Is aripiprazole a mood stabilizer or antidepressant?

Aripiprazole is classified as a mood stabilizer and an antipsychotic medication. It is commonly used to treat conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, where it can help to stabilize mood, reduce the frequency and severity of manic and depressive episodes, and improve symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions.

While aripiprazole is not specifically classified as an antidepressant, it may also be used in combination with an antidepressant medication to treat major depressive disorder. In this case, aripiprazole is used as an adjunctive treatment when the antidepressant alone is not effective. Aripiprazole can help to enhance the effects of the antidepressant and improve symptoms of depression.

It is important to note that aripiprazole should only be taken under the guidance of a healthcare provider, as it can have potential risks and side effects. It is also important to follow the healthcare provider’s instructions regarding the use of aripiprazole and report any concerning symptoms or 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.

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