Is aripiprazole the same as Xanax?

No, aripiprazole and Xanax are not the same medication. Aripiprazole is an atypical antipsychotic medication used to treat mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. It works by regulating the activity of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as dopamine and serotonin.

Xanax, on the other hand, is a benzodiazepine medication that is primarily used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It works by enhancing the activity of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, which can help to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.

While both aripiprazole and Xanax can be used to treat mental health conditions, they have different mechanisms of action and are used to treat different types of disorders. It is important to note that these medications should only be taken under the guidance of a healthcare provider, as they can have potential risks and side effects.

Can aripiprazole and Xanax be taken together?

Aripiprazole and Xanax can be taken together, but only under the guidance of a healthcare provider. These medications have different mechanisms of action and are used to treat different types of mental health conditions, so they may be prescribed together in certain situations to address different symptoms.

However, taking aripiprazole and Xanax together can increase the risk of side effects and adverse reactions, such as drowsiness, dizziness, and impaired coordination. Additionally, both medications can have potential risks and may interact with other medications or supplements, so it is important to inform the healthcare provider of any other medications being taken.

If a healthcare provider prescribes both aripiprazole and Xanax, they will likely monitor the individual closely for any potential side effects or interactions. It is important to follow the healthcare provider’s instructions regarding the use of these medications 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.

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

  • The British National Formulary (BNF)
  • Electronic medicines compendium (emc)
  • The National Library of Medicine's DailyMed
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
  • Different drug forms like tablets or liquids have specific patient information leaflets (PIL) for various doses. Refer to the PIL for your prescribed drug form and dose.

    Search for PILs on websites like:


    • ANSM (Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé):


    • AEMPS (Agencia Española de Medicamentos y Productos Sanitarios):


    • BfArM (Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte):


    For questions about your medication:

    • Consult your doctor, a healthcare professional, or a pharmacist


    • Contact SOS Médecins: 3624
    • For mental health support, contact SOS Suicide: 01 45 39 40 00

    Belgium (French)

    Switzerland (French)

    • La Main Tendue: 143
    • Website:

    Canada (French)

    • Centre de prévention du suicide du Québec: 1 866 APPELLE (1 866 277-3553)
    • Website:


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Teléfono de la Esperanza: 717 003 717


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Telefonseelsorge: 0800 111 0 111 or 0800 111 0 222


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Telefono Amico: 199 284 284


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact 113 Zelfmoordpreventie: 0800 0113


    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Sos Voz Amiga: 21 354 45 45, 91 280 26 69, or 96 352 46 60

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