Compare Abilify vs. Aristada

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

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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.

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

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.
  • 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.
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.
  • Likely expensive because it is only available as a brand name medication.
  • There are cheaper alternatives that should be considered before Aristada (Aripiprazole lauroxil).
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Injection
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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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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Restlessness
    13%
  • Sedation
    8%
  • Tremor
    6%
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    5%
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6possible side effects
  • Inability to sit still
    11%
  • Injection site pain
    3%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Increased weight
    2%
  • Muscle damage
    2%
  • Insomnia
    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
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
    • Patients taking antipsychotics
  • Increased blood sugar, cholesterol, and weight gain
    • People with diabetes
    • People with high cholesterol
  • Shaking and restlessness
    • Long-term use of atypical antipsychotics
  • Heat stroke
  • Falls
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