Why Take Aripiprazole in the Morning? Benefits and Side Effects Explained

Aripiprazole is a medication used to treat conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. One common recommendation for taking aripiprazole is to take it in the morning, with or without food. But why is this the case?

The reason for taking aripiprazole in the morning is to minimize drowsiness and sedation, which can be common side effects of the medication, especially when starting treatment. By taking it in the morning, you can reduce the impact of these side effects on your daily activities and improve your wakefulness throughout the day.

Another benefit of taking aripiprazole in the morning is that it helps to establish a consistent dosing schedule. Consistency in dosing is important for maintaining the effectiveness of the medication and minimizing the risk of missing doses or taking doses too close together.

It’s important to note that while taking aripiprazole in the morning can help to minimize side effects and establish a consistent dosing schedule, it may not be necessary or appropriate for everyone. It’s always best to follow the dosage instructions provided by your healthcare provider, as they will take into account your individual needs and circumstances.

In addition, while aripiprazole is generally well-tolerated, it can cause side effects such as dizziness, headache, and nausea. If you experience any side effects that concern you, be sure to contact your healthcare provider right away.

In conclusion, taking aripiprazole in the morning can be beneficial for minimizing side effects and establishing a consistent dosing schedule. However, it’s important to follow the dosage instructions provided by your healthcare provider and to be aware of potential side effects. If you have any questions or concerns about taking aripiprazole, don’t hesitate to discuss them with your healthcare provider.

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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