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User Reviews for Abilify

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Schizoaffective Disorder
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Autism
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26 reviews 7 medications
Depression
6.7
   
213 reviews 80 medications
Schizophrenia
6.3
   
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Agitated State
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Bipolar Disorder
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Major Depressive Disorder
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Summary of Abilify reviews 6.3 644 reviews

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For Schizophrenia "I was on invega for years. Was always drowsy and gained 100 lbs over 6 years. Then I switched to abilify last October 2017. Abilify worked so great for me, lost weight, wasn’t drowsy, voices dissipated, etc. Then a month later the problems started, I fell into a deep hole of nonstop gambling. It started out as just a simple free code bonus for online casinos. It then turned into a full blown addiction. Drawing my bank account anytime I got paid down to 1-0 dollars trying to win. Always chasing my losses. It has gotten to the point where I started opening credit cards for more and more gambling. I have finally put my foot down and said “NO More!” I Saw my psychiatrist today and came forward with my issues. She told me to taper off abilify and switch to Vraylar. Here’s to hoping the gambling floats away with the drug leaving my body!"

   
6.0

MillerMillion (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 13, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder "After a few weeks it had me unsettled and tapping my feet 90 miles and hour It made me nervous I went down on my dosage to 7.5 and I’m better but want off of it I’m just without personality and I feel like there’s something better I could take"

   
3.0

julie864 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 13, 2018

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For Depression "I took Abilify for over a year. I had a bad experience with long term side effects. In the beginning I called it the miracle drug it worked well for my depression and life was grand. I began to get very depressed. The long term effects caused me to have schizophrenia I was hospitalized and taken off of it. I do not recommend this drug be taken for long long term ."

Sue (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 11, 2018

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For Schizophrenia "I've been on this medicine for 2 weeks. I'm suddenly not wanting to sleep my whole days away! It makes my ADHD go through the roof though. A lot of pacing. I stopped ADHD meds because of the psychosis, but I think I may start them up again since I know I was getting psychosis because of schizophrenia and not necessarily the amphetamines. As for side effects besides the above first week had a stomach ache and slight headaches. Totally worth it though."

   
7.0

NRG (taken for less than 1 month) July 9, 2018

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Took Abilify 2mg / day for two weeks, so far so good. Upped the dosage to 5mg / day and things started to go very wrong for me. This medicine started giving me terrible panic attacks (after about a month in), and threw me into the worst mental state I’ve ever been in in my life. I also could not sit still for very long, and was generally tired throughout the day. This medicine may work well for you, but this medicine temporarily ruined my life."

   
1.0

AJ (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 1, 2018

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For Depression "I started taking Abilify along with my Cymbalta. After a week I began to feel incredible. This drug has helped me to focus. I'm doing creative things that I haven’t thought of for years. I feel self-confident. No negative thoughts."

   
10

Wendy June 26, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder "Started taking with vistaril after a hospitalization. First caused stomach upset, nausea, and headache. But now nothing! I’m waaaay more stable and focused. I get sleepy in the afternoon because I take my meds at noon with lunch."

   
9.0

AR (taken for less than 1 month) June 24, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder "This drug was initially good at mitigating some aspects of mania for me. It also made me feel less anxious and I cared less about what others thought of me for a few months. The drug seemed to loose its effectiveness and my psychiatrist said it may have been amplifying self harm thoughts. For these reasons I give it a 5/10. I am now on risperidol."

   
5.0

Tyler (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 12, 2018

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For Autism "we had my grandson on abilify for a year and we upped his dosage and down it as well, yet his aggression never stopped, We finally got him weaned off and his aggressive behavior has increased severely, also his tics have increased, He can't stop moving he was hitting his feet and head cause his brain is not connecting to his right thoughts. He is high functional autism, I do not recommend this drug to them at all"

   
1.0

mrs.G (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 10, 2018

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For Autism "My 7 year old son is on 2mg. It has completely changed our family. He has not broken a window on kicked in a door since starting abilify. Before birth he was exposed to drug, alcohol, violence, chemotherapy, and pain killers. I adopted him at a year. He is diagnosed with Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) and Asperger Syndrome. He is so calm now. He still gets irritated if things are not his way, but he is does not act on his anger."

   
10

Mom of 3 (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 6, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder "It did not stabilize my moods. I’m still all over the place, and the fact that I can’t sit still get really under my nerves. I’m super paranoid on this. I feel 10x worse than I did before. It messed me up completely. Side Effects: Severe akathisia, High anxiety, Paranoia, Delusions, Mania, Depression, Suicidal Ideation. I only took this for 2 weeks at a low dose of 5mg and I'M DONE."

   
3.0

TJ (taken for less than 1 month) June 5, 2018

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For Autism "My son already had looping, fast thoughts that were driving him crazy. Abilify sped those thoughts up and made it worse. Couldn't wait for the drug to wear off!"

   
1.0

JZ (taken for less than 1 month) June 5, 2018

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Abilify was awful. Caused severe dizziness and balance problems which led to many falls."

   
1.0

Dr. J (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 24, 2018

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For Major Depressive Disorder "Bad stomach issues, felt confused & dazed on first try. I’m gonna give it a shot for another week, but I’m becoming super paranoid on this ...."

   
3.0

kelliY (taken for less than 1 month) May 18, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder "Horrible experience with Abilify. Was like taking speed, but in a really inefficient mess of a way. Could not keep on top of my work, would start a million things and finish none. Stopped after less than a week of use."

   
2.0

bpd789 (taken for less than 1 month) May 17, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder "Weight gain and depression"

   
4.0

cls (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 13, 2018

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For Autism "This was for my son. The side effects are worse than the original problems. Extreme weight gain immediately craved food, excessive thirst, already high triglycerides made worse, vision changes immediately. Trying to get my son off the medication is making the symptoms worse with behavior and insomnia. He is no longer needing to eat non-stop and he doesn’t use his glasses all day anymore if at all which is how it was before. He has had many almost psychotic episodes screaming that he doesn’t know what he wants to do and completely unable to go to sleep. He has separation anxiety cannot be alone, increased aggression and work refusal at school. It’s been a month of trying to wean him off. Gradually every step down causes more problems like this. I highly recommend not trying this drug. I was pressured into it by the hospital and my ex husband against my wishes."

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 28, 2018

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For Depression "It's better every year."

   
9.0

Hb (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 22, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder "I have a love-hate relationship with this drug. On one hand, it immediately stopped my paranoid thoughts and delusions and made me feel normal again.. mentally. On the other hand, it gave me this unshakable restless and irritated energy. I wasn't able to sit still, complete anything I loved, or even listen to friends. If you don't mind feeling like you have to run a marathon an hour this might work for you."

   
5.0

Paranoid (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 18, 2018

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For Schizophrenia "Not myself on this medication. Feel lethargic. Plus symptoms of depression have gotten worse and so as to being more paranoid. Feel emotionless and zombified after 2 months of taking it. Will never take this medication again"

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 14, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder "I was on abilify for a diagnosis of mixed bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder following a hospitalization. I was on it for about a year . I found it helpful, and easily tolerated at first - it helped reduce hallucinations and paranoia while improving my fluctuating mood. However, even at its highest dose, it wasn’t strong enough or potent enough for me I suppose - it just didn’t match up. I continued to have some paranoia and whenever I was more upset than usual, I’d have breakthrough hallucinations. What made the docs take me off of it was the oral twitching I developed and bizarre tongue movements, which are signs of tardive dyskinesia, a rare side effect. Newer antipsychotics have less instances of this condition, but it’s still possible. Anyway, I was taken off of it and placed on another antipsychotic. Still have tongue movements though... An overall okay drug, it works for a lot of people, but not everyone!"

   
8.0

Sunguppy (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 27, 2018

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I have been taking abilify for one to two years now and I don't feel any different. I still have panic attacks I still feel like crying and wanting to stay in bed all day. I feel scared all the time, I still feel depressed 24/7"

Kaitlynm394 (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 3, 2018

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For Autism "Took them for a year. Didn't really do much and the side effects outweighed the benefits. It started a pattern of new insomnia where I wake up multiple times a night so I went off of it and got really irritating and anxiety triggering dyskenesia. Over a year since I've taken them and the sleep problems have not stopped. It absolutely fried my short term memory. People are always telling me the same thing over and over again because I can't remember things anymore."

   
4.0

EvieFrye (taken for 1 to 2 years) February 25, 2018

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I haven't experienced any changes with this medication."

   
1.0

Twingirls1 February 15, 2018

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For Depression "After suffering with depression for 10 years this has finally helped me. I also take wellbutrin 300mg I hated being on SSRI's cause of the weight gain and lack of sex drive which is not a problem with these drugs I'm so thankful for abilify 5mg it has given me my life back!"

   
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Tracey 130206 February 9, 2018

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