User Reviews for Abilify

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Abilify Review Summary

6.2/10 Average Rating

189 Ratings with 134 User Reviews

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Reviews for Abilify to treat Bipolar Disorder

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"Within 1 hr of taking - starting shaking uncontrollably, threw up and couldn't sleep"

   
1.0

tmoscoe (taken for less than 1 month) May 23, 2015

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"Since Abilify was added to my bipolar cocktail, I have had only minor manic episodes. I have been on it now for 4-5 years. I would highly recommend it to anyone! Thanks for giving my a much more stable life Abilify!"

   
10

ChrisGH May 19, 2015

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"I've been taking Abilify 30mg per day for 8 years. I have not had a major episode since and no hospitalization. Great for maintenance of mania and rapid cycling."

   
10

chrisbce (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 30, 2015

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"After five months in 11-12 year old male, no noticeable side effects and works very well at reducing mania. (7.5mg)"

   
10

SMSSKS (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 13, 2015

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"I am 40. I was diagnosed bipolar 15 years ago. My mania manifests itself as aggression/rage. My rage has been a problem since I was young. My violent outbursts consisted of me punching myself, bashing my head against walls and other horrifically embarrassing and dangerous actions. I was extremely verbally abusive to anyone unfortunate enough to be near me during my rages. I have been on many meds throughout my life. Every benzo. Mellaril. Thorazine. Every SSRI. Depakote. Lithium. NOTHING curbed my rage. In fact - SSRI meds INTENSIFIED my rage. 10 years ago, my psychiatrist put me on 20mg of Abilify. Within 4 days - I felt like I could finally breathe. My rage literally disappeared. But I don't feel "zombie-ish" like with other meds."

   
9.0

Loco Miguelito (taken for 10 years or more) April 11, 2015

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"Love it!"

   
8.0

Stunnerxxx (taken for less than 1 month) April 7, 2015

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"I have bipolar 1 and started this medication to help with breakthrough symptoms while on a mood stabilizer. Within the first few hours I knew this wasn't the right medication for me. I was so anxious inside, I felt as if my blood was crawling around beneath my skin. After two days of taking it I knew that if I stayed on it, I would be at risk of suicide to stop that horrible feeling. Taking it made me stay awake for two days, fretting with anxiety. I spoke to my doctor the first chance I got and she immediately took me off of it. I'm on other medications now and very stable for years."

   
1.0

BAEEEEEEE (taken for less than 1 month) March 30, 2015

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"I'm on Abilify in conjunction with Lamictal. In ten years this combination is the only one that has worked. While it took some tweaking it is well worth it. Two side effects, constipation and eye rolling."

   
9.0

kyloo (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 17, 2015

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"Abilify changed my life. There is hope. I was on Zoloft and Clonidine when I first started Abilify at the age of 15.. Zoloft for depression and Clondine to manage my complete rage. My moods were out of control. I was depressed and hopeless one second and then mean, irrational, and full of rage the next. My Dr. prescribed me 2mg of Abilify and from that point on I feel like I have been cured though I know I'm not.. Bi-polar disorder is a constant battle. I know Abilify works for me because I have tried to get off it and lost complete control over my emotions. Went back on it and I was golden again. I am on 5mg 2x daily. I am now 21 and better than I have ever been in the past. Only side effect is I like to eat a lot."

   
10

crjuarez March 14, 2015

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"Day one: TERRIBLE! Very tired, had to stay home from work Day two: Getting better. Very tired in morning but the day improved Day three: Wonderful! I am not sure what "normal" is, but if this is it, I am in heaven. Awake, focused, appropriate amount of energy, easy going mood, less irritable and lower anxiety (could be the xanax on the last one). I am just beginning the medication but typically meds have a quick affect on me and stick. I have not noticed any unusual appetite increases but I am certainly going to keep an eye on it because I noticed a large percentage experiences weight gain. As my fiance says- mental health is more important than gaining a few pounds anyway."

   
10

Jessj1234 March 12, 2015

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"Desperately trying to get back on Abilify, but insurance is awful. My suicidal thoughts are back. The Abilify balanced me out and I could sleep while on it. (It's almost 5am, and I haven't slept yet.)"

   
10

Izzy Tempe (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 7, 2015

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"I am a 28 year old female diagnosed with Bipolar 1, Generalized Anxiety Disoder, Panic disorder and Agoraphobia. A little over a week of taking this medication in conjunction with Lamictal and a benzo (Xanax, Klonopin, or Valium depending upon doc's decision) I felt like a million bucks. I could leave the house. I had a normal sleep schedule. I had energy for the first time in a long time. It was a miracle for me. Stopped taking it and downward I went again. Restarting now and I couldn't be more excited. I will say it made me feel restless and that includes Restless Leg Syndrome types of feelings. But, I would rather be restless and functioning. You have to weigh the pros and cons --for me it is a PRO!"

   
9.0

Chels27 (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 15, 2015

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"Abilify worked pretty good for five years with Prozac. But then I became morbidly obese, with elevated bad lipids and prediabetes. Also, I was constantly in fear of tardive dyskinesia. I no longer take it."

   
5.0

Just Plain Nuts (taken for 5 to 10 years) November 19, 2014

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"I'm a 21 year old female and just diagnosed with Bipolar I. It's been a roller coaster ride especially after gaining 10 pounds in the hospital while taking risperidone and Depakote. I'm still on the Depakote, though I hope to discontinue it as soon as my psychiatrist allows, but I just switched to Abilify. I've got to say, so far I have no complaints. With risperidone I had no "lid" to my hunger. It was endless, and that was quite disappointing. There were many other side effects, but the weight gain has added to my self loathing. Though the painful heart dysrhythmias are a close second. I'm hoping that Abilify makes it possible for me to curb my appetite back to what it used to be as I exercise the 30 pounds I don't need away."

   
7.0

Nocture_Melody November 12, 2014

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"This has helped extremely with my bad mood swings and irritability but am having nightmares and waking up multiple time during the night feeling restless."

   
5.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) October 24, 2014

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"Have been on Abilify for two weeks and my personality has changed drastically. I went from being chilled out and quite okay on Seroquel and Effexor but wanted to try Abilify to combat weight gain. In the two weeks I've been on it I've swung from hypomanic to aggressive and downright selfish. I did things I wouldn't normally do that has hurt my relationship with my partner and I've also been spending like crazy. Probably should stop but will consult psychiatrist first to see what she says."

   
1.0

Valkyrie66 October 15, 2014

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"No effect after 3 months on it."

   
1.0

Dont'StandCloseToMe (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 15, 2014

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"I've been taking Abilify for eight months now. Although it made me gain 15-20kg (something like 33-40 lbs I believe?), my experience is quite positive. The sadness from my major depressive episode, as well as my suicidal thoughts, have been almost annihilated. The reason why I rated it as a six is because it didn't help ease the great fatigue I have. But it helped a lot, that is for sure."

   
6.0

David Lawliet August 14, 2014

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"So many negative side effects. This interacts HORRIBLY with THC, especially as the THC wears off, and exponentially exacerbates the intensity and length of any depressive come-down effects. In my experience it interacts with alcohol in about the same way. Also it can make women in-orgasmic."

   
2.0

MJude (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 12, 2014

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"I was ready to walk out on my husband because of his hateful stressful presence. I sent him to the doctor and he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and started on Abilify. It was a lifesaver for our marriage and family. He is happy, fun, and hopeful again. I thank God my prayers were answered."

   
10

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"Gained 60 lbs in under 9 months while taking this."

   
1.0

Attracta54 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 30, 2014

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"I took Abilify for one month. I had restlessness, a feeling that I needed to do something. It was a good thing in a way. At first I was more irritable but that subsided substantially after a few days. It made me feel a lot more calmer and in control of my emotions without making me feel like I was suppressing them. This is the first pharmaceutical medicine I have tried to treat my condition and it definitely worked better than the natural remedies such as St John's Wort, same, and passion flower. It even helped more than meditation. I have just switched to Latuda because Abilify gave me chest pains. If the pain was anywhere else I would of definitely stayed on the medicine because it worked. It helped me gain 10 lb which is good for me."

   
8.0

graysonnnnn July 29, 2014

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"I like Abilify a lot because I used to be extremely irritable. I also couldn't ride my bicycle when I was manic because I would not focus on my safety. Luckily, I now only get hypomanic episodes thanks to Abilify. I feel like I am free to get off of my emotional roller coaster and explore the world outside. The only few problems it gave me were akasthesia and weight gain. I'm 14 years old, and I don't know whether I gained 40 lbs from growing, the medicine, or both."

   
7.0

bigger boy (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 1, 2014

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"Started on Abilify in addition to Effexor and Lamictal. Immediately had tremors in hands, lips and speech. Gained weight and was anxious. Stopped taking when I ran out; tremors stopped, lost weight and no noticeable negative consequences. Don't know why it was prescribed but it caused more problems than it helped. Side effects were terrible."

   
1.0

Golf Queen (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 23, 2014

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"I am diagnosed bi-polar and I have tried Lamictal, Lithium, Latuda and I don't even know how many other combinations. Abilify was the only one that has shown results for me. Yes, it tends to make me tired about 4-5 hours after taking it. And it makes me eat like a piggy sometimes, which has caused some weight gain. But nothing to severe. I take 5mg in the morning and 5mg at night, perfect dose for me. It keeps my moods perfectly balanced but I have been taking Abilify since I was 15 and I am now 20 and do not plan on stopping it anytime soon. I have tried that and it did not end well."

   
9.0

ceecee44 (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 16, 2014

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