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what is the drug abilify (aripiprazole) for?

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Dr. Jane Velez
25 years experience Clinical Psychology
Antipsychotic: Abilify (aripiprazole) has mainly been used to treat mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder. It is quite often used in conjunction with other medications for schizophrenia with mood features and even depression. It stabilizes the mood, and calms one down if manic, irritable or in a negative mood.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Abilify (aripiprazole): Abilify (aripiprazole) is used to treat Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, as an adunjunctive medication for recalitrant major depression & autism spectrum disorders. Off label uses include: dementia & alcohol abuse/dependence and the following for which there are no trials or minimal efficacy: Generalized anxiety disorder, Social phobia, ADHD, agitation, Eating Disorders, insomnia, borderline personality disorder
Answered on Sep 7, 2014
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
The FDA-approved use in a developmental/behavioral practice is for " irritability in a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder age 6-17." Just clarifying that it is not for treating core symptoms of ASD.
Sep 7, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Provided original answer
PTSD & Insomnia.
Sep 7, 2014

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