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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 Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.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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gevanhee
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Registered: September 2015
Location: Canada
Posts: 8
Fri January 18, 2019 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $300.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Keeps things under control.
CONS: The cost.

Does the trick, but terribly expensive even with insurance. Makes you want to stop taking your meds.

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gevanhee
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Registered: September 2015
Location: Canada
Posts: 8
Fri January 18, 2019 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Helps me sleep.
CONS: None that I’m aware of. 25mg

I’ve tried coming off this medication and my anxiety went up. I settled on a dose of 25mg from 300mg, which seems to be working well. If I miss a dose I can’t sleep.

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WildcatVet
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Registered: September 2017
Location: Rural New York
Posts: 605
Thu October 26, 2017 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Good control/Energizing
CONS: None

Very happy with aripiprazole efficacy and lack of side effects.

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bpforever1
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Registered: August 2017
Location: earth
Posts: 901
Mon August 28, 2017 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $35.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: helped with psychosis and mania
CONS: tardive dyskinesia and akathisia

I have been taking this medication for ten years and without it, I'm psychotic, and with it, I'm able to live independently and work. I just bought the generic version which is 35 dollars for a three-month supply and will see how it goes. The brand Abilify has been a life-saver. I am doing well and the side effects are minor compared to the benefits. My experience has overall been good. I hope it continues to work and help me stay out of the hospital.

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5150DirtDiva
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Registered: April 2017
Location: Milky Way
Posts: 317
Mon May 15, 2017 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: None
CONS: I had hallucinations and it took me alost 2 months to recover from its use

I had an awful experience with Abilify. I was hallucinating, irritable, ugh it was terrible. I was also taking a mood stabilizer and an antidepressant.

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Irisheyes_80
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Registered: February 2017
Location: Maryland
Posts: 14
Thu February 9, 2017 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: None
CONS: Drowsiness, Allergic reaction

I was really excited to start this medication because I had heard nothing but good things about it. I can't really say I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else based on my experience because I didn't get to take it long enough to really say...I took it for 2 days, in those two days it made me really tired almost to the point of lethargic all I could do was lay on my couch. On the third day, I had a severe allergic reaction to the medication, fever, hives/rash, lip and tongue swelling, the palms of my hands and soles of my feet felt like they were on fire. Doctor had to call in steroids to counteract the reaction. Never want to experience that again.

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PatternsInTheIvy
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Registered: June 2016
Location: The Warped Inner-workings of My Own Psyche
Posts: 73
Wed October 26, 2016 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: None
CONS: Induced hallucinations, nausea, worsened dissociation

Nope. Nope, nope, nope. I personally don't tolerate even atypical anti-psychotics. P-doc literally said, "You are not allowed to take anymore anti-psychotics." I was on 2.5mg for two days after taking 5mg to two days, and it caused two weeks of NOPE. It's different for everyone, but for me personally, it was an absolute nightmare. Never again.

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jmariah001
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Registered: July 2008
Location: Geneva, Ohio
Posts: 162
Mon July 25, 2016 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.20| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Gives you energy.
CONS:

I have had a great response to this medicine. No side effects, and it gives me much needed energy. I recommend it to other bipolar patients.

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Guener
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Registered: July 2016
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 5
Mon July 18, 2016 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Great compliment to SSRI
CONS: Side-effects

Works great for me at 2mg combined with Lexapro (escipalotram). Very fast results.

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Harmonizer
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Registered: March 2015
Location: U.S.
Posts: 5
Wed April 27, 2016 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $149.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Tiny, easy to swallow, helps make antidepressants work better.
CONS: The cost is still prohibitive for some folks.

As soon as I started taking it, my antidepressant (Duloxetine) kicked into gear. After 4 days on it, my energy level increased and my appetite decreased. No side effects that I can tell. Was surviving on samples from my NP, but now the cost has decreased somewhat, and I was able to appeal to my pharmacy for a tier level reduction.

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Chris Altman
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Registered: October 2015
Location: Somewhere in this Earth
Posts: 95
Sat October 24, 2015 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: Less side effects than other antipsychotics
CONS: It doesn't work for psychosis

It doesn't work for psychosis.

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Erik456
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Registered: May 2015
Location: LA
Posts: 79
Wed May 20, 2015 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS: it works
CONS: none

I frequently order prescribed medicines by americantrustpills (seriously, this place sucks) without danger. Sadly I use to take lots of it so low expense is pretty important for me.

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imatter2
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Registered: August 2010
Location: California
Posts: 167
Mon March 23, 2015 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $76.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Keeps psychotic symptoms in check; least amount of weight gain of any of the atypical antipsychotics I've tried
CONS: Miss one dose you're probably OK - miss two, all hell breaks loose.

I order mine from CanadaPharmacy, and the brand I get through them is actually sourced from Turkey. It's the only way I can afford it. Abilify saved my life.I recently was sick with pneumonia and forgot to take any of my meds, psych included, for like 5-6 days - the withdrawal effects were severe and my psychosis returned hardcore, I spent about 3 weeks recovering from the suicidal urges that cropped up and was nearly hospitalized... my advice: don't play loose with taking this drug - and DON'T miss more than just one dose!

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FlowerChild67
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Registered: December 2013
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 625
Sun March 8, 2015 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $3.00| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: very little at max dose it only help 3/4 of my symptoms
CONS: a lot of negative at max dose it only help 3/4 of my symptoms, weight gain at max dose

at max dose i gained weight. did not take voices away help with visions

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Fastidious Raptor
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Registered: June 2012
Location: Sonoma County, Ca
Posts: 9
Wed December 3, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: None experienced
CONS: Marked Weight Gain

I had previously taken 5 mg of Abilify. From the first day on 12/23/2013- 01/03/2014 I went from 186 lbs. to 212 lbs. Sounds impossible to me, but that's what all the scales were telling me. Later the same year my doctor had increased the dose to 10 mg. After this change I was extremely depressed, lethargic, moody, and had a raging headache. So I ended up discontinuing the use of this medication. Initially I was hopeful this medication might help, but unfortunately I ended up not being very impressed.

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Jamles
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Registered: June 2011
Location: Upper Midwest
Posts: 32
Fri August 29, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $75.00| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: works
CONS: weight gain,

works good at first, but for me the dosages had to be increased to gain that effect again. was up to 20 mg., weaned myself off it because it made me braindead. take your time going off this drug because it can be very hard. Insomnia. of course talk to your doctor first.

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plantgrl
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Registered: May 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 4
Wed August 6, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: non drowsy, effective
CONS: weight gain, tremors

Helped greatly with my condition but gave me tremors that had to be countered with another medication.

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Baroness4tea
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Registered: May 2014
Location: Telford
Posts: 62
Tue May 20, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $16.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Non drowsy
CONS: Did not seem to help

Did not help depression

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eclipselightning
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Registered: January 2014
Location: Canada
Posts: 52
Wed April 9, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $110.00| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: none
CONS: depression, weight gain, suicidal ideation

Caused more problems than I had to start with. Made my mood even more unstable and almost landed me back at the hospital.

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Jesse S
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Registered: March 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 5
Wed March 12, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: felt better
CONS: arm pain

I was having severe headaches and neck and arm pain. I was diagnosed with herniated disc in my neck. had tried many different treatments including several other muscle relaxers, physical therapy, traction,pain meds etc. was finally sent to neurosurgery but was told surgery wouldnt last. was put baclofen on by pain management and the result are unbelieveable. practically pain free!

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Jesse S
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Registered: March 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 5
Wed March 12, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: felt better
CONS: arm pain

I was having severe headaches and neck and arm pain. I was diagnosed with herniated disc in my neck. had tried many different treatments including several other muscle relaxers, physical therapy, traction,pain meds etc. was finally sent to neurosurgery but was told surgery wouldnt last. was put baclofen on by pain management and the result are unbelieveable. practically pain free!

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Jesse S
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Registered: March 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 5
Wed March 12, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS: felt better
CONS: arm pain

I was having severe headaches and neck and arm pain. I was diagnosed with herniated disc in my neck. had tried many different treatments including several other muscle relaxers, physical therapy, traction,pain meds etc. was finally sent to neurosurgery but was told surgery wouldnt last. was put on baclofen by pain management and the result are unbelieveable. practically pain free!

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forever alone 08
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Registered: December 2013
Location: wv, usa
Posts: 3
Sun February 23, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: helped quickly with manic phase of bipolar at low dose
CONS: to many side effects

I started out on 5mg for bipolar. took 5mg at bedtime for 3 days, cldnt handle side effects. Dr's nurse advised to cute dose in 1/2, I did, took 2.5 mg for additional 3 days, still bad side effects (memory loss, severe irritability, etc), so I stopped it all together. NOT a drug for me.

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Lazylady
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Registered: February 2014
Location: Midwest USA
Posts: 11
Tue February 18, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: none
CONS:

Taken as an add on to antidepressants but experienced no improvement. After I stopped taking it, I experienced tardive akathisia (diagnosed by psychiatrist and neurologist) which has improved but is still a problem after 2 years

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ginaaa22
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Registered: January 2014
Location: Toledo, OH
Posts: 210
Wed January 29, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $25.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: worked well
CONS: weight gain

too much weight gain for the positive aspects of the drug

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wolfclaw
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Registered: January 2014
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 6
Tue January 28, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS:
CONS:

Fine hand tremors & Headaches

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charo224488
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Registered: October 2011
Posts: 89
Thu January 23, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $50.00| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none for me
CONS: horrible episode

I took this drug once, to help with a major depression. It made me psychotic- I hallucinated, felt like I had bugs crawling all over me, and basically had the worst anxiety attack ever with my heart pounding so hard that I could see it. My dr. calls it an 'allergic' reaction- this drug frightens me to no end.

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AnxietyGirl916
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Registered: September 2013
Location: Northern California
Posts: 335
Wed January 22, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $35.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Helped boost anti-depressant and mood stabilizer.
CONS: Drowsiness, Nausea, Cost

There is no generic for this medication and even with insurance I paid $35 for a 30 day supply.

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misskrome
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Registered: January 2014
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Posts: 229
Sun January 19, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: Did exactly what it was supposed to but...
CONS: debilitating side effects

Took it for a year and had no problems. Worked wonders on mood swings and rages. After about a year of taking it, made me terrified to ride in vehicles or drive, amplified anxiety and rate of panic attacks, felt 'amped-up' all the time. Got tired of the rush.

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nel1330
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Registered: November 2013
Location: New York
Posts: 2
Sat November 23, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $25.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Helps anxiety (social)
CONS: Weight Gain

Im Bipolar, and Abilify really helps me not become manic and helps my social anxiety a lot!

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Cyclowolf
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Registered: September 2013
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada U.S.A.
Posts: 23860
Fri September 27, 2013 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: For me none.
CONS: Had so many sideffects, High fever, sweating, nausea & tremor.

Had a very bad allergic reaction. Almost wound up in the ER.

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GlaringofGrimalkins
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Registered: September 2013
Posts: 7
Mon September 23, 2013 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: None
CONS: Useless and spendy

Entirely useless and I'm glad It wasn't my money wasted.

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transientsoul
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Registered: August 2013
Location: CLEVELANDOHIO!!
Posts: 143
Fri August 23, 2013 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: extreme lability of emotions

Doc put me on abilify in addition to Lamictal. I would cry at the drop of a hat like from everything from A-Z and in between. Told doc and she said "Well if you feel that's what's causing it, just go off the abilify" so I did, and it stopped.

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todddonovan
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Registered: July 2013
Posts: 1
Thu July 11, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: suicidal tendencies down
CONS: wicked dreams

It's doing a good job.

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ina8680
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Registered: September 2007
Location: Pell City, AL
Posts: 9
Sun June 23, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: No weight gain, seems to stabilize moods pretty well
CONS: none so far

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Skully
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Registered: February 2010
Location: Northeastern Pennsylvania
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Fri June 14, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $6.25| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: helps to stabilize my mood
CONS: none

This drug works well with my Lamictal.

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Miswimmy1
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Registered: August 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 3784
Thu May 23, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: helps with mood
CONS: fatigue

very pricey but it works

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wadingthruemotions
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Registered: March 2013
Location: Texas
Posts: 595
Sun May 5, 2013 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $20.00| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Assists lower dosage pristiq for anti-depressant.
CONS: Other than the lower dose med addition, no additional effects seen and it makes you gain weight.

For me, this only helped when used with low dose pristiq. Other than that, it makes you gain weight. I would not recommend this.

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shezbut
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Registered: February 2009
Location: Rochester, MN
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Thu May 2, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: increased will to live
CONS: weight gain, shakiness, dampens sexual appetite, decreased energy

While there are several side effects with this medication, especially when taken daily, it gives my anti-depressant a necessary boost! My pDoc did explain that Abilify has an incredibly long lifespan as the side effects grew and intensified. He advised me to take this medication once per week at his prescribed dosage, to lessen the side effects and that has worked very well for me.

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Thu May 2, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $40.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Abilify
CONS: weight gain, sexual dysfunction, memory problems

I take 10mg three times a day. Doses don't last very long as feelings of anxiety and anxiousness start up after four hours of taking the first dose. Have been taking it for three months

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quinnsmommy2011
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Registered: April 2013
Posts: 1
Tue April 23, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $4.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Made my depression MUCH less severe. It took it down about 95%. Haven't had a manic episode since starting it.
CONS: Mildly worsened my OCD and Anxiety.

I started Abilify about a month ago and WOW. It's been a miracle for me. The first few days I had mild nausea in the morning (I originally took them at night) which I'm assuming was because my blood sugar was low. I just drank a Coke and ate some peppermint candy and was good to go! I changed the time of day I took them to the afternoon and I take the med with lunch and have 0 stomach irritation. The first few nights I had a little bit of restless leg and my skin was extremely sensitive. I had to sleep with minimal clothes on. I also had visual disturbances when I'd wake up in the morning or after prolonged periods of having my eyes closed. I figure it's just the medication making my eyes have a hard time to readjusting to light but it goes away within minutes. It's treated my bi polar and depression BEAUTIFULLY. My OCD and anxiety have spiked minimally but no where near unmanageable and it's definitely worth if for how much it's helping my other problems. My depression made it hard to get out of bed and I was always exhausted. Now I have a lot of motivation to do things and am not at all a zombie. My main concern was I'd lose my personality but instead of just a happier, better version of myself. It's also helped me gain weight. I'm 5 foot 4 and was 86 when I started and am now up to 92! I'm hoping my weight will keep going up! I refused help for 6 years (I'm now 21) and I'm kicking myself for it. This drug is amazing. The side effects weren't bad at all and it's helped me out so much. Would definitely recommend.

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learningursula
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Registered: April 2013
Location: virginia
Posts: 25
Sat April 13, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $3.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: works good
CONS: none

works well

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rossiv46
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Registered: December 2012
Location: California
Posts: 119
Thu December 20, 2012 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $20.00| Rating: 1 

 
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CONS: gave really bad Akathisia

I was on this med and couldn't sit still and couldn't sleep because I was just restless. I was miserable.

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Registered: December 2012
Location: California
Posts: 119
Thu December 20, 2012 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $20.00| Rating: 1 

 
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CONS: gave really bad Akathisia

I was on this med and couldn't sit still and couldn't sleep because I was just restless. I was miserable.

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Louiek72
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Registered: March 2012
Location: Fraser Valley
Posts: 4
Tue August 7, 2012 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: It was covered by BC Health Care and it did not give me a sedated feeling
CONS: Weight gain of 25 pounds over 3 months

My husband noticed that my mood became stable but in a negative mode where I was highly irritable all the time. I gained 25 pounds in 3 months and then returned to my previous medication. I have stopped gaining weight. My doctor does not believe that Abilify and weight gain are connected but I can't help but think he is wrong.

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Laura363
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Registered: July 2012
Posts: 4
Fri July 27, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
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I can recommend a reputable pharmacy (Abilify) - 24tabs (seriously, this place sucks - do not buy from them) I received the order and it was on time and the pills work great.

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xanoria
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Registered: July 2012
Location: Sweden
Posts: 1
Sat July 21, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $416.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: moderates delusional symptoms
CONS: restlessness, formication

I take Abilify for my delusional disorder, and it moderates my symptoms very good. But the side effects are so bad, I have to eat prescription drugs to moderate them (I become very, very restless and get formications)

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ghopster
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Registered: January 2012
Posts: 3
Mon January 9, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Boosted me depression medication and put me over the top.
CONS: Cannot handle more than 10mg

In 2001 I found out I had Hep C. The drug for that was called interferon. It caused me to become severly depressed and bipolar. After 7 years and aroud 25 different drugs in different combinations I became somewhat stable with 300mg's of Effexor CR and 200mg's of Lamictal. But my bipolar was bad. My doctor added 5 mg's of Abilify and it changed my life. I felt great again and had no side effects. After about 3 years we had to raise it to 10mg but I feel better than if have in 11 years. Abilify was my mirical drug that gave me my life back.

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mzsweeden
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Registered: December 2011
Posts: 1
Sat December 24, 2011 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: None
CONS: Hallucinations, Insomnia, Memory Loss

I started to hallucinate 3 days into taking this medication, having bipolar disorder does not typically make this happen. I was seeing people and "Zombie" like creatures and couldn't drive alone. I was afraid that my daughter was going to turn into some weird creature and eat me. This medication is no good. I would do something and 5 minutes later I couldnt remember what I had done. Sleep became even worse, as I am already an insomniac I was not sleeping AT ALL, which was probably making the hallucinations and memory loss worse. I would NEVER ever recommend this to anyone! It's been a little over a year since I stopped taking it and am just now starting to feel normal.

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Great Depression
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Registered: November 2011
Posts: 1
Wed November 30, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $102.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: almost instant relief of major depression, within 4 days I could feel effects
CONS: gained 10lbs in 2 weeks, but I'll work on that next

I am diagnosed bipolar II, most I think I have major depressive disorder. I have run the gamet with most bipolar meds and they made me feel even more depressed and very low. I switched to ritalin 10mg, celexa 40mg for about a year and initially the celexa helped a little with the crying all the time. I was very close to the edge and feeling like giving up when my doc came up with adding 2mg Abilify to my current meds. So far, and it has only been about 4 weeks, it has been a MIRACLE drug for me. I have stopped crying, I have regained my focus, I have acquired much more drive and DESIRE to get up and get going. There was a few days went I felt things were going a little quick, but now the drug has settled in and things are pretty much, simply O.K. I started getting a headache, and for me, whenever I am starting a new drug at a low dose, a headache is the first sign I need an increase, so I have gone to 3 mg now and am feeling good. The weight is definitely an issue. I think it is part of desire. I believe Abilify increases your desire, for life, work, school and yes eating. Food tastes better, once you put it in your mouth. Therefore, once you start, it is sometimes very hard to stop. I'll work on that next. I am praying Abilify will be my miracle drug. So far it is, so I will continue to pray. I needed this relief. It has been 5 long years with very serious depression. I feel, light and like my ole self when I was younger and really in the mix of things.

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