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Abilify vs. Seroquel

Are Abilify and Seroquel the Same Thing?

Abilify (aripiprazole) and Seroquel (quetiapine) are psychotropic medications used to treat schizophrenia, major depression, and bipolar disorder.

Abilify is also used to treat mania, autistic disorder, and some irritable behavior disorders.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Abilify?

Common side effects of Abilify include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Seroquel?

Common side effects of Seroquel include:

  • mood or behavior changes,
  • constipation,
  • stomach pain,
  • upset stomach,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • drowsiness,
  • dizziness,
  • lightheadedness,
  • tiredness,
  • headache,
  • trouble sleeping,
  • dry mouth,
  • sore throat,
  • breast swelling or discharge,
  • missed menstrual periods,
  • increased appetite, or
  • weight gain.

What is Abilify?

Abilify (aripiprazole) is a psychotropic drug (antipsychotic) that alters brain chemical activity used to treat schizophrenia, mania, depression, bipolar disorders, autistic disorder, and some irritable behavior disorders. Generic Abilify is not available in the U.S., but is available in other countries under the name aripiprazole.

What is Seroquel?

Seroquel (quetiapine) is a psychotropic medication used to treat schizophrenia in adults and children who are at least 13 years old. Seroquel is also used in the treatment of major depression and bipolar disorder.

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What Drugs Interact With Abilify?

Abilify (aripiprazole) is a psychotropic drug (antipsychotic) that alters brain chemical activity used to treat schizophrenia, mania, depression, bipolar disorders, autistic disorder, and some irritable behavior disorders. Generic Abilify is not available in the U.S., but is available in other countries under the name aripiprazole.

Abilify may also interact with rifabutin, rifampin, or quinidine.

Acute withdrawal symptoms, such as insomnia, nausea, and vomiting may occur if you suddenly stop taking Seroquel.

What Drugs Interact With Seroquel?

Seroquel may interact with other drugs that make you sleepy (cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures or anxiety), heart or blood pressure medications, antibiotics, antidepressants, antifungal medications, HIV/AIDS medicines, migraine headache medicines, or seizure medications.

Seroquel may also interact with medications to treat Parkinson's disease, steroids, anti-malaria medications, heart rhythm medicines, and other medicines to treat psychiatric disorders.

How Should Abilify Be Taken?

Abilify is available in tablet, orally disintegrating tablets, oral solution and injectable formulations. Dosage is variable and depends on multiple factors such as the ongoing mental problem, patient age, and other factors to be determined by the prescribing doctor. Abilify has been used in the pediatric population but such use should be discussed with a pediatric specialist. Abilify may interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety), medications to treat high blood pressure or a heart condition, carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, rifabutin, rifampin, ketoconazole, itraconazole, quinidine, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, or paroxetine. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Benefits should outweigh risks in pregnant women. Women who are breastfeeding should not take Abilify.

How Should Seroquel Be Taken?

Dosing preparations are 25, 50, 100, 200, 300, and 400 mg tablets.

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Reviewed on 8/12/2019
References

RxList. Abilify Side Effects Drug Center.
https://www.rxlist.com/abilify-side-effects-drug-center.htm
RxList. Seroquel Side Effects Drug Center.
https://www.rxlist.com/seroquel-side-effects-drug-center.htm
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