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Schizoaffective Disorder 19 reviews 28 medications
   
7.7
Autism 10 reviews 7 medications
   
7.5
Depression 139 reviews 75 medications
   
7.1
Agitated State 16 reviews 3 medications
   
6.9
Schizophrenia 31 reviews 37 medications
   
6.6
Bipolar Disorder 134 reviews 46 medications
   
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Major Depressive Disorder 18 reviews 44 medications
   
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Summary of Abilify reviews 367 reviews 6.7

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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! :)"

   
10

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"

   
10

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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For Bipolar Disorder "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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For Bipolar Disorder "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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For Bipolar Disorder "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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For Depression "It worked ok for a short while but I gained 30 lbs in a year. Was hungry all the time."

   
8.0

nightfever57 March 8, 2015

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For Bipolar Disorder "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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For Depression "Don't let others' bad experiences prevent you from trying this medication. It is strong, yes, and it will affect the chemical balance in your brain and shouldn't be taken lightly, but I'm an example of it working. I used to have bouts of crying randomly, seriously depressed, no will to do much of anything. I started this, kept with it through the side effects and it has been a life changer with my antidepressant. I still feel, but less intensely/exaggerated. It keeps me level headed generally. The first week I felt a little nauseated, and it does increase appetite, but if you don't overeat, you won't gain weight with this medicine."

   
9.0

the.coochie February 11, 2015

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For Depression "Taking Abilify greatly improved my mood, anxiety and depression. However approximately 2 months into treatment I started having severe headaches, face and lips swelled also breast tenderness and warm to touch. Today I decided to discontinue the medication. Over all it's a very good medication, I just can't take it."

   
8.0

shonest8 (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 27, 2015

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Ability 2 mg at first then 5 mg & 10 mg gained weight in matter of 2 months. Yes it was working, but I gained weight back I had lost & then some. It's second to prednisone! I've never been 200 lbs & may get 180's. So now I'm back depressed! My insurance would cover until October & then the price would vary. It didn't matter I couldn't pay it."

   
6.0

Litt January 24, 2015

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For Depression "I was in severe depression. Working with a great psychiatrist who had me on Lamictal and Celexa with no change. He added 2.5mg of Abilify and by the 2nd day, I was myself again. Still feel great with good energy level and ability to cope."

   
10

cyclinga1a January 22, 2015

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For Bipolar Disorder "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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