How the 
ABILIFY MYCITE® System works

Digital technology meets medicine in a smart pill.1
How the 
ABILIFY MYCITE® System works
Not a real patient. Illustrative data.

Not from a real patient. Not actual sizes and not to scale.

Meet the components of the system

A smart pill combined with a wearable Bluetooth®* patch captures medication ingestion and objective physiological data, presented in the MYCITE® Dashboard alongside patient-reported data.1

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ABILIFY MYCITE® (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) Tablet

Not actual size.


ABILIFY MYCITE® (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) is a smart pill manufactured with integrated technology the size of a grain of sand. It sends a signal to the MYCITE® Patch after ingestion.1

ABILIFY MYCITE is available in 2 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, and 30 mg strength tablets.

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Not actual size.


The MYCITE Patch is a nonmedicated, wearable sensor made up of 2 components: a reusable data pod and a weekly disposable adhesive strip that holds the pod in place. The pod contains a slim sensor that automatically logs when your patient takes their medication, as well as specific physiological data, such as steps and rest. Data are sent via Bluetooth® to the MYCITE® App.

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MYCITE® App: Pill status view

Illustrative data. Not from a real patient.


The MYCITE App is an easy-to-use smartphone app that gives patients a view of their medication ingestion data, rest, energy level, mood, and mood contributors. It also provides them with a library of coping activities.

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Illustrative data. Not from a real patient.


The MYCITE Dashboard is an online portal for
healthcare providers and the patient’s support network
that displays 7-day, 15-day, 30-day, 60-day, and 90-day
views of medication ingestion, objective physiological
data, and patient-reported data over time.

A conversation


Equipped with the data delivered to you by the ABILIFY MYCITE System, you, your patients, and their care team and support network can have more-informed conversations about your patients’ mental health and treatment plans.1

The impact of the ABILIFY MYCITE System on treatment adherence has not been demonstrated. Some factors, such as connectivity, transmitter malfunction, or device availability, may impact the consistency and reliability of data detection, collection and transmission.

Only functions related to tracking drug ingestion have been evaluated or approved by FDA.

When introducing the system to patients

Share these videos with your patients to introduce them to the ABILIFY MYCITE System and how it works. 

A connected-care system for you, your patients, and those who care for them

The ABILIFY MYCITE System gives patients more ways to connect with their care team and support network. With the system, you and your patients will have medication ingestion data at your fingertips. Patients can choose who they want to share their data with, and can change what data they are sharing at any time.1

  • Case manager
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Pharmacist
  • Primary care provider
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Therapist
  • Family members
  • Friends

When everyone is working with the same information, it can help reduce uncertainty and foster trust.1,2

System privacy

Your data are encrypted and stored securely in the cloud to protect your privacy

Data encryption cloud, Icon

The patient automatically starts sharing their data with you when they enter your code in the MYCITE App. Other members of the care team will not be able to access daily data unless the patient enters their code in the app. Patients will be able to invite members of their support network through email.

The ABILIFY MYCITE System was designed with the privacy of patients’ personal information in mind. Only those chosen by the patient may view patient information, and, at any time, the patients may change what information they want to share.
For more information about the system’s privacy requirements, please review the ABILIFY MYCITE System Terms of Use, Privacy Notice, and Authorization & Consent.
Digital medicine pioneers
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The Digital Medicine Pioneers are paid consultants of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
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Otsuka and Proteus® announce the first U.S. FDA approval of a digital medicine system: ABILIFY MYCITE® (aripiprazole tablets with sensor). News release. Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. November 14, 2017. Accessed June 16, 2022.
Hatch A, Docherty JP, Carpenter D, Ross R, Weiden PJ. Expert consensus survey on medication adherence in psychiatric patients and use of a digital medicine system. J Clin Psychiatry. 2017;78(7):e803-e812. doi:10.4088/JCP.16m11252






Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death (1.6 to 1.7 times) compared to placebo-treated patients. ABILIFY MYCITE is not approved for the treatment of patients with dementia-related psychosis.


Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults. Those on antidepressant therapy should be monitored closely for worsening, and for emergence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Advise families and caregivers of the need for close observation and communication with the prescriber. The safety and effectiveness of ABILIFY MYCITE have not been established in pediatric patients.

Contraindication: Known hypersensitivity reaction to aripiprazole. Reactions have ranged from pruritus/urticaria to anaphylaxis.

Cerebrovascular Adverse Events, Including Stroke, in Elderly Patients with Dementia-Related Psychosis: Increased incidence of cerebrovascular adverse events (e.g., stroke, transient ischemic attack), including fatalities, have been reported in clinical trials of elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with aripiprazole.

Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS): NMS is a potentially fatal symptom complex reported in association with administration of antipsychotic drugs, including ABILIFY MYCITE. Clinical signs of NMS are hyperpyrexia, muscle rigidity, altered mental status, and evidence of autonomic instability. Additional signs may include elevated creatine phosphokinase, myoglobinuria (rhabdomyolysis), and acute renal failure. Manage NMS with immediate discontinuation of ABILIFY MYCITE, intensive symptomatic treatment, and monitoring.

Tardive Dyskinesia (TD): Risk of TD, and the potential to become irreversible, are believed to increase with duration of treatment and in total cumulative dose of antipsychotic drugs. TD can develop after a relatively brief treatment period, even at low doses, or after discontinuation. If antipsychotic treatment is withdrawn, TD may remit, partially or completely. Prescribing should be consistent with the need to minimize TD.

Metabolic Changes: Atypical antipsychotic drugs have caused metabolic changes including:

  • Hyperglycemia/Diabetes Mellitus: Hyperglycemia, in some cases extreme and associated with ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar coma, or death, has been reported in patients treated with atypical antipsychotics including aripiprazole. Patients with diabetes mellitus should be regularly monitored for worsening of glucose control; those with risk factors for diabetes (e.g., obesity, family history of diabetes), should undergo baseline and periodic fasting blood glucose testing. Any patient treated with atypical antipsychotics should be monitored for symptoms of hyperglycemia including polydipsia, polyuria, polyphagia, and weakness. Patients who develop symptoms of hyperglycemia should also undergo fasting blood glucose testing. In some cases, hyperglycemia has resolved when the atypical antipsychotic was discontinued; however, some patients required continuation of anti-diabetic treatment despite discontinuation of the suspect drug.
  • Dyslipidemia: Undesirable alterations in lipids have been observed in patients treated with atypical antipsychotics.
  • Weight Gain: Weight gain has been observed with atypical antipsychotic use. Clinical monitoring of weight is recommended.

Pathological Gambling and Other Compulsive Behaviors: Intense urges, particularly for gambling, and the inability to control these urges have been reported while taking aripiprazole. Other compulsive urges have been reported less frequently. Prescribers should ask patients or their caregivers about the development of new or intense compulsive urges. Consider dose reduction or stopping ABILIFY MYCITE if such urges develop.

Orthostatic Hypotension: ABILIFY MYCITE may cause orthostatic hypotension and should be used with caution in patients with known cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, or conditions which would predispose them to hypotension.

Falls: Antipsychotics may cause somnolence, postural hypotension, motor and sensory instability, which may lead to falls causing fractures or other injuries. For patients with diseases, conditions, or medications that could exacerbate these effects, complete fall risk assessments when initiating treatment and recurrently during therapy.

Leukopenia, Neutropenia, and Agranulocytosis: Leukopenia, neutropenia and agranulocytosis have been reported with antipsychotics. Monitor complete blood count in patients with pre-existing low white blood cell count (WBC)/absolute neutrophil count or history of drug-induced leukopenia/neutropenia. Discontinue ABILIFY MYCITE at the first sign of a clinically significant decline in WBC and in severely neutropenic patients.

Seizures: ABILIFY MYCITE should be used with caution in patients with a history of seizures or with conditions that lower the seizure threshold.

Potential for Cognitive and Motor Impairment: ABILIFY MYCITE may impair judgment, thinking, or motor skills. Instruct patients to avoid operating hazardous machinery, including automobiles, until they are certain ABILIFY MYCITE does not affect them adversely.

Body Temperature Regulation: Use ABILIFY MYCITE with caution in patients who may experience conditions that increase body temperature (e.g., strenuous exercise, extreme heat, dehydration, or concomitant use with anticholinergics).

Dysphagia: Esophageal dysmotility and aspiration have been associated with ABILIFY MYCITE. Use caution in patients at risk for aspiration pneumonia.

Dosage Adjustments and Cytochrome P450 Considerations: For patients with schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder taking ABILIFY MYCITE who are:

  • Known CYP2D6 poor metabolizers, administer half the recommended dose

  • Known CYP2D6 poor metabolizers taking concomitant strong CYP3A4 inhibitors (e.g., itraconazole, clarithromycin), administer a quarter the recommended dose.

  • Taking strong CYP2D6 (e.g., quinidine, fluoxetine, paroxetine) or CYP3A4 inhibitors, administer half the recommended dose.

  • Taking strong CYP2D6 and CYP3A4 inhibitors, administer a quarter the recommended dose. When co‑administered drug is withdrawn, adjust ABILIFY MYCITE dosage to its original level.

  • Taking strong CYP3A4 inducers (e.g., carbamazepine, rifampin), double recommended dose over 1 to 2 weeks. When co‑administered drug is withdrawn, reduce ABILIFY MYCITE dosage to original level over 1 to 2 weeks.

Commonly Observed Adverse Reactions (incidence ≥5% and at least twice that for placebo) in adult patients:

  • Schizophrenia: akathisia

  • Bipolar mania (monotherapy): akathisia, sedation, restlessness, tremor, and extrapyramidal disorder

  • Bipolar mania (adjunctive therapy with lithium or valproate): akathisia, insomnia, and extrapyramidal disorder

  • Major depressive disorder (adjunctive treatment to antidepressant therapy): akathisia, restlessness, insomnia, constipation, fatigue, and blurred vision

Dystonia: Symptoms of dystonia may occur in susceptible individuals during the first days of treatment and at low doses.

Skin Irritation for MYCITE Patch: Symptoms of skin irritation localized at the site of the MYCITE Patch may occur. In clinical studies, 12.4% of patients (n=61) experienced skin rashes at the site of patch placement.

Pregnancy: Neonates exposed to antipsychotic drugs, including ABILIFY MYCITE, during the third trimester of pregnancy are at risk for extrapyramidal and/or withdrawal symptoms. Consider the benefits and risks of ABILIFY MYCITE and possible risks to the fetus when prescribing ABILIFY MYCITE to a pregnant woman. Advise pregnant women of potential fetal risk. There is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to ABILIFY MYCITE during pregnancy. For more information contact the National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics at 1-866-961-2388 or visit

Lactation: Aripiprazole is present in human breast milk; however, there are insufficient data to assess the amount in human milk, effects on the breastfed infant, or effects on milk production. The development and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for ABILIFY MYCITE and any potential adverse effects on the infant or from the underlying maternal condition.

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. at 1-800-438-9927 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (





ABILIFY MYCITE, a drug-device combination product comprised of aripiprazole tablets embedded with an Ingestible Event Marker (IEM) sensor intended to track drug ingestion, is indicated in adults for the:

  • Treatment of schizophrenia
  • Treatment of bipolar I disorder as monotherapy and as adjunct to lithium or valproate for:
    • Acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes
    • Maintenance treatment
  • Adjunctive treatment of major depressive disorder

Limitations of Use: ABILIFY MYCITE has not been shown to improve patient compliance or for use in modifying aripiprazole dosage. It should not be used in “real-time” or during an emergency, because detection may be delayed or not occur.