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    Information about Aripiprazole

    Aripiprazole uses

    Aripiprazole is used in the treatment of schizophrenia and mania.

    How aripiprazole works

    Aripiprazole is an atypical antipsychotic. It works by modulating the action of certain chemical messengers in the brain that affect thoughts.

    Common side effects of aripiprazole

    Headache, Fatigue, Nausea, Vomiting, Blurred vision, Sleepiness, Dyspepsia, Increased saliva production, Parkinsonism, Akathisia, Dystonia, Restlessness, Dizziness, Constipation, Tremor, Anxiety, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
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    Expert advice for Aripiprazole

    • You have been prescribed Aripiprazole for relieving psychotic symptoms and manic episodes.
    • It may take 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood. Keep taking it as prescribed.
    • Take it in the morning to avoid difficulty sleeping.
    • It may increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. Eat healthy, exercise regularly and monitor your blood levels regularly.
    • Aripiprazole may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Aripiprazole as it may cause excessive drowsiness. 
    • Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes, unusual movements or develop suicidal thoughts.

    Frequently asked questions for Aripiprazole


    Q. Is Aripiprazole addictive/narcotic/controlled substances?

    No, Aripiprazole is not an addictive, narcotic or controlled substances

    Q. Is Aripiprazole generic for Abilify?

    Yes, Aripiprazole is generic name of Abilify, the trade name

    Q. Is Aripiprazole a Benzodiazepine/ Benzo?

    No, Aripiprazole belongs to a group of medications called antipsychotic

    Q. Is Aripiprazole an antipsychotic?

    Yes, it belongs to a group of medications called atypical antipsychotic.

    Content on this page was last updated on 25 October, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)