Aripiprazole, gambling disorder and compulsive sexuality


Aripiprazole is an antipsychotic associated with reduced side effects compared to other antipsychotics. We report the case of a patient who experienced gambling disorder, hypersexuality and a new sexual orientation under treatment. These side effects are little known. They are usually difficult for patients to mention due to feelings of guilt. The consequences on social life, family and health may be serious. Clinicians and patients should be aware about the possible issue of these behavior disorders with aripiprazole.

I was on ariprazole for a short while. It did some good things for me, but I eventually had to get off it because it got me a little too amped up. I had an inclination to gamble without taking aripiprazole, but I’ve learned not to do that because I don’t do it well. I don’t have a good head for figuring the odds. I could also see myself becoming addicted to gambling. As for the sex part, I didn’t notice any of that while I was on the drug.