Hi, k! It wouldn't be unusual if you've just started taking the medication. It generally takes a few days for your body to adjust, and then four to six weeks to gain the full effect.
How long have you been on it? If more than a week or so, you need to consult with your physician.
Abilify is easily one of the most bizarre psych meds on the market. For sure, a high dose (Roughly 10mg or more in one dose will put the brakes on dopamine activity/wakefulness/feeling alert or energized.) But a low dose: roughly 5mg or less can wake a person up, create a little mood lift (allegedly due to a little dopamine agonist activity at the D2 receptor which, at larger doses gets drowned out by the dopamine antagonist activity at all the other known dopamine receptors) , and when coupled with SSRI, don't be surprised if Abilify/aripiprazole causes manic mood swings(feeling a little too good/can't sit still/can't shut up,etc). It is an unpredictable drug for sure and YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY.
Yes - I take abilify 30mg and it makes me very drowsy. So i changed to a different brand called Abyraz which is still aripripazole but a different brand. This brand Abyraz doesn’t make me drowsy at all. Ask chemist to give you this brand. If it doesn’t work, you can always switch back to Abilify.
- Abilify Information for Consumers
- Abilify Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Abilify (detailed)
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