Abilify Side Effects

What are Abilify side effects?

Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Abilify may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Abilify as a result of an interaction with other medications.

Side Effects of Abilify

The side effects of Abilify may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Abilify. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Abilify may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.

Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Abilify, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Abilify.

By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Abilify, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Abilify and the side effects associated with Abilify are described in the following:

Common Abilify Side Effects


  • akathisia

Less Severe

  • symptoms of anxiety
  • agitation
  • dyspepsia
  • constipation
  • drowsy
  • dizziness
  • insomnia
  • headache disorder
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • hypertriglyceridemia
  • increased appetite

Less Frequent Abilify Side Effects


  • tardive dyskinesia
  • extrapyramidal disease
  • fever
  • skin rash
  • Acquired Dystonia

Less Severe

  • orthostatic hypotension
  • pharyngitis
  • nasal congestion
  • arthralgias
  • myalgias
  • fatigue
  • general weakness
  • pain
  • tremor
  • anorexia
  • weight gain
  • diarrhea
  • cough
  • nervousness
  • hyperlipidemia
  • toothache
  • dysmenorrhea
  • Injection Site Sequelae
  • hyperprolactinemia

Rare or Very Rare Abilify Side Effects


  • diabetic ketoacidosis
  • diabetes mellitus
  • suicidal ideation
  • neuroleptic malignant syndrome
  • prolonged QT interval
  • hypertension
  • hypotension
  • Upper Respiratory Infection
  • laryngismus
  • pneumonia
  • Anaphylaxis
  • seizure disorder
  • parkinsonism
  • hypoglycemic disorder
  • peripheral edema
  • tachycardia
  • chest pain
  • dysphagia
  • aspiration pneumonia
  • hyperglycemia
  • Increased Creatine Kinase Level
  • Heat Stroke
  • agranulocytosis
  • leukopenia
  • neutropenic disorder
  • rhabdomyolysis
  • Esophageal Dysmotility
  • thrombocytopenic disorder
  • bradycardia
  • acute myocardial infarction
  • atrioventricular block
  • angioedema
  • ventricular tachycardia
  • urinary retention
  • homicidal ideation
  • Pancreatitis
  • hepatic failure
  • abnormal hepatic function tests
  • biliary calculus
  • steatosis of liver
  • hypersplenism
  • hepatomegaly
  • sleep apnea
  • accidental fall
  • DRESS syndrome
  • atrial flutter
  • myocardial ischemia
  • hepatitis
  • Jaundice
  • hypokalemia
  • hyponatremia
  • priapism
  • serotonin syndrome
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Less Severe

  • pruritus of skin
  • blurred vision
  • myoclonus
  • sialorrhea
  • xerostomia
  • Lethargy
  • dyspnea
  • abdominal pain with cramps
  • Impulse Control Disorder
  • palpitations
  • gynecomastia
  • urinary incontinence
  • hirsutism
  • ataxia
  • photophobia
  • eyelid edema
  • hiccups
  • Sleep Walking Disorder
  • muscle weakness
  • diplopia
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • facial edema
  • weight loss
  • memory impairment
  • muscle rigidity
  • hypokinesia
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • menstrual disorder
  • amenorrhea
  • mastalgia
  • skin photosensitivity