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 846 595
Depressed mood 505 338
Borderline personality disorder 172 115
Increase effect of another treatment 144 106
Major depressive disorder 117 97
Schizoaffective disorder 85 69

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 288
Mild 290
None 451

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Aripiprazole

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 151
Restlessness (akathisia) 85
Anxious mood 40
Insomnia 40
Drowsiness 36
Agitation 35

Show all 301 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Aripiprazole

Dosage Patients Percentage
5 mg daily 43
10 mg daily 40
15 mg daily 23
20 mg daily 16
2 mg daily 13
30 mg daily 12
7.5 mg daily 4
2 mg twice daily 2
10 mg twice daily 2
25 mg daily 2

See all 22 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Aripiprazole

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 441
Did not seem to work 360
Doctor's advice 217
Other 124
Expense 102
Course of treatment ended 39
Personal research 37
Change in health plan coverage 35
See all 940 patients who've stopped taking Aripiprazole

Duration

Currently taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 54
5 - 10 years 46
10 years or more 32

Stopped taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 254
1 - 6 months 223
6 months - 1 year 129
1 - 2 years 141
2 - 5 years 145
5 - 10 years 52
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 981
Usually 199
Sometimes 44
Never taken as prescribed 85
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 86
Somewhat hard to take 123
A little hard to take 221
Not at all hard to take 879
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 61
$100-199 32
$50-99 76
$25-49 130
< $25 479
Not specified 531

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Aripiprazole after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 49
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 40
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 36
Risperidone (Risperdal) 30
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) 28
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 19
Risperidone (Risperdal) 15

Show all 43 treatments patients report switching to

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80 patient evaluations for Aripiprazole

Jan 15, 2020 (Started Jul 01, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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

Feb 15, 2019 (Started Jun 08, 2015)

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

Aug 27, 2015 (Started Jun 08, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 22, 2015 (Started Jun 08, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea and dizziness, drowsy in morning, loss of sense of taste)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication has literally saved my life. I went from feeling suicidal every second of every day to it not even crossing my mind from the day I started taking it and I now feel that I have the motivation to sort out my life.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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