Does Aripiprazole cause hypersexuality?

Hypersexuality is a rare but possible side effect of aripiprazole. Hypersexuality is defined as an increased or excessive interest in sexual activity, and it can occur in some individuals who take aripiprazole or other medications that affect dopamine activity in the brain.

The exact mechanism by which aripiprazole may cause hypersexuality is not fully understood, but it is thought to involve the medication’s ability to modulate dopamine activity in the brain. By affecting dopamine activity, aripiprazole may alter the way individuals experience pleasure or reward, which may manifest as hypersexuality in some individuals.

It is important to note that hypersexuality is a rare side effect of aripiprazole, and most individuals who take the medication do not experience this side effect. If an individual experiences hypersexuality or any other concerning changes in behavior while taking aripiprazole, they should speak with their healthcare provider. The healthcare provider may adjust the dosage or consider switching to a different medication to help manage side effects.

There are various forms of drugs available, such as tablets or liquids, and each may have a separate patient information leaflet (PIL) for different doses. It is important to refer to the PIL for the specific form and dose of the drug that you have been prescribed.

You can search for further information and PILs on websites such as: