why do abilify cause weight gain?

why do abilify cause weight gain

Keep reading to find out why do abilify cause weight gain

First of all, what is Abilify?

Abilify, also known as Aripiprazole is a medication used to treat various disorders like depression (used in combination with other drugs), schizophrenia, some cases of bipolar disorder, tourettes syndrome, etc. They are classified as Antipsychotics

What are the side effects of Abilify?

  • Blurry vision
  • Anxiety
  • Rash
  • Hair loss
  • Memory loss
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Change in sexual urges
  • Restlessness
  • Dizziness,
  • Etc.

Most of these symptoms here would only last about a week but if it stays too long, consult your doctor.

What are the SERIOUS side effects?

Unlike the previous, these ones should be taken very seriously and if you suffer from them, seek the doctor’s advice quickly.

1. You could experience some symptoms of a stroke

These include; numbness or weakness on one side of the body, having trouble walking, confusion, etc. As you can see, all these are symptoms of a stroke so you shouldn’t take it lightly.

2. Changes in your metabolism

This has to do with changes affecting the chemical balance in your body. It could lead to increase in blood pressure, increased cholesterol levels, feelings of severe hunger and thirst.

3. It could also make you develop detrimental habits

Habits like gambling, overeating, compulsive shopping, etc

4. It could lead to decrease in blood pressure due to changes in metabolism

When this happens, you’ll feel really dizzy when you stand up.

5. Decrease in white blood cells

The white blood cells help us fight disases, a decrease would make the body incapable of fighting certain diseases, leading to prolonged infections

6. You could have trouble swallowing food

This is due to sores and injuries that may appear in the throat

7. Allergic reaction

As is common with most drugs, some people could develop an allergic reaction. It could be mild, and in some other cases, it could be life threatening.

Now, to the main question. Why do abilify cause weight gain?

The first question would be whether or not abilify can cause weight gain in the first place before asking why.

Well, according to a clinical study, 2% of adults talking abilify for bipolar disorder experienced weight gain,
8% of adults taking abilify for schizophrenia gained weight,
26% of children who took abilify for autism gained weight,
20% of children who took abilify for tourettes syndrome experienced weight gain.

Now for the main question. Why do abilify cause weight gain?

For starters, I did say earlier that abilify messes with your body’s metabolism. This also includes your body’s ability to burn fats and calories, as a result, excess fats and calories are retained and burnt up rather slowly, leading to weight gain.

Also, abilify messes with your appetite and could lead you to an eating spree, or binge eating. This of course, in collaboration with your metabolism that’s been earlier tampered with could lead to weight gain.

So, does it lead to weight gain? Yes, but it happens to very few people, like the percentage of persons I listed above.


This is not a medical blog, nothing here should be taken in place of medical advice. As a matter of fact, no blog, including a medical blog would advice you to take what it says in place of professional medical advice.

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Ossai Cj

I’m a blogger, writer and networker with a passion for science and all things nerdy. I’m currently studying veterinary medicine in the University of Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria. I really don’t have much else to say about myself, my life’s pretty much like anyone else’s.

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