Abilify® (aripiprazole) is a prescription medication often used for the treatment of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, and depression. It comes in tablet form and is typically taken once a day. For people who have trouble swallowing Abilify, oral solution and orally disintegrating tablets are also available.
Abilify belongs to a class of drugs called atypical (or second-generation) antipsychotics. It is not entirely clear how this medication works. However, it is known to block or lessen the effects of several chemicals in the brain. These chemicals (such as dopamine and serotonin) may be elevated in people with mental illnesses.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Abilify. However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Common side effects include, but are not limited to:
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