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Compare Abilify (aripiprazole) to alternatives

These medications are comparable to Abilify (aripiprazole) or used for similar purposes.

Abilify
(aripiprazole)

Risperdal
(risperidone)

Haldol
(haloperidol)

Seroquel
(quetiapine)

Zyprexa
(olanzapine)

Invega
(paliperidone)

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.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Risperdal (Risperidone) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and irritability. Among newer antipsychotic medicines, more likely to cause side effects, especially weight gain and hormone problems.Helps control your thoughts and calms agitation. Haldol (Haloperidol) is okay for treating psychosis and agitation. It's less likely to cause weight gain than other antipsychotics, but it's more likely to cause other bad side effects.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Seroquel (Quetiapine) is good for treating psychosis and mania. Fewer side effects than most antipsychotics, but might be less effective for people over age 40 with schizophrenia.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Zyprexa (olanzapine) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and agitation, but it's more likely to cause weight gain and sleepiness than other antipsychotics.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Invega (Paliperidone) is good for treating psychosis and improving mood. It's more likely to cause hormone problems than other antipsychotics.
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Reviews for Abilify
44%
of people (All ages) say Abilify is worth it
40%
say it works well
34%
say it's a big hassle
252 reviews
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Reviews for Risperdal
42%
+2% better vs. Abilify
47%
-7% worse vs. Abilify
49%
+15% better vs. Abilify
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Reviews for Haldol
38%
+6% better vs. Abilify
42%
-2% worse vs. Abilify
34%
Same vs. Abilify
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Reviews for Seroquel
56%
-12% worse vs. Abilify
50%
-10% worse vs. Abilify
27%
-7% worse vs. Abilify
250 reviews
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Reviews for Zyprexa
41%
+3% better vs. Abilify
51%
-11% worse vs. Abilify
51%
+17% better vs. Abilify
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Reviews for Invega
29%
+15% better vs. Abilify
32%
+8% better vs. Abilify
35%
+1% better vs. Abilify
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Side effects
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  • Sleepiness 20%
  • Difficulty controlling movements 17%
  • Fatigue 7%
  • Nausea 7%
  • Restlessness 8%
  • Blurred vision 8%
  • Excess drooling 6%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Extreme restlessness 21%
  • Sleep difficulty 6%
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  • Parkinsonism 16%
  • Relaxation or sleepiness 7%
  • Restlessness 6%
  • Tremor 3%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Muscle twitching 4%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Excessive saliva 2%
  • Vision blurred 1%
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The Haldol FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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  • Drowsiness 42%
  • Dizziness 15%
  • Nausea 6%
  • Fatigue 5%
  • Increased appetite 8%
  • Abnormally fast heart beat 8%
  • Vomiting 4%
  • Dry mouth 7%
  • Nasal congestion 4%
  • Weight increased 6%
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  • Dizziness 7%
  • Constipation 6%
  • Personality disorder 4%
  • Weight gain 5%
  • Feeling dizzy/faint when standing up 3%
  • Akathisia (can't sit still) 4%
  • Drowsiness 22%
  • Dry mouth 15%
  • Weakness 9%
  • Stomach problems 6%
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  • Abnormally fast heart beat 5%
  • Drowsiness 2%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Abdominal pain upper 2%
  • Dry mouth 2%
  • Heart block 1%
  • Fatigue 1%
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How it works
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Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic. It stabilizes dopamine and serotonin levels in your brain to help control your thoughts and affect mood.Risperdal (Risperidone) 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.Haldol (Haloperidol) is a traditional antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to change dopamine activity in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.Seroquel (Quetiapine) 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.Zyprexa (olanzapine) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change chemical activity (like dopamine and serotonin) in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.Invega (Paliperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which affect your thoughts and mood.
Type of medication
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Available as
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  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Injection
  • Extended release
  • Injection
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Age 24 years or younger
  • Use of antidepressant medications
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Abilify (aripiprazole) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Risperdal (risperidone) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Haldol (haloperidol) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Seroquel (quetiapine) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Zyprexa (olanzapine) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Invega (paliperidone) 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.

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.

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.

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.

Food
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  • Risperdal (Risperidone) can increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • Haldol (Haloperidol) can increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. However, Haldol (Haloperidol) is less likely to raise your blood sugar and cholesterol compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • Seroquel (Quetiapine) can increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. Seroquel (Quetiapine) is more likely to raise your blood sugar and cholesterol compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
No food related info.
  • Invega (Paliperidone) can increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. Invega (Paliperidone) is moderately likely to raise your blood sugar and cholesterol compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
Sleep
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No sleep related info.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
  • It can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and can lower your blood pressure.
  • Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and low blood pressure.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Might make you more sleepy than some antipsychotics.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, or worsen you cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Weight
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  • Abilify (aripiprazole) can make you gain weight, which can also increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. If you're at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholestetrol, talk to your doctor how to lower your risk.
  • Risperdal (Risperidone) can cause you to gain weight. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Moderate risk of weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Haldol (Haloperidol) can cause you to gain weight. However, Haldol (Haloperidol) is less likely to cause weight gain compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • Less likely to cause weight gain and problems with cholesterol and blood sugar than most other antipsychotics.
  • Seroquel (Quetiapine) can cause you to gain weight. Seroquel (Quetiapine) is moderately likely to cause weight gain compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Sometimes causes weight gain, sleepiness, and low blood pressure.
  • Zyprexa (olanzapine) is more likely to raise your blood sugar and cholesterol compared to other antipsychotic medications. Zyprexa (olanzapine) can also cause you to gain weight. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • May cause weight gain and increased cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • More likely to cause weight gain and increase cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Invega (Paliperidone) can cause you to gain weight. Invega (Paliperidone) is moderately likely to cause weight gain compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • Sometimes causes weight gain and low blood pressure.
Upsides and benefits
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  • 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.
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, irritability, and aggressive behavior.
  • Lowers relapse rates in people with schizophrenia and people with irritability associated with autism.
  • Antipsychotic medicines are all about equally effective.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems than some antipsychotics.
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms and agitation.
  • Works just as well as other antipsychotic medicines.
  • Less likely to cause weight gain and problems with cholesterol and blood sugar than most other antipsychotics.
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms and manic episodes.
  • Antipsychotic medicines are all about equally effective.
  • Fewer side effects than most antipsychotic medicines.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems compared to some antipsychotics.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, the least likely to cause Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, and agitation in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems than other antipsychotics.
  • Less likely to cause movement problems compared to older antipsychotics.
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms and relapse rates for people with schizophrenia.
  • Also relieves psychotic symptoms and improves mood for people with schizoaffective disorder.
  • Works just as well as other antipsychotic medicines.
  • Less likely to cause heart or liver problems than some other antipsychotic medications.
Downsides and risks
AbilifyRisperdalHaldolSeroquelZyprexaInvega
  • 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.
  • Mild to moderate risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • Moderate risk of weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, higher risk of hormone problems that cause nipples to leak and male breasts to grow abnormally large.
  • 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.
  • It's an older medicine and has a lot more side effects than newer antipsychotics.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, it causes more hormone problems that can cause nipples to leak fluid, and sudden, dangerous abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Has a higher risk of extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS): movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements. One of these symptoms (called tardive dyskinesia) is permanent and more likely if you take this medicine for many years.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • All antipsychotics have side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works best for you.
  • In studies, less effective for people over age 40 for schizophrenia.
  • Sometimes causes weight gain, sleepiness, and low blood pressure.
  • 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.
  • More likely to cause weight gain and increase cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Might make you more sleepy than some antipsychotics.
  • Mild risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive movements you can't control.
  • You may need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body..
  • Invega (Paliperidone) has a high risk of causing hormone problems that cause nipples to leak fluid and male breasts to grow abnormally large.
  • Sometimes causes weight gain and low blood pressure.
  • Mild risk of causing extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS): movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not a good choice for elderly people who have dementia.
  • All antipsychotics have side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works best for you.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • 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 increase cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
  • Available in pills that you take daily, and as a monthly injection.
  • Takes 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
  • May cause weight gain and 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.
  • It'll take 4 to 6 weeks to see the medication's full effects on your thoughts.
  • It can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and can lower your blood pressure.
  • For the first week, avoid activities like driving that require you to be alert.
  • Immediately tell your doctor if you can't control your muscle movements or if you have a fever or excess sweating.
  • Don't use in elderly people who have dementia.
  • The oral liquid concentrate can be mixed with water or juice before taking it.
  • Takes 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
  • Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and low blood pressure.
  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
  • May cause weight gain and 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.
  • Takes at least 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
  • May cause weight gain and increased 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 Zyprexa (olanzapine).
  • It'll take 4 to 6 weeks to see the medication's full effects on thoughts and mood.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, or worsen you cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
  • For the first week, avoid activities like driving that require you to be alert.
  • Don't worry if you see tablet shells in your stool since the medication was already absorbed by your body.
  • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
  • Elderly people who have dementia shouldn't take Invega (Paliperidone).
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