My son has schizophrenia, mostly disorganized type but with some paranoia symptoms. He has been regularly on Abilify for about a year and is doing much better, but still seems very unmotivated and sometimes lies in bed (not sad, more like bored, or can't figure out what to do next) for several hours during the day.
May I suggest you go to:
There is a list of the most common medications with review ratings. There are many and of different categories.
Abilify is an excellent medication. Drowsiness is a common side effect while unusual tiredness is a more serious side effect. You may need to report this behavior to the doctor. May just be boredom, but let the doctor decide.
This is an individual differences question because obviously drugs can respond to different symptoms in a kaleidoscope of ways.
The hardest sentence to help are those called the the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, and they consist of social isolation, apathy withdrawal...
I have found that Abilify or aripiprazole seems to me, personally, to help more with the negative symptoms of schizophrenia than any other a typical drug.
Some say that risperidone is also helpful with negative symptoms, as they are the most difficult and challenging symptoms to help.
Abilify is unique in that instead of decreasing dopamine in the brain (or acting as a dopamine antagonist) it acts as a partial dopamine Agonist.
I hope this helps someone with answering your question at least with respect to negative symptoms of schizophrenia
- Abilify Information for Consumers
- Abilify Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Abilify (detailed)
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