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Abilify (aripiprazole)

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AbilifyŽ

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 Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.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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Nannie1957
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Registered: April 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 2
Wed June 23, 2010 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS:
CONS: side effects and withdrawals from the medication

I was the caregiver for my mother who suffered from Alzheimer's. She experienced terrible side effects from this drug, swelling of the face and hands, excessive night sweats, stiff muscles, decrease in urination, problems swallowing, excessive drooling, and it decreases your white blood count which helps fight infections and mimics Parkinson's. Precautions not to give to dementia related patients but many elderly patients are being prescribed this med. My mother was in a nursing home for less than three months before I brought her home to live with my husband and I and they put her on it and it does mask or hide some of the Alzheimer's but we had to take her off of it because of the side effects. She was weaned off with the help of her doctor and I do believe that was her downfall. We began weaning her off in early September and she began going down. She had aspiration pneumonia and a UTI. My mother was never able to recover from either of these and spent almost a month in the hospital before she passed away on October 13, 2009. My sister and I very much want to make others aware of this terrible drug.

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xixax85
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Registered: May 2010
Sun May 23, 2010 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: severe panic attacks, shallow breathing, tremors, nausea, vomiting

I can't even express how scary the side effects to this medication are!!! After 2 hours of taking one 5mg pill, I started to experience nausea. I figured it was just a minor side effect to the medication and thought everything would be fine. I ended up falling asleep for the night but woke up suddenly 2 hours later in complete panic. I felt the urge to vomit and had extreme dry mouth, so I made my way to the bathroom. Upon standing, I felt really dizzy, had trouble maintaining my balance, and almost blacked-out. I also experienced bizarre thoughts and a 'drunk' feeling. I was ready to have someone take me to the hospital because I knew something wasn't right. This medication was HORRIBLE! I informed my doctor of everything and he told me to split the pill in half the next dosage. Basically, the same thing happened, just less intense. Never taking this medication AGAIN!!! I also just want to add that I didn't have any negative perceptions about this medication prior to taking it and have previously been on lithium for bipolar II, but saw no improvement in mood, so my doctor switched me to abilify.

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xixax85
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Registered: May 2010
Sun May 23, 2010 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: severe panic attacks, shallow breathing, tremors, nausea, vomiting

I can't even express how scary the side effects to this medication are!!! After 2 hours of taking one 5mg pill, I started to experience nausea. I figured it was just a minor side effect to the medication and thought everything would be fine. I ended up falling asleep for the night but woke up suddenly 2 hours later in complete panic. I felt the urge to vomit and had extreme dry mouth, so I made my way to the bathroom. Upon standing, I felt really dizzy, had trouble maintaining my balance, and almost blacked-out. I also experienced bizarre thoughts and a 'drunk' feeling. I was ready to have someone take me to the hospital because I knew something wasn't right. This medication was HORRIBLE! I informed my doctor of everything and he told me to split the pill in half the next dosage. Basically, the same thing happened, just less intense. Never taking this medication AGAIN!!! I also just want to add that I didn't have any negative perceptions about this medication prior to taking it and have previously been on lithium for bipolar II, but saw no improvement in mood, so my doctor switched me to abilify.

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flawlessimperfectionsmft
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Registered: February 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 167
Thu May 6, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $470.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Controlled my Schizophrenia very well
CONS: Worked ok on Bipolar but still could use some fixing. Didn't help with depression. Can cause extreme drowsiness. EXPENSIVE

This product did not make me gain any weight. Though I do spend a lot of time at the gym. It caused me to be extremely drowsy once I went past 10mg. It works really well for hallucinations. It tamed my Bipolar episodes quite a bit but I can still tell they are there. The depression has not changed. The cost of the product is horrendous too. Overall I would recommend this product for people suffering from Schizophrenia. I hope this post helped.

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golgigirl
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Registered: April 2010
Mon April 26, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Helps lift my mood when nothing else has helped much
CONS: weight gain!

I have to give this medication a seven because it helped tremendously at lifting some of the severe depression I have suffered from the majority of my life, when nothing else has. I can deal with other minor side effects that are barely noticeable such as the restlessness. The big issue is the unrelenting, insatiable appetite! I have to use all my strength and will to keep from eating all day long. I have gained 20 lbs. The first 20 in the first month. It has leveled off some but it is still a struggle. I was underweight to begin with from other medications' side effects so it wasn't a problem at first, but now I have to watch the scale closely.

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TatteredandTorn
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Registered: December 2009
Location: North East England, UK
Posts: 8
Mon December 28, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Didn't make me feel sick, or gain weight, made me feel more "normal"
CONS: None that I noticed

Overall I had a generally good experience on this medication, I had very few side effects, No weight gain, actually seemed to help.

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phoenix47baby
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Registered: September 2009
Location: Southern California
Posts: 619
Tue November 17, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $45.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: curbs extreme moods and anger
CONS: involuntary muscle movements

produced involuntary muscle movements

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psychodwnldr
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Registered: October 2009
Location: maryland
Sun October 18, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS:
CONS: sleeplessness

doctor put me on abilify 5mg for night becouse she wouldnt increase my cymbalta 60mg.I was up til 3-4am sometimes never going to bed had racing thoughts.Didnt work for me

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seriynochi
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Registered: December 2007
Location: Washington, USA
Posts: 2
Wed September 30, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $70.00| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: none
CONS: it did absolutely nothing

Got it for mood swings, etc. Noticed no changes over a 5 month period

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uziel69
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Registered: September 2009
Sat September 19, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: greatly increased self-esteem, greater focus and ambition
CONS: restlessness, insomnia

After two weeks on Abilify I can honestly say that I feel better than I have in 3 years since my diagnosis with bipolar II. I have been on Lamictal (300mg) since the beginning which was also a wonder drug but still left me with a residual, constant feeling of mild depression. The Abilfy has completely abated that feeling. I started at 7.5mg but am now down to 5mg in an attempt to mitigate some of the side effects (mostly insomnia and a bit of restlessness). Despite the common weight gain with anti-psychotics, I've actually lost weight on Abilify. My appetite has markedly decreased though I wonder if that is simply because I'm more mood-stable. I definitely would recommend this for anyone with moderate, long-term depression as well as bipolar II. As with all psych meds, the trick is in finding the right dose.

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paxpac1s
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Registered: July 2009
Location: Shangri-la
Posts: 4
Fri July 17, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $430.00| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Gave me energy
CONS: then gave me akathisia and blurry vision

The new energy quickly morphed into marked akathisia. I couldn't not move for more then 5 minutes at a time, extreme restlessness, and extreme anxiety. The akathisia if largely gone after 3 days after discontinuation but blurry vision remains. Terrible stuff, especially at that price.

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Nihel
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Registered: July 2009
Location: Missouri
Posts: 22
Thu July 9, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: I was able to control my moods, I had more energy.
CONS: Constant shaking/foot tapping, Always happy, couldn't sleep even with help of sleeping aid, Weight gain.

When I first started taking the medication things were going great, Then I noticed I could NOT get mad or sad even at things normal people would. I couldn't sleep no matter what I tried. On top of that I was always tapping my foot or moving a part of my body even in my sleep and the weight gain was horrible. At least the weight came right off after I stopped taking the medication.

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smartA
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Registered: June 2009
Sat June 27, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Added energy and much less depression
CONS: dry mouth and increased hypoglycemia

I went from not being able to move off the couch and being so depressed to my old self in less than a week. I take this with Effexor (which by the way I want to discontinue taking but the withdraw is a KILLER). I would recommend a person at least try this. It has worked wonders for me.

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Quorrah
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Registered: June 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 34
Thu June 25, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: I have seen it work a bit on females.
CONS: I have seen more than one male b/c enraged while on this med.

I was offered this med but felt what I had already was working well.

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sunnyday
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Registered: May 2006
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 16
Wed June 3, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $50.00| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: stops the crazy thoughts, levels mood
CONS: WEIGHT GAIN, flat affect

I gained forty pounds on this drug. It made me want to eat non-stop!

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Elysium
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Registered: March 2009
Location: So Cal
Posts: 3342
Thu May 28, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS:
CONS: Emotional blunting and flat affect.

Really did not find this medication helpful for me. I found myself more flat and blunted emotionally while on this medication and I did not feel it helped with my intrusive thoughts and ruminations.

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Joanofarc
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Registered: May 2009
Location: London
Posts: 79
Thu May 7, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: Alertness, increased sex drive.
CONS: Severe insomnia, restlessness, I also continued to hear intrusive and abusive voices.

I was on abilify last year and found it did nothing at all to help my symptoms. All it did was make my insomnia worse and make me feel very restless. Unfortunately the audio and tactile hallucinations became worse than ever. I am thankfully on another medication now that works wonders.

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Nic86
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Registered: March 2009
Sun March 8, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: I can function on it
CONS: Increased hunger, memory loss, fatigue, suicidal ideation

Unlike other antipsych meds, I can actually get out of bed on Abilify at 15 mg. Unfortunately, it has done little-nothing for the paranoia, caused me to gain 5 lbs in a month, increased my suicidal ideation, and punched major holes in my memory. The memory loss is the most frustrating. It's the only one I can tolerate, but has done nothing helpful insofar as what it's supposed to be treating.

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captainsail
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Mon February 23, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
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CONS:

My sister is 61, has had depression and bi polar disorder for 39 years. Now taking Abilify, which is helping prevent highs and lows. Problem is that she is falling a lot when, as she describes it, her legs seem to lock up. Abilify side effects list mentions tremors and muscle pain, but nothing that describes what she experiences. Her blood and thyroid tests are negative. Can anyone explain whether the Abilify could be causing her to fall.

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DePressMe
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Indiana
Posts: 3911
Wed February 18, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: Worked for awhile with very few side effects.
CONS: Suddenly stopped working and side effects became unbearable.

Abilify worked for awhile but then I started having serious side effects--agitated, uncontrollable movements and many others. After I got off the Abilify I realized that it had blunted my emotions for a long time. I did not really notice that my feelings were gone until they came back. There were many times I felt like my life was gray and I never enjoyed anything but I attributed it to my depression. When my feelings came back I knew it was the Abilify doing it to me. Now that I look back on it, I am saddened that I spent years not feeling anything--it is like I lost a few years of my life and I will never know how I felt about them.

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lamb chops
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Registered: January 2009
Thu January 29, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: None
CONS: Restlessness, agitation, anxiety, racing thoughts

Started taking Abilify to help with depression in addition to taking Lamictal for Bipolar Disorder II. Was taking 2mg, then increased to 5mg for about a month before going off of it completely. It helped my energy levels but sent me to the other end of the spectrum from my depression. I couldn't sit still for very long, couldn't watch more than 5 minutes of TV before becoming overstimulated, and had trouble focusing and concentrating. Negative racing thoughts filled my head most of the time. I also started doing things I would never normally do, like I lost my reasoning ability and didn't have regard for the consequences of my actions. Had suicidal thoughts constantly, ending up in the hospital 3 times within 2 months. Two times due to attempts to take my life. One time checked myself in because I felt very close to attempting suicide. Felt like I had no control and that that was the only way out. Stopped taking Abilify after the 3rd visit to the hospital. Feel a million times better without it. My mind is clearer, and I'm back to being myself. Making good decisions and now able to focus for extended periods of time. I don't even know who I was when I was on Abilify.

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MomsGuardian
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Registered: January 2009
Tue January 13, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: None
CONS: Zombie like feeling, extreme weight loss, extreme dry mouth, catatonic.

Trying to keep this short ... I think the drug nearly killed my mother. She had 22 years since diagnosis (bipolar w/psychosis) under her belt and was fairly stable (occassional manic and psychotic epidsodes, but overall if she was doing great) they had her on depakote but she gaining weight on it so she complained. They put her on abilify and she did well at first. There were a TON of side effects for her... but when I finally got her off the drug 6 months later she was 90 lbs lighter, sat staring at walls for days on end, not eating, not showering, unresponsive, and when she did respond it was violent. It was EXTREMELY unlike her and doctors told me she was going into dementia. I had her hospitalized - she was dehydrated, malnourished, had a BAD kidney infection , was diagnosed as diabetic and had lesions in her mouth that were severe. I thought it was the end (she is elderly) and I'd be putting her in a nursing home and telling her good bye soon. Then I started trying to figure out what "started" this and the abilify came back as a glaring change around the time the decline started. I got her off the drug and within a week she was up, moving around, responding. It was like her brain was on vacation for 6 months ... she didn't remember any of it. Within 2 months she was pretty much her old self and stable again. And she doesn't have diabetes.

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gypsywoman2010
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Registered: December 2008
Wed December 31, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $30.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: lots of energy, more focus, drive, determination to see things through
CONS: restless, some insomnia, some anxiety

I believe everyone needs to find their own drug cocktail which will work for them. That said, for three years since being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I have gone through risperdal and geodone. Both with huge side effects of weight gain, fuzziness in thinking, and general tiredness. I have nothing to say but positive things about Abilify AFTER the initial one to two month trial period of side effects. Among the most annoying, was insomnia, until my psychiatrist upped my meds from 10mg to 20mg. I didn't sleep for nearly three days. My feet and ankles were so bloated I couldn't wear most of my shoes. There is still some anxiety, but the general feelings of purpose, renewed energy, drive, and ambition make everything worth it. I am asian so I don't usually do well on higher doses, since they effect me more, however Abilify at low doses can cause mania. It perks you right up out of depressive states at low doses, so my doctor had me on 5mg for about two weeks. Then 10mg, then 20mg. If it works for you initially, I say wait out the side effects and make sure your doc is informed about how low doses can cause mania. Good Luck!

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Liliander
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Registered: December 2008
Thu December 18, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $50.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: More energy = more confidence, focused, weight loss, regulated sleep
CONS: Some impulsivity, body feels tired, cost, still anxious and depressed

After I was prescribed this medication, I read these reviews and was very hesitant to continue. Especially since I haven't been confidently diagnosed as Bipolar yet and also because it is generally used for schizophrenia. I must say, comparatively to the other anti-depressants/bipolar medications, Abilify is one of the best I have tried. On a mere 5mg (for about 2 weeks), I have increased energy, more focus at work, and less desire to eat and sleep. The major major major downside however has been my smoking. I have gone from smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a week, to a pack every 2 days. I also drink more often as well. My anxiety has not decreased and I still go through mood swings and crying, but again, I am just happy not to be sleeping all day. I feel so much better about myself. Lexapro, Celexa, and Prozac although made me happy around my friends, had me nearly catatonic. Now, I feel as though I have more confidence because I actually got out of bed. Still, I am going to continue looking for a cheaper medication that would help with my social anxiety. Any suggestions? Hope this helps.

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Chreey
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Registered: September 2008
Posts: 2
Fri December 5, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: no side effects
CONS: didn't help mania

My son had no side effects but was still very manic.

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tarabug922
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Registered: November 2008
Location: santa cruz, cali
Posts: 294
Tue November 25, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $61.25| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: it has stopped the tactile hallucinations
CONS: it has caused me to gain weight, get acne and drool

I liked abilify a lot before I started realizing the weight gain was related to it. But it does keep the psychosis at bay for which i'm eternally grateful.

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krispy71
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Registered: November 2008
Tue November 18, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $35.00| Rating: 7 

 
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CONS:

This is a drug that is changing my life. I'm on a mood stabilizer, but this has taken away the "crazy" feeling that I was getting day-to-day after going off an antidepressant and clonezepam. The only thing I don't like is the restlessness. I'm hoping that will go away over time. I also have horrible, drenching night sweats, but am not sure if it's from the drug or something else. I'd recommend folks at least give it a shot. I was afraid after reading the posts here...

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Greg77733
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Registered: September 2008
Location: Valdosta, Ga.
Posts: 193
Mon November 17, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Took me from major dep. to say mild in 3 weeks!!!
CONS: For me a little droggy

It is like night and day. I take it for Depression, started in Sept. of 08 so far I love it

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cricklecrackle
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Registered: October 2008
Sun October 26, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: less irritability, no mania at all, no drowsiness at all
CONS: weight gain??? high cost!

i THINK abilify is helping me a lot with my bipolar mania, but mainly my irrational irritability. I have been on trazodone, zyprexa, seroquel, and risperidone in the past and every pne pf these turned me into a zombie. I have been increasing my dosage of abilify pretty quickly from 2 to 4 to 7 to 10, and have been on it for...about 4 months. The only problem with this drug is the weight gain, which seems to come on quickly. But the drug has a reputation for much lower weight gain than other anti-psychotics, so I think it may be something some people simply can't avoid, and the side effects seem to affect everyone completely differently. SO don't listen if someone says to absolutely not take it! I think it's pretty good for and anti-psychotic.

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hilandera83
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Registered: October 2008
Location: Virginia
Sun October 26, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: Stablizes
CONS: Long-term (permanent) side effects

I started taking Abilify after a depressive episode for bipolar disorder. At first the medicine worked very well, I must say. It does make you very numb, but that is not the problem. I took Abilify for 3 years, and in the last six months I developed terrible symptoms - constant involuntary movements, twitching, shakiness, tremors in all limbs; loss of verbal abilities. I would not recommend anyone take this for bipolar disorder.

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igot_mad
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Registered: August 2008
Location: The Dirty South
Sat October 25, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS:
CONS: weakness, panic, hunger, akasthia, agitation

A waste of my time. It was given to me to abate the anger, but the side effects made me even angrier.

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Skulls
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Registered: August 2008
Sat August 2, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Enabled me to think clearly, weight loss
CONS: Dizzy, drowsy, vomiting

I've been on this medicine for three weeks. I am bipolar and this is the third medicine I've tried. So far, it seems to be the best. I lost about ten pounds in three weeks just from taking this medicine. However, I felt extremely dizzy and drowsy: sleeping more than fifteen hours a day, and I vomited even when I ate just dry food or fruits.

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happy1
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Registered: August 2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 19
Fri August 1, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: no more visual hallucinations, no more thoughts of harming self
CONS: weight gain, tiredness, lack of self control (impulsivity), zombie-like state, forgetfullness

Before taking Ablify I had visual hallucinations and thoughts of self harm/suicide (started cutting). After Abilify I gained a lot of weight, had no self control (did things i never would have done), was sometimes in a zombie like state (zoning out), forgetfulness, lacidasical attitude, didn't feel like myself, did innapropriate things...solved some problems but caused more serious ones.

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lovefrogs71
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Registered: July 2008
Posts: 14
Fri July 18, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: has somewhat calmed my stepsons violent sides
CONS: weight gain(hes 10 yrs. old & weighs 115 now),extreme tiredness,shaky hands

this med is being given to my 10yr old stepson for his violent side and other issues. he takes 15mg. every night and it knocks him out but his doc wont lower the mg. because of his problems. he also takes 1,000mg. of depakote every morning.

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drtywmn
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Registered: June 2008
Posts: 1
Wed July 9, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $413.00| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: none that I (or my husband) can see
CONS: mouth-chewing, dizziness upon standing,

I was on 5mg Abilify for over a year before I stopped all meds completely (on one heck of a cocktail...). I started again about a month ago, just 5mg Abilify because I wanted to "start slow". I hate that the pills are so SMALL, it makes them LOOK INNOCENT. THEY'RE NOT INNOCENT!!!I'd thought all the shaking and mess I had from before was the combo I was on, but I see now that MOST OF IT WAS THE ABILIFY. I am having trouble walking, like I can't judge distance. I bump into EVERYTHING.They said this was to help with my mania. CRAP. I only get things DONE during my mania, and the new doctor didn't bother to read my LENGTHY file before prescribing this.They don't want me to kill myself, but boy they don't mind killing me with this crap. After all, I'm nuts so I must DESERVE this, right? Its hard to stay positive about any of this.

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out_of_the_dark
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Registered: July 2008
Fri July 4, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: more energy, less depression, able to complete tasks.
CONS: super inner-restlessness, excess snacking, funny sweet taste in mouth

At first the inner restlessness was almost too much to bear. I talked to my doctor and he suggested taking benadryl with it. Surprisingly the restlessness is almost completely subsided. I'm no longer taking a sleeping pill or the ativan with it. MUCH better than seroquel. I gained 18 pounds on that drug in three weeks. I would definitely recommend abilify.

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darkspiral
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Registered: June 2008
Posts: 17
Wed June 25, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: bad side effects

the Akathisia was too much for me to handle. i was working a sit down job and the restlessness was interfering with my ability to work. bad bad bad drug would not reccomend it to anyone

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lulugirl
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Registered: June 2008
Location: florida
Posts: 7
Tue June 17, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: gives lil energy
CONS: insomnia at night, sleepy during day, excessive hunger

not good for an anorexia patients..........

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ak315
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Registered: June 2008
Fri June 6, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: none
CONS: nausea, weight gain, exhaustion, restlessness

I was prescribed this while in inpatient care for treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. After talking to my new psychiatrist, he told me that they probably prescribed me that drug to somewhat "sedate" me, as I was in a somewhat catatonic state for a week after starting this. Had I known I could have refused my drugs, I would have.I was exhausted, but could not sleep well for about two weeks. I also gained about 15 lbs in the two month period that I was on it, and I did not change my habits whatsoever, in fact I was exercising more than I had before. I also could not sit still, I was extrememly fidgety while on it.If you are prescribed this drug for reasons other than schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder (what it is approved for), I would strongly recommend against it.

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psychydoc
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Registered: June 2008
Posts: 2
Wed June 4, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Less obsessive thinking about certain things, More stable mood
CONS: Obsessive thinking overall about life and stable mood can be anxious

Before insurance this medication runs over $400 Luckily, I have insurance.I was prescribed this medication for major depressive disorderIt's been a few weeks and maybe it is too soon to tell if the pros are better than the consAnxiety still exists even with Celexa & Klonopin Feel bored and don't like being bored or alone also feel like i should always "be doing something"Still cannot function good enough to hold a steady job

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Rojogan
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Registered: May 2008
Location: North Central Washington State
Mon May 5, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $50.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: More relaxed, almost no depression
CONS: Slight indigestion & hearburn, slightly blurry vision

Have bipolar. Started taking Abilify one week ago. So far, I feel much calmer and relaxed than before. My mood has also dramatically changed. Have almost no depression. But, this is a normal routine when I add new meds, so will have to wait and see how this works out over time.

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terry
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Registered: April 2007
Posts: 5
Wed April 30, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Elimintated my morning depression. Very energizing.
CONS: Stimulating to the point of causing insomnia.

Abilify 5 mg. was added to my regimen of Paxil and Effexor and I consider it one of those wonder drugs. I no longer awake in the morning with that "down" feeling but actually feel stimulated and somewhat happy. It is very activating and can cause insomnia and I have been augmenting it with Ativan, which helps. As I say, I consider it a wonder drug because I no longer suffer from that "hate to get up in the morning" blues.

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bipolar2grl
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Registered: April 2008
Sun April 27, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $60.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: so far has helped with thinking slower
CONS: extreme inner shaking, need to move

only been on it a short time, but seems to help with bipolar II, hopefully it will calm me enough to be able to help with controlling my ocd. still have insomnia, but have dealt with that my whole life with no relief from meds. no weight gain yet. hopefully never!!!!

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inner_peace08
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Registered: April 2008
Tue April 22, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Clear thinking, lots of energy--my sex drive is BACK;) losing weight(7 pounds in 2 weeks so far)
CONS: Feeling restless when I am tired and continuous urinating

I just started taking Abilify for over 2 weeks today. I had a hard first 2 days of the side effects.(trouble sleeping,dry mouth, no appetite and also frequent restroom visits) Now I am free of any troublesome or somewhat bothered side effects. Doc put me on 2.5 mg to see how it would effect me. I think I am doing alright and feeling better now than I have in years! I recommend this to anyone who is willing to make a change for themselves and know that a "magic" pill isn't always needed but sometimes recommended! We are all facing a similar journey with this and I feel so much better knowing that that I am not alone! Please feel free to message or email me to just chat or blow off some extra steam! I am prescibed this medicine for manic depression/bipolar/OCD

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futuravsgillsans
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Registered: April 2008
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Sun April 20, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Feeling more stable and 'connected' to the ground, clearer thinking, less delusional and symptoms of psychosis have reduced, weight loss, at a level where I can deal with the problems I have been running away from through psychosis and able to be worked w
CONS: Extreme restlessness, increased anxiety, inability to sit still, sleeplessness, excessive worrying, feeling exhausted but full of anxious energy all the time. The insomnia has been driving me crazy.

I live in Australia and I have been on Abilify for about 3 weeks now, I get it free from my local community mental health center in 5mg doses. I am a Paranoid Schizophrenic with Psychosis, Depression, Anxiety, and Bi Polar. Initially I had extreme restlessness, I didn't sleep for about 2 weeks (week 3 and only now my sleep is stabalising somewhat) I was sweating alot and my body temperature was markedly raised. It peps you up but it's a false sense of having energy because when you try to do something you realize your mind wants to but your body is tired. On a number of occasions I went pale and felt like I was going to pass out. I decided I would stick with it though once the side effects wear off because the stability it gives me is well worth it and better than being isolated and psychotic. My dosage is going to be increased to 10mg soon but I think I will wait another month or so before I consent to it.

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mmripps
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Registered: April 2008
Posts: 1
Tue April 15, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $50.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: descisive,clear,unconstrained thinking
CONS: feeling of being in a fog for first 2 months

after 25 years of attempts and failures of different drugs the last year has been the greatest of my life thanks to abilify i cannot praise it enough

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psychoticms
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Registered: March 2008
Sun March 30, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: a bit more mental stability
CONS: tiredness left me after one day; no side effect yet have been on 15mg for a month

i feel slightly more energetic, my concentration is a little poor but i don't know if that is from the drug. i haven't gained any weight not like the 2 sizes and the milk expression on one month of 5mg Olanzapine. i still have bouts of anxiety but i'm sure that is healthy? i'm exercising more so hoping i will not gain weight and hoping it will also clear up my concentration issues.

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LBear1947
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Registered: March 2008
Location: Oregon
Posts: 5
Fri March 21, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: none
CONS: made me instantly manic

After being manic for a month and doing all sorts of things I shouldn't have including selling my Rav4 I got depressed and stayed there.

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kymmys30
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Registered: January 2008
Posts: 1
Sat March 1, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $30.00| Rating: 0 

 
PROS: ???haven't taken it yet
CONS: ??hopefully none of those posted previously

I was just prescribed this..Now i'm scared from everyone's reviews. I'm already overweight and have kids and a job..can't take any chances - I sleep very hard so maybe this will help me get up earlier and stay up..

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5150kat
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Registered: July 2007
Location: California
Posts: 19
Tue February 19, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: helped a little with anxiety
CONS: drooling, tired but awake, restlessness, irritablility

I was put on this med in an acute Mixed episode while hospitalized. I was STARTED on 30 mg. It made me a total space cadet. Then after I got out I went down to 15mg. It made me drool, have blurry vision, and made me tired and wired at the same time. I didnt notice any effects that were positive. I still felt irritable if not more so. I still couldnt concentrate or focus..... I didnt like it so I stopped taking it on my own. My pdoc was used to me doing this because if I dont like a med I just stop taking it. I am now recieving ECT, and have had dramatic results! Its better than any medication.....

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