Hi all, I went to the doc yesterday and she prescribed me 10 mg of Abilify by itself. In the past I had taken Wellbutrin and Lamictal combo. She’s been wanting me to try Latuda but the price has always been a huge issue for me. It I told her it might be something I could try. Before my insurance will allow me to switch to Latuda she said I need to try a generic, hence prescribing me Abilify. I was doing some research and I don’t see a lot of cases where people were only taking Abilify. I know you can but it doesn’t seem that common. Anyone have any experiences taking it by itself? It kind of seems like she’s just going through the motion so she can get me on Latuda but I’m still a bit nervous about what the cost will be.
Has anyone taken Abilify by itself? My doc just prescribed me 10 mg?
Question posted by Secret12 on 23 May 2018
Last updated on 7 November 2019 by Karen2931
I was on abilify for a number of years and for me i hated it. It caused uncontrollable jaw movements that even after stopping it the movement never went away. It also caused extreme fear of everything for me, especially fear of riding in a vehicle with anyone but me driving. I felt like I was becoming agoraphobic because I didnt want to leave the house. I am on latuda now and have a positive outlook on life so far.
Be careful with this medicine. My daughter was only taking it and well she tried to commit suicide in April. She's never been suicidal ever. It causes suicidal tendicies in people who have never been suicidal up to 4 months after starting to take it. Also it causes major impulse control of gambling or sexual nature or spending money. It has a moderate interaction with Bipolar Disorder too. It's for type 1 from what info I found not type 2. My daughter has been rediagnosed as type 2 like my husband her dad is. I wish you the very best on this medicine. She also slept constantly on the 10mg. She could go to sleep at 5:30pm after school and not get up until 6:15am to go to school. On weekends she could sleep from 6:00pm after school on Friday's until 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Please read the side effects on here about the suicidal tendicies from the FDA. There was 4 people who committed suicide during the drug trials. I hope you don't have any of these issues on it. Best of luck. I hope my info helped you out.
yes,and it truly was a answer to most of my mental disorders.im bi polar 1 and I have intense mood swings from very sad,extreme sadness or extreme anger.i mean down right evil,no in between and i dont get manic happy.Abilify has changed all this for me,no not perfect but so much different.im even with my moods,no rapidly cycling.im more level headed.the crying stopped,and I dont feel so angry i won't to hurt someone.I have other mental disorders,but as for bi polar,Abilify changed my life.im on a high dose,30 milgs which is the highest but im on the highest of all the meds i take.don't give up if 5,10 or 15 doesnt work.sometimes u just need a higher milg.im very happy on this med.no side affects for me either,good luck to you!!!
Hello Hun, I myself have bipolar disorder, and I also have major depression disorder..and I have been on a lot of medication..I've been on abilify also but; here is the kicker... usually abilify is given to patient's that have depression and they will prescribe you A depression medication and IF YOU don't think that it is not working that great THEY will then add abilify with the depression medication ie..Zoloft and ability together.. but I have never ever heard of doctors prescribing it to patient's ALONE.. that is crazy..as far as I know it is supposed to be used with a antidepressant to boost the depression medication..I don't know what your doctor is doing seriously!!! I'm a CNA and that is something that I never heard of..I hope that this is helpful to you...
I have been on abilify 5mg for six weeks. It gets better day by day but anxiety and fear is still a problem.
However, I have seen changes take place that are promising. Communicating here helps a lot.
10 mg is not high . 5 mg is also a low dose. I see the doc in two months so I hopefully will have more to report after that but I am sticking with it meantime. More positive than negative IMO.
Hi, Secret! Are you being treated for Bipolar disorder? Type l or type 2? Major Depressive disorder?
"Abilify is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder (manic depression)."
"Abilify is also used together with other medicines to treat major depressive disorder in adults."
I've taken aripiprazole (Abilify) for over five years, first with an antidepressant then with lithium when my diagnosis was changed to Bipolar. I'm not sure how effective it will be for you if you take it alone.
My psych nurse also wants to try me on Latuda but my Medicare co-pay would be $534 (YIKES!) for a 30 day supply, whereas my aripiprazole only costs $263 for a 90 day supply.
You could try Googling "drug price comparisons" to find the cost of these drugs at your local pharmacies. Walmart is often the cheapest. You'd have to figure out your co-pay depending on the percentage your insurance covers... usually 80%.
Hope this helps you some.
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