I can't breathe very well. I have gained 45 pounds. The weight I can deal with its the breathing part Ii dont like. Can't find any info that suggests that Abilify shortens breathe or anything. By the way, I am schizo effective severe bi polar. Any ideas?
Hi, Weslie! I'm sorry to hear about the difficulties you're having. Metabolic weight gain, not influenced by diet or exercise, is not uncommon with the anti-psychotic medications. I did find the following reference to respiratory side effects of Abilify Maintena although the frequency has not been reported. Is your doctor aware of this problem?
Aripiprazole (the active ingredient contained in Abilify Maintena) lauroxil Extended-Release IM Suspension:
Frequency not reported: Difficulty breathing, throat tightness
Postmarketing reports: Hiccups, laryngospasm, oropharyngeal spasm
Aripiprazole Extended/Prolonged-Release IM Suspension:
Common (1% to 10%): Bronchitis, cough, nasal congestion, nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hiccups, pharyngitis
Frequency not reported: Acute respiratory distress syndrome, allergic rhinitis, aspiration pneumonia, difficulty breathing, dysphonia, dyspnea, epistaxis, laryngospasm, nasal septum deviation, oropharyngeal spasm, paranasal sinus hypersecretion, pulmonary embolism, respiratory tract congestion, rhinalgia, sinus congestion, throat tightness, wheezing
Immediate-Release IM Injection:
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hiccups
Frequency not reported: Aspiration pneumonia, dyspnea, laryngospasm, nasal congestion, oropharyngeal spasm, pulmonary embolism
Common (1% to 10%): Cough, dyspnea, epistaxis, nasal congestion, nasopharyngitis, pharyngolaryngeal pain, pneumonia aspiration, upper respiratory tract infection
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hiccups
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Dry throat, hoarseness, lower respiratory tract infection, nasal dryness, painful respiration, paranasal sinus hypersecretion, rhinorrhea, sinus congestion, sinusitis
Frequency not reported: Laryngospasm, oropharyngeal spasm pulmonary embolism[Ref]
Best regards, Wildcat
Hi Weslie, I've been on oral Abilify for about 3 years and i have gained in total about 80 lbs, and i too find it hard to breathe. I put the weight on real fast and not too long after starting the Abilify and gaining maybe 30 or so pounds is when I noticed it was harder to breathe. I also experienced this with another antipsychotic before Abilify and I thought maybe i was allergic to that drug. I now know its from the weight gain, not only weight gain, but rapid weight gain, my body never had any time to adjust to the extra weight before i gained even more. Its harder than it used to be fo breathe when I'm still and its especially harder to breathe when i exert myself. I need to exercise to lose some weight, but I get out of breath SO easily. I don't know what to do, the Abilify saved my life mentally, but its hurting me physically with this weight. Sounds like we are kind of in the same boat. I wish you the best.
Hi, Weslie, I found this and under "Less Common" it states "trouble with breathing or swallowing."
Abilify Maintena Side Effects
Hope it helps, René
- Abilify Information for Consumers
- Abilify Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Abilify (detailed)
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