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Schizoaffective Disorder 19 reviews 28 medications
   
7.7
Autism 10 reviews 7 medications
   
7.5
Depression 143 reviews 75 medications
   
7.0
Agitated State 16 reviews 3 medications
   
6.9
Schizophrenia 31 reviews 37 medications
   
6.6
Bipolar Disorder 135 reviews 46 medications
   
6.2
Major Depressive Disorder 23 reviews 44 medications
   
5.4
Summary of Abilify reviews 377 reviews 6.8

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For Major Depressive Disorder "While this medication is quite effective in controlling my depression, I've gained 25 pounds despite reducing calories. This in itself has cause me to be depressed. I crave sweets and I feel blood sugar spikes. I do not have diabetes. I am an otherwise healthy 48 year old. I am on the lowest dose possible. I have been on the drug for two years so do not be fooled that this may be a temporary condition for some. Exercise has done nothing to reduce the weight. My knees and back are suffering. I am on a 1200 calorie diet and still slightly overweight. My doctor tells me it's a price to pay for being emotionally healthy. It's hard to accept. There must be something out there to counteract the weight gain."

   
7.0

Jojo67 (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 27, 2015

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For Depression "This medicine works great. The price point is high, but you guys don't have to pay it. The manufacturer has a coupon that you take to the pharmacy that you can get online. It reduces the copay to just $5.00."

   
10

Pickles1969 June 23, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I took 2.5 milligrams of abilify for a month, then the generic came out and I had to use that because the insurance wouldn't pay for brand name. It was the worst experience I've had, I couldn't stay awake so I started taking it at night time still really bad result so I called my insurance company and I called my doctor and I'm now back on the regular abilify brand name 5 milligrams. However I'm afraid of the weight gain I've already gained weight on Cymbalta and I'm afraid I'll gain more on the abilify however it does make me active enough for hopefully I'll be able to walk a lot of it off or something, does anybody have any suggestions to keeping the weight off?"

   
9.0

vena Dee June 19, 2015

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For Depression "I started on 2.5 mg and it really worked in conjunction with Prozac to pull me out of deep depression. Eventually my doctor said it was ok to reduce to 1.25mg since I had gained weight. I eventually gained more weight, my sugars and cholesterol rose, and I shake slightly now. I decided to stop completely and that was a BIG mistake. This drug has serious withdrawal symptoms, even at a low dose like mine. The recommended weaning process is 10% less for 30 days, than a 30 day waiting period to adjust. I am currently on 1.125 mg and I'm starting to have some withdrawal symptoms, but not too bad like stopping cold turkey. I experienced panic attacks, anxiety, fearfulness, agoraphobia, and nausea."

   
4.0

RoQ June 16, 2015

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For Depression "Abilify worked wonders for my chronic depression BUT I was sleeping heaps and gained 35 kilos in two years. No, I wasn't eating much! started only eating one meal a day when the weight started. It was not about food. Prior to abilify I went to gym four x week. Gained weight despite what I ate n how much I exercised. I ended up quitting the gym and now my heads straight but I am obese and suffer poor self esteem. Eh big price for my sanity since I detest being fat. The pill itself does work though and treats it"

   
5.0

bpp June 11, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I'm still hoping this drug will actually produce some results, but it hasn't made a difference yet. What it has done though is make me feel REALLY lethargic, to the point I stopped taking it in the morning as I was directed, because I'd be unable to function at all. But now that I take it at night, I still feel lethargic, but I cannot actually fall asleep or stay asleep. I just feel like a drugged out mess. Also, I read this can cause weight gain and excessive hunger, but I'm the opposite. I have zero appetite. I'm not impressed yet, but I'm encouraged by so many others who say it's helped them. So I'm gonna try a little longer."

   
4.0

realforus (taken for less than 1 month) June 7, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "so far so good. after having been on a high dosage of Effexor XR for several years and hoping to ween off of that med I ended up in the hospital with a major depressive breakdown. the hospital psychiatrist prescribed 40mg fluoxetine and after 6 weeks that wasn't touching my disorder. my new psychiatrist had me try Latuda 40mg at first and that med made me feel tense and horrible. now we are trying a low dosage of Abilify along with the 40mg fluoxetine."

   
9.0

wired bird (taken for less than 1 month) June 5, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "My experience with Abilify was destructive. I am 25 now, and have had MDD since age 10. 4 Years ago I took Abilify for about 3-4months. During that time I experienced paranoia, delusions, worsened depression, and extreme weight gain. I'd never had paranoia or delusions before and it brought my normal baseline from a 5/10 to a 1/10. That still hasn't changed. I also experienced an extreme compulsive desire to eat (did not go away after I stopped the med) as well as total thyroid shutdown (atrophy) as can be affirmed by my endocrinologist. In about 4 months I gained 80 lbs (more than 60% of my original body weight). I will be on multiple medications the rest of my life to treat damage from Abilify."

   
1.0

Skinnyf00ted1 June 5, 2015

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For Depression "What a nightmare. I even got lock-jaw symptoms."

   
1.0

Monkey5685 June 4, 2015

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For Bipolar Disorder "I took Abilify for a month and it was not for me. It first made me happy, but it made me too happy! I became manic again and couldn't settle myself down. I would be up at 2 am working out or cleaning. Also, the side effects were awful! My hands never stopped shaking and people began to think I had a drinking problem due to the way they were shaking. It also made me gain 5 lbs within a week. Not a fan."

   
3.0

ser8508 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 28, 2015

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For Depression "I started taking ability a week ago, I was very tired and felt kind of sick to my stomach first few days. I started to get my apaetite back which is awesome and feel a little more motivated and well. It physically just makes me feel good and emotionally I feel the same but more able to deal with them in a reasonable way instead of stuffing my face with cigarettes and coffee. The exhaustion got too much for me when doc uped the dose so I just went back to a dose I can manage right now with work and life. Will post more later."

brianmw May 27, 2015

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For Bipolar Disorder "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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For Bipolar Disorder "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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For Depression "I was prescribed 2.5 mg/day Abilify to augment 40 mg/day Celexa (for anxiety) and 150 mg/day Trazadone (for insomnia) in order to address my depression as the other 2 medicines didn't seem to help. Within a week I did notice an improvement in my mood and motivation. Nothing earth shattering but noticeable. Hoping my doctor will bump me up next time I see him. I have not had any problems so far concerning increased hunger or any other side effects except for the first 4 days or so I did get heartburn and hiccups but these have passed."

   
7.0

Birdgirl66 May 16, 2015

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For Agitated State "The least I can do for this amazing discovery of a medication is to do a review and say that it literally saved my life. I wanted to take away my own life because of hypersexuality waves that I've been experiencing for as long as I can remember. Somehow I always pushed myself behind the edge by telling myself - "you just can't give up before making sure that I tried all the options" Thank goodness I didn't give up. After couple of years of such an agony I finally met my second psychiatrist who suggested that I may have some very atypical type of bipolar disorder, and he suggested me to try Abilify. For the first time in my life I knew what it means to have a fully controllable sex drive. Please never give up. Cliche saying, but so true! :)"

   
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Nekoneko (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 15, 2015

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For Bipolar Disorder "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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For Autism "Abilify changed the life of my son who is 15 years with Autism. He takes 15 mg in the morning and it has allowed me the chance to take him to a restaurant or the movies. I love the changes it brought to our life."

Mariam Karim (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 14, 2015

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For Bipolar Disorder "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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For Major Depressive Disorder "Took the medication for about 2.5 years, in addition to various other antidepressants such as Lexapro, Effexor XR, and Cymbalta. It did help me feel better and more stabilized for about the first 6 months of taking it. However, after those initial 6 months I felt it did very little if anything at all and my mood began to deteriorate. Additionally, I also gained over 25 pounds. I have always been a slim to toned athletic individual, so this weight gain was very uncharacteristic of me. In fact, my condition got so bad that I was actually too depressed to even get out of bed most days and never exercised. My diet remained more or less healthy throughout my time on Abilify. Stopped~Thanksgiving 2014, lost 30 pounds since, all else constant."

   
3.0

SlimGuy22 (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 13, 2015

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For Bipolar Disorder "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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For Bipolar Disorder "Love it!"

   
8.0

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

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For Autism "My autistic sons behaviors were out of control. Self injury. After four months and twenty pounds his behaviors came back. He is now an insulin dependant diabetic. I believe the med trigger diabetes. Although I am fully aware diabetes is an autoimmune disease. I caution all parents to have A1C and have a baseline of blood work. It's not just managing calories. His appetite was insatiable."

   
2.0

jbsmom April 6, 2015

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For Bipolar Disorder "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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For Major Depressive Disorder "Best medicine ever but made me gain 15lbs in 6 months"

   
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MIVIDALOKKA March 30, 2015

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For Schizophrenia "I've never taken medication for my symptoms before. This medication makes me feel loopy sometimes and it seems like my eyes fly back for a second sometimes. It helps within a few minutes of feeling anxiety or really depressed. It has so far also made the voices sound more distant."

   
8.0

jaysee (taken for less than 1 month) March 18, 2015

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