Compare Abilify vs. Invega

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Abilify (aripiprazole)

Prescription only

Invega (paliperidone)

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.

3.2/ 5 average rating with 252 reviewsforAbilify
Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Invega (paliperidone) relieves psychotic symptoms and improves mood.

3.1/ 5 average rating with 34 reviewsforInvega
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.
  • Won't make you as sleepy as other antipsychotic medicines.
  • If you have heart or kidney problems, this may be a better option than other antipsychotic medicines.
  • The pill and injection form allows for flexible dosing schedule.
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.
  • Side-effects of weight gain and hormonal imbalance may be intolerable for younger patients.
  • Frequent blood tests are sometimes required to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Injection
Price
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Reviews
252 reviews so far
44%
saidit'sworth it
40%
saiditworked well
34%
saidit'sa big hassle

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34 reviews so far
29%
saidit'sworth it
32%
saiditworked well
35%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Abilify (aripiprazole) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
16possible side effects
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    12%
  • Drowsiness
    8%
  • Indigestion
    6%
  • Inability to be still
    6%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Constipation
    4%
  • Weight gain
    4%
  • Abdominal discomfort
    3%
  • Common cold
    3%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Fast heartbeat
    2%
  • Stomach upset
    2%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    2%
  • Decreased appetite
    2%
  • Increased appetite
    2%
  • Changes in speech
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Increased risk of death
    • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • Age 24 years or younger
    • Use of antidepressant medications
  • Shaking and restlessness
  • Increased blood sugar and cholesterol, and weight gain
    • People with diabetes
    • People with high cholesterol
  • Driving impairment
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Low blood pressure
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  • Increased risk of death
    • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart problems
    • Drug interactions
  • Shaking and restlessness
  • Higher blood sugar and cholesterol and weight gain
    • Diabetes
    • High cholesterol
  • Difficulty concentrating
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Low blood pressure
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