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User Reviews for Abilify to treat Schizoaffective Disorder

Abilify has an average rating of 5.4 out of 10 from a total of 73 ratings for the treatment of Schizoaffective Disorder. 45% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 47% reported a negative effect.

Abilify Rating Summary

5.4/10 average rating

73 ratings from 76 user reviews.

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Reviews for Abilify

Jesus lol · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 16, 2020

“I was diagnosed with bipolar 1 as a child, and later diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. I had a period in my life where I was into the occult, the bible, and other occult subjects, and my doctor saw that as being unacceptable. So they put me on invega and that made me extremely depressed and was crying most of the day, so I switched to abilify. The abilify makes me anxious, restless, body aches and joint pain, lost my self worth and purpose. I've been a musician for 13 years and I just sit here now unable to motivate myself to do anything. I miss how I felt off of meds, but I'm forced to take them. I don't think antipsychotics are good for depression at all. Every time I get my shot I almost immediately fall into a deep depression for 2 weeks or so, and then start feeling better the last 2 weeks of the month, then I get my shot and start the cycle all over again, I want to get rid of my meds and I want to talk to God again.”

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Yoda1977 · Taken for 10 years or more October 29, 2013

“I have been on Abilify for about 14 years and I have found it to be very beneficial. I suffered from verbal and visual hallucinations. Thanks to Abilify I have been symptom free for a number of year. Thank God.”

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Dee May 2, 2020

“It appeared to help because taking it happened to occur at the same time as my symptoms getting much better. Over the years, that was the story being told. No other medication before it did anything for me, so it seemed to be safe for me to stay on Abilify. I finally experimented with taking less after I realized I seemed different than other people. I was wondering why I could never remember things very well and was not very confident or comfortable. It has been a year tapering off from 15 mg daily and I am finally almost completely off. I have improved tremendously and for the first time in 15 years feel like myself. I did not realize how much this medication was making me dumb. Life is too important to mess up. As always, listen and trust your own intuition first. If you start to feel negative affects for any reason, so much that you do not enjoy life as fully as you feel you should, stop this med.”

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Feelingbetter March 13, 2020

“I have schizophrenia, anxiety (generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder), and depression. I started wellbutrin and abilify 4 days ago and I also take Loxapine. Because I started Wellbutrin and Abilify at the same time, I'm not sure which one is working for my anxiety. But it was at a solid 8.6/10 and now it's down to 5.5/10. So whatever Abilify and wellbutrin is doing, it's working for my anxiety a lot.”

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Scaaty · Taken for 10 years or more October 7, 2015

“I'm 66 years old and had been treated with a myriad of drugs for bipolar and schizoaffective disorder including psychoses, mood swings, delusions and hallucinations for over 30 years when I was put on Abilify. It was like someone flipped a switch and I got my life back. I am virtually symptom-free for over twelve years now and the only side effect has been some weight gain which, at my age, is a fair trade. Truly a wonder drug.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 20, 2013

“I am thirty three and I have schizoaffective disorder. Ability gave me the energy to make it through the day and run after two kids. It's the best medicine I've ever been on. No side effects. Stopped drinking and pills. Doing much better.”

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YesIBelieveInSatanNow October 8, 2019

“Over 5 years of swallowing this medication daily, even at its lowest dose at times, and it successfully caused me full blown addiction. Random compulsive shopping, alcoholism, pain relievers, sex and porn and gambling. That's what I get for asking a "professional" (a MD) for help, I guess. Add the yearly deductible payment of ~$750, for a 30 day supply, every January, plus co pays to have the "professional" refill the addiction every so often. Do I want to sue? Yes. Does it even matter though after what I explained? ....”

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Anonymous October 3, 2020

“It started off great on Abilify. I had so much energy and it helped me get up early with more energy. However once I got to 5mg it turned into a nightmare. Extreme anxiety around people and I would feel like crying for almost no reason. I do not like it and am thankful my doctor let me stop taking it”

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Nietzsche · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 10, 2019

“Abilify is great, I don't feel flat like zyprexa and invega made me feel. Do not gain any weight. I feel energy and motivation to do things. At first it made me feel a little bit restless but that seems to fade away. Been using it for over a month now. Hope it stays this way!!”

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Noblee · Taken for 5 to 10 years February 8, 2017

“I am very happy with Abilify. I have been on it with Lexapro and klonopin and I am feeling much better than I was. I can make firm decisions. As a matter of fact I bought my first home at 58. I take care of my own finances and for the most part I am very pleased with my adulthood. I am a wonderful grandma and my babies love me. It is awesome to be me. I feel free and "human ". I am blessed!!!!”

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Anonymous · Taken for 2 to 5 years September 27, 2012

“I heard voices and experienced wild delusions for over ten years before I found Abilify. At first I took 10mg of Haldol to quiet the voices but that stopped working after 6 months. And the side effects of Haldol were high. My experience with Abilify I think are better than average, in that I'm symptom free, with no side effects. 30mg a day for three years.”

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jr · Taken for 1 to 2 years September 23, 2018

“I was 280pounds on olanzapine and was switched to arpiprazole. I lost 80 pounds in 6 months and have maintained the lower weight for over a year. But I did have a 2 month severe withdrawal period when I stopped the olanzapine. After that, I felt the same on the aripiprazole as I did on the olanzapine, minus the severe obesity. I like aripiprazole, and I have no sexual dysfunction as I did on olanzapine.”

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GabeWhite5 April 18, 2020

“This is a terrible drug!! I would recommend to never take this. I was on it for 3 months and it was the worst 3 months of my life. My anxiety and depression got so much worse and I felt as if I was trapped with no where to go or no hope. It also made me feel as if I were out of reality .”

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B strong · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 9, 2015

“I was recently diagnosed schizoaffective, at 30 years of age. I've been on 30 different medications, ranging in all of the psychotropic med. spectrum. Abilify, at 10 mg., has stopped the; delusions, paranoia, depression and visuals. I am in full remission with the aid of paxil and remeron. Initially, abilify can cause some insomnia. Ask for a sleep aid. I used remeron for sleep. I highly recommend Abilify for schizoaffective disorder. 1 week should have results. 2 weeks peak plasma concentration. Peace”

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Lete December 23, 2010

“I suffered for over 5 years in an episode state, I was diagnosed bipolar schizoaffective in January of 2008. Was prescribed Abilify for the schizoaffective disorder and Zoloft for the bipolar disorder the combination of the two has changed my life. I'm not homeless anymore and am able to hold a part time job to support myself. ”

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Medhead · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 16, 2018

“I have been taking 15 mg of Abilify for 2 months. I’ve lost 6 kg and feel amazing. My depression is all but gone my day to day tasks seem easy now in comparison to my previous med (Risperdal) where I gained 15 kg and was lethargic and unmotivated all the time. I also developed very high prolactin levels from the Risperdal which have now returned to normal since starting Abilify. My symptoms are gone and I feel free for first time in 10 years. I’ve previously been on olanzapine and sodium valproate and like I said Risperdal. Over the last 2 years on those meds I gained 42 kg mostly on olanzapine even with a healthy diet. Now its 15 mg Abilify, 300mg lamotragine and 1700mg metformin. I feel amazing and am finally losing weight. Love Abilify. Awesome medication. Had no side effects except bit drowsy for first 5 days.”

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ImDone · Taken for less than 1 month November 23, 2019

“I took duloxetine 6 years back, came off it because it made me aggressive and just hated people, my psychosis doc put me on this and gave me Diazepam to try and combat the early stages... I’ve take it for a few days, the Aripiprazole has done the same as duloxetine did and the diazepam just made me numb to feeling any guilt. I’m stopping taking it and dropping the whole lot, I’m gonna end up in prison if I carry on with this.”

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Kr0mest4rr · Taken for 1 to 2 years November 7, 2021

“I've been on Abilify 400mg injection a year and a half now and I've got to say I think its doing its job. I don't get paranoia or anxiety, and my over thinking thoughts of bad scenarios that probably aren't going to happen stopped. I feel just normal now and am generally happy, I work fine, I can exercise fine , I haven't put on any weight because of it even when I wasn't active and haven't gotten any other side effects (so far) I am pleased with Abilify and thankful”

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Ianguitarist January 19, 2014

“Definitely my favorite. I'm so put down by my mood stabilizer that I never got manic on it. Weight gain for me is self induced, not medication induced. It ups a lot of things that make you smarter. Scholastically I do well on it. Nice medicine.”

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daisy1979 · Taken for 5 to 10 years November 6, 2012

“Although this medicine works wonders for some and not so well for others, I have found that it has helped me a great deal. It is truly a miracle for me. Without it I would not be the person that I am today. I was put on this medicine when it was barely out of the lab. It has totally changed my life. I love it!”

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Bella84 May 26, 2013

“Abilify worked wonders for me. So far the only side effect I have is the involuntary movement of my jaw. And also I sleep like 12 hours in the morning. But so far so good. Haven't gained any weight either and I hope I don't in the future as I have been taking it for just 4 months now.”

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Suki56 · Taken for less than 1 month June 7, 2017

“Yay!Love abilify. I'm 56, started on lowest dose 3 weeks ago and my thinking process has never been so normal. Way more motivation. Feels like a miracle after decades of mental torment. My doc will probably increase my dose a bit in 2 weeks. Looking forward!”

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Paprika November 27, 2020

“I’ve been taking Abilify for years, I had to restart it about a month ago after being off of it for about four months. I started getting a really terrible appetite where I just wanted to keep on eating, I think I’ve gained a bit of weight while on it. I have WAY too much energy and have found I’ve become a bit impulsive. Although, any hallucinations I used to have, have lessened quite a bit so that’s a plus! I feel like the longer you’re on it, the less bad side effects you feel. If you’re feeling too energized and like the constantly need to move, it may be a thing called Akathisia; a need to always be doing something or a mental unrest. Any anger I used to have, has lessened or is gone pretty much. I do feel pretty spaced out a lot and very forgetful thought and not myself but at least the psychotic symptoms I had have lessened.”

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pinklotus · Taken for less than 1 month January 16, 2019

“I’ve been taking Aripiprazole for about 4 days, and I already feel a LOT less depressed. But not 100% yet, it’s too soon to tell. I still have anxiety. I will follow up soon. Also, I have noticed no side effects so far besides appetite increase (which is good in my case because I am underweight) and dizziness/sleepiness when it kicks in. So I take it at night.”

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NoMore · Taken for less than 1 month July 15, 2019

“Took Haldol for 30 years. Switched to Abilify 4 days ago. I developed SEVERE constipation. Had constipation on Haldol also, but not as bad. Gained 8 lbs in 4 days on Abilify. My experience with Abilify has now convinced me I am through with anti-psychotics regardless of the consequences. The only way I will take anti-psychotic is by being strapped down and a judges order forces a doctor to give it to me.”

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