What is Aripiprazole?

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Aripiprazole is an antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and irritability associated with autism. It has also been used in children for aggression, conduct disorder, and Tourette syndrome; and psychosis/agitation related to Alzheimer's.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bipolar disorder 846 591
Depressed mood 500 335
Borderline personality disorder 172 117
Increase effect of another treatment 144 106
Major depressive disorder 117 97
Schizoaffective disorder 84 63

Show all 123 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 277
Moderate 288
Mild 288
None 443

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Aripiprazole

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 149
Restlessness (akathisia) 86
Anxious mood 40
Insomnia 40
Drowsiness 36
Agitation 35

Show all 298 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Aripiprazole

Dosage Patients Percentage
5 mg daily 47
10 mg daily 42
15 mg daily 26
2 mg daily 22
20 mg daily 20
30 mg daily 14
7.5 mg daily 4
1 mg daily 2
5 mg twice daily 2
10 mg twice daily 2

See all 23 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Aripiprazole

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 436
Did not seem to work 360
Doctor's advice 218
Other 125
Expense 102
Course of treatment ended 39
Personal research 36
Change in health plan coverage 35
See all 934 patients who've stopped taking Aripiprazole

Duration

Currently taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 61
5 - 10 years 54
10 years or more 35

Stopped taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 252
1 - 6 months 223
6 months - 1 year 127
1 - 2 years 140
2 - 5 years 142
5 - 10 years 53
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 973
Usually 196
Sometimes 44
Never taken as prescribed 83
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 84
Somewhat hard to take 122
A little hard to take 219
Not at all hard to take 871
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 61
$100-199 32
$50-99 75
$25-49 130
< $25 475
Not specified 523

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Aripiprazole after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 49
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 41
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 36
Risperidone (Risperdal) 29
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 27

Show all 45 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Aripiprazole and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 43
Lurasidone (Latuda) 42
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 29
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 19
Risperidone (Risperdal) 15

Show all 42 treatments patients report switching to

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79 patient evaluations for Aripiprazole

Apr 18, 2019 (Started Sep 27, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Asperger's syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Severe (slurred speech, stiffness in jaw, tremor in hands)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: pyramidal syndrome

Apr 29, 2018 (Started Sep 27, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Asperger's syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (slurred speech, stiffness in jaw, tremor in hands)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

Oct 19, 2017 (Started Sep 27, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Asperger's syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (slurred speech, stiffness in jaw, tremor in hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

Oct 18, 2017 (Started Sep 27, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Asperger's syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (slurred speech, stiffness in jaw, tremor in hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

  • 3 helpful marks

Jan 25, 2019 (Started Nov 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for visual hallucinations)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for ruminating thoughts)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for hallucinations)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for auditory hallucinations)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sluggishness, weight gain, difficulty waking up, muscle twitching (fasciculations))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 23, 2018 (Started Nov 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for auditory hallucinations)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hallucinations)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for ruminating thoughts)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for visual hallucinations)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sluggishness, weight gain, difficulty waking up, muscle twitching (fasciculations))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Nothing else to add.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Jan 14, 2019 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 27, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 10, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take what is prescribed, when it’s prescribed to be taken, and everyone is much happier (especially my amazing, God-given wife)!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 7, 2011 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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