Target Audience: Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician 1.0 Credits Activity Release Date: 5/11/2021 12:00:00 AM Activity Expiration Date: 5/11/2024 12:00:00 AM Pharmacology
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Course Summary
Aripiprazole is a second-generation, atypical antipsychotic that is best known under the brand name Abilify®. It was originally approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder but it has also been used for other psychiatric conditions in children and adults. Studies suggest that aripiprazole is superior to placebo and many first- and second-generation antipsychotics, and it is typically well tolerated. Aripiprazole is available in oral and long-acting injectable forms, which have unique pharmacokinetic profiles that must be considered when formulating a treatment plan. Treatment plans should account for the adverse effects antipsychotic medications may cause but aripiprazole has a favorable side-effect profile when compared to other antipsychotics. There are also recommendations clinicians should follow when switching to aripiprazole from another antipsychotic.
Course Objectives
  • Describe the basic pharmacological profile, use and clinical outcomes of aripiprazole treatment
  • Identify the dosing and uses for oral and long-acting injectable forms of aripiprazole, as well as the recommendations when switching between antipsychotics
  • Compare the benefits and risks of aripiprazole use for chronic mentally illness patients compared to other antipsychotics
  • Identify the contraindications and potential side effects of aripiprazole
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Course Syllabus

I. Introduction

II. Pharmacological Profile of Aripiprazole

III. Uses and Dosing for Aripiprazole

  1. Long-acting Injectable Form
  2. Switching Antipsychotic Drugs

 IV. Side Effects of Aripiprazole

 V. Aripiprazole Treatment

  1. Bipolar I Disorder
  2. Major Depressive Disorder
  3. Schizophrenia
  4. Autistic Disorder
  5. Tourette’s Syndrome
  6. Suicidal Ideation
  7. Dementia-Related Psychosis

VI. Case Study: Aripiprazole

VII. Summary

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