Abilify ( Aripiprazole ) data sheet


Aripiprazole (Abilify®) is prescribed for symptoms of schizophrenia in persons 13 years of age and older. It is also used alone or as an add-on to treat co-occurring symptoms of mania and depression in adults, teenagers, and children 10 years of age and older who have bipolar disorder.

Aripiprazole is also used as an add-on with an antidepressant to treat depression when symptoms cannot be controlled by the antidepressant alone. Aripiprazole is prescribed for treament of children 6 to 17 years of age who have autistic disorder.

Aripiprazole is an atypical antipsychotic - a class of drugs that changes neural activity.

Side effects

Aripiprazole may cause side effects. Consult your doctor if any of these symptoms become severe or persistent:

  • headache
  • nervousness
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • heartburn
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain
  • weight gain
  • increased appetite
  • increased salivation
  • pain, especially in the arms, legs, or joints

More serious side effects

Some side effects are more serious than others. The following symptoms require immediate medical attention:

  • seizures
  • slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat
  • chest pain
  • changes in vision
  • unusual movements of your body or face that you cannot control
  • high fever
  • muscle stiffness
  • confusion
  • sweating
  • rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • swelling of the eyes, face, mouth, lips, tongue, throat, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • tightening of the neck muscles
  • tightness in the throat

Aripiprazole may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.


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