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 821 567
Depressed mood 467 308
Borderline personality disorder 163 98
Increase effect of another treatment 147 104
Major depressive disorder 112 94
Schizoaffective disorder 81 58

Show all 125 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
266
Moderate
272
Mild
274
None
413

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Aripiprazole

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 143
Restlessness (akathisia) 82
Anxious mood 40
Insomnia 40
Agitation 35
Drowsiness 34

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Aripiprazole

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 92
10 mg daily 61
2 mg daily 46
15 mg daily 36
30 mg daily 27
20 mg daily 22
7.5 mg daily 5
2.5 mg daily 4
4 mg daily 4
1 mg daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Aripiprazole

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 420
Did not seem to work 339
Doctor's advice 202
Other 113
Expense 100
Course of treatment ended 38
Personal research 35
Change in health plan coverage 32
See all 887 patients who've stopped taking Aripiprazole

Duration

Currently taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 42
6 months - 1 year 40
1 - 2 years 49
2 - 5 years 95
5 - 10 years 80
10 years or more 28

Stopped taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 242
1 - 6 months 209
6 months - 1 year 123
1 - 2 years 133
2 - 5 years 133
5 - 10 years 50
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 921
Usually 184
Sometimes 40
Never taken as prescribed 80
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 79
Somewhat hard to take 119
A little hard to take 205
Not at all hard to take 822
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 60
$100-199 31
$50-99 74
$25-49 124
< $25 445
Not specified 491

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Aripiprazole after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 45
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 38
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 31
Risperidone (Risperdal) 23
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 22

Show all 43 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Aripiprazole and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 37
Lurasidone (Latuda) 31
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 27
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 18
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 12

Show all 40 treatments patients report switching to

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82 patient evaluations for Aripiprazole

Feb 21, 2018 (Started Jun 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar 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

Oct 19, 2017 (Started Sep 27, 2017)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 18, 2017 (Started May 08, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for prolactin increased)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excess saliva

Aug 10, 2011 (Started May 08, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for suicidal ideation)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excess saliva, restlessness (akathisia))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excess saliva

Aug 10, 2010 (Started May 08, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for suicidal ideation)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Mild (excess saliva, restlessness (akathisia))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excess saliva

  • 0 helpful marks
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