Secuado vs. Abilify

Reviewed on 12/9/2019

Are Secuado and Abilify the Same Thing?

Secuado (haloperidol) and Abilify (aripiprazole) are antipsychotic drugs used to treat psychotic disorders like schizophrenia.

Secuado is also used to control motor (movement) and verbal (for example, Tourette's syndrome) tics and is used to treat severe behavior problems in children.

Abilify is also used to treat mania, depression, bipolar disorders, autistic disorder, and some irritable behavior disorders.

Side effects of Secuado and Abilify that are similar include nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, sleep problems (insomnia), anxiety, and blurred vision.

Side effects of Secuado that are different from Abilify include diarrhea, dry mouth, nervousness, spinning sensation, restlessness, skin rash, itching, spontaneous eye movements, mood changes, breast enlargement, irregular menstrual periods, loss of interest in sex, difficulty urinating or urinating less than usual, and occasional movement disorders.

Side effects of Abilify that are different from Secuado include weakness, lightheadedness, stomach upset, tiredness, excess saliva or drooling, choking or trouble swallowing, weight gain, drowsiness, and constipation.

Both Secuado and Abilify may interact with alcohol, other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing (sleeping pills, narcotic pain medicines, prescription cough medicines, muscle relaxers, or medicines for anxiety or seizures), or antidepressants.

Secuado may also interact with cancer medicines, anti-malaria medications, heart rhythm medicines, or medicines to treat a psychiatric disorder.

Abilify may also interact with medications to treat high blood pressure or a heart condition, phenobarbital, rifabutin, rifampin, ketoconazole, itraconazole, or quinidine.

Do not stop using Secuado suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Secuado?

Side effects of Secuado include:

  • headache,
  • extrapyramidal disorder (muscle spasms, restlessness, muscle rigidity, slowness of movement, tremors, and irregular, jerky movements),
  • application site reactions (skin discoloration, discomfort, dryness, swelling, redness, peeling, hard lump, irritation, pain, bumps, or itching), and
  • weight gain

What Are Possible Side Effects of Abilify?

Common side effects of Abilify include:

  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • drowsiness
  • weakness
  • lightheadedness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach upset
  • tiredness
  • excess saliva or drooling
  • choking or trouble swallowing
  • blurred vision
  • headache
  • anxiety
  • weight gain
  • drowsiness
  • sleep problems (insomnia)
  • constipation

What Is Secuado?

Secuado (asenapine) is a transdermal atypical antipsychotic formulation used to treat adults with schizophrenia. Asenapine, the drug contained in Secuado, is also available as a sublingual tablet formulation under the brand name Saphris.

Secuado is also used to treat or manage:

  • Schizophrenia
  • manic or mixed episodes that happen with bipolar I disorder
  • major depressive disorder (MDD) when ABILIFY is used with antidepressant medicines
  • irritability associated with autistic disorder
  • Tourette's disorder

Secuado Injection is a prescription medicine used to treat:

  • agitation associated with schizophrenia or bipolar mania

It is not known if Secuado is safe or effective in children:

  • under 13 years of age with schizophrenia
  • under 10 years of age with bipolar I disorder
  • under 6 years of age with irritability associated with autistic disorder
  • under 6 years of age with Tourette's disorder

What Is Abilify?

Abilify is a prescription medicine used to treat a certain type of depression called Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Abilify belongs to a class of medicines known as SNRIs (or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors).

Abilify is also used to treat or manage:

  • Schizophrenia
  • manic or mixed episodes that happen with bipolar I disorder
  • major depressive disorder (MDD) when ABILIFY is used with antidepressant medicines
  • irritability associated with autistic disorder
  • Tourette's disorder

Abilify Injection is a prescription medicine used to treat:

  • agitation associated with schizophrenia or bipolar mania

It is not known if Abilify is safe or effective in children:

  • under 13 years of age with schizophrenia
  • under 10 years of age with bipolar I disorder
  • under 6 years of age with irritability associated with autistic disorder
  • under 6 years of age with Tourette's disorder

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What Drugs Interact With Secuado?

Secuado may interact with other medicines such as:

Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

What Drugs Interact With Abilify?

Do not take Abilify if you are allergic to aripiprazole or any of the ingredients in Abilify. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in Abilify.

How Should Secuado Be Taken?

The recommended starting dose of Secuado is 3.8 mg/24 hours. Apply one Secuado patch to the skin (hip, abdomen, upper arm, or upper back area) every 24 hours

How Should Abilify Be Taken?

Take Abilify exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. Do not change the dose or stop taking Abilify yourself.

  • Abilify can be taken with or without food.
  • Abilify tablets should be swallowed whole.
  • If you miss a dose of Abilify, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, just skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of Abilify at the same time.
  • If you have been prescribed Abilify Discmelt, take it as follows:
    • Do not open the blister until ready to take the Discmelt tablet.
    • To remove one Discmelt tablet, open the package and peel back the foil on the blister to expose the tablet.
    • Do not push the tablet through the foil because this could damage the tablet.
    • Immediately upon opening the blister, using dry hands, remove the tablet and place the entire bilify Discmelt Orally Disintegrating Tablet on the tongue.
    • Tablet disintegration occurs rapidly in saliva. It is recommended that bilify Discmelt be taken without liquid. However, if needed, it can be taken with liquid.
    • Do not attempt to split the Discmelt tablet.

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References
Otsuka Pharmaceutical. Abilify Drug Information.

https://www.abilify.com

Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Secuado Product Information.

http://www.noven.com/secuado.php

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