Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Expert Rev Neurother. 2005 May;5(3):297-307.

Aripiprazole: pharmacology, efficacy, safety and tolerability.

Author information

  • 1Duke University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Durham, NC 27710, USA.


Aripiprazole is a recently released antipsychotic medication which differs from other atypical antipsychotic agents by its partial agonist activity at postsynaptic D2 receptors. It is administered orally and is distinguished by a long elimination phase half-life relative to other antipsychotic medications. Randomized studies have demonstrated the efficacy of aripiprazole relative to placebo in the treatment of acute relapse of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, maintenance treatment of schizophrenia, and treatment of acute bipolar mania. Aripiprazole is generally well tolerated relative to other antipsychotic medications, although commonly reported side effects include worsening extrapyramidal symptoms and motoric activation similar to akathisia. Further studies and postmarketing data will be helpful in providing additional information about the comparative safety, efficacy and tolerability of aripiprazole.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Taylor & Francis
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk