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 unlikely to be the culprit to the sleepiness if taken as prescribed. If the person is still suffering from depression, this can make one sleep alot. Also, overdosing on Abilify can cause sleepiness and unusual drowsiness, so worth talking to the doc about.
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. Common side affect is fatigue, lethargy. Somewhat helpful is to take at bed time not in the am. Drugs.com
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.
I take 15 in the morning and my day is shot. Sleepy but not enough ti fall asleep. It s giving me anxiety currently. I will take 7.5 one hour before bed and we will see... thus stuff knocks you out!
Hi k keen,
Abilify is a tricky med as far as dosing is concerned. I've been on abilify in the past... and just recently started on it again as an adjunct to my anti depressant. I feel starting off slow is the best way to start abilify. My doctor had recommended 2mg daily at night, but I asked to start at half that dose for at least a 10 days, then bump it up to 2mg if there isn't any significant daytime sleepiness. This way it gives your body time to adjust and you're less likely to turn into a walking zombie. Hope this helps you.
- Abilify Information for Consumers
- Abilify Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Abilify (detailed)
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