Compare Abilify vs. perphenazine

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

Abilify
(aripiprazole)

Trilafon
(perphenazine)

Helps control your thoughts and mood. Abilify (Aripiprazole) is good for treating psychosis and mania, and can help with depression. Less likely to cause side effects than any other antipsychotic, but has a risk of suicidal thoughts for people age 24 and younger.Treats schizophrenia. Trilafon (perphenazine) is a good medicine for schizophrenia, but it can make you gain weight.
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4.29Abilify
Reviews for Abilify (aripiprazole)
44%
of people (All ages) say Abilify (aripiprazole) is worth it
40%
say it works well
34%
say it's a big hassle
252 reviews
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Reviews for Trilafon (perphenazine)
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-44% worse vs. Abilify (aripiprazole)
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-40% worse vs. Abilify (aripiprazole)
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+34% better vs. Abilify (aripiprazole)
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Side effects
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  • Headache 4%
  • Agitation 2%
  • Sleep difficulty 5%
  • Anxiety 4%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Restlessness 9%
  • Constipation 4%
  • Vomiting 5%
  • Dizziness 3%
  • Indigestion 2%
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The perphenazine FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
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Abilify (Aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.Trilafon (perphenazine) works by blocking dopamine from entering the brain too quickly. Schizophrenia might be caused by your brain being too sensitive to changes in dopamine in your body.
Type of medication
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Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
Abilifyperphenazine
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
Abilifyperphenazine
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Age 24 years or younger
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
Detailed Abilify (aripiprazole) risks & warnings »
  • People age 65 or older with dementia and psychosis
  • Drinking alcohol or taking narcotics
Detailed Trilafon (perphenazine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

Alcohol
Abilifyperphenazine
No alcohol related info.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take any narcotics while on Trilafon (perphenazine), since it can slow your breathing.
Sleep
Abilifyperphenazine
No sleep related info.
  • Trilafon (perphenazine) can make you feel sleepy the first few days that you take it. This can be worse if you drink alcohol or take narcotics for pain or other medical issues. Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how Trilafon (perphenazine) affects you.
Weight
Abilifyperphenazine
  • Least likely antipsychotic to cause weight gain.
  • Abilify (Aripiprazole) can cause you to gain weight. Abilify (Aripiprazole) is the least likely to cause weight gain compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • You're more likely to gain weight.
Upsides and benefits
Abilifyperphenazine
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms and manic episodes. All antipsychotic medicines are about equally effective.
  • More energizing than other antipsychotics.
  • Fewer side effects than any other antipsychotics.
  • Least likely antipsychotic to cause weight gain.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems compared to some 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.
  • Trilafon (perphenazine) can be much cheaper than other medicines.
  • Trilafon (perphenazine) is less likely to cause heart problems or changes in blood pressure.
Downsides and risks
Abilifyperphenazine
  • Mild risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • Can cause higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people age 24 and younger.
  • 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 one that works for you and that you can tolerate.
  • You're more likely to gain weight.
  • You can be more sensitive to temperature changes.
  • You're more likely to catch colds and flu.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Abilifyperphenazine
  • Takes 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
  • Makes you energized. Take in the morning to avoid difficulty sleeping.
  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
  • May worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
  • Elderly people with dementia shouldn't take it.
  • You might be more sensitive to the sun and heat while taking Trilafon (perphenazine). Use sunscreen if you have to go outside and drink plenty of liquids.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take any narcotics while on Trilafon (perphenazine), since it can slow your breathing.
  • Stopping Trilafon (perphenazine) suddenly can be very dangerous. Talk to your doctor if you want to stop taking it.
  • Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how Trilafon (perphenazine) affects you.
  • Take Trilafon (perphenazine) with food to avoid stomach upset.
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