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Does Abilify cause weight gain? It’s a question that is sometimes asked about this medication. The answer can be confusing because it doesn’t affect everyone the same way. 

Does Abilify Cause Weight Gain?

It is unclear if Abilify (aripiprazole) might cause weight gain. Many drugs that affect brain chemistry do, though.


How much weight do you gain with Abilify?

There is not an easy answer to this question because this drug may affect people differently. That said, one study found the average weight gain to be 9.7 pounds. 

Why does aripiprazole cause weight gain?

It’s not clear why this side effect occurs with some antipsychotic drugs. The amount of weight gain can vary from person to person, too. It most likely has to do with the way the medication affects chemicals in the brain. 

Is it possible to lose weight on aripiprazole?

Someone taking an antipsychotic known to cause weight gain might lose it if they switch to a more weight-neutral drug like Abilify. All in all, losing weight is a math game, so someone who reduces calories while taking this drug might see weight loss. That said, Abilify is not known as a weight-loss drug.

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