Brand Name(s): Abilify
Drug Class: Atypical Antipsychotics
Treats: Schizophrenia, Depression, Bipolar Disorder
Aripiprazole is a medicine used in the treatment of psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and autism-related symptoms. The active ingredient of the medication works by promoting the spread of dopamine in the brain. The result is that the patient"s mood becomes more manageable over time.
Aripiprazole is a drug used in the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It may also be used to treat major depressive disorder, tics, and autism - though, in these cases, it tends to be used as an add-on medicine.
Aripiprazole belongs to the antipsychotic class of medicines - itself being a dopamine receptor agonist. As an agonist at dopamine receptors, aripiprazole is associated with dyskinesia side effects; that is to say, side effects associated with movement. Dopamine insufficiency does, after all, cause Parkinson"s disease.
Common side effects associated with aripiprazole include weight gain, blurred vision, nausea, drooling, headache, and cold-like symptoms. Some patients experience a movement disorder called tardive dyskinesia.