Abilify Approved as Additional Treatment for Major Depression
When antidepressant therapy isn't enough
TUESDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Bristol-Myers drug Abilify (aripiprazole) as an add-on therapy for people with major depressive disorder who don't benefit enough from antidepressant therapy alone, the drug maker said Tuesday.
Abilify, approved in November 2002 to treat schizophrenia, is among a class of medications called atypical antipsychotics. The latest approval followed clinical studies involving 743 patients.
Elderly people with dementia-related psychosis who are treated with atypical antipsychotics are at greater risk of death, Bristol-Myers warned in a statement.
Side effects of Abilify may include akathisia -- a syndrome characterized by feelings of inner restlessness and the urge to move. Other "adverse events" reported among clinical users included insomnia, constipation, fatigue, and blurred vision, the company said.
Abilify is co-marketed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. of Japan.
Learn more about this drug from the FDA.
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