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.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guidance represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, health professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients. The application of the recommendations in this guidance is at the discretion of health professionals and their individual patients and do not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to provide the funding required to enable the guidance to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients wish to use it, in accordance with the NHS Constitution. They should do so in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities.

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