User Reviews for Abilify

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Schizoaffective Disorder 19 reviews 29 medications
   
7.7
Autism 9 reviews 7 medications
   
7.5
Depression 137 reviews 75 medications
   
7.1
Agitated State 15 reviews 3 medications
   
6.7
Schizophrenia 31 reviews 36 medications
   
6.6
Bipolar Disorder 128 reviews 46 medications
   
6.2
Major Depressive Disorder 18 reviews 44 medications
   
5.3
Summary of Abilify reviews 357 reviews 6.7

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Review by Mariam Karim (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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.

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April 14, 2015 2:25 PM

Review by SMSSKS (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

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)

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April 13, 2015 2:07 PM

Review by SlimGuy22 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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3.0

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.

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April 13, 2015 12:16 PM

Review by Loco Miguelito (taken for 10 years or more):

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9.0

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.

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April 11, 2015 3:11 AM

Review by Stunnerxxx (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

For Bipolar Disorder: Love it!

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April 7, 2015 4:38 PM

Review by MIVIDALOKKA:

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10

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

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March 30, 2015 8:12 AM

Review by jaysee (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

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.

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March 18, 2015 11:45 AM

Review by kyloo (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

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.

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March 17, 2015 10:34 PM

Review by nightfever57:

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8.0

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

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March 8, 2015 8:49 PM

Review by Izzy Tempe (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

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.)

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March 7, 2015 5:56 AM

Review by the.coochie:

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9.0

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.

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February 11, 2015 8:45 PM

Review by shonest8 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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8.0

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.

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January 27, 2015 11:26 AM

Review by Litt:

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6.0

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.

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January 24, 2015 3:22 PM

Review by cyclinga1a:

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10

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.

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January 22, 2015 2:29 PM

Review by Chels27 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

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!

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January 15, 2015 8:55 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Major Depressive Disorder: I was put on 5 mg of Abilify 2 months ago to add to 60 mg of Prozac that had stopped working. I was afraid at first due to all the negative comments of weight gain. This medication is a blessing. Felt alive again after taking only 2 weeks. My life is better than ever. No weight gain. This medication does increase your appetite but if you don't over eat you will be fine.

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December 10, 2014 3:47 PM

Review by Rodisms:

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10

For Depression: Abilify has worked wonders for me. I told my doctor that I just didn't seem to care if I did things or not, and that things just didn't bother me enough to make me want to fix them. She gave me Abilify and even though I had my doubts that anything would work, 3 days after starting taking them, I found myself not wanting to stay still long enough to watch a whole TV show, because I felt there was better things I could be doing. I have been cleaning, rearranging, and packing away things every day since it took effect. I have never been one to want to do stuff. I would do what needed doing, but nothing more. Now, I just want to do it all. Love this stuff.

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November 25, 2014 9:28 AM

Review by Just Plain Nuts (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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5.0

For Bipolar Disorder: 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.

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November 19, 2014 9:07 PM

Review by Rake82:

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10

For Depression: I have been struggling with postnatal depression for nine months; really, for the last 2.5 years as I had two babies 19 months apart. I was placed on Wellbutrin which helped with the physical effects but did not improve mood, I was then placed on Lexapro, then Prozac, then Zoloft and although some did improve my mood they all made me so tired I couldn't stay awake. They also made me feel disconnected and like I was observing emotions instead of feeling them. I was cold. Finally my doctor gave me Abilify to use with the Wellbutrin and it has completely changed me whole aspect. I feel like myself, for the first in years. I am awake, working hard, engaged, focused... it's my miracle! Even if it is $800 a month!

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November 16, 2014 3:43 PM

Review by dalo (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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6.0

For Schizophrenia: On the good side it only had one side effect for me, and that was a little bit of a increased heart beat I could feel and it made me feel like I was going to a concert or just won a prize, it felt not too bad knowing the other medicines out there for schizophrenia.

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November 12, 2014 8:12 PM

Review by Nocture_Melody:

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7.0

For Bipolar Disorder: 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.

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November 12, 2014 9:23 AM

Review by Psycho :) (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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1.0

For Depression: Beware Abilify, watch your weight. I stayed on Abilify for 7 months faithfully, hoping that the pros would outweigh the cons. The result? I gained 90 lbs in 7 months and this weight does not "shed" with discontinued use, I'll be working out hard to lose this. I'm only 25.

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November 4, 2014 5:14 PM

Review by StarryNight8496 (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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9.0

For Schizophrenia: My experience with abilify has been great because I no longer have schizophrenia or psychosis. I have been on this medicatiom since 2008 and I have never had any side effects at all, which is brilliant! I also feel so much better since I was diagnosed, like I am a new person.

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November 2, 2014 1:24 AM

Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):

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5.0

For Bipolar Disorder: 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.

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October 24, 2014 5:24 PM

Review by cannabis psychosis:

For Schizophrenia: I have had three psychotic breaks, all cannabis related. This medicine helped me control the last one at 20 mg while no other medicine could. The only downside are robot-like hands.

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October 22, 2014 5:56 PM

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