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 844 589
Depressed mood 496 335
Borderline personality disorder 173 119
Increase effect of another treatment 145 106
Major depressive disorder 122 101
Schizoaffective disorder 86 65

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 280
Moderate 287
Mild 289
None 446

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Aripiprazole

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 152
Restlessness (akathisia) 86
Anxious mood 40
Insomnia 40
Agitation 36
Drowsiness 35

Show all 290 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Aripiprazole

Dosage Patients Percentage
5 mg daily 46
10 mg daily 45
15 mg daily 26
20 mg daily 23
2 mg daily 20
30 mg daily 15
7.5 mg daily 5
2.5 mg daily 4
1 mg daily 3
5 mg twice daily 3

See all 27 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Aripiprazole

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 435
Did not seem to work 356
Doctor's advice 219
Other 126
Expense 100
Course of treatment ended 39
Personal research 37
Change in health plan coverage 34
See all 936 patients who've stopped taking Aripiprazole

Duration

Currently taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 74
5 - 10 years 48
10 years or more 30

Stopped taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 252
1 - 6 months 222
6 months - 1 year 127
1 - 2 years 139
2 - 5 years 143
5 - 10 years 56
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 978
Usually 197
Sometimes 43
Never taken as prescribed 84
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 82
Somewhat hard to take 125
A little hard to take 221
Not at all hard to take 874
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 61
$100-199 32
$50-99 76
$25-49 130
< $25 477
Not specified 526

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Aripiprazole after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 47
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 40
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 35
Risperidone (Risperdal) 30
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 26

Show all 45 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Aripiprazole and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 43
Lurasidone (Latuda) 40
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 29
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 18
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 14

Show all 41 treatments patients report switching to

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81 patient evaluations for Aripiprazole

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

Jan 6, 2019 (Started Jun 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 21, 2018 (Started Jun 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

Aug 2, 2016 (Started Jun 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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