ABILIFY Ressources

Application Information

This drug has been submitted to the FDA under the reference 021436/001.

Names and composition

"ABILIFY" is the commercial name of a drug composed of ARIPIPRAZOLE.
It belongs to the class Atypical antipsychotics and is used in Psychosis, mania (Central Nervous System)

Answered questions

On Abilify..........?????
i have been on it for a week, im taking it by itself for severe GAD, and so far im just shaky and tired, do you know how well it will work for my anxiety? and i know it can work different for everyone, but how well does it usually work? Asked by Margarete Cutwright 4 months ago.

Abilify is not "generally" used for generalized anxiety disorder. There are no published trials (nor unpublished that I know of) that show efficacy of abilify in GAD. We have no proof that it works, but conversely, no proof that it doesnt work in GAD. Abilify has been approved for use in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and adjunctive use in major depression. Nothing on the anxiety spectrum at this time. It certainly may help with associated agitation or mood swings. If you are using this it means that the standard treatments have failed. Abilify, if the dose is increased too quickly, can lead to worsened anxiety or what we call akathesia, which is sort of an internal restlessness- a feeling that you have to move around. So, if not dosed carefully, it may make things worse. It certainly may work as it does help to increase serotonin which is thought to be helpful with anxiety. Also, it may work well for you if your GAD is severe enough to disrupt your connection with reality (which would likely mean that more than GAD is going on). The bottom line is that since we do not have large trials in GAD that we can apply to the general population, it is very difficult to predict whether it will work for you. Answered by Aleen Alma 4 months ago.

I've been taking Abilify for quite some time, maybe 6 months or so, it's been my miracle medication. I also tried Celexa, Prozac, and Lithium so I have discovered what actually works and what doesn't. In MY CASE, my anxiety levels have gone down. I still can't look people in the eye, but I can have a conversation. I still fidget when people talk to me, but I get through the conversation. I still have the occasional panic attack, but they are 10x easier to handle and 10x less common. Answered by Meta Keebler 4 months ago.

Abilify is a partal agonist on the D2 Dopamine receptor. It is also an agonist on the 5HT, seritonin receptor. The anxiety medicine Buspar has a similar mechanism of action. Abilify is not indicated for GAD but it makes pharmalogical logic that it should work to help control GAD. Answered by Zada Deffenbaugh 4 months ago.

Like you said everyone is different, it really hasn't done much for my anxiety. So I recently had my dosage uped. I still am experiencing the shaking and having to move a lot and I've been on it for over 6 months. But I've talked to other people who have had that go away within a few weeks. Just give it a big more time to see if it will do anything to help you. Answered by Deja Kraatz 4 months ago.


How was your luck with abilify?
Did it cause you to be tired all the time and was there weight gain? Thanks. Asked by Brendan Scaggs 4 months ago.

Originally, Abilify did make me quite tired. i was put on Provigil to counter this side effect. Provigil is usually used for borderline narcolepsy, which the use of Abilify was leaning towards. There was some weight gain. Abilify does raise you blood sugar quite a bit - due to other factors involved, such as having my gallbladder removed and family tendency... anyhow, after being on Abilify for about five years, i developed diabetes. Again, not a 100%, however the risk level is increased. Also, i have developed tardive dyskinesia - my neck muscles jerk, which makes my head bounce around as if i'm having a seizure only involving my head. Usually this only presents itself at night before i fall asleep, but i have also had 'episodes' lasting upwards of 30 minutes at random times during the day. This does not occur too often, but when it does... not fun at all. Not to mention i have stopped taking my anti psychotic medication about two years ago, and still undergo these 'episodes.' The reason for leaving my anti psychotic medications was that the side effects were nowhere worth what little help they offered. Keep an eye out, and be careful, but best of luck. Answered by Ashlyn Gell 4 months ago.

Abilify does not cause me to be tired all the time and Abilify has been weight neutral for me. But every person is different. If Abilify is making you tired, I would assume the best time to take it would be in the evening or before bed. (with doc's approval). Medicine affects everyone differently and there is a chance of sedation and weight gain with Abilify but the risks are lower than with other drugs in it's class. If you are having these problems I would speak with the doctor and see what can be done to reduce these problems. Timing and adjustment of the dosage could help with the tiredness. Abilify may be increasing your appetite which may be leading you to eat more, thereby leading to weight gain. If you can control the increased appetite (and I know it's hard), you may be able to curb the weight gain. Also following a good diet and exercise routine is another option that's always a defense against weight gain. I hope I've been able to help but your best bet is to speak to the doctor to find of ways to help yourself reduce the tiredness and finding ways to reduce weight gain. I wish you best of luck... Answered by Isis Harsey 4 months ago.

The only side effect I've seen with Abilify is dizziness, if anything it causes me to be more awake. It's like I've discovered a whole new world! There's no weight gain or loss for me. Answered by Sam Sport 4 months ago.

Keep in mind that the side effects are not the same for everyone. 17% of people have weight gain which means that 83% do not. Unfortunately I did have weight gain which is why I stopped taking it. I also had some trouble sleeping and had very strange dreams. That said, I really liked it, it gave me a cllarity that I've not had in awhile but I did stop taking it because of the weight. Answered by Karma Horace 4 months ago.

I've been on Abilify for about 4 months and it hashelped tremendously. I didn't have any problem with tiredness because I was already on other meds. to counteract sleepiness. I have had about a 10 lb. weight gain but I have been able to start loosing it, so I wouldn't worry about it. I hope it helps you as much as it has me. Answered by Janet Boote 4 months ago.

I have had no side effects I'm aware of but I felt very nervous. Answered by Margaretta Brignolo 4 months ago.


Has anyone tried abilify?
If so, what type of antidepressant are you taking with the abilify? Did the abilify make a noticeable difference? Any side effects? Weight gain or weight loss? Any sexual problems? Asked by William Valverde 4 months ago.

I took Abilify for a while, and I found it helpful. I didn't take it for Major Depression, so I wasn't taking an antidepressant along with it - I was taking Lamictal. I had akathisia at a 5 mg. I was able to take 2 mg without akathisia and still experiencing benefits. I'm a medication light-weight though, and I was using birth control pills which effects how much Abilify ends up in your system. It's supposed to be weight-neutral, but it did seem to have an effect on my metabolism. I gained five pounds without eating more or exercising less. It came off within a few weeks of discontinuation, so I'm thinking that the weight gain was Abilify-related. Again, it was just five pounds. My appetite didn't increase. No sex problems! I had carbohydrate cravings, but I didn't not succumb to them. The cravings went away after a month or so. My circadian rhythm sort of shifted. It was bizarre. I started waking up early, which is uncharacteristic of me. I felt like I had a nasty cold for two weeks. My body felt like it was going back and forth between feverish and freezing. It went away after two weeks. Hm...nothing else that I can think of. Overall, I didn't have too many problems with Abilify and would start it again if I had to. Answered by Marybeth Santrmire 4 months ago.

You can try it, but I don't like to use medication. You might go to the doctor if you can and get their professional opinion. I have been depressed before twice. I got through it both time without medication. I did it once with counseling like you were going too then couldn't do it anymore because I graduated college (it was free for college students at my institution) and the second time I just did it on my own. I made myself take a walk everyday, cleaned the house to keep my mind off of suicide and depressing thoughts, went out with my mother in law to not be alone, and wrote a journal on a word document. I was writing in it everyday for a while and now it is less frequent. Just when I really really need it. I would sometimes cry, but I felt better afterwards. Everyone says that talking about it helps and whether that is with someone else, your pet, or with yourself on paper I think it will help. I know this all sounds girly and that is probably because I am a girl, but these aren't things that guys can't do too. Take these suggestions if you want and just remember to eat and drink liquids. That is my problem and then I get physically sick. My cousin used cigarettes instead of marijuana and it seemed to help him. Answered by Estela Adelgren 4 months ago.

I've tried Abilify as an add-on to Celexa to help with depression. Unfortunately, I was not able to continue taking it because of pretty bad akathisia. I felt super restless/anxious, like I had to move all the time. Ugh...was a very unpleasant sensation! But that was just my reaction to Abilify, everybody responds differently to medications. Good luck! Answered by Tiffiny Nasers 4 months ago.

Abilify is not an antipressant. It is more an anti-manic medication, although doctors may use it for either depressive or manic episode stabilization for those with bipolar. Common side effects include akathisia, headache, unusual tiredness or weakness, nausea, vomiting, an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach, constipation, light-headedness, trouble sleeping, restlessness, sleepiness, shaking, and blurred vision. Answered by Madeline Pleasure 4 months ago.

Weight gain. Answered by Rhona Brault 4 months ago.


Which is the more effective mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder, lamictal or abilify?
I'm looking for experienced feedback please. I'm capable of reading the mfgr and pdr recommendations for both medications and, due to my academic background, am fully aware of how the two medications are different from a very detailed neurological basis. Asked by Angelique Cudmore 4 months ago.

I've been switched to abilify because depakote was elevating my ALT serum levels and causing weight gain. However, abilify appears to have some nasty side effects such as ongoing nagging head ache and shortness of breath (I never feel like I can get a full breath). I've been on Lamical in the past but can't remember how effective ti was. I understand that this question is contextual to the person taking the medication but I'm looking for feedback from other people experienced with both. Answered by Harry Hougen 4 months ago.

Well Abilify and Lamictal are completely different. The Abilify is an atypical antipsychotic Lamictal is an anticonvulsant. Lamictal has really become the standard of care for Bipolar II. Lamictal often helps people who have fewer and less severe manic episodes but are more depressed. Abilify does have antidepressants properties but it is sedating, often causes weight gain, and increases risk of diabetes. Abilify acts on a huge number of neurotransmitters (drugs acting on many neurotransmitters are called "dirty drugs"). Often people with Bipolar II (not sure what you have) can be fine taking an anticonvulsant class mood stabilizer. Some will take an antidepressant but always with a mood stabilizer- never alone. And drugs like Abilify are often used at lower doses or a drug like Klonopin/Rivotril (clonazepam) is used for any anxiety, agitation, and insomnia. Bipolar I has Depakote and Lithium and the first line drugs. Depakote is better for people with less depression and more mania. The same applies to Lithium but often Lithium can help depression and is prescribed with antidepressants for people who have a major depressive disorder- not Bipolar. Lamictal is also occasionally used for people who only have depression. I would try using anticonvulsants first. Lamictal is very good- minor sedation can happen and there is a rare side effect called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome which is a potentially life threatening rash but it is rare and as you have taken Lamictal before the risk is lower. I have taken both drugs for depression- and as I said they are both used for depression. Abilify did not help, I slept all of the time, gained a large amount of weight and felt terrible. Lamictal was a godsend. I did not respond to any type of antidepressant but a doctor just took a shot in the dark and gave me lamictal and much of my depression was gone. I think (especially if you are 24 or younger) Abilify has much more risk because it is not as studied and used as much as lamictal has. And due to its major effects in the brain I would avoid it if you can. I think it can be a good drug but there are a lot more "unknowns" about it. And there are always other anticonvulsant mood stabilizers like Tegretol (Carbamazepine), Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine), and Topamax (Topiramate). Tegretol in particular has a lot of science showing how well it works. Update: I am sorry it if sounded condescending. I explain what drugs are and do all of the time. And most people know little to nothing about medications- and I did not have any idea you have academic experience. I have met about 12 people who thought Ibuprofen and codeine were the same thing. So typically drug talk needs to be explained for the average person. For Bipolar I personally think that it may be good to use drugs to counteract side effects. Topamax is commonly used to counter act weight gain. Although I am not bipolar I have taken almost every medication in that spectrum- Depakote, Lithium, you name it. But as I have said if you are bipolar II that changes treatment and if the depression in worse or mania is worse or if you rapid cycle it all makes a difference. Lamictal has little risk so why not try it. It oddly helped me with no problems and that is a common reaction. I am sure you know the trial and error period can take time. And Lamictal works well for more types of bipolar and works for more symptoms. Mood stabilizers that are in the anticonvulsant range are almost always a better option. I had major side effects with Abilify but had very few with Topamax, Lamictal, or Trileptal. I too gained weight on depakote and I did not respond to the drug- all I did was sleep. From my personal and professional experience anticonvulsants (and Lithium) are the best drugs. But I would do the Abilify first if mania is the bigger problem- especially break through mania. And people take both drugs all of the time. And if I were you I would really consider Tegretol if you have not taken it. It has fewer side effects (but there are some rare major problems) than Depakote and it has been shown in small studies to work as well as either Lithium or Depakote. Honestly just play in safe. Try the Lamictal as a first step. That is typically how things are done. If it helps a little then perhaps some Abilify would be really great. Sorry again for all of the technical stuff. Half of the people on Yahoo answers are 15 or younger. Good luck Answered by Elijah Skorepa 4 months ago.

Hi there, I'm currently taking both medications. The lamictal is a great mood stabilizer-for me with no side effects-the abilify is to control some break through mania that occasionally pops up. I do have some side effects from the abilify-headache and weight gain. Compared with the anger and anxiety I get from a manic attack I guess it's worth it. Answered by Jessia Kinkade 4 months ago.

I got the shortness of breath with abilify, and a couple or a few days later, started to get a rash, so my doctor and I decided I was allergic, so I stopped it. The lamictal did nothing for me. I took it about a year and a half. But then, no drugs do anything for me, so there you go. But I didn't get a ton of side effects, I think just a headache. I don't think the abilify gave me a headache - I think it's the lamictal, but maybe I don't remember, either. Answered by Maragret Martis 4 months ago.

I think that Mathieu has the best answer, but I just wanted to throw in my personal experience. I have taken both, I did not like what the research was starting to show as far as long"er" term effects on the brain and kidneys with Abilify. Lamictal seemed to mess with my sleep schedule and eating habits (I went from 105 to 122 lbs in 2 1/2 weeks!) so the negative outweighed the positive for me. I am currently on lithium and have been for about 2 years now. I like that there is research that spans the lifetime of the patients so I know as long as I drink enough water this wont be killing me in 20 years. I also like that the half life is longer than the other two, so that if I miss a dose Im not thrown on an emotional rollercoaster. The research Ive done (though not nearly as detailed as yours) seems to show me that it is the safer & more effective drug to take. IDK if that helps any, but thought I would throw my two cents in...Thanks :) Answered by Doug Derosie 4 months ago.

Lamictal Bipolar Answered by Blair Libutti 4 months ago.

i've never taken abilify (have taken risperidone, haldol and zyprexa short term) and have been on lamictal long term. given the nasty side effects of abilify and the other atypical antipsychotics that you're aware of, i would suggest seeing if lamictal is more helpful to you. in the end, lamictal just didn't control my mood swings very well (especially the lows) but everyone reacts differently to medication. i had no side effects from lamictal and just had to watch out for the rash (since you've taken it before, you probably remember the slow titration periods). Answered by Jamey Kampen 4 months ago.

Abilify, Lamictal, Klonopin worked best for me. I've been using that combo for the past 7 years. Never had a bad manic episode and my depression is good. Never had to be hospitalized for mental health issues. Since I've been taking my meds life couldn't be better for me. Before life was such a struggle and then I had a major manic episode that lasted about 6 months until I got help and began receiving medication. Good luck to you all! Answered by Tora Bearfield 4 months ago.

I have been suffering from post partum depression for the past one year when I gave birth to a baby boy. I couldn't stop thinking about how my husband loves him more than me and how things might be better if he wasn't born at all. Thus, I stayed away from him because I knew that I might do something I will regret for the rest of my life. Almost instantly I went to a therapist and convince them that I need help. Among other things, I've tried herbal supplements and other book to treat depression but nothing works like the Depression Free Method. So now I'm proud to say I'm one of the happiest mother in the world. My husband loves us both very much and I thank the Lord for the blessing he gave us. Depression Free Method? Answered by Randy Soucek 4 months ago.

Obviously you are a very intelligent person and have done your research. It may help you to know that there are anti-depressants that don't cause weight gain. Those that do cause an increase in appetite work well, but in the past we didn't have a choice But there are now anti-depressants that don't increase your appetite. As you know no one can recommend the right one for you but, I take Wellbutrin XL after gaining 60 pounds on another anti-depressant. You may want to discuss with your psychiatrist the different anti-depressants that don't increase your appetite. I wish you well. As you know we have to be persistent and sometimes research medications that we may want to try. The problem with antidepressants is that one will work for others, but may not work for you. It would be wrong to give you advise as to which one works better as each individual responds differently to the medications. If after 4 weeks you don't notice a difference it is time to try another. Lithium is one of the first mood stabilizers and has risks as there is a fine line between your safe dosage and an overdose. It also causes long term affects even after stopping the Lithium. You are better off with one of the anti-convulsant mood stabilizers which stop the manic phase such as Seroquel and Depakote. Many who suffer with Bi-Polar also have a co-existing biological anxiety disorder. With this you would want a ant-anxiety medication. Anti-anxiety medications begin working immediately which is a great help. There are a few anti-depressants which also contain an anti-anxiety agent but if the anxiety is severe they really don't help. Good Luck to you! Answered by Winona Shuey 4 months ago.


Abilify question!?
I have only been taking Abilify for a few weeks (I switched from seroquel, which made me gain weight.) and I have two questions. First, how do you suggest that I combat this restless urge to move all the time (which I'm experiencing as a side-effect of abilify) and is Abilify stronger than seroquel? I ask this... Asked by Carri Ahmann 4 months ago.

I have only been taking Abilify for a few weeks (I switched from seroquel, which made me gain weight.) and I have two questions. First, how do you suggest that I combat this restless urge to move all the time (which I'm experiencing as a side-effect of abilify) and is Abilify stronger than seroquel? I ask this because my doctor took me off of 100 mg seroquel and put me on only 10 mg of abilify. Are those amounts comparable to one another? Answered by Kiesha Knauff 4 months ago.

The restless urge to move happens to many people who take abilify. Talk to your doctor about this side effect. He/she will either lower the dose, change the medication, or give you a medication to counteract this restlessness. Seroquel is the weakest of all atypicals and is a weight gainer. Abilify is not a weight gainer. I believe you are on a higher dose of abilify than you were on seroquel. Abilify is highly effective. Talk to your doctor anyway about your present condition. Don't worry. Something can be done to alleviate this restless problem. Answered by Autumn Trulson 4 months ago.

These are 2 different classes of medications that treat similar symptoms (kind of like aspirin and tylenol), and illnesses. The dosing is different as these drugs are different. These types of medications all cause some measure of weight gain. It is important to remember, however, that these side effects are those that were reported by the patients in the clinical trials, so your experience may be different. This urge to move constantly is something that you should discuss with your doctor. Answered by Parthenia Lovet 4 months ago.

in case you weren't suicidal formerly taking off the drug and provided that taking off the drug you're suicidal now i'd quit taking the drug and talk on your prescribing wellbeing care professional ASAP. i don't understand the numbers yet seem up the numbers for the hotlines so that you do not do something drastic. If worst is composed of worst, pass to the ER. yet like I reported, if this is drug brought about, i'd at present quit the drug and tell your wellbeing care professional. best of success, Andy. Answered by Damien Schnitz 4 months ago.

My grandson is on ability and it caused him the same problem .So the Dr also put him on another med to keep him from not being so restless.I would tell you the name of it but I don't remember. Now hes on two meds Answered by Jeremiah Termini 4 months ago.

Best asked of the pharmacist -- remember different drugs will go to work in different ways. Answered by Micki Frutchey 4 months ago.

ask your Dr. about a tranquilizer/ muscle relaxer like artane or benedril. Answered by Leesa Dooney 4 months ago.


Is sleeping a side effect of abilify?
i just started my abilify 10mg today. i took it abt two hrs b4 i went to wrk. well abt two hrs into my wrk day i started getting extremley sleepy && had to leave wrk. i came home and slept all day!! is this a side effect of abilify?? Asked by Emmy Montufar 4 months ago.

Abilify is not for use in psychotic conditions that are related to dementia. Abilify has caused fatal heart attack and stroke in older adults with dementia-related conditions. Stop using Abilify and call your doctor at once if you have the following symptoms: fever with stiff muscles and rapid heart rate; uncontrolled muscle movements; symptoms that come on suddenly such as numbness or weakness, severe headache, and problems with vision, speech, or balance. Abilify can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of Abilify. Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by Abilify. Tell your doctor if you regularly use any of these medicines. Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially in hot weather and during exercise. It is easier to become dangerously overheated and dehydrated while you are taking Abilify Answered by Ruthann Zachariades 4 months ago.

Yes. I have been in the same situation. Its likely due to a overdose on the Abilify. Contact your dr about this asap. Abilify is known to do this often in bipolar people. Does Abilify Cause Insomnia? For people with bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression), depression, or schizophrenia who are taking Abilify® (aripiprazole), insomnia appears to be a common side effect. In clinical studies conducted before Abilify was approved, up to 19 percent of people reported insomnia as one of Abilify's side effects. What Is Insomnia? People with insomnia have one or more of the following insomnia symptoms: Difficulty falling asleep Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep Waking up too early in the morning Non-refreshing sleep. Answered by Janyce Atcher 4 months ago.

Common side effects: Akathisia, headache, unusual tiredness or weakness, nausea, vomiting, an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach, constipation, weight gain, light-headedness, trouble sleeping, restlessness, sleepiness, shaking, and blurred vision. So yes, sleepiness is a side effect. Usually they will go away after a few weeks/months of taking them so give your body time to adjust. If excessive sleepiness persists then maybe ask your doctor to lessen your dosage or try a different medication. Answered by Jesenia Luzuriaga 4 months ago.


Abilify and pregnancy?
What kind of negative effects can abilify have during pregnancy? I plan on becoming pregnant sometime in the next few months, and just got put on abilify for a depressive disorder. is it going to be safe, or am i going to be depressed through my pregnancy? Asked by Lissette Adamczyk 4 months ago.

Is Abilify Safe During Pregnancy? Abilify (aripiprazole) may not be safe for women who are pregnant. In previous animal studies that looked at the effects of Abilify during pregnancy, Abilify increased the chances of miscarriage and birth defects. If you are taking Abilify and pregnancy occurs (or you are thinking of becoming pregnant), let your health-care provider know. He or she will consider both the benefits and risks of Abilify during pregnancy before making a recommendation for your particular situation. You would best talk with the doctors - as they should be a little more up on the research. The issue is that there may be some risks with taking any medication during pregnancy - but there are also known risks of being psychotic during pregnancy - psychosis causes a great deal of stress for the person - and stress is well known to be very bad for pregnant women and their babies - so the medication may be the lesser of two risks. Are you planing toget pregnant?Talk to your doctor! Check also the "Abilify website" for your own Information. Answered by Lupita Hachette 4 months ago.

i wouldn't take it . i was on prozac when i conceived my youngest. my doctor wanted me to stay on it...i stopped immediately. don't mess with mother nature. just think of how depressed you'll be if you have a messed up baby. maybe you should re-think your pregnancy plans...sounds like you're more worried about youself than a possible baby. discuss this with your doctor. Answered by Karena Marotti 4 months ago.


What are the chances of abilify having a side effect of weight gain?
im on 3 types of meds abilify, lamitcal, and ambien in the past 2 months they have increased my dosage of abilify and i think thats whats causing my weight gain Asked by Geraldo Cruson 4 months ago.

abilify is not an antidepressant, it is an antipsychotic, and of the 3 things you list, it is by far the most likely to cause weight gain. sleep meds only help for a week or two. Then you get tolerance, and only THINK they are helping. Go to a sleep disorders website and see - these pills are NOT recommended. Google "sleep hygeine" and learn to sleep better on your own. based on your meds, you must have bipolar - make sure you keep your lights in the house dim that last hour before bed & don't use the computer screen or TV during that time - the blue light wakes you up. Abilify is an antipsychotic - they are risky pills, and I have read that bipolar experts think they are being overprescribed in bipolar & shouldn't be used as maintenance meds unless absolutely necessary. (but are appropriate for crisis stabilization and also if nothing else works). These drugs cause severe weight gain, insulin resistance/diabetes, heart attack risk increases at least double, you can get tardive dyskenesia, and neuroleptic malignant syndrome. In addition, abilify in particular hasn't been out that long, so you are making yourself a guinea pig. So think hard if you want to tak this med, or any other antipsychotic - google antipsychotics and heart attack risk, for example. Atypical antipsychotics are currently BY FAR the most profitable drugs for drug companies right now, and you have to ask yourself how that can be when so few people meet the criteria to take these meds - it's because they are being over prescribed!! I personally have taken antipsychotics and if they had helped my bipolar, I would have continued, so I'm not against them. But know that you increase your risk of death from health problems besides the bipolar (but of course, bipolar is risky to not treat effectively, and can get progressively worse as you age if not managed). Keep a mood chart to see if the drug helps you , to help decide if it is worth taking. If you take antipsychotics, your doc is supposed to give you an EKG to look for "elongated QT interval" which is a heartbeat disturbance. All antipsychotics cause weight gain, and zyprexa is the worst one for that. consider adding adderall (generic is called amphetamine salts) to your drug regimen if you need to stay on abilify. It will decrease appetite, and you will probably take off a few pounds to boot. It does seem to increase agitation, though, at least for me. topamax is another add on people try, and I dunno if they are still giving out metformin (diabetes drug) as another option. You could try low dose lithium as an add on to the lamictal, or a lower dose of lamictal with depakote (the two CAN be combined,but they interact, so you need to lower dosage). Those drugs are way safer than abilify. depakote will cause weight gain too,tho. Answered by Dalia Penasa 4 months ago.

I'm on Abilify 10 mg. It has helped my tiredness/exhaustion. The side effects I have experienced have been restless leg syndrome (infrequent) and once I got acutely short of breath (ok now) I also have an increased appetite. I think these are due to Abilify. I am also on Wellbuterin, Luvox and Klonopin Answered by Eddie Draggett 4 months ago.

It is a very good chance. 80% of antidepressants cause weight gain. If you feel you need to take them then you must deal with the side effects. Answered by Hong Hartin 4 months ago.


Does anyone have any experience with the drug "Abilify?"?
I'm considering to add Abilify to the antidepressant I'm already taking called, zoloft. Does anyone have any pros or cons to share about "abilify?" Asked by Kathern Ancalade 4 months ago.

Abilify (Aripiprazole) is a comparatively new drug and it was recently approved by the FDA for use as an adjacent medication when an antidepressant (Zoloft in your case) alone does not provide relief. Many people have added Abilify to their antidepressant and they have gotten better. It is a unique drug in its class (it is an atypical antipsychotic) in that its method of action is very unique. However despite some of the positive effects Abilify can provide it also as very significant risks which has caused Abilify and other atypical antipsychotics to become loved by some and hated by others. Abilify and drugs like it have had many significant metabolic side effects (weight gain, changes in blood sugar), tardive dyskinesia (a disorder where people have uncontrollable movements and this might not stop once the drug is stopped), it can cause hypersomnia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, metabolic syndrome, and several other serious side effects. For the most part they are rare but it is still a risk. I think Abilify is a very good drug for psychosis and some types of bipolar but it has the best side effect profile of just about any drug in its class yet it still has many very serious and possibly irreversible side effects. It is not particularly well tested because it is so new and its long term effects are largely only theory. And if you are 24 or younger there are growing concerns that Abilify can change brain development (which goes on until about 24) and Abilify typically does not get the same levels of positive results in teens and people in their early 20's as it does with adults. That is all of my scientific opinion. My personal opinion after having taking it for depression I have nothing good to say. I gained more than 30 lbs, I slept an adverage of 16-20 hrs/day and I became very numb. Eventually the treatment was discontinued. That is my personal experence but really the fact that it has so many risks and unknowns does not make me think highly of it. You can always change from Zoloft to another drug or add another antidepressant to Zoloft, even adding a modest dose of Ritalin or Adderall can be highly benificial if normal treatments fail. But talk it over with your doctor and at least ask her to give you some different options. But don't get me wrong, Abilify has helped a lot of people and you might do well on it. I really think other drugs should be tried first because every other class of psychiatric medication is better tested and better understood. Answered by Carmina Moneyhun 4 months ago.

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well, for starters there are really no pros and cons with abilify, they are just side-effects that can either be positive or negative, depending on your outlook on life. the three most important side effects are tentacle growth, horn appearance, and the formation of excess appendages. although considering that you have to take an anti-depresssant those are probably cons to you. stick with zoloft. oh yeah, and my doctoral experience says that depression is not a medical condition, just whiners trying to get attention. abilify is good because it actually gives you something to be depressed about. Answered by Lavonia Griest 4 months ago.

Pros: Depression subsided, suicidal thoughts disappeared, anxiety levels and panic attacks came down, it seems like the world was a whole new place, everything seems brighter, recovered from cutting, recovered from an eating disorder Cons: Dizzines Answered by Tenisha Waz 4 months ago.

yes, be very careful with this drug especially when taking other anti-depressants or duel neurotransmitters reuptakers with this drug; Answered by Rosann Jozwick 4 months ago.


Will taking abilify alone help with depression and anxiety?
I was advised to just used Abilify 5mg. In addition, I use 1 mg of alprazolam and 10mg of zolpidem as well. Any real medication experience would tremendously help. Asked by Kacie Keltz 4 months ago.

Abilify/aripiprazole is an antipsychotic not an antidepressant however it can assist antidepressants in curing depression. It is less likely than other antipsychotics to give side effects such as sedation. The level you are on is low. Alprazolam/xanax is an anti anxiety drug with sedative properties. Zolpidem is a drug for insomnia. I'm not sue that these 2 drugs will be good for someone with depression to be honest as all sedatives have a depressing aspect to them. I'm on 15mg of Abilify and 7.5mg of zolpidem and have had 5 and 10mg of valium at times with them (and I also have an antidepressants on top). My antidepressant is an old tricyclic one, amitriptyline which is also very sedating and when we added the Abilify the depression lifted a whole stage further which was a great result! Only after that effect did my psychiatrist find a research paper that stated Abilify can help antidepressants work better. I'm concerned that you are not taking any antidepressants if you're depressed. The Abilify is a low does as well but maybe they plan to increase it? We're all so different and react differently so just try and see and if not then try something else, it took me years trying things to reach my current cocktail. Answered by Augusta Derendal 4 months ago.

Abilify For Depression Answered by Verdie Krohn 4 months ago.

I believe you should try the Abilify. I was started on 2mg, and now I take 5mg. The 5mg has made all the difference for me. I have had one side effect from Abilify and that is restlessness (constant urge to move) which is kind of good for me as I always would just lie in my bed. Yes, Abilify has a lot of potential side effects and it's not guaranteed you'll never get them, but the chances are low. And for me, I was willing to try anything to get better because I was so sick of being sick. Answered by Barbera Student 4 months ago.

No, Abilify is an atypical anti-psychotic, not an anti-depressant. Usually, it is used to treat bipolar 1 disorder or schizophrenia. However, it can be used in junction with an anti-depressant to amplify the anti-depressant's effects. Xanax is a benzodiazepine, which is used to treat anxiety. Zolpidem (Ambien) is used to treat insomnia. So, right now, you are not prescribed anything that would treat your depression. I would talk to your psychiatrist immediately about implementing an anti-depressant, preferably an SSRI or a mild stimulant (such as Wellbutrin), and possibly eliminating the Abilify for now. Best of luck! Answered by Dannie Demma 4 months ago.

no, abilify is meant to be used along with other antidepressants. Answered by Fran Grannis 4 months ago.


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