I take Wellbutrin & Cymbalta, still having depression & anxiety. I've tried Efexior, prozac, cellexor... only thing that helped was the prozac but after a while it mad me very tired in the afternoon.
How does Abilify work and why is it so expensive?
Question posted by babyboomer53 on 15 April 2010
Last updated on 23 May 2018
I just went to see my NEW SHRINK today and he put me on Lexapro 10mg 1X a day in the AM,and 2mg of ABILIFY 1X a day in the AM along with my Lexapro.I wasn't even told what I was diagnosed with.Is that even legal??Not telling you what you are diagnosed with??The Local Pharmacy I went to get my medication today.Charged my Insurance Company $608.99 cents for a 30-Day Supply of Abilify,and said that my Lexapro was pending.(Otherwise waiting for insurance approval.)How is it that the Pharmacutical Company's are getting rich off of us.It's not right!!! They even gave me the Real Bottle that the Abilify came in when the Pharmacutical Company shipped it to the Local Pharmacy.I looked on the bottle and there is a generic.My doctor put on the 2 Scripts"Brand Name Neccesary."What does he think I am rich too??This was my first visit seeing him now.I just want some feedback about this visit.
Fist, interesting observation about the Prozac and making you tired in the afternoon. I take too many meds to pick one out, but I find once most meds stop working, then they do make me tired. Thank you, I'll look into it and do a test. Anyway, Abilify is an adjunct to SSRI's SNRI's, etc. It is supposed to "even you out". Kind of like a bi-polar or manic depressive med but not as heavy duty. It's expensive because it's new, BRAND ONLY, until their patent runs out. I think it's the only one out there like it. Everyone's pushing it. So you should definitely get FREE samples from your Doc or even the company. I asked my Psychiatrist about it - but Doc didn't think I was a candidate. I use Xanax BRAND and Prozac BRAND for my Panic/Anxiety/Depression. Wish I could go up on Prozac but too many side effects since I have Endocrine Disorders too.
Do you take anything else besides the SSRI's for your depression and anxiety? I went 5 years undiagnosed before I found a Psychiatrist who put me on .75 mg. of Xanax and my Anxiety attacks disappeared IMMEDIATELY. I was on a TCA (old anti-depressant) for awhile but the side effects always get me, as did the weight. I don't know what else you're taking - the Wellbutrin should keep you alert with the Dopamine, and the Cymbalta with it would probably help out too with the serotonin aspect, but I've never tried 2 at the same time. You might have something there... Long answer, hope it helps!
abilify is made to "boost" the drug your on, like prozac. Just a new way to rip you off.
I am shocked you are on cymbalta, and for anxiety, WTF? Docs are so great about giving anti dep for anxiety, they do nothing for it! Adavan, clonazapam, valume and xanax are for anxiety..(sp?).OMg, and they write you abilify so they can fly off on vacation via the drug companies,asit is new! it's BS!
Prozac, that comes generic, add that with clonazapam (cost about $16.00 per 50, 2 mg, strong dose) would work better.Hell buy it from mexico, canada if your doc won't give you it. xanax is the strong one, but clonazapam, you should get that easy.
!0 years plus I have been stuck in the system, I have a fake spine, and hurt so much even with meds like the fent patch, percs, I hate my life! tried to die, but failed.
Anywho... not about me, get some clonazapam, or valume for that anxiety!
And for gods sake keep far away from cymbalta! Bad stuff.
I would not tell you anything that I have not had forced down me before.
cymbalta is very bad, and you will get sick bad if you stop taking it right away, prozac stays in your system longer, so the side effects are not even as bad.
I have am using abilify and have been for over 2 yrs. I really loved it. It has made me feel more normal then ever. I am bipolar with schizo affective disorder. But I have developed trouble swallowing where there is like a clicking sensation in my throat and I am not sure but think this was caused by it. It shows that if you have hx of trouble swallowing not to take. I also know that it has raised my sugar levels and I have hx of diabetes in my family and now am borderline to becoming diabetic. So now I have to find some other combo of drugs to take. Every med is different for everyone so just be careful and look into what you are giving before just taking it. I was never told by psych that I had to look out for these things. My psych always has samples to give me when I can not afford them and there is this link you can look at to see if you qualify for assistance. http://www.bms.com/products/Pages/programs.aspx. Hope this has helped you in some way.
No one here cares about spelling :) BUCKY found you the info... the next 2 answers had good effects from it, and SPECIALMOM has big issues with this medication. So I guess it all depends on the individual and how they react to it. But to be honest with you, I have heard more bad stories than good about this medication. Talk with your doctor about your concerns. Good luck to you!
I took abilify for 6 years and now suffer from permanent severe side effects. While the drug did it's job, it left me damaged for the rest of my life! If I were you, I would weigh out the benifits vs. the risks!! You can also join the Abilify support group here on drugs.com and see what people are saying. Please be very cautious in your decision. Good Luck.
Abilify worked for me. It took away my obsessive thoughts and I became normal again. I was taking it with Lexapro and Xanax. I had to stop it though because it had a bad effect and gave me restless leg syndrome.
Abilify works along with a antidepressant to enhance the effect of the med,its also prescribed for other things,and the price well thats just another way for the drug companys to get rich,hope this helps
I found Abilfy and it sounds scary,
What is Abilify?
Abilify (aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic medication. It works by changing the actions of chemicals in the brain.
Abilify is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression). It is also used together with other medications to treat major depressive disorder in adults.
Abilify is also used to treat irritability and symptoms of aggression, mood swings, temper tantrums, and self-injury related to autistic disorder in children who are at least 6 years old.
Abilify may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Important information about Abilify
Abilify is not for use in psychotic conditions that are related to dementia. Abilify may cause heart failure, sudden death, or pneumonia in older adults with dementia-related conditions. Stop using Abilify and call your doctor at once if you have the following symptoms: fever with stiff muscles and rapid heart rate; uncontrolled muscle movements; symptoms that come on suddenly such as numbness or weakness, severe headache, and problems with vision, speech, or balance. Abilify can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of Abilify.
Before you take aripiprazole, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by Abilify.
Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially in hot weather and during exercise. It is easier to become dangerously overheated and dehydrated while you are taking Abilify.
What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking Abilify?
Abilify is not for use in psychotic conditions that are related to dementia. Abilify may cause heart failure, sudden death, or pneumonia in older adults with dementia-related conditions.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to aripiprazole. If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take Abilify: liver or kidney disease;
heart disease, high blood pressure, heart rhythm problems;
Abilify may cause you to have high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). Talk to your doctor if you have any signs of hyperglycemia such as increased thirst or urination, excessive hunger, or weakness. If you are diabetic, check your blood sugar levels on a regular basis while you are taking Abilify.
Can't tell you how it works and neither can the drug company.It is one of the atypical & newer antipsychotics. That means it tends to give you metabolic side effects rather than movement ones. It is not on generic hence the high price. All the side effects suck. It's just a matter of finding the best ones for yourself. Cheers.
- Abilify uses and safety info
- Abilify information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Abilify (detailed)
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