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Abilify (aripiprazole)

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Abilify®

Generic Name: Aripiprazole ay-ree-PIP-ray-zole

Drug Class: Antipsychotics

 

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Description
Abilify is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression). It is also used together with other medications to treat major depressive disorder in adults.

This medicine is classified as an antipsychotic medication and is used to treat patients that suffer from delusions, hallucinations, unorganized thought and hostility. This medicine may also be prescribed to treat severe behavioral problems in children.

Abilify has also been approved for the treatment of irritability associated with autistic disorder in pediatric patients ages 6 to 17 years, including symptoms of aggression towards others, deliberate self-injuriousness, temper tantrums, and quickly changing moods. Irritability can be an associated behavior of autistic disorder and is manifested as aggression towards others, deliberate self-injurious behaviors, temper tantrums, aggression and quickly changing moods.

Your doctor may prescribe this medication for other conditions as well.

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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. This medicine should be taken continually, even if you are feeling better. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not take more or less of this medicine that prescribed. Do not share this medicine with other people.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Storage
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • Check with your doctor AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience diarrhea, vomiting, unsteadiness, difficulty walking, or unusual muscle weakness.
    • This medicine can cause the following side effects:
      • constipation
      • dizziness
      • drowsiness
      • dry mouth
      • headache
      • weight gain
      • restlessness
      • mild thirst
      • frequent urination
      • drowsiness
      • fine hand tremor
      • mild nausea
    • This medicine may increase blood sugar (hyperglycemia). Diabetic patients should be cautious of this and regularly check their blood sugar.
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Warnings/Precautions
    • Several days to weeks may pass before you feel the the full effects of this medicine.
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Overdose
Seek medical attention immediately. U.S. residents can call the national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
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Drug Interactions
    • Let your doctor know if you are taking any of the following types of medications:
      • antacids
      • antihistamines
      • diet pills
      • benztropine (Cogentin)
      • bromocriptine (Parlodel)
      • carbamazepine (Tegretol)
      • dicyclomine (Bentyl)
      • fluoxetine (Prozac)
      • guanethidine (Ismelin)
      • lithium
      • meperidine (Demerol)
      • methyldopa (Aldomet)
      • phenytoin (Dilantin)
      • propranolol (Inderal)
      • sedatives
      • trihexyphenidyl (Artane)
      • valproic acid (Depakene)
      • cold medications
      • medications for depression
      • vitamins and herbs
    • Inform your doctor of all the medications you may use (both prescription and nonprescription), especially if you are taking any of the following:
      • anti-depressant
      • anti-anxiety drugs
      • sparfloxacin
      • grepafloxacin
      • guanethidine
      • guanadrel
      • lithium
      • metrizamide
      • cabergoline
      • tranquilizers
      • barbiturates
      • sleeping pills
      • narcotic pain medication (e.g. codeine)
      • other medicines that make you drowsy.
    • Many cough-and-cold products contain ingredients that may add a drowsiness effect. Before you use cough-and-cold medications, ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of those products..

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Pregnancy/Nursing
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. For women: since this medicine is excreted in human breast milk, you should NOT breastfeed while taking this medicine.
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More Information

For more information about this medicine, talk to your healthcare provider.
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MatE
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Registered: December 2007
Posts: 15
Thu January 17, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: don't know
CONS: can't sleep but sleepy all the time.

Was prescribed this for depression for some reason. Don't want to be on it anymore.

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ehrhar
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Registered: December 2007
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 37
Wed January 16, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Good treatment for hostility, impulse spending
CONS: Experienced akathisia at 10mgs went down to 5mg

Feel kind of numb and have low self-esteem. Perhaps because of other medications. So not fair to judge Abilify for those isssues. But the hostility and spending issues definetly were reduced upon being medicated with Abilify.

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CMac73
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Registered: December 2007
Thu December 6, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Similar to Olanzapine nice effect without concerns
CONS: Slight anxiety, swallowing more noticable but less at lower dose

I am taking this drug at 5mg instead of Olanzapine for Bipolar Mixture Affective. I was on Abilify at 15mg before but was anxious and my swallowing was causing me concern. I liked Olanzapine but the side effects of the drug scare me. I have tried Largactil, Risperidone, Seroquel, Olanzapine and Abilify. I think I am going to go with Abilify at a low dose. Olanzapine makes you feel good mentally and Abilify gives me a good feeling but with side effects I am going to manage.

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Barbarian
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Registered: November 2007
Fri November 30, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: Somewhat effective for mania.
CONS: Extreme anxiousness, such as grinding your teeth or sitting on the edge of your seat; weight-gain; muscle aches; very expensive for such ineffectiveness.

Would I recommend this drug for any type of bipolar disorder? No. Hell no. One of the WORST drugs to take. It will make you so impulsive that you'll literally jump out of your seat and wish that you were totally out of your skin. On top of this, be prepared for your muscles to ache for apparently no reasons whatsoever. At least for me, this drug was MINIMALLY effective for mania. It does NOTHING for depression. For the price, this drug is terrible. It's ineffective and expensive. For the love of God, don't waste your money!

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LR7218
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Registered: November 2007
Tue November 27, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: Made me less drowsy than other meds in it's class
CONS: Side effects!

I was really hopeful when I began taking this drug because of the chance that it would not make me so drowsy like drugs like Seroquel. But the side effects came on pretty quickly and were really nasty. The worst ones were the restlessness and difficulty swallowing. Both side effects were so intolerable, I had to stop taking Abilify.I won't not recommend it because I think it holds a lot of promise for other people.

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Mr_Unstable
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Registered: November 2007
Location: Belgium
Posts: 16
Thu November 22, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS:
CONS:

No Side effects in my case, although I have that véry often with other medication. This is what made my psychosis totally dissapear after 6 years, because I never took the other ones because of side-effects.

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candi1128
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Registered: October 2007
Tue October 30, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: helped my racing thoughts and negative thinking. also helped my daydreaming and manic episodes
CONS: Agitated feeling; drunk-like dreamy like state (hard to explain because Im not daydreaming). Antsy but tired; axious but tired and have trouble sleeping through the night.

I feel tired but antcy at the same time like I cant sit still but could go asleep; its very strange. Also Im very irretable and agitated and I have been waking up atleast 3 times a night. In addition I feel like high almost or not in a reality like state wich is also a very strange feeling. I thought at first it was from not sleeping that good (for the first week I couldnt sleep much), but last night I slept a good 8 hours and still feel this way. Also yesterday I became very anxious and felt like I was going to throw up. But this does help with my manic state and my extreme mood swings which can me pretty bad sometimes. Still Im not sure about this medication, ive only been on it for 2 weeks and when my Dr attempted to up me dose I became so tired I couldnt keep my eyes open at 6:00 at night (and I took the medication the night before). I was like that for about 3 days and went back to the lower dose. Im going to try it for another week and if the side effects do not subside Im going to stop it. I would recommend trying this if your as moody as I am and your mood swings are extreme (expecially the manic part) but if your more depressed then manic I wouldnt recommend it.

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Derkon
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Registered: September 2007
Location: USA, CO
Posts: 5
Mon October 1, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $3.59| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: It removed 5 meds from my regimen.
CONS: Price before insurance.

I like the effects of this medication, but not the price.

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RedSmurf
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Registered: September 2007
Sat September 15, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Happy/Stable
CONS: Blurrrred Vision, slight drunken feelings

2 weeks in Restlesness was intense not tremers though, just...cant freakin sleep...also on a BetaBlocker for the restlessness

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BerBer
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Registered: September 2007
Sun September 2, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Stable Moods
CONS: None to speak of yet

Just started the pill so I've only taken 4 pills so far without any negative side effects. I feel like I have more stable moods but am not sure if the Lorazepam (ativan) I'm taking has anything to do with it. I'll repost in a couple weeks to update.

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ghostmed
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Registered: August 2007
Thu August 30, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $35.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Finally fixed my bipolar issues - feel more stabalized, sex is great now, have emotion
CONS: first week was awful, had to go from 5 to 7.5 to 10 mg. Suffer from akathisia more and the price is high even with my insurance.

I am getting medicated and can still have great sex. I never thought I would be able to type that sentence after Lexapro, prozac, wellbutrin, effexor, and cymbalta left me in ruins over the course of 10 years. After battling depression for years, I beat it only to suffer from bipolar disorder. Lexapro was incorrectly prescribed to me and made me feel like a zombie. Abilify is really good so far after my second week - though the first few days were a nightmare.The Akathisia (restlessness) is pretty bad for me right now though - I am working on it.Oh and take it at night. That is what I have been doing to get rid of most of the side effects (I sleep the side effects off).

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mystikraz
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Registered: August 2007
Wed August 29, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: stability with Bipolar
CONS: felt drunk but went away after a few weeks

I have been on a lot of meds in my life. This so far has been my miracle drug. I only had one side effect and it only lasted for the first couple of weeks then it went away. I felt a little drunk.This has helped my temper,has made me stable with my Bipolar and has even helped with my depression.It is very expensive if you dont have insurance though.

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wbl526
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Northeast - USA
Posts: 44
Fri August 24, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $20.00| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Made me calmer and more aloof so I'm not worrying about things all the time.
CONS: Tiredness, Blurred Vision, Body Aches

I'm very exhausted taking Abilify but I'm going to switch from taking it in the morning to taking it at night and see if that helps. I've only been taking it two weeks so hopefully the side effects will go away, I'll give it another week and see. I feel tired and restless at the same time all the time but I am calmer since starting Abilify.

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lhanson
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Registered: August 2007
Posts: 7
Tue August 21, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Relieved depression, motivated energy.
CONS: nausea (in beginning), restlessness, sleep issues.

Horrible nausea and thn uncomfortable stomach for the first week or two. Tiredness and blurred vision was very bad in the beginning, but once I shifted the time I took it to the evening, the tiredness wasn't a problem. The restlessness can get annoying. I like the fact that I don't have to sleep as much while I'm on it because I have excessive sleep issues, but it does cause me to wake up throughout the night..but I still sleep hard and well. Within the first couple of weeks, my severe and lingering depression subsided. It also helped with my excessive tiredness during the day by increasing my energy.

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biplr4me
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Registered: July 2007
Location: Waukesha, WI
Posts: 8
Tue July 31, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Helps mood swings
CONS: Kills off all of your emotions. You become numb. Very hard to get off of.

I became a very numb. True to it's use that is what it's supposed to do. I got tired of it and went off of it with my Doctor's consent.Withdrawl is a nightmare when going off it. I finally felt better after 3 months. Unless your Bipolar cycles are out of control I would be reluctant to use it.

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toocute
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Registered: June 2007
Location: Cheese Country, USA
Posts: 8
Mon June 11, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: depression is gone; self-doubt & self-deprecation are lower
CONS: akathesia, blurred vision, constant vertigo, tiny pupils, even lower blood sugar, elevated blood pressure, loose stool, excessive thirst, weight gain, excessive hunger

I've been on this medication for three weeks at a ridiculously low dose, and still have debilitating side-effects. I have been on leave from work for a week because I can't maintain accuracy with the vertigo (aka intense dizziness). The obsessive thoughts have definitely abated, as well as the depression. One really bad part is that I'm having more grandiose thoughts and more of them, and my pressured speech is more frequent too.Bi-polar II is a new diagnosis for me, and we're just starting to test the drug therapies. I'm wondering if this drug just affects Bi-Polar II differently than Bi-Polar I. I sure hope that the other drugs out there aren't worse than this one.

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Orlin
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Registered: May 2007
Sat May 19, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: None
CONS: Akathisia, depression, anxiety, insomnia, heartburn, drowsiness, cognitive impairment.

My experience with Abilify was the worst of any med I've ever taken. I was close to suicidal by the end of three days of constant restlessness without a wink of sleep. I could not recommend this drug to anybody - I've heard of too many people having the same experience re: akathisia with this drug. Approach with caution.

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Psychotic_Phil
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Registered: February 2007
Location: Seattle WA USA
Posts: 303
Fri April 27, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: Relieves psychosis
CONS: Experience nausea, akatheisa, sleeping much less and tiredness.

My opinion on Abilify is it is the worst drug I have tried since the onset of my illness. It relieves psychosis for sure, but the side effects, even at 5 mg are unbearable. I would not recommend this treatment to anyone.

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tawny762
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Registered: April 2007
Location: Illinois
Mon April 16, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: gives some balance and stability.
CONS: wordloss, forgetfulness, weight gain, spacy. Too many side effects for me to deal with.

hopefully my doctor takes me off of this. It doesn't work as well as I thought it would. It actually did things that I wasn't use to dealing with.

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DePressMe
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Lafayette, Indiana
Posts: 3811
Wed April 4, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.15| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: No side effects. Helped with intrusive thoughts. Helped with psychosis.
CONS: takes forever to find the right dose

Excellent med for me. No side effects and really helped me with intrusive thoughts and some psychotic symptoms.

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manic1
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Registered: February 2007
Location: Kansas City Area
Wed February 28, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: clear thinking, weight loss, no drowsiness, increased ability to concentrate
CONS: very expensive

I've been able to lose some of the 80 pounds I gained while taking Zyprexa. I have absolutely no side effects with Abilify, and I take 30mg/day. The manic behavior is gone, I can concentrate better, there is no drowsiness or "drunk" feeling after taking the med, or no inner restlessness. On the bad side---if I didn't have insurance, I could never afford this medication.

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joan2
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Registered: January 2007
Fri January 26, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $13.00| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: abates hostility
CONS: fatigue,weight gain,increased blood sugar,word loss,foggy

I would almost rather live with the symptoms than take this medication. It is a constant struggle to stay on the lowest dose I can manage. Weight gain and diabetes are certainly as upsetting as any mental illness.

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Anonymous
Sat January 13, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: It works, without side effects.
CONS:

This drug has revolutionised my life. I no longer have the memory loss or fatigue associated with previous medication, and I am able to work and have a normal life again.

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cricks181
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Registered: October 2006
Location: new mexico
Mon November 27, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: My self esteem has increased after just 3 short weeks.
CONS: dry mouth is terrible. I can live with it.

I have only been on the drug for 3 weeks already my thoughts aren't as negative towards myself mainly. My self esteem is on the rise. I am tierd alot but that has to do with other health issues.

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abilifyguy
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Registered: November 2006
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 68
Wed November 1, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Fantastic drug
CONS: none

No side effects for me. This drug (at 30mg/day) cleared my mind of intrusive thoughts and made me able to concentrate better. I'm more alert and able to live in the present. Disturbing thoughts that used to obsess me, I can now dismiss. I did have some insomnia initially, but got over it.

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Anonymous
Mon October 23, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: gives me energy, works well with bipolar I
CONS: insomnia (even w/ambien)

all around good drug for me.

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complic8d
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Registered: January 2005
Location: state of desperation
Posts: 795
Tue October 3, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: helped bipolar II
CONS: side effects

Abilify seemed to be helping me stay stabilized, but the side effects got so bad I had to stop it. The side effect I experienced was akathesia. It's this inner feeling of restlessness, having to move (not tremors). They had to give me Inderal (a beta blocker) to help with this side effect while I was weaning off of it. It did seem to help with bipolar symptoms though, and I didn't experience any weight gain.

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Sun September 24, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: cleared up my delusional thinking & helped stabilize my mood
CONS: weight gain, sedation, have been unable to get long-term nursing home care insurance due to being on it

Has been very helpful in stopping delusional thinking due to bipolar I, pretty stable mood-wise on it, but also take several other medications so it seems to be a combined effect.Have gained about 40 lbs. on it & having trouble trying to take it off.

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Beautiful_Pain
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Registered: May 2004
Location: Inside myself
Posts: 986
Sun July 9, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $25.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: It helped with my auditory hallucinations
CONS: Forgetfullness

I couldn't remember things I had just done, if I had eaten or taken meds, even what I had just said. I, personally, will never go back on Abilify or recommend it to anyone. It did help, but the price of side effects were too high for me to continue.

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Anonymous
Sun July 2, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none to report
CONS: heavy weight gain

I became destabilized and gained @ 20lbs. In a short period of time.

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