... and depression. Does Abilify help as an add on? I have tried it twice before and they took me off but after so many meds, I don’t remember why. Does it tend to make anxiety and agitation worse? I am on Klonopin and Zoloft but just like all the others, they are doing nothing. Anyone had any luck with Seroquel as an add on. I have constant repetitive songs and thoughts and ruminating that never stops. Btw ... diagnosis is treatment resistant depression, GAD and OCD.
Summary for Abilify VS Seroquel:
Abilify (aripiprazole) and Seroquel (quetiapine) are two atypical antipsychotic medications that can treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Abilify can also treat depression, Tourette’s disorder, and autistic disorder.
Abilify can be taken once daily to treat schizophrenia. In contrast, Seroquel is usually taken twice daily. However, an extended-release form of Seroquel can also be taken once daily depending on the psychiatric condition treated.
Both medications have similar side effects such as weight gain, somnolence, and nausea. Because they are both metabolized in the liver, they should not be taken with other drugs that affect CYP3A4 liver enzymes. Other medications like drugs used for high blood pressure can also interact with Abilify and Seroquel.
Abilify has an interaction with Benzodiazepines - Seroquel does not.
Hope someone with experience taking these responds. My guess is they took you off bc of weight gain from what you have said.
The problem with Abilify (as with other antipsychotics) is that it does have the potential for causing weight gain and metabolic disorders. It can also be energizing for some users which could be interpreted as agitation.
I took Abilify for quite some time, first with Lexapro and then Effexor. It was helpful for me... not 100% by any means but there was significant improvement.
I take a low dose of Seroquel now for sleep and it works well... I sleep through the night now. Sleep deprivation can often contribute to depression
Off the cuff, I just talked to my sister who's undergoing treatment with TMS and doing very well with it.
- Abilify Information for Consumers
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