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what would lead a doctor to prescribe abilify (aripiprazole) in treating depression since it is an anti psychotic?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
2 reasons.: 1. Abilify (aripiprazole) can be used to augment an antidepressant if the person has an inadequate response to it. This can lead to a more robust reduction of depressive symptoms. 2. It can be used for severe depression with psychotic features.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Abilify (aripiprazole): To augment antidepressants if partial response or poor tolerance to high doses, to treat psychotic features in depression, & to better stabilize receptors in brain causing mood alterations.

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