an antipsychotic medicine that is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic
conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder (manic depression). It
is not known if aripiprazole is safe or effective in children younger than 13
with schizophrenia, or children younger than 10 with bipolar disorder.
also used together with other medicines to treat major depressive disorder in
also used in children 6 years or older who have Tourette's disorder, or
symptoms of autistic disorder (irritability, aggression, mood swings, temper
tantrums, and self-injury).
what your age, before you take an antidepressant, you, your parent, or your
caregiver should talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of treating
your condition with an antidepressant or with other treatments. You should also
talk about the risks and benefits of not treating your condition. You should
know that having depression or another mental illness greatly increases the
risk that you will become suicidal. This risk is higher if you or anyone in
your family has or has ever had bipolar disorder (mood that changes from
depressed to abnormally excited) or mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood)
or has thought about or attempted suicide. Talk to your doctor about your
condition, symptoms, and personal and family medical history. You and your
doctor will decide what type of treatment is right for you.