In 2009 the fda approved abilify aripiprazole for treating irritability in autistic children and youth up to age 17in a press release issued at the time manufacturer bristol meyers squibb stated that abilify normally used to treat bipolar disorder schizophrenia and depression should be used in conjunction with other pediatric treatments that include psychological counseling . Until recently risperidone was the most studied and the only psychotropic approved by the us fda to treat irritability related to autism aripiprazole has recently undergone several placebo controlled studies validating its use in individuals with irritability associated with autistic disorder leading to its recent us fda approval. It was approved by the us food and drug administration fda for the treatment of schizophrenia in 2002 it was approved for use in the treatment of bipolar disorder in 2004 in 2009 the fda approved aripiprazole for the treatment of irritability associated with autistic disorder in children aged 6 to 17 years. Acute treatment of agitation in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder this medication sheet will focus primarily on schizophrenia find more information about bipolar disorder depression and autism spectrum disorders here aripiprazole may also be helpful when prescribed off label for borderline personality disorder or drug induced
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