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Quetiapine Abilify Aripiprazole
Quetiapine (brand seroquel) is classified as an atypical antipsychotic medication. It is fda approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and as an adjunct with antidepressants in the treatment of major depressive disorder. Serious side effects include tardive dyskinesia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, and metabolic syndrome with weight gain, risk of ...Read more
I want to know if the mechanism of action of these drugs is the same: quetiapine, ziprasidone and aripiprazole?
No: The mechanism of action differs in all 3 (aripiprazole, quetiapine & ziprasidone) ... However, the main therapeutic target for these is D2 (a type of Dopamine) so in that way they are all similar. How each of the drugs influences the other neurotransmitter systems is where the differences arise. Hope that helps! ...Read more
I want to know the difference of mechanisms in this drugs: aripiprazole 15 mg, and quetiapine 5 mg (1/2 of pill). I have a bipolar disorder.
Close but not cigar: Independently of their dosages, they are both atypical antipsychotics. They share similar properties as antipsychotics and mood stabilizers . What's different is their side effect profile, life time, tolerance, etc.. Seriquel is more edating and increases appetite. Abilify (aripiprazole) can be more activating, less weight gain . ...Read more
I have bipolar disorder and I want to know which drug is better and cause less weight gain: ziprasidone, aripiprazole or quetiapine.
I have bipolar disorder and psychiatrist prescribed me quetiapine. he says ziprasidone and aripiprazole "are not indicated in my case. Why?
Depends : Really depends on the symptoms that you're having. Personally, I have found ziprasidone difficult to prescribe because it needs to be taken with a meal & twice a day which most patients have difficulty adhering to. But this is really a matter of prescriber preference. Seroquel (quetiapine) is a great drug but has to be dosed properly - Hope that it helps! ...Read more
I was putting too much weight on with quetiapine so i changed to Abilify (aripiprazole) to try and loose weight . But I am getting muscle spasms. Is that normal ?
Which drug works best in most cases for bi polar? Olanzapine, isperidone, quetiapine, aripiprazole, lamectal?, and a new drug that begins with an "f"?
Bipolar: I think your "f" drug may be fanapt, or iloperidone. And maybe you meant "risperidone." all of these antipsychotics may be used in acute mania or psychotic depression, along with other mood stabilizers. But only asenapine, olanzapine, quetiapine, risperidone, ; ziprasidone have fda indication as monotherapy in acute mania or depression. Maintenance: Risperidone consta (and Olanzapine in ca). ...Read more
Yes but...: People tend to try to avoid combining medications in the same class, depending on what is being treated, the doses involved, and so on. These medications together can increase the risk of irregular heartbeat, sometimes dangerously. They can also be sedating, moreso together. It also depends what they are being used for and how. Ask your doctor. ...Read more
Is there a difference in taking abilify (aripiprazole) and seroquel, one pill in the morning and another pill at night for both, between taking them as a single dose of 2 pills together all at night ?
Yes!: These are in the same class but they are NOT interchangeable! You cannot safely pick the dose and timing of either. Work closely w/ the prescribing doctor who is exploring fairly new terrain to find the best way to help you. Don't do it alone - it can be very risky! ...Read more
I am currently taking lithium, abilify, (aripiprazole) and seroquel. Couldany of these cause the metallic taste?
Is Abilify (aripiprazole) better than seroquel in terms of adverse effects ? also what is the likelihood of akathisia (my big worry)?
Each person's unique: Side effects can be different in different people and that's frustrating, but sometimes it cuts in your favor too. There's a piece right here on that question: https://www.healthtap.com/#topics/akathisia-and-abilify Read it and talk to your provider. Best! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Just started titration to Abilify (aripiprazole) from seroquel. The latter helps me sleep. Can both meds be taken or is there a reason my psych suggested titration?
Same class of med: These two are the same class of meds, and the risk of side effects with metabolic problems goes up if you are on both. It is fine to take both for a very short time as you switch one to another, but to stay on both long term would not give you any additional benefit to outweigh the risk of being on both. ...Read more
I take Abilify (aripiprazole) 5 mg, seroquel 50 mg and cymbalta 120 mg. Should i quit cold turkey, will my libido come back ?
See below: Any decision concerning your medication, should be discussed with your prescribing provider. Good luck! ...Read more
Topamax = 3a4 inducer. Augments gaba. Xanax & Abilify (aripiprazole) are substrates. Potential reaction? Wondering about topa + seroquel, too. Titrating from sero.
Combo: No significant adverse interaction other than sedation, as long as doses are therapeutic & monitored. ...Read more
Abilify (aripiprazole) or seroquel xr? My doc is leaving it up to me. I'm adding it for mdd & also have insomnia. Which would you recommend? Weight gain is concern.
Could reason from insomnia be due to abilify (aripiprazole)? Only took 5 mg but. Three days later took Prozac with seroquel and read Prozac increases half life abili
If seroquel or Abilify (aripiprazole) causes me an enlarged thyroid, will my doctor put me on another drug?
Up to you Doctor: It is unusual for those medications to cause thyroid problems. There is some thought that it may be a temporary problem eventually going back to normal. However, the option of treating the under active thyroid with thyroid hormone replacement may be a consideration for the physician if the seroquel and Abilify (aripiprazole) are the best options for the patient's underlying problem. ...Read more