Abilify® (aripiprazole) is a prescription medication commonly used for treating bipolar disorder, autism, and schizophrenia. It can also be taken together with antidepressants to treat major depression. Even though most people respond well to this medicine, you may want to consider an Abilify substitute if you experience any side effects or do not see an improvement in symptoms.
There are many medication alternatives to Abilify for the treatment of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, including:
- Other atypical antipsychotics
- Older, typical antipsychotics
- Mood stabilizers (for bipolar disorder)
- Other augmentation strategies (medication to be used along with an antidepressant to boost the effectiveness of the depression medication).
Therapy can also be an important part of a well-rounded treatment plan. Psychosocial treatments -- including certain forms of psychotherapy (or "talk" therapy) -- are helpful in providing support, education, and guidance to people with bipolar disorder, as well as to their families. Studies have shown that psychosocial interventions can lead to increased mood stability, fewer hospitalizations, and improved functioning in several areas.
(Click Abilify Alternatives for more information on when an Abilify substitute may be necessary and for a more complete list of medications that are available for the treatment of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.)