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 810 561
Depressed mood 456 295
Borderline personality disorder 156 98
Increase effect of another treatment 146 102
Major depressive disorder 106 92
Schizoaffective disorder 78 56

Show all 118 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 267
Moderate 263
Mild 272
None 402

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Aripiprazole

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 130
Restlessness (akathisia) 81
Anxious mood 40
Insomnia 39
Agitation 35
Drowsiness 34

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Aripiprazole

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 85
10 mg daily 65
2 mg daily 39
15 mg daily 30
20 mg daily 28
30 mg daily 27
2.5 mg daily 5
4 mg daily 4
5 mg twice daily 3
10 mg twice daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Aripiprazole

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 412
Did not seem to work 333
Doctor's advice 198
Other 117
Expense 100
Course of treatment ended 39
Personal research 35
Change in health plan coverage 31
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Duration

Currently taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 41
6 months - 1 year 34
1 - 2 years 45
2 - 5 years 95
5 - 10 years 79
10 years or more 29

Stopped taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 224
1 - 6 months 209
6 months - 1 year 129
1 - 2 years 131
2 - 5 years 133
5 - 10 years 49
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 903
Usually 181
Sometimes 40
Never taken as prescribed 80
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 80
Somewhat hard to take 117
A little hard to take 201
Not at all hard to take 806
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 59
$100-199 31
$50-99 74
$25-49 128
< $25 436
Not specified 476

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Aripiprazole after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 45
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 37
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 30
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 21
Risperidone (Risperdal) 20

Show all 39 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Aripiprazole and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 36
Lurasidone (Latuda) 29
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 24
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 18
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 11

Show all 41 treatments patients report switching to

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83 patient evaluations for Aripiprazole

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

Apr 12, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for schizophrenia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: just take it as prescribed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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