Abilify (Aripiprazole) belongs to a class of medications known as atypical antipsychotics, and it works differently than other antipsychotic drugs. When taken, this medicine acts on the dopamine and serotonin receptors in the brain, and it helps to stabilize the action of dopamine. This is believed to help treat schizophrenia symptoms. Other conditions for which this medicine may be prescribed include treating patients with bipolar disorder for episodes of mania (and mixed episodes), and helping to reduce aggression in certain patients with autism.
- An increase in weight
Tell your physician about any side effects which occur. Serious side effects are possible when taking this medicine, however, this is considered to be less common. Immediate medical care is required if you notice stiff muscles, fever, uncontrolled body movements, pain in the chest, visual disturbances or any other symptoms of a severe reaction.
There is an increased risk of blood clots associated with taking this drug. Discuss this with your physician prior to the commencement of treatment.