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 834 577
Depressed mood 476 323
Borderline personality disorder 168 107
Increase effect of another treatment 146 104
Major depressive disorder 116 98
Schizoaffective disorder 82 62

Show all 122 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 272
Moderate 277
Mild 274
None 432

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Aripiprazole

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 147
Restlessness (akathisia) 83
Anxious mood 40
Insomnia 40
Agitation 36
Drowsiness 34

Show all 347 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Aripiprazole

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 65
10 mg daily 58
2 mg daily 38
15 mg daily 32
30 mg daily 23
20 mg daily 20
2.5 mg daily 4
7.5 mg daily 4
5 mg twice daily 4
4 mg daily 3

See all 31 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Aripiprazole

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 425
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 912 patients who've stopped taking Aripiprazole

Duration

Currently taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 40
1 - 2 years 46
2 - 5 years 75
5 - 10 years 66
10 years or more 32

Stopped taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 246
1 - 6 months 213
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 946
Usually 186
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 213
Not at all hard to take 844
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 60
$100-199 32
$50-99 75
$25-49 130
< $25 455
Not specified 503

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Aripiprazole after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 46
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) 33
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

Dec 17, 2009 (Started Oct 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (restlessness (akathisia), agitation, vivid dreams, restless feeling in legs)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: I had to be taken off of abilify, i had major side affects from it. so I'm off it now, the side affects we're very agitated, severe restlessness and heart beat irregilar..
Side effects: restlessness (akathisia), agitation, restless feeling in legs, vivid dreams

  • 1 helpful mark
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