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Medication that Treats Symptoms of Schizophrenia (Delusions, Hallucinations)

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder. It appears in late adolescence or early adulthood (between age 13 and 30).

• Delusions.
• Hallucinations-a sensory experience in which a person can see, hear or feel things that is not there.
• Disorganized thoughts.
• Lack of motivation.
• Unawareness of illness.
• Social withdrawal.
• Unable to concentrate etc.

Aripiprazole is used to treat the above symptoms of schizophrenia. FDA of United States approved it in 2002.

How do Aripiprazole works?

Aripiprazole belongs to the class of drug known as antipsychotic medication. It changes the action of certain natural chemicals like dopamine and serotonin in the brain. They are also called as neurotransmitters. They play an important role in transmitting messages between the brain cells. When there is a disturbance in their activity, it leads to psychotic illness.

Aripiprazole rebalances the activity of these natural chemicals. It can help to adjust the levels of these natural chemicals in the brain. This improves the patient condition and reduces the above-given symptoms.

How to take Aripiprazole?

This drug is available in the form of a tablet. Various strengths include tablets of 15 mg, 20 mg, and 30 mg. The dose depends on,
-Condition to be treated.
-Tolerance of the patient.
-How severe is the condition?
Your doctor adjusts your dose as needed. Take the medication as prescribed by your Doctor. Consume it around the same time every day.
Maximum dose:
• Adult and elderly- 30 mg in a day.
• Children (> or = 50 kg and above age 10 years)-Your doctor may decide it depending on above parameters.
• Infant and neonate- not indicated.

What are the uses of Aripiprazole?

-It treats below-given disorders.
• Mania in Bipolar Disorder (age 13 year and above,).
• Schizophrenia (Age 15 years and above).
• Anxiety.
• Bipolar disorder.
• Major depression.
• Autism.
-It acts as a mood stabilizer (at age 18 years and above).
-It can adjust or balance (increase or decrease) the natural chemicals to treat symptoms of schizophrenia.
-Helps to increase concentration.
-Helps to think positive and to be clear.
-Reduces nervousness.
-Keeps you active.
-Treats severe mood swings.

What are the precautions in taking Aripiprazole?

-It is necessary to be cautious while you start taking the above drug. Discuss with your doctor if you have/are,
• Allergic to above drug.
• Any other allergies.
• Diabetes.
• Seizures.
• Epilepsy.
• Alzheimer’s disease.
• Heart disease.
• Difficulty in swallowing
Pregnant or Breast feeding.
-The above drug isn’t approved to treat dementia in the older people. This increase the risk of stroke in them.
– It may increase the risk of developing diabetes.
– It may decrease white blood cells.
-inform your doctor regarding all the medications you take. This will help to reduce the risk of drug reaction.

Cost of Aripiprazole (Generic and Brand).

Generic medication is cheap as compared to Brand ones. They don’t spend much on advertising, packaging pricing, Research and development etc. All this benefit is shared with our customers to sell cheap drugs.

  • Cost of Generic Aripiprazole.

Cost of 30 tablets is given below.

strengthPricePrice per unit
15 mg$ 25$ 0.83
20 mg$ 31$ 1.03
30 mg$ 47$ 1.57
  • Cost of brand Abilify.

Cost of 30 tablets is given below.

StrengthPricePrice per unit
15 mg$ 939.77$ 31.33
20 mg$ 1,054.85$ 35.16
30 mg$ 1,325.41$ 43.98