What is Cariprazine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Vraylar


Cariprazine is an antipsychotic medication that may be used for management of schizophrenia and bipolar mania

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bipolar I disorder 20 17
Bipolar II disorder 16 13
Paranoia 8 9
Mania 4 5
Bipolar mixed episodes 3 2
Schizoaffective disorder 3 1

Show all 18 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
Severe 10
Moderate 11
Mild 8
None 10

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cariprazine

Side effect Patients
Restlessness (akathisia) 5
Decreased appetite 2
Aggravation 1
Agitation with restlessness 1
Constipation 1
Decreased sex drive (libido) 1

Show all 32 reported side effects


Based on patients currently taking Cariprazine

Dosage Patients
1.5 mg daily 13
3 mg daily 9
4.5 mg daily 5
6 mg daily 2
1.5 mg one time 1
4.5 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Cariprazine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 9
Did not seem to work 4
Other 4
Doctor's advice 2
Expense 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 17 patients who've stopped taking Cariprazine


Currently taking Cariprazine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 3

Stopped taking Cariprazine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
Adherence Evaluations
Always 35
Usually 1
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 33
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 6
$25-49 3
< $25 12
Not specified 17

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Cariprazine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lurasidone (Latuda) 10
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 7
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 4
Risperidone (Risperdal) 4
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 3

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Cariprazine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
asenapine (Saphris) 2
Brexpiprazole (Rexulti) 2
Lurasidone (Latuda) 2
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 2
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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3 patient evaluations for Cariprazine

May 1, 2018 (Started Jan 29, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar I disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for schizoaffective disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Each time I have add an atypical antipsychotic medication, my sleep has imported. This is my third atypical antipsychotic medication that I am now taking. My first atypical antipsychotic was Latuda and I thought it was a miracle medication, but then lost it's ability to aid in improving my sleep. Adding Invega to 120 mg of Latuda per day, was even a greater miracle. But after about two months it lost some of it miracle working medicated effect. Then I added Vraylar to 120 mg/day of Latuda and 15 mg/day of Invega and my sleep was just about perfect, I only woke up to go to the bathroom and was able to go back to sleep after going to the bathroom with only an occasionally wakeful period. When not on any antipsychotic medications, I could hardly sleep and I felt like; others could hear my thoughts (broadcasting), that I could hear other people thoughts (mind reading), that I could communicate by thought with others without speaking a word (telepathic communication), not only could I communicate with other people in this way but I could communicate with other things as if they had human like qualities (anthropomorphic telepathic communication), believing that I am super important to the world (grandiose thinking), that others were out to kill me (paranoia), and I would become very delusional. But, now after taking the antipsychotic medications for some time, not only do I not believe in these things (powers) were never true for me, I also believe that no one else has these powers. Maybe some people may have others out to kill them, but this is not true for me. Also, for over 35 years (1977 - 2013) I believed that God would talk to me personally and would give me personal instructions, but now, I don't believe this is/was probably ever true. Now, I believe God gave me a brain/mind so that I could figure out how to love other, which is what He wants me to do. Relief of the psychotic symptoms comes with a price, the side effects of those antipsychotic medications. The antipsychotic medications of today, work better with less side effects. than those in 1977 when I started taking them. I am still experiencing periods of torment it was like if a BLACK HOLE was sucking my mind DRY, LIQUID ACID to my sou, HELL, my mind would collapses, and I was unable to function as usual. These periods would last only a few minutes or can last up to as long as several hours and happen quite regularly and had been going on for about the last 40 years, but now on the three atypical antipsychotic I hardy experience this any more. But I have periods of not wanting to live because life has been so bad.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Feb 23, 2017 (Started Dec 14, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (restlessness (akathisia), nausea)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 16, 2017 (Started Dec 14, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (restlessness (akathisia), nausea)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I've had decreased appetite since starting this medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 22, 2016 (Started Dec 14, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Feb 19, 2017 (Started Feb 16, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily

  • 1 helpful mark
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