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 836 575
Depressed mood 481 326
Borderline personality disorder 170 111
Increase effect of another treatment 146 104
Major depressive disorder 119 100
Schizoaffective disorder 86 64

Show all 119 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 275
Moderate 278
Mild 280
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 290 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Aripiprazole

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 57
10 mg daily 50
15 mg daily 30
2 mg daily 27
20 mg daily 22
30 mg daily 21
2 mg twice daily 4
4 mg daily 4
7.5 mg daily 4
1 mg daily 3

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 214
Other 121
Expense 100
Course of treatment ended 39
Personal research 36
Change in health plan coverage 34
See all 918 patients who've stopped taking Aripiprazole

Duration

Currently taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 77
5 - 10 years 61
10 years or more 29

Stopped taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 246
1 - 6 months 217
6 months - 1 year 126
1 - 2 years 137
2 - 5 years 141
5 - 10 years 55
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 952
Usually 190
Sometimes 41
Never taken as prescribed 83
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 80
Somewhat hard to take 119
A little hard to take 217
Not at all hard to take 850
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 60
$100-199 32
$50-99 75
$25-49 130
< $25 461
Not specified 508

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Aripiprazole after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 48
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 41
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 35
Risperidone (Risperdal) 26
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 24

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Aripiprazole and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 41
Lurasidone (Latuda) 37
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

Nov 29, 2009 (Started Dec 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: If you see the advertisement for this medication on TV the side effects will scare the heck out of you. I take 15 mg. of Abilify which is quite a high dose and I do not feel any side effects from this medicine per se. The Abilify must be doing what it is presecribed for as my life is on an even keel and the stress that comes my way does not knock me for a loop and I can ususally handle stress without having to use any other mood stabilizing drugs.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 4, 2009 (Started Dec 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take as directed, every day
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks

Mar 1, 2015 (Started Mar 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I had to stop taking this because of the weight gain issue.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jul 1, 2010 (Started Mar 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jun 28, 2009 (Started Mar 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: If offered, I would try it. It has helped change my life.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 2 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

  • 2 helpful marks
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