Aripiprazole is a medication commonly used for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and major depression. While the medicine cannot cure these conditions, it can help control symptoms by blocking or lessening the effects of certain brain chemicals. Aripiprazole, which is available by prescription, comes in tablet form and is generally taken once a day. Side effects can include headaches, nausea, and anxiety.
Aripiprazole belongs to a group of medications called atypical (or second-generation) antipsychotic medications. It is not entirely clear how the medication works for the treatment of schizophrenia, major depression, autism, or bipolar disorder. However, it is known to block or lessen the effects of several chemicals in the brain. These chemicals, such as dopamine and serotonin, may be elevated in people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression).
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