I've just looked it up on Wikipedia, and It's enough to put anyone off:
Side effects include: neuroleptic malignant syndrome, a movement disorder known as tardive dyskinesia, and high blood sugar in those with diabetes.In the elderly there is an increased risk of death.
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a life-threatening neurological disorder most often caused by an adverse reaction to neuroleptic or antipsychotic drugs. NMS typically consists of muscle rigidity, fever, autonomic instability, and cognitive changes such as delirium, and is associated with elevated plasma creatine phosphokinase.
(8 weeks) shows reduced irritability, hyperactivity, and stereotypy
. Adverse effects included weight gain, sleepiness, drooling and tremors. Long-term outcomes are not clear.
Abilify, Aripiprex) is an atypical antipsychotic. It is recommended and primarily used in the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Other uses include as an add-on treatment in major depressive disorder, tic disorders, and irritability associated with autism
Very Common (>10% incidence)
Common (1-10% incidence)
- Weight gain
- Nausea & vomiting
- Akathisia — a sense of unease and restlessness that presents itself with anxiety
Uncommon (0.1-1% incidence)
- Dyspepsia — indigestion
- Somnolence — which is usually mild and transient and less severe than that seen with most antipsychotics.
- Dry mouth
- Extrapyramidal side effects (e.g. dystonia, parkinsonism, tremor, etc.)
- Orthostatic hypotension
- Musculoskeletal stiffness
- Abdominal discomfort
- Blurred vision
Sudden unexplained death has been reported, however the frequency is unknown.
Reading all this hardly reassures me,so I think I'd give it a miss and let the manufacturers make their millions without my help.