(Aripiprazole lauroxil)

Aristada (Aripiprazole lauroxil)

Prescription only

Risperdal (risperidone)

Prescription only
1 of 6 alternatives
Helps control your thoughts.

Aristada (Aripiprazole lauroxil) is good for schizophrenia, but you'll need to see your doctor every 4-6 weeks to get the injection.

Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Risperdal (risperidone) is an effective medication in treating schizophrenia, mania, and irritability associated with autism; however, amongst other newer medications in its class, it's more likely to cause side effects, such weight gain and hormone problems.

  • Only needs to be given once a month.
  • Helps some people with their thoughts.
  • Comes in different strengths.
  • There are patient assistance programs to can help lower the cost of the copay.
  • It is given 4-6 weeks compared to every 4 weeks for other similar medications.
  • Risperdal (risperidone) is effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, irritability, and aggressive behavior. It also lowers relapse rates in people with schizophrenia and people with irritability associated with autism.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, Risperdal (risperidone) causes less sedation and weight gain.
  • A generic version available for pill, dissolving tablet, and liquid formulations.
  • Likely expensive because it is only available as a brand name medication.
  • There are cheaper alternatives that should be considered before Aristada (Aripiprazole lauroxil).
  • Mild to moderate risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS) - movement disorders that cause stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • People taking Risperdal (risperidone) might have weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, this medication has a higher risk of hormone problems that can 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.
  • Risperdal (risperidone) takes 4 to 6 weeks for its full effects on thoughts and mood.
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Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
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Side effects
6possible side effects
  • Inability to sit still
  • Injection site pain
  • Headache
  • Increased weight
  • Muscle damage
  • Insomnia
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10possible side effects
  • Sedation
  • Increased appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Involuntary urination
  • Drooling
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Risks and warnings
  • Increased risk of death

    Elderly patients with dementia

  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome

    Patients taking antipsychotics

  • Increased blood sugar, cholesterol, and weight gain

    People with diabetes

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Shaking and restlessness

    Long-term use of atypical antipsychotics

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  • Increased risk of death

    Elderly patients with dementia

  • Heart problems

    History of heart problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Shaking and restlessness

    High doses of Risperdal (risperidone)

  • Higher blood sugar and cholesterol and weight gain

    People with diabetes

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Driving impairment


    ...and 1 more risk factors

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