Add-on treatment of aripiprazole in an adult onychophagia patient

J Clin Exp Invest 2012;3(4):545-547.


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Nail biting (onychophagia) is a common disorder which has not been investigated yet. There are different opinions about to classify onychophagia, but according to DSM-IV-TR it is classified as impulse control disorder not otherwise specified. The knowledge about treatment of onychophagia is limited. There are a few studies about treatment of onychophagia with psychotherapy and a study with pharmacotherapy. Some studies suggest that an atypical antipsychotic aripiprazole may have beneficial effects in the treatment of impulse control disorders. In this study we report a case of onychophagia which has successfully treated with aripiprazole add-on to escitalopram treatment that has never reported before.


Onychophagia, aripiprazole, add-on treatment


Kaya MC, Bulut M, Bez Y. Add-on treatment of aripiprazole in an adult onychophagia patient. J Clin Exp Invest. 2012;3(4):545-7.