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Aripiprazole

"arry-PIP-ra-zole"
Medication type:

Atypical antipsychotic medicine

Other names:
  • Abilify® "a-BIL-if-eye"
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What can it be used for?

  • 18 & Over
    If you are 18 or over aripiprazole can be used to treat and prevent recurrence of mania
  • Under 18
    If you are 15 or over, the doctor can prescribe aripiprazole for you as a licensed medicine for schizophrenia Aripiprazole is licensed in people aged 13-18 years for treating mania for up to 12 weeks If you are under 13, there is less research about its use and effectiveness in young people Aripiprazole is now recommended as a treatment for schizophrenia in young people aged 15-17 who have not responded to the medicine risperidone The long acting injection, Abilify Maintena™, is not licensed in people aged 17 years and younger. It is licensed for use in adults for schizophrenia Even so, specialists might prescribe it if it is the best medicine for you

Ways to take and what's in it?

  • Tablets

    5mg, 10mg, 15mg, and 30mg strengths

  • Tablets

    Orodispersible (‘melt in your mouth’) Tablets (10mg and 15mg strengths)

  • Liquids

    1mg/ml – one 5ml spoonful is like a 5mg tablet

  • Injections

    The short acting injection contains 9.75mg in one injection. It is usually used in hospital when needed in an emergency. The new monthly injection, Abilify Maintena™, contains 400mg in one injection.

Aripiprazole is an atypical antipsychotic medicine, also called a second generation antipsychotic.

Aripiprazole can be used to treat schizophrenia, mania, and to help with agitation in schizophrenia.

Aripiprazole has been used for a number of conditions

Issues like alcohol, driving, concentration, sports, weight, sex life and fertility