Compare trifluoperazine vs. Abilify

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Abilify (aripiprazole)

Prescription only
Treats anxiety and schizophrenia.

Stelazine (trifluoperazine) can be used to treat schizophrenia, but you might have trouble controlling your movements.

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
Upsides
  • Stelazine (trifluoperazine) is one of the recommended medicines for schizophrenia.
  • It’s approved in children age 6 and older.
  • Available in generic.
  • Compared to other similar medicines, you're less likely to feel dehydrated or have problems with your heart with Stelazine (trifluoperazine).
  • 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
  • If you take Stelazine (trifluoperazine) for more than 12 weeks or are taking high doses of Stelazine (trifluoperazine), you’re at a higher risk for being unable to control your movements.
  • Stelazine (trifluoperazine) can cause agitation and trouble sleeping. These symptoms can sometimes disappear, or there are other treatments you can take to help.
  • 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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34%
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Side effects
The Stelazine (trifluoperazine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
4possible side effects
  • Restlessness
    13%
  • Sedation
    8%
  • Tremor
    6%
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    5%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Higher risk of death in people age 65 and older with dementia
    • People age 65 and older with dementia and psychosis
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    • Women age 65 and older
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
    • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • Changes in blood cell counts
    • History of low white or red blood cell counts
  • Liver damage
  • Low blood pressure and higher risk of falls
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  • 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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