How ABILIFY® (aripiprazole) is Thought to Work
The brain is made up of literally billions of nerve cells. These cells carry a constant stream of information.
In order to move this information from one cell to the next, nerve cells release chemicals known as neurotransmitters.
The system works like this:
When the information reaches the end of a nerve cell, the cell releases chemical neurotransmitters that carry the information from one nerve cell to the next. This is how information moves through the entire nervous system.
There are many different chemical neurotransmitters. Two chemicals needed for brain function are dopamine and serotonin, which play a crucial role in emotional health.
The human brain is made up of billions of nerve cells. These cells communicate by releasing chemicals known as neurotransmitters.
Two neurotransmitters that are needed for brain function are dopamine and serotonin, which play a crucial role in emotional health.
Many scientists believe that when the levels of these neurotransmitters aren’t quite right, it may result in the symptoms of Schizophrenia. For instance, too much dopamine in certain parts of the brain can cause symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions. Sometimes, these symptoms are referred to as the “positive symptoms” of Schizophrenia.
Too little dopamine in other parts of the brain can cause symptoms such as a lack of emotion, lack of energy, and lack of motivation. These symptoms are often called the “negative symptoms” of Schizophrenia.
How ABILIFY is thought to work
The exact way ABILIFY (or any other medicine for Schizophrenia) works is unknown. It is thought that ABILIFY may work by affecting the activity of some brain chemicals — adjusting dopamine, instead of completely blocking it, and adjusting serotonin.
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