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A 25-year-old male asked:

is it not a good idea to take zyprexa and abilify (aripiprazole) together? trying to decide if abilify (aripiprazole) is better for me. took it in the afternoon, zyprexa last night

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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Psychiatry 49 years experience
No: Similar type medications, doesn't make much sense to be taking both together. This increases risks of side effects and problems.
Dr. Nicholas Stratas
Psychiatry 61 years experience
Not advised: These are drugs which work in a similar way - if youe want to experiment do it with your doc's supervision.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
2 Antipsychotics: Why are you taking 2 antipsychotics at the same time? This sounds like unusual prescribing -- and i suggest consulting with a psychiatrist for diagnosis and also appropriate treatment. If this is your psychiatrist prescribing 2 antipsychotics, please make sure s/he is not cross-tapering off of one with the intent of changing to the other. Taking both would be for a very brief time only.

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