Common side effects with Abilify in adults include:
- Inner sense of restlessness/need to move (akathisia)
Common side effects with Abilify in children include:
- Feeling sleepy
- Stuffy nose
- Weight gain
- Increased appetite
- Uncontrolled movement such as restlessness, tremor, muscle stiffness
Serious side effects have been reported with Abilify including:
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS): Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have some or all of the following symptoms: high fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, changes in pulse, heart rate, and blood pressure. These may be symptoms of a rare and serious condition that can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms.
High blood sugar (hyperglycemia): Increases in blood sugar can happen in some people who take Abilify. Extremely high blood sugar can lead to coma or death. If you have diabetes or risk factors for diabetes (such as being overweight or a family history of diabetes), your healthcare provider should check your blood sugar before you start Abilify and during therapy.
Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms of high blood sugar while taking Abilify:
- Feel very thirsty
- Need to urinate more than usual
- Feel very hungry
- Feel weak or tired
- eel sick to your stomach
- Feel confused, or your breath smells fruity.
- Difficulty swallowing: may lead to aspiration and choking.
- Tardive dyskinesia: Call your healthcare provider about any movements you cannot control in your face, tongue, or other body parts. These may be signs of a serious condition. Tardive dyskinesia may not go away, even if you stop taking Abilify. Tardive dyskinesia may also start after you stop taking Abilify.
- Orthostatic hypotension (decreased blood pressure): lightheadedness or fainting when rising too quickly from a sitting or lying position.
- Low white blood cell count
- Seizures (convulsions)
These are not all the possible side effects of Abilify. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.