19 Sep 2011
I took Abilify for 8 months and gained 40 pounds. I tried several diets, Atkins was the main diet type I always defaulted too. I'm not a doctor or even in the medical field but I can tell you from my own experience, this drug will dramatically change your metabolism, make you extremely lethargic 24/7 and basically numb. You won't laugh, cry, smile, frown you will only exsist without feeling anything. My opinion is this is a horrible drug that should never be prescribed unless there are absolutely no other options. My GP at the time put me on it saying she thought I was Bipolar. She ignored my complaints of being exhausted, some days couldn't even lift my arms up to put on make up, brush hair ect. Turns out I have an Autoimmune Disease. I have since seen a Psyc Doctor who says I'm definatly not Bipolar. I am ADD. What I'm trying to say is be careful, make sure your being treated for something you really have. The weight will come off after discontinuing the drug but be patient it took me 9 months to lose the 40 I gained. I literally just lost it all last month.
Sending you Good thoughts and Happy Days ahead. Take care. -Heather-
19 Aug 2011
Weight gain is a common side effect of Abilify. In studies, the exact percentage of people that gained a significant amount of weight varied from study to study, but most studies consistently showed that people taking Abilify were more likely to gain weight than people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredient).
While a small amount of weight gain is typical during treatment with Abilify, some people can gain very large amounts of weight while taking the drug. This weight gain is thought to increase the risk of diabetes or other health problems. Therefore, if you are noticing a rapid or large increase in weight while taking Abilify, please seek medical attention from the doc who prescribed the med.
Take care, be well, please.
20 Aug 2011
I have gained 30lbs as well on it and still on the drug as well. I can not do any exercise do to a bad back. I just put my self on a slim fast diet due to this drug. I will let you know if it helps in 3 weeks will be 1 month if I lose any weight, if not I am gonna have to go off Abilify even though it has helped me so. My sugar level has also gone up due to this drug cause Abilify contains sugar. Diebetes is in my family and if this continues I will stop it. I do not have diebetes yet. Do to the sugar in this drug this is why we have these side effects.
- Abilify Information for Consumers
- Abilify Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Abilify (detailed)
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