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Long-Acting Injectable Aripiprazole (Abilify Maintena) for Schizophrenia
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An extended-release injectable formulation of the second-generation antipsychotic aripiprazole (Abilify) has been approved by the FDA (Abilify Maintena – Otsuka/Lundbeck) for once-monthly treatment of schizophrenia. It is the fourth second-generation antipsychotic to become available in a long-acting parenteral formulation. Long-acting parenteral antipsychotics, given at intervals of 2-4 weeks, are generally used for patients with a history of relapse due to poor adherence to oral maintenance therapy.

DRUGS FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA — Second-generation antipsychotics are now used more commonly than first-generation drugs, but controlled trials have failed to demonstrate a clear advantage in efficacy with the newer drugs, except for clozapine and possibly olanzapine.1 The second-generation antipsychotics have a relatively low risk of extrapyramidal symptoms, and ... more      

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