Compare Abilify vs. chlorpromazine

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Abilify (aripiprazole)

Prescription only
Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Abilify (aripiprazole) is good for treating psychosis and mania, and can help with depression. It's less likely to cause side effects than other antipsychotics.

4.3/ 7 average rating with 252 reviewsforAbilify
Stabilizes your mood.

Thorazine (chlorpromazine) has more side effects than other medicines like it. It is most useful during psychotic episodes because it slows you down quickly.

Upsides
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms and manic episodes.
  • More energizing than other antipsychotics.
  • Fewer side effects than other antipsychotics.
  • Studies show that it can also be helpful for depression, especially in women, if your symptoms don't go away with an antidepressant alone.
  • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
  • Acts fast to slow you down during a psychotic episode.
  • Can also be used for nausea or migraines.
  • Safe for use in children as young as 6 months.
  • Comes in a sugar-coated pill for easy administration.
Downsides
  • Mild risk of extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS), a movement disorder that includes stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • All antipsychotics come with side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find the one that works for you and that you can tolerate.
  • Has more side effects than other medicines like it.
  • Can affect how your other medicines work.
  • Makes you more sensitive to the sun.
  • Can make you dizzy or lightheaded, especially when injected.
  • Cannot be stopped right away.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Injection
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Reviews
252 
44%
think this treatment is worth it
40%
think this treatment works well
34%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Abilify (aripiprazole) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Thorazine (chlorpromazine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Increased risk of death

    Elderly patients with dementia

  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

    Age 24 years or younger

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased blood sugar and cholesterol, and weight gain

    People with diabetes

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Driving impairment

    Alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Increased risk of death

    People over 65 with dementia and psychosis

  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome

    Taking antipsychotic medications

  • Breathing problems

    Asthma

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Heat stroke and dehydration

    Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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