Compare Invega vs. Abilify

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

Invega (paliperidone)

Prescription only

Abilify (aripiprazole)

Prescription only
Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Invega (paliperidone) relieves psychotic symptoms and improves mood.

4.2/ 7 average rating with 34 reviewsforInvega
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
Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
Price
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Reviews
34 
29%
think this treatment is worth it
32%
think this treatment works well
35%
think this treatment is a hassle

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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
10possible 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%
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The Abilify (aripiprazole) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Increased risk of death

    Elderly patients with dementia

  • Heart problems

    History of heart problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Higher blood sugar and cholesterol and weight gain

    Diabetes

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Difficulty concentrating

    Alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • 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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