I have taken Abilify 5mg for bipolar depression for a week and feel so much better already! Does it really start working this quickly or is it a placebo effect?
I took ability and it made me feel great rather quick. However, the weight gain was an issue that I could not believe. I worked out regularly and all of the sudden I just gained weight. It didn't change my appetite but no matter how much I'd increase working out or cut back on food, which I could not be healthy and eat much less, the weight piled on. I gained 30 ,lbs in the first ,2 months and I needed to decide if it was worth it. My clothes did not fit at all and I was embarrassed of my appearance. Abilify didn't make me happy about gaining weight. Sadly I stopped taking it. Abilify seemed like the ultimate cure I'd been looking for. I couldn't continue. I watched how much larger my sister was getting and she had been on it longer then I was. Seeing that weight change in 2 friends was simply disturbing. Yes it does work fast. I noticed the next day.
Only my 2nd dose. If you don't have that issue with the weight, than continue on. You will feel level and have a child like anticipation. You just can't wait to get out of bed in the morning.
I'm on day 3. He's my thing... Dr, prescribed Abilify 5 mg, but since I know me and I'm super sensitive to medication, I took 1/4 of the pill, so roughly 1.25 mg. Seems like nothing, right? Well, it's making me feel so sleepy. It also makes me feel edgy and I had a lump in my throat like I couldn't swallow. All of these are common side effects according to the leaflet. I also take 0.5 mg clonazepam at bedtime, so I think what I'll do is swap it around and take Abilify at bedtime hoping I can sleep and take clonazepam prn during the day to offset the edginess. I'm thinking I'll probably be okay on 2.5 mg and am planning to inch up to that a little at a time. Your thoughts/suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!
- Abilify Information for Consumers
- Abilify Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Abilify (detailed)
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