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Aripiprazole

Author: Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI and Kellie Wilson, PharmD

CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 2.5 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 723 reviews

Course Summary

Limited information exists on the benefit and risk of aripiprazole in patients with psychosis, however it is indicated in the treatment of depression and anxiety, bipolar I disorder and schizophrenia, as well as for agitation in autism and for the treatment of Tourette disorder. Other individual case studies are available in the literature that indicate promising outcomes with the use of aripiprazole, as an atypical, second-generation antipsychotic. Possible neuroprotective effects and lower adverse effects with aripiprazole use have been mentioned in the literature comparing aripiprazole with other atypical antipsychotic drugs.

Course Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction

II.           Pharmacology Profile

1.           Category

2.           Mechanism of Action

3.           Labeled Uses

4.           Unlabeled Using

5.           Dosing

6.           Administration

7.           Available Forms

8.           Dosing Adjustment: Geriatric Patients

9.           Dosing Adjustment: Hepatic Impairment

10.                     Dosing Adjustment: Renal Impairment

11.                     US Boxed Warning

12.                     Contraindications

13.                      Warnings and Precautions

14.                      Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

15.                      Drug-Drug Interactions

III.        Clinical Pearls: Aripiprazole

IV.         Aripiprazole Overdose

V.            Case Studies: Aripiprazole

1.             Case Study 1: Aripiprazole and Psychosis

2.             Discussion

3.             Case Study 2: Aripiprazole and Tourette’s

4.             Discussion

VI.         Summary

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