Abilify® (aripiprazole) is a prescription medication licensed for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and major depression. It comes in tablet form and is generally taken once a day. For people who have difficulty swallowing Abilify tablets, orally disintegrating tablets and a liquid form of the medicine are also available.
It is not entirely clear how Abilify works for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, or major depression. 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 these mental illnesses.
Most people tolerate Abilify well, but as with any medication, side effects are possible. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with this medicine during clinical studies include insomnia, nausea, headaches, and anxiety. In most cases, side effects of Abilify are minor and either do not require treatment or can be treated easily.
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