Who should’nt take aripiprazole?

Aripiprazole is a medication that should only be taken under the guidance of a healthcare provider, and there are certain individuals who should not take the medication. Some of the contraindications for aripiprazole include:

  1. Hypersensitivity: Individuals who have a known hypersensitivity or allergy to aripiprazole or any of its ingredients should not take the medication.
  2. Dementia-related psychosis: Aripiprazole is not approved for the treatment of dementia-related psychosis, and it may increase the risk of death in older adults with dementia-related conditions.
  3. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Aripiprazole may have potential risks to the fetus, and it is not recommended for use during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. Aripiprazole may also be excreted in breast milk, and it is not recommended for use while breastfeeding.
  4. Liver or kidney disease: Aripiprazole may be metabolized in the liver and excreted by the kidneys, and individuals with severe liver or kidney disease may not be able to tolerate the medication.
  5. Cardiovascular disease: Aripiprazole may affect heart rhythm, and individuals with a history of cardiovascular disease or abnormal heart rhythms should be closely monitored while taking the medication.

It is important to speak with a healthcare provider before taking aripiprazole, and to disclose any medical conditions or medications that may interact with the medication. The healthcare provider will be able to determine if aripiprazole is appropriate for the individual and will provide guidance on how to take the medication safely and effectively.

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): ansm.sante.fr


    • AEMPS (Agencia Española de Medicamentos y Productos Sanitarios): aemps.gob.es


    • BfArM (Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte): bfarm.de


    For questions about your medication:

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


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

    Belgium (French)

    Switzerland (French)

    • La Main Tendue: 143
    • Website: 143.ch

    Canada (French)

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


    • 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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