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. Off label it has 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 710 491
Depressed mood 413 268
Increase effect of another treatment 146 102
Borderline Personality Disorder 133 79
Major Depressive Disorder 97 65
Schizoaffective Disorder 70 50

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 245
Moderate 236
Mild 233
None 362

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Aripiprazole

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 116
Internal restlessness (akathisia) 49
Insomnia 39
Anxious mood 37
Agitation 33
Drowsiness 29

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Aripiprazole

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 84
10 mg daily 76
15 mg daily 39
20 mg daily 36
2 mg daily 27
30 mg daily 24
2.5 mg daily 5
4 mg daily 5
7 mg daily 5
10 mg twice daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Aripiprazole

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 380
Did not seem to work 299
Doctor's advice 183
Other 101
Expense 90
Course of treatment ended 33
Personal research 33
Change in health plan coverage 27
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Duration

Currently taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 52
6 months - 1 year 53
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 76
5 - 10 years 99
10 years or more 22

Stopped taking Aripiprazole

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 201
1 - 6 months 201
6 months - 1 year 115
1 - 2 years 117
2 - 5 years 119
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 801
Usually 166
Sometimes 36
Never taken as prescribed 73
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 75
Somewhat hard to take 108
A little hard to take 178
Not at all hard to take 715
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 59
$100-199 28
$50-99 74
$25-49 100
< $25 398
Not specified 417

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Aripiprazole after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 37
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 26
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 24
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 18
Risperidone (Risperdal) 18

Show all 36 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Aripiprazole and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 31
Lurasidone (Latuda) 27
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 22
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 15
Risperidone (Risperdal) 10

Show all 41 treatments patients report switching to

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80 patient evaluations for Aripiprazole

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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
30 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Borderline Personality

See one_step_closer's full Aripiprazole history

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

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Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 42
Condition: TBI 1 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
TBI

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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

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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
61 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Bipolar I

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Feb 6, 2017 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Mania)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Bipolar Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I went from 40mg daily to 30mg daily a few months ago and have no noticeable difference in it's efficacy. I consider Abilify to be a good medication. I have not experienced a full blown manic episode since starting on it seven years ago. I rarely even swing to hypomania. My depression used to be a constant and I credit Abilify for augmenting my antidepressant, stopping my psychosis, and eliminating mania. This has been an effective medication for 6-7 years. I take this medication at night because it has become sedating for me. Now I credit it for helping me sleep, also!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 19, 2016 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Mania)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Bipolar Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: ditto all the past evaluations
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 29, 2015 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Mania)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Bipolar Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I consider Abilify to be a good medication. I have not experienced a full blown manic episode since starting on it six years ago. I rarely even swing to hypomania. My depression used to be a constant and I credit Abilify for augmenting my antidepressant, stopping my psychosis, and eliminating mania. This has been an effective medication for 6-7 years. I take this medication at night because it has become sedating for me. Now I credit it for helping me sleep, also!
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 28, 2012 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Bipolar Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Mania)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I started back on Abilify after a month of trying Saphris instead. I have good results with Abilify
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 5, 2012 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Bipolar Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Mania)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Tardive dyskinesia, Tiredness increased)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: the reason my Pdoc is stopping this med is because I am switching to a anti-psychotic that might not be as sedating. I have had a sudden exhaustion problem. Since my dose of Abilify is quite high(40mg) she is thinking this side effect of tiredness may be coming from the Abilify. This is a disappointment as the drug has been so effective for years.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 26, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Bipolar Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Mania)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 6, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Mania)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take 40mg a day which I needed a pdoc to advocate for as it is above what insurance wanted to pay. This med does increase the effectiveness of my antidepressant. This was demonstrated at the initial time I began treatment with Abilify. Therefore, it helps my depression part of the bipolar to an extent that is observable. Also, mania has diminished to remaining at hypo level when it does occur. My psychotic symptoms have subsided. I no longer experience hallucinations, delusions, etc Any initial side effects have diminished. I experience no side effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 25, 2010 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Mania)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take Abilify at night as it has sedating effect. I take it for reducing/eliminating manic episodes and psychosis. Increased effectiveness of anti-depressant from personal observation. I no longer exhibit any side effects from this medication. Initially experienced some tardive-dyskinesia (lip, mouth twitching)
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 24, 2010 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Mania)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take Abilify at night because of it's sedating effects especially at high dose of 40mg. I experienced slight tardive diskenisia when starting this med. No long term effects. Since starting this dose over two years ago, I have not had a full blown manic. I believe it also boosts the efficacy of my antidepressant.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 12, 2009 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Mania)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Tardive dyskinesia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Great efficacy for reducing manic episodes, Have not experienced that annoying 'lip smack' (tardive dis) I do believe that Abilify boosts my antidepressent. I take all 40mg. at night now on advice from Pdoc as it has a sedating component.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 3, 2009 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Mania)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Tardive dyskinesia)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was not taking my abilify for several weeks. Started taking it as prescribed and noticed a moderate improvement in overall mood.....less agitation esp.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 13, 2009 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Mania)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Tardive dyskinesia)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication has proved so beneficial to my stability that i am willing to endure a little negative side effect although this particular one is serious enough that I will monitor closely.

Jul 26, 2009 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Mania)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 19, 2009 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 21, 2009 (Started Feb 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: some side effects such as the shakes or dizziness, are short term and went away after a short time for me when I just stuck it out.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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