User Reviews for Abilify

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Autism 8 reviews 7 medications
   
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Schizoaffective Disorder 19 reviews 29 medications
   
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Depression 137 reviews 75 medications
   
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Summary of Abilify reviews 354 reviews 6.7

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Review by Brynncess13:

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2.0

For Depression: Side effects were jitters, insomnia, rapid heart beat and restless legs.

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June 17, 2011 11:31 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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4.0

For Depression: Abilify was okay but it made me very agitated and anxious.

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May 20, 2011 9:00 PM

Review by Abilified.:

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10

For Depression: My mom was prescribed Abilify about a week ago. Earlier today (5/14/11), my mom was in a great mood, we got into a conversation and somehow she brought up her effects of Abilify. After she told me I could see how much it has helped her. She used to be antisocial, didn't have motivation to do anything and has been suffering from resistant depression for years. She is so happy now. I have been dealing with a lot of issues. I have a moderate stutter. It has complete control of me. I am always anticipating that I'm going to stutter.

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May 15, 2011 5:06 AM

Review by JuliaL:

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9.0

For Depression: I've been on Abilify for about 2 weeks now. As most everyone else had said, this medication does miracles when it comes to fixing depression. My depression struggle of 4 years is gone. But also it comes with side effects .. It's this restless agitated feeling that just wont go away. When I sleep it seems to be better but other than that it's always really bad. My vision is also really bad but that could be because of the Seroquel XR that I'm coming off of.

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May 5, 2011 8:27 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

For Bipolar Disorder: I've been taking Abilify 30 mg for about 4 years now. I also take 2 antidepressants Paxil 40mg and Wellbutrin 300mg daily. Abilify changed my life for the better. I had been on a roller-coaster of medicines taking Seroquel for a few years. When I tried Abilify I barely had side effects though for the first month I had excessive sweating. I have gained 70 pounds since I began taking medicines (8 years). Recently I was taken off Abilify to try Lithium. I became severely depressed and manic. I even went to the ER for suicide. The few times I've been off my medicines I've been hospitalized. So I say definitely YES to Abilify.

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April 30, 2011 7:59 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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8.0

For Bipolar Disorder: Has helped very well with the depression and does a good job balancing things out so I don't often have a really low low or a very high high.

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April 27, 2011 1:19 PM

Review by bandit64:

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8.0

For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: So far I would recommend taking this at night. Instead of having insomnia it made me very sleepy.

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April 20, 2011 4:49 PM

Review by KATAPOLER:

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1.0

For Bipolar Disorder: 1st day on Abilify seemed like I had energy. 2-3 days later insomnia set in big time. Even tried taking 2 Lunesta...didn't work. 2 weeks later, I was in the ER from side effects. Tremors, not comfortable in my own skin, slurred speech, couldn't focus or concentrate. Spouse thought I'd had a stroke. They gave me Ativan and Benadryl. I got a new Psychiatrist after that. Just starting on Lithium now. We'll see.

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April 12, 2011 1:22 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: This medication worked so well for my bipolar, no side effects except for dizziness when I forgot to take a dose. Had to stop taking it because I no longer have insurance and couldn't afford $600 per month for one medication. Wish I could afford to go back on it.

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March 28, 2011 8:36 PM

Review by musicblue:

For Depression: I have been on all kinds of anti-depressants for years and Cymbalta has worked the best for me, but not quite there. My doctor added Abilify about 8 days ago and I have started to feel so much better. I am hopeful that this will continue to do the trick. I am on 2 mg a day. As far as side effects I haven't really noticed any. I do sleep through the night now which is a blessing.

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March 14, 2011 4:08 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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1.0

For Depression: I gained weight very quickly while taking this.

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March 12, 2011 6:52 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

For Depression: Abilify has been a miracle drug as an anti-depressant augmenter. It eliminates the mood disorder side of depression and anxiety when taken with my other medications. Unfortunately, it's also makes me very drowsy even at super low dosages (e.g. 1/2-1.5 mg).

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March 10, 2011 8:51 PM

Review by greeneyedjezebel:

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5.0

For Bipolar Disorder: I know every medication works different on each person. But Abilify worked great for the first few months. I felt like my old self again. I took 10mg once a day but over the course of 1.5 years my blood pressure went up (never had a problem with it before it had always been perfect), all my cholesterol levels skyrocketed, my glucose levels went up, my muscles begin to get tight, I GAINED 50lbS too, and the worse part was the i was beginning to have more up-n-down moments and depression.

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February 13, 2011 11:25 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: The first day when I woke up I felt like my body had been hit by a mack truck! But the second day, my body felt fine. It took about 2 weeks for side effects to go away (trouble sleeping, headache, stomach upset). The motivation has been wonderful. I take it with Wellbutrin and Lamictal. I never wanted to try it because of the weight gain but I have not found that to be true. In my case motivation = exercise.

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February 13, 2011 9:26 AM

Review by Not depressed Anymore:

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10

For Depression: Abilify has given me my life back. I still suffer from insomnia and Abilify hasn't made it better, but I'm happier, can keep my thoughts on track, have more energy, and want to socialize like I used to. My depression is gone. I combine this with Cymbalta and both have been miracle medicines for me.

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February 6, 2011 2:01 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

For Depression: I recently suffered a really bad cycle of my lingering depression and my doctor prescribed Abilify to go along with the Zoloft I've was already on. I have to say, after only 3 weeks of taking 2.5 mg, I see a tremendous difference in my level of energy and motivation. I feel alive again. The only negatives I can mention is that I've had a lot of trouble sleeping, and I tend to feel much more "wired" throughout the day. But, if that's the trade off for feeling like a human again, I'll take it.

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January 23, 2011 4:09 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

For Depression: I have not felt this happy and normal in a very long time. Do feel shaky about once a day but worth it to feel happy again.

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January 22, 2011 9:45 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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1.0

For Bipolar Disorder: I had such bad side effects from Abilify with no positive effects. My cholesterol went up, I had heartburn or acid reflux every night that would wake me up. I got totally paranoid and was even scared to drive or ride in a car. I had unusual fears of dying, I had a hard time laying still and would have to move my legs and arms. I got really bad dizzy spells usually while I was driving,, which created more fears of driving. I still haven't found something that works for me. Losing hope.

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January 21, 2011 9:38 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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7.0

For Depression: After just about a couple of days after taking Abilify I feel much better. It has taken me from thinking about suicide all the time and not having any hope to actually wanting to go out and do things. The bad side is the restlessness I hear so much about. I almost feel like it's making me manic, and I cannot sit still. It's a very uncomfortable feeling. Sometimes I just pace around for no reason, so I cut down to a half a pill. Overall I feel like its helping.

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January 18, 2011 9:15 AM

Review by Krypton:

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10

For Bipolar Disorder: I love this medicine. I have bipolar II disorder, and this medicine does everything it's supposed to do. It keeps my manic moods completely in check, and works very well in conjunction with Zoloft. I have been on both drugs for years, and I have not had any serious depression or mania for over 20 years! The only side effect that I experience is fatigue, but so worth it. The side effects are minimal. I feel and act NORMAL.

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January 17, 2011 10:05 PM

Review by fls:

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9.0

For Depression: It has been about a week and half since I started Abilify. It has been 50 years of suffering Clinical Depression. I have been without Depression ever since I started Abilify. I am one happy camper! I have been so resistant to so many medicines. Have been on Lexapro, Welbutrin and Trazodone for years. The past year(s) I had this depression that was "hovering" over me preventing me to feel any enjoyment whatsoever. Well, Abilify has allowed me to feel LIFE. I have energy and I even look forward doing things again. The only negative factor is that I enjoy my one cup of coffee a day. Well, no more. If I drink a cup, I feel as if I drank tons of coffee. Stay away from Caffeine. And, I am NOT HUNGRY!

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January 17, 2011 7:09 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

For Depression: This medication is nothing short of a miracle for me. I have been suffering from debilitating postpartum depression (hospitalized for 3 months) for 7 months, and no combination of SSRI's/antipsychotics had worked for me until Abilify. After about 4 days I began feeling happier, less suicidal. I am on 2mg in the morning. Haven't noticed any real negative side effects. I almost feel "normal" for the first time in close to a year. Love this medication.

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January 11, 2011 12:06 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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7.0

For Schizophrenia: So far, so good. Abilify is extremely strong, so I have found I am fine with just 5mg daily. Taking a lower dose gets rid of most of the unpleasant side effects (restlessness and constipation).

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January 9, 2011 5:57 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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1.0

For Schizoaffective Disorder: Abilify was the first antipsychotic my doctor tried with me after I was diagnosed with schizoaffactive disorder. It did nothing for me. My main symptoms are depression, difficulty concentrating and hallucinations. I noticed no difference in any of these while on the Abilify. Except for the side effects, you would think I wasn't taking anything. The side effects were orthostatic hypotension (dizziness upon standing), blurred vision, and involuntary muscle twitches. My doctor took me off Abilify after three weeks and we tried Invega, which worked much better.

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January 3, 2011 3:55 PM

Review by Janette33:

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8.0

For Bipolar Disorder: I have been on Abilify for 5 years. I take 15 mg. Abilify has changed the quality of my life for the better. I take this pill when I can't sleep.

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