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Schizoaffective Disorder 20 reviews 28 medications
   
7.7
Autism 10 reviews 7 medications
   
7.5
Depression 145 reviews 76 medications
   
7.0
Agitated State 16 reviews 2 medications
   
6.9
Schizophrenia 33 reviews 37 medications
   
6.4
Bipolar Disorder 142 reviews 32 medications
   
6.2
Major Depressive Disorder 26 reviews 46 medications
   
5.6
Summary of Abilify reviews 392 reviews 6.8

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For Bipolar Disorder "It seemed to work well but I developed akathesia on this medicine. I took it for a few months. I felt like I could not sit still. I had to keep moving. I could not enjoy anything. I also had trouble sleeping. I tried lowering the dosage then we tried increasing the dosage but nothing helped. I finally had to stop taking it because of the side effects."

   
4.0

Anonymous January 27, 2012

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For Depression "Both my daughter and I gained an excessive amount of weight on Abilify. At 16 years of age, she went from 100 lbs to 140lbs. I went from 120 to 175lbs. After discontinuing Abilify, it took a year to finally lose the weight."

   
1.0

Anonymous January 20, 2012

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder "I have been going through a tough time in my life, and Prozac wasn't cutting it. A psychiatrist gave me a sample of Abilify. I'm glad it was just a free sample, because this was NOT the medicine for me. I would bounce between feeling OK and being suicidal (I have never contemplated suicide before). Things went really haywire the morning after taking my first dose. My legs felt so weak that I could not even get out of bed. It has been about 20 hours since my last dose, and I still feel like I'm going to collapse whenever I stand up. My brain feels like it's turned to mush - I stutter, and I'm very clumsy. The pharmacist said that 2% of people experienced muscle stiffness/myalgia with this medicine so I guess I'm one of the 2%."

   
3.0

arickp January 19, 2012

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For Depression "I felt no better. Had bad dreams and could not urinate by the second day."

   
1.0

K888123 January 18, 2012

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder "My daughter was taking 10mg for OCD hair pulling, while it did help with the pulling she gained 20kg and could not stay awake which is not a good thing in school. She had no motivation for anything but to eat and sleep. I have taken her off the medication. "

   
5.0

Anonymous January 18, 2012

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For Depression "I was suffering from depression for 20 years and was prescribed 200mg Zoloft and 30mg Wellbutrin XR years ago. However, I still felt depressed, stuck and unsociable, so my psyche added Abilify. In the beginning I was on 2.5mg, which helped me tremendously with no side effects. Then my dose was increased to 5mg and then to 10mg and now I have difficulty with fine motor skills, especially my handwriting and have muscle aches in my upper arms, both of which I attribute to the increased dose of Abilify. My psych was unavailable for a month, so after a considerable amount of research online, I chose to cut my dose back to 5 mg. My handwriting is better, but still suffer from upper body aches. See your doctor before changing your dose."

   
9.0

New Orleans January 15, 2012

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For Autism "This medicine is wonderful! My 9 yr old has been taking 5mg once a night for almost a year. Total turn around! The only side effect we have is increased appetite and weight gain. I do worry about his blood sugar...but the changes are seriously unreal!"

   
9.0

kristinWV January 14, 2012

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For Bipolar Disorder "Starting on day two of treatment I felt progressively sicker with mild nausea, muscle aching and general malaise."

   
1.0

Anonymous January 4, 2012

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For Depression "This medications saved my life. I was suicidal, depressed and nothing seemed to work before. About a week after starting to take Abilify depression began lifting and I'm energetic and feel great again!"

   
10

Anonymous December 28, 2011

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For Depression "After a couple of days on 2mg Abilify added to my Zoloft and Lamictal, the fog began to clear up a bit. (It reminds me of that Claritin commercial when everything all of a sudden on the TV screen becomes more clear and less fuzzy). That was a warm welcome after 25 years of, on and off "anti-depressant poop-out"! However, I am most certain that it has caused weight gain! I do not EVER weigh myself (past eating disorder issue), but my clothes are tighter around the waist. BUT I AM NOT EATING ANY DIFFERENTLY! In fact, I have made a concerted effort to eat less but nothing seems to give! Is it fluid? I'm baffled! Yes, I'm 43 now, but my metabolism wouldn't come to a screeching halt so quickly, would it? "

   
8.0

Anonymous December 26, 2011

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For Depression "I am on Remeron and have suffered extreme anxiety for 3 months. Started in October and it is now nearly Christmas 2011. It has been the worst experience of my life. On Tuesday I couldn't take it anymore and went to my psychiatrist and said 'I don't care if he's busy, I'll wait' Long story short, he suggested Abilify. Two days and no anxiety, none, zero, nada. Actually, I got substantial relief with the first 2mg tablet. Honestly, today is Thursday and the 3 month nightmare seems to be completely over."

   
10

drchicagp December 22, 2011

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For Depression "Simply put Abilify has been a miracle for me. Misdiagnosis led to numerous antidepressant attempts, anti-anxiety medicines. This was after years of using red wine and beer in massive quantities. I am on 2mg of Abilify and in disbelief of how happy I feel, with zero side effects."

   
10

HerrBuub December 20, 2011

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For Agitated State "My daughter is 7 now and we leave in Brasil. Recently we visited the Amen Clinic in Reston/VA and her life changed. The doctor gave her Lamictal Intuniv. It didn't work as expected, she continued to be very hyper. So her Doctor decided to replace Lamictal for Abilify 5mg/day Intuniv 0.5mg/day. What a miracle. My daughter never played by herself for more than 5 minutes, now she plays quietly for hours. She's now the perfect little girl we always wanted and we can really enjoy being with her. She still needs to improve at school, can't focus without assistance, but we think this is improving as well, as it is right now. I must say we are very pleased with the combination Abilify Intuniv."

   
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Happy Dad December 20, 2011

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For Bipolar Disorder "I have been on Abilify for three weeks now. I also take Klonopin, Celexa, and Trileptal for bipolar II disorder. The Abilify was added to control my anger and aggression, because sometimes I just wanted to SNAP! I feel much better now. So far I've only lost weight because it makes me feel queasy and kills my appetite in general. However, I give it an 8 because it costs a small fortune to be on this medication ($600 a month since I no longer have insurance). It's made my insomnia worse too. Overall though as long as it doesn't make me gain weight it still rates high on my scale."

   
8.0

Anonymous December 9, 2011

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For Bipolar Disorder "I have had emotional disorders all my life. I am 48 years old. I've always been taking something most of my adult life. I recently went off Lithium (after 2 years of 900 mg/day) and was put on Abilify. Wow. It's only been 3-4 days of taking it and I can tell a big difference. Taking 1/2 10 mg for 2 weeks then the whole 10 mg after that. I also take Prozac 40 mg/day. Thyroid medicines, blood pressure medicines and 2 mg clonazepam to sleep. I am surprised this Abilify has put energy in me so quick. "

   
9.0

frito2 December 3, 2011

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For Depression "Abilify is a very good anti-depressant so far as this type of medication goes. There are very few side effects, the only ones I've noticed are a minor weight gain and a slight elevation in blood sugar, and I think that a good deal of that comes from the patient gaining his or her appetite back."

   
8.0

Anonymous November 28, 2011

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For Schizoaffective Disorder "Eliminated hallucinations, but neither eliminated nor reduced delusions. Extreme anger, increasing as dosage increased, until becoming extremely violent. When Abilify was removed relative calm."

   
2.0

Anonymous November 14, 2011

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For Bipolar Disorder "I have been on Abilify for almost a year now after having a starting to go into a manic episode. Abilify helped very quickly for me and kept me from going full blown mania. It also has stabilized my moods very well, however the down side is I have gained tremendous amounts of weight while on this 50lbs in the first 6 months with 34 more lbs in the following months. My regular MD told me it was the Abilify after doing some test for other things, and advised me to get off this. I can't afford to gain anymore weight and I am hoping that getting off this takes care of that, but I also hope I will remain stable. Good luck if you need this take it, but be aware of increased hunger and weight gain."

   
5.0

Anonymous November 10, 2011

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For Depression "My food cravings are so bad that I've gained 9 lbs in 14 days. My memory is horrible. Went to the post office and 2 minutes later I forgot I had gone to the post office. Went to Walmart and forgot what store I was in. Blurred vision. Had to hire a driver. Dizziness. Yes, it improved my mood, yet I'm getting off of it!"

   
1.0

Anonymous 52 November 8, 2011

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For Depression "Abilify has been a miracle for me. For 14 years I've tried to get relief from major depression, and until I got on this medicine nothing else worked. No weight gain a little side effect. My biggest gripe, TOO MUCH ENERGY. "

   
10

Anonymous November 2, 2011

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For Bipolar Disorder "Abilify has enabled me to control some of my anxiousness and reactions due to being anxious better than I had been able to before. I no longer want to smack someone who I feel is doing me wrong - I am able to control those impulses so much better than before, it is not even funny. I think on a day to day basis, I am much more even keeled than I was before I started taking the medication. Keep in mind that I take it with an antidepressant (Lexapro) because I understand that Abilify provides an assist to the Lexapro in controlling my overwhelming depression symptoms. Depression and anger are now being controlled more effectively."

   
9.0

Eeyore2 October 26, 2011

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For Bipolar Disorder "I took 10mg for about 6 months although initially I felt less manic, my muscles in my legs ached and I started to lose my zest to do anything. My whole outlook on life seemed to be dead but not in a depressed way. I stopped taking Abilify and gradually I started to return back to the creative person I have always been. I still take a mood stabiliser (topirimate) to control my mania and Prozac to stop my depressive moods. Abilify was just a step too far for me to handle, I don't want to be a zombie."

   
3.0

Mickalmus October 26, 2011

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For Schizophrenia "I've been on a variety of medicines over the years, including Risperdal, Geodon with Zyprexa, and now Abilify. Though I feel I'm overly medicated at 40mg per day of Abilify, I've improved to the point where I don't hear voices or feel paranoid anymore and am active in the community. I take it at night and sleep around 9 to 10 hours per night. Not sure if that's normal with Abilify or not, but I'm not complaining. Surprisingly no other side effects."

   
9.0

Anonymous October 25, 2011

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For Depression "I have been on Abilify for 16 days now and my mood is very stable; no highs and not the dark lows however; I do feel achy a lot of the time and insomnia has been a problem that seems to be getting slightly better as time goes on. I take 2mg in the morning and I plan to persevere for a couple more months and give this medicine a chance."

   
7.0

Arizonasands October 21, 2011

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For Schizoaffective Disorder "Doctors added Abilify with Celexa (antidepressant) and Geodon and I finally feel normal."

   
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Anonymous October 20, 2011

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