I used to take Abilify but had to stop taking it due to strange movements of my tongue. It would move in and out of my mouth really fast, and was annoying to others whereas to me, I wasn't conscious of it. I would read up on the side effects so you know what to look for in terms of dangerous side effects.
I have been on it bout 6-8 weeks... gradually from 2.5mg - 10mg. The only effects tht would be negative but not very bothersome..is my mouth seems to be making more saliva. lol Kinda bothersome whn having a conversation. On the positive side... I am up with the sun & feel VERY motivated to get things done. In fact im thinkin of backin off to 7.5mg, mayb tht will take the edge off w/out losing the good stuff. I am gettin alot done around the house.
Hope this helps ya.
Good- Reduced my agitation, which is now pretty much non-existent (along with the help of other meds for bipolar II)
Bad- I got sick (throw-up sick) when I first started taking it when I didn't eat enough with it... but that subsided after a month or so... overall a good drug I think
Unfortunately I had a very bad result from it. It made me very suicidal to the point where I tried suicide in a hospital psych ward when they gave it to me. Sorry no good news. Hope you do better than I did it doesn't do it to all people I just respond better to older drugs newer stuff doesn't like me.
I have been on abilify for several years and loved. Never felt more normal then before any other med. I am in search of a new med for bipolar due to the fact that I have history of diabetes in my family and my sugar levels have been getting high and I have developed trouble swallowing. Not sure if it was from the drug but don't want to take any more risk then I have to with meds. Otherwise I would love to stay on it.
I have been taking Abilify now for around 2 weeks at 10 mgs per day. The only side effect I have noticed (so far) is insomnia but I've always had trouble with this anyways & I'm hoping it will go away. I have noticed (& the people around me) that I am allot less moody, less angry, & just feel better over all. I am taking it for Bipolar Disorder & I have tried every mood stabilizer & anti-psychotic in the book (almost) & so far Abilify has helped me the most, hope it will help you:)
I took Abilify for a month last summer. I was diagnosed with Bi-polar depression. The Abilify turned me into the devil. I had been on Seroquel and loved it, but I was slowly gaining weight. The doctor then prescribed Geodon. I love it. I lost weight and it controls my Bi-polar beautifully.
I found myself in a clinical depression, thought I could get out of it myself. When that didn't work, I did seek the help of a Med/Shrink who then put me on Abilify. I was a wonder drug at first. You must stay monitored professionally on this. Serious side effects are unusual tics and uncontrolled tongue, mouth or facial movements that once started cannot be stopped. This is not a drug you want to stay on for any serious length of time. Your shrink should be having you stick out your tongue and hold it out for a minute or longer and see if these side effects are starting. Good Luck
- Abilify Information for Consumers
- Abilify Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Abilify (detailed)
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