Review: could Abilify cause Trichotillomania?


Trichotillomania is found among people who take Abilify, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old , have been taking the drug for 5 - 10 years, also take medication Depakote, and have Depression . We study 34,039 people who have side effects while taking Abilify from FDA and social media. Among them, 10 have Trichotillomania. Find out below who they are, when they have Trichotillomania and more.

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Abilify has active ingredients of aripiprazole. It is often used in bipolar disorder. (latest outcomes from Abilify 35,575 users)


Trichotillomania (the compulsive urge to pull out (and in some cases, eat) one's own hair leading to noticeable hair loss, distress) has been reported by people with basal cell carcinoma, iron deficiency anaemia, nausea, drowsiness, fatigue (latest reports from 306 Trichotillomania patients).

On Aug, 26, 2016

34,039 people reported to have side effects when taking Abilify.
Among them, 10 people (0.03%) have Trichotillomania

Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Abilify cause Trichotillomania?

Time on Abilify when people have Trichotillomania *:

  • < 1 month: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 50 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 0.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 50 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Trichotillomania when taking Abilify *:

  • female: 90 %
  • male: 10 %

Age of people who have Trichotillomania when taking Abilify *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.0 %
  • 20-29: 20 %
  • 30-39: 0.0 %
  • 40-49: 80 %
  • 50-59: 0.0 %
  • 60+: 0.0 %

Severity if Trichotillomania when taking Abilify **:

  • least: 0.0 %
  • moderate: 0.0 %
  • severe: 0.0 %
  • most severe: 100 %

How people recovered from Trichotillomania **:

  • while on drug: 0.0 %
  • after off the drug: 50 %
  • not yet: 50 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Depression (9 people)
  • Stress And Anxiety (2 people)
  • Major Depression With Psychotic Features (2 people)
  • Chronic Pain (2 people)
  • Adult Hypothyroidism (2 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Neurontin (6 people)
  • Effexor Xr (6 people)
  • Effexor (6 people)
  • Depakote (6 people)
  • Celexa (2 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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