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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 158-161

Aripiprazole-induced obsessive–compulsive symptoms

Department of Psychiatry, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Dilshana Nafisa
Department of Psychiatry, Yenepoya Medical College, Deralakatte, Mangalore - 575 018, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_182_20

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Aripiprazole is a novel antipsychotic with a unique pharmacological profile as a dopamine partial agonist.It is indicated for treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This new antipsychotic has low rate of extrapyramidal side effects, metabolic changes and no significant adverse effect on serum prolactin concentration. In addition,it is not associated with significant weight gain like other atypical antipsychotics. As a reason, when other antipsychotics cause these adverse events, it's not uncommon to switch to Aripiprazole.Obsessive compulsive symptoms have been untoward sequel of a few second-generation antipsychotics. Among the second generation antipsychotics Clozapine, Olanzapine, and Risperidone are the most prominent agents associated with these sequelae, according to case reports. More recently, a handful of case reports indicated development of Obsessive-compulsive symptoms with Aripiprazole. We report a case that exhibited similar unexpected adverse effects after administration of Aripiprazole. Keywords: Aripiprazole, Second generation antipsychotics, Obsessive-compulsive symptoms (OCS).

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