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Vraylar: activating or sedating?

Is Vraylar/Cariprazine more of an activating or sedating AP? I have taken Abilify/Aripiprazole in the past and it caused me to become aggressive and agitated. I am debating whether to start the new AP.

I’ve heard that it is similar to Abilify and Rexulti in that it is a partial dopamine agonist. I’ve never tried it myself though so couldn’t tell you anymore than that.

Vraylar was extremely activating for me.
I couldn’t tolerate it.

It seemed like I was on excessive amounts of caffeine.

Lots of anxiety too!

But remember everyone reacts differently to these meds.

Initially, vraylar made me really tired. Then that passed after a few weeks and I just felt normal amounts of energy (occassional negative symptoms aside), nothing agitating.