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 835 573
Depressed mood 475 320
Borderline personality disorder 169 110
Increase effect of another treatment 146 104
Major depressive disorder 117 99
Schizoaffective disorder 84 62

Show all 120 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 273
Moderate 277
Mild 274
None 433

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Aripiprazole

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 147
Restlessness (akathisia) 84
Anxious mood 40
Insomnia 40
Agitation 36
Drowsiness 35

Show all 298 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Aripiprazole

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 57
10 mg daily 53
15 mg daily 32
2 mg daily 27
30 mg daily 23
20 mg daily 21
1 mg daily 4
4 mg daily 4
7.5 mg daily 4
5 mg twice daily 4

See all 30 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Aripiprazole

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 428
Did not seem to work 354
Doctor's advice 212
Other 120
Expense 100
Course of treatment ended 39
Personal research 35
Change in health plan coverage 33
See all 913 patients who've stopped taking Aripiprazole

Duration

Currently taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 29
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 79
5 - 10 years 68
10 years or more 28

Stopped taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 247
1 - 6 months 214
6 months - 1 year 126
1 - 2 years 136
2 - 5 years 140
5 - 10 years 54
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 945
Usually 189
Sometimes 41
Never taken as prescribed 82
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 80
Somewhat hard to take 118
A little hard to take 216
Not at all hard to take 843
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 60
$100-199 32
$50-99 75
$25-49 130
< $25 456
Not specified 504

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Aripiprazole after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 47
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 41
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 34
Risperidone (Risperdal) 25
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 24

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Aripiprazole and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 39
Lurasidone (Latuda) 35
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 28
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 18
Risperidone (Risperdal) 14

Show all 40 treatments patients report switching to

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82 patient evaluations for Aripiprazole

May 23, 2018 (Started Nov 01, 2017)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

May 1, 2018 (Started Jan 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Abilify is a great medication for me. It has me on an even keel and has me far back from the edge of the pit that lurks in my mind. I think without the Abilify I wouldn´t be nearly as well as I am. I thank the Abilify for my wellness! Of course I take other antidepressants along with the Abilify but it is the Abilify that is the kicker.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 21, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I did very well from May 2013 until May 2015 and then my Mother-In-Law passed away and I fell into a deep depression that I could not get out of. I had to start back on the Abilify back in July 2015 at 5mg and now I am taking 10mg once a day. I am feeling better now that I have been taking the Abilify for 2 months now. I don't think that I am going to stop taking the Abilify again as I don't want to fall into depression again if something happens that I am not expecting.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 3, 2013 (Started Jan 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am not taking the disc melt but I could not get the tablet to come up. I have used up to 15mg daily and still didn't feel any different. I just decided on May 1, 2013 to stop taking the Abilify to see if that is one of the medications that is making me so tired all of the time.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 29, 2018 (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
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

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

  • 1 helpful mark
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