. It may prevent sweating, even during heat waves. You may feel dizzy or faint if you are too hot. To stay cool in hot weather, try to do the following:
- wear light clothing;
- spend time in air-conditioned environments (or keep windows open and use electric fans);
- drink plenty of water;
- take cool baths or showers and avoid hot baths and saunas;
- try to restrict exercise or heavy work to cool parts of the day.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Aripiprazole GH. Like other medicines Aripiprazole GH may cause some unwanted side effects. These are likely to vary from patient to patient.
Aripiprazole GH is generally well-tolerated and the side effects are often hard to distinguish from disease symptoms. It is important that you tell your doctor as soon as possible about any unwanted effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects and they worry you:
- inability to sit or stand still; restless movement of the arms and legs such as tapping, marching in places, rocking, crossing and uncrossing the legs.
These are the more common side effects of Aripiprazole GH.
Tell your doctor if you notice the following side effects:
- feeling dizzy especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position
- altered or increased sexual interest
These side effects are uncommon.
- high blood sugar (excessive thirst, hunger and weakness) or the onset or worsening of diabetes
This side effect is rare.
- weight gain;
- weight loss;
- loss of appetite;
- excessive sweating;
- high blood pressure
- chest pain
- frequent infections such as fever, severe chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers
- bleeding or bruising more easily than normal
- speech disorder
- urinary incontinence
- difficult swallowing
These side effects are very rare.
Tell your doctor if you have obsessive (recurring) thoughts or behaviours or trouble controlling impulsive urges or while taking Aripiprazole GH. Obsessive compulsive behaviours (feeling the need to check things repeatedly or having certain thoughts repeatedly), gambling urges, sexual urges, compulsive spending, binge or compulsive eating and other urges have occurred in some patients.
Tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you notice any of the following:
- seizure, fits or convulsions.
- abnormal movements of the tongue, or other uncontrolled movements of the tongue, mouth, cheeks, or jaw which may progress to the arms and legs.
- sudden increase in body temperature, sweating, fast heartbeat, muscle stiffness, high blood pressure and convulsions.
- allergic reaction (rash, itching or hives on the skin; shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat or other parts of the body).
- muscle pain, muscle weakness or muscle stiffness.
- inflammation of the pancreas, severe upper stomach pain often with nausea and vomiting.
- disorder of body temperature regulation resulting in low body temperature or high body temperature.
- painful irreversible erection.
- difficulty in passing urine.
- yellowing of the skin and/or eyes, also called jaundice with or without nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, feeling generally unwell, fever, itching and dark coloured urine.
- serious lung infection with fever, chills, shortness of breath, cough, chest pain and blood streaked phlegm.
- thoughts or talk about death or suicide; thoughts or talk about self-harm or doing harm to others; any recent attempts at self-harm; an increase in aggressive behaviour, irritability or agitation.
If you or someone you know is showing these signs contact your doctor or a mental health advisor right away or go to the nearest hospital for treatment.
These are very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
All of these side effects are very rare.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.
Also, while taking Aripiprazole GH, some elderly patients with dementia have suffered serious side effects such as a "mini" stroke, stroke, pneumonia or heart problems. These serious side effects can be life threatening.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any or only some of them.
After using Aripiprazole GH
Store Aripiprazole GH in a cool place where the temperature stays below 30°C.
Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom. Do not leave it in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where young children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking Aripiprazole GH or the medicine has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any leftover medicine.
Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.
What it looks like
Aripiprazole GH, 5 mg tablets are white, round, uncoated, biconvex with a bevelled edge, plain on both sides.
Aripiprazole GH, 10 mg tablets are white, oval-shaped, uncoated, biconvex with a bevelled edge, plain on both sides.
Aripiprazole GH, 15 mg tablets are white, round, uncoated, biconvex with a bevelled edge, plain on both sides.
Aripiprazole GH, 20 mg tablets are white, round, uncoated, biconvex, plain on both sides.
Aripiprazole GH, 30 mg tablets are white, round, uncoated, biconvex with a bevelled edge plain on both sides.
Aripiprazole GH tablets are available in:
- aluminium blisters in a carton. Each carton contains 30 tablets.
Active ingredients: Aripiprazole
Other ingredients: lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, maize starch, hydroxypropylcellulose, purified water and magnesium stearate.
Generic Health Pty Ltd
Level 1, 1102 Toorak Road
CAMBERWELL VIC 3124
Australian Registration Number
Aripiprazole GH 5 mg tablets – AUST R 176806.
Aripiprazole GH 10 mg tablets – AUST R 176808.
Aripiprazole GH 15 mg tablets – AUST R 176810.
Aripiprazole GH 20 mg tablets – AUST R 176813.
Aripiprazole GH 30 mg tablets – AUST R 176815.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
This leaflet was prepared in June 2017.
Published by MIMS October 2017