I was prescribed abilify in a very low dose, so my doctor said. I filled the prescription and never took it. I have some memory issues as a result of a mild aneurism. I didn't argue about schizophrenia diagnosis though i don't agree. I have been dealing with depression almost my entire life. My previous doctor actually took me off of medications altogether as she was afraid they might trigger another aneurism. Other doctor knows this though it has been 8 years before. Just in February I took a 5 hour energy drink to help me stay awake that nearly killed me. 55 beat per minute heart rate. Was in hospital observation for close to 24 hours. Let me out too early but eventually recovered. My first anti-depresants worked well at low dose (I split the pill down to 1/4) These were seroquel and effexor and that was in early 90's. They helped me get out the house, but i don't recall why my previous doctor took me off the pills prior to trying a series of other medication before she removed me completely due to sensitivity to side effects. The fact that i am vegetarian may cause stronger sensitivity i think. Anyhow, there was an ad on TV by lawyers sueing the seroquel and effexor companies. I didn't qualify. Then i search the internet about abilify and the first thing i see is a YouTube video that says ability kills and i told my recent doctor of this before i actually filled the prescription. He doesn't seem worried nor does his nurse. They are really pressing that they believe it would help me, especially with focus. The doctor tried to assure me that it was the lowest dose and that those results usually happen for someone who takes it long-term. He approved me splitting the pill dosage. On the other hand when discussing with his nurse that i filled the prescription and i decided to take it as needed, she was surprised and said it didn't work that way , that i had to take it everyday for it to work. I expressed my ill desire to be dependent on psychotics and prefer the natural way around. I search side effects and this forum to see if anyone has been helped by the drug and a number of things concerned me. Before i got to this website, I concluded that they should remove abilify off the market. If anyone dies from the medication, they cannot make a comment on this page. It seems these ones who were helped the most took 2.5 kilograms or less and for not more than two weeks. It would be helpful if this site suggests commenters list the dosage and length of time taken. This would make a more accurate measure on how long abilify can be taken before it kills. My medical goal is to go back to work and lead a normal working life. Though even physical factors contributed, I haven't worked a consistent job since early 90's. I am now over 40. Suggestions please. I would also like to hear from a loved one whose loved one actually died taking abilify and what their dosage was and length of time taken. Thank you
Does abilify help with focus?
Question posted by GodisPower on 1 Nov 2011
Last updated on 6 January 2021 by Also have questions
I take abilify and as a student growing up my GPA was a 2.78 and barely a 2.9 as an undergraduate. After taking this medication, my GPA jumped to a 4.0 in my master's work and a 3.91 for my doctoral work. I am able to hyper-focus when doing more difficult tasks in the field of computer science, which I began studying after my doctoral work was completed. I would work on Excel projects for my Data Acquisition and Analysis Class which required doing minor programming and I would start about 3:00 in the afternoon, for example, and when I completed the project I was stunned that it was after midnight and that I literally stayed focused for nine hours straight while completing the assignment. I no longer have the problem with concentration and I am able to focus for long periods of time while outlining the chapters for my more difficult subjects. I also have a 3.89 GPA in the field of computer science as well.
As I said above, I struggled to maintain a B average as an undergraduate and now I am able to perform academically at a very high level, which is very important to me both personally and professionally.
I found no benefit from abilify, and like our friend who replied earlier am pre-diabetic, have high cholesterol and triglycerides and carry an additional 70 lbs on my 5'8" medium frame. I wonder if there is a good herbalist or naturopathic doc in your area. I would take this route myself, but can't afford it. I am strongly resistant to allopathic meds, but medicaid won't cover the natural stuff. I wonder if your doc could recommend some vitamin supplements that may help. And thanks for telling about your exp. with energy drinks... those thinks are like drinking toxic waste.
Just wanted to share that I have been talking Abilify 15mgs for over 6 years with excellent results. It helps with the depression, keeps my mood stabilized and ultimately helps me concentrate. Everyone is different, but so far so good for me.
Hi, Godispower. I just finished taking abilify permanently over the weekend, and today with my doctor's agreed consent. I had consumed 10mgs (which is a normal to low dose for bipolar I disorder) for a total of 16 months. But in the meantime, blood work showed that I acquired pre-diabetes, high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, plus A LOT of gallstones due to the cholesterol build-up; even though I am on a mostly vegetarian, low-fat diet, exercise, and am about 119lbs.
Now, the doctor stressed that all of this stuff is RARE, doesn't usually happen with abilify consumption. but as luck would have it, all happened to me! I didn't feel that abilify interfered with my memory too much, and in fact after six years of zyprexa would recommend it in a heartbeat over that drug. So my advice is to try it at a low dose, but be aware that you should perhaps have periodic blood work for diabetes and cholesterol. Give the drug a shot before shooting it down completely.
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