I was on 2-4 mg's of abilify at various different times for 5 years. I just tried to quit cold? turkey and have been having majorly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Should I tough it out for a few days or go back up and try to wean off slowly?
Please “Never” quit cold turkey. Stopping abruptly can cause withdrawals symptoms as you mentioned. Let your doctor gradually reduce the dosage until you are feeling better.
First off you must speak with your Dr. before you take things into your own hands. Stopping suddenly apart from withdrawals may make your condition worse.
You must discontinue this antipsychotic gradually under medical supervision. As I mentioned have your Dr. help you with a discontinuation schedule.
Take care, masso
I wouldn't stop abruptly like you say you have already done. Talk to your health care provider or a pharmacist ASAP for advice on what to do next. If your withdrawal symptoms are getting worse or not getting better then it might be advised to discontinue your self indused discontinuance and tapper off slowly but get in touch with a health care professional ASAP.
As said above, both the Abilify literature on Drugs.com and on the Patient Information sheet you should have received with your prescription say:
"You should not stop using Abilify suddenly. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse."
"Although this medication is not classified as addictive, your body may become have become used to having this drug in its system. As such, you should not stop taking this prescribed medication abruptly; see your doctor before reducing or discontinuing Abilify. You can reduce unpleasant withdrawal symptoms by slowly tapering off of the drug under a doctor's supervision."
- Abilify Information for Consumers
- Abilify Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Abilify (detailed)
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