NICE recommends aripiprazole as a possible treatment for some people aged 15 to 17 years with schizophrenia.

You should be able to have aripiprazole if:

  • you cannot take risperidone for medical reasons or
  • you have taken risperidone but it has not worked.

NICE looks at how well treatments work, and also at how well they work in relation to how much they cost the NHS. NICE recommended aripiprazole in these circumstances because it works as well and costs about the same as other alternatives to risperidone available on the NHS, but is less likely to produce the types of side effects that are especially troublesome for people aged 15 to 17 years.

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