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User Reviews for Abilify

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For Major Depressive Disorder "First started the med my sleep and appetite and energy started improving at 5mg it helped my moods a little bit I thought finally a medicine that works. Side effects were restlessness a little daytime drowsiness. Then increased my dose to 10mg from there my depression got a lot worse I was so restless and my tiredness was very bad I was disoriented. I wasn't driving all I did was lay in bed going crazy"

   
3.0

Jacob (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 3, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder "I felt like a different person. I felt weird, socially with drawn, and introverted. I had fogginess in the back of my head. I had no appetite or sex drive. I had shaky legs and hands. I was up all night. I would have times where my eyes were out of focus and I couldn’t see straight. Please do not take this medication. Everybody is different but my experience was horrible. As I stopped taking it, these side effects are going away. I couldn’t function or do simple tasks."

   
1.0

Wilmar (taken for less than 1 month) October 3, 2018

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"I was on abilify for a month for tics. The first 5 days were hard to get used to but once I got used to it I noticed side effects such as numbness in my thumbs, always lightheaded, and basically a zombie. It was interfering with my work and made miss days. I wasn’t ticking only because I was a zombie. I was taking this medication twice a day, once in the morning and once at night."

   
3.0

Nick (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 3, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder "Hello, I will love to share My experience with this medication. My name is Tay, and I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder with major mood swings affecting my daily life such as work. I tried Abilify 10 mg and it make me feel like the living dead, no energy feeling tired and really bad increase of anxiety and feeling paranoid. I was then lowered the dosage to 5mg, however is still make me tired and increased of anxiety. My physician does not want to take me off of it. I really do not wish to proceed with this medication. I stopped taking it without letting my doctor know. I really hope to tried something else Thanks"

   
1.0

tayshalee (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 2, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder "I've had unexpected benefits with this drug. For one I am hypoglycemic, and this tends to keep my sugars normal. Plus when I'm off meds I tend to drink to keep my mind under control-thats a bad thing since I have gastritis. I had been off it for about two weeks and drank last night and was up half the night with my stomach. I'm not an alcoholic, have discussed my drinking habits with the doctor, they are not concerned. But I have started my meds today again because of my stomach. I love being unmedicated, but this helps me control my thoughts and I don't tend to get out of control on it. So yes, works 10/10 for me. I like latuda a little better than this med, but due to cost I'll stick with this one for now."

   
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loose cannon September 29, 2018

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For Bipolar Disorder "Gave me extremely painful full-body cramps after a week."

   
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Megumi (taken for less than 1 month) September 29, 2018

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For Schizoaffective Disorder "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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jr (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 23, 2018

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For Schizoaffective Disorder "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."

   
10

Medhead (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 16, 2018

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For Schizoaffective Disorder "Not only did I suffer a stroke or TIA, my ability to function decreased significantly! Be aware of the medications you put into your mouth!"

   
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Jewels (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 10, 2018

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For Schizoaffective Disorder "I have had Schizoaffective disorder for 18 years. I was on haloperidol for over 10 years, been on abilify for 3 weeks and I can actually have feelings of happiness and contentment now. Teamed with an antidepressant called endep I feel better than I have for 18 years. More energy, less paranoia, able to concentrate for longer periods of time. I was getting side effects of hunger, but I just drink water instead of eating. Hunger is subsiding 3 1/2 weeks taking abilify. Experiencing some insomnia but getting more and more sleep every night. Otherwise feeling great ready to take on the world!"

   
8.0

S.A.D won’t beat me (taken for less than 1 month) September 10, 2018

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I had gone through most standard antidepressants without seeing much benefit, and Abilify was the drug that finally pulled me out of depression...at least initially. I had so much energy on 2mg but the depression came creeping back after about a month. Upped my dose to 4mg and I am now so restless that it’s affecting every facet of my life. I need to constantly be on the move because sitting still for more than a minute makes me feel like I have a mild electric current running through all of my muscles. It works so well for my depression though that I’m currently seeking treatment for the side effect rather than stop the Abilify completely. Not a fun place to be. I’m currently also on Lexapro and Adderall - the Abilify seems to negate any benefits of the Adderall almost completely..."

   
7.0

AbilifyUser (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 9, 2018

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I may have had an adverse reaction, but this drug made my life so bad for a few weeks. I was vomiting about every other hour or so starting the morning after I took it for the first time. Because of its stupidly long half-life, it took me another few days for the vomiting to finally stop."

   
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Zyra (taken for less than 1 month) August 29, 2018

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I was prescribed Abilify along with Cymbalta and it was horrible! I felt absolutely dead inside. I would rather be depressed that to feel nothing at all. Even when I'm depressed, I still manage to have a sense of humor, but not with Abilify. I just didn't care about anything."

   
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Kristin (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 13, 2018

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I’ve only been on it for a few days, I have anxiety/ADHD/depression/BPD. I’m on lexapro 20mg and it helped for a little bit but I was still having crazy ups and downs throughout the day. Happy and then 20 minutes later crying and upset. Although I haven’t been diagnosed with BP 2, I believe I have it. This medicine so far has done wonders. I’m actually energetic, talkative, I WANT to work out (I always had to drag myself to the gym), and I feel like I’m living better. Downside is it’s hard to fall asleep at night. Nothing major, I’m gonna try Melatonin tonight and see if it helps. Other side effects are nausea and a slight headache for me."

Z (taken for less than 1 month) August 4, 2018

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For Depression "Went on abilify for depression and anxiety. No side effects and took my anxiety away at 5mg. Depression is gone too."

   
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Heather (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 4, 2018

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For Depression "Been on it about a year and it has helped me a lot no side effects"

   
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Tanncox77 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 28, 2018

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For Depression "I took Abilfy 10mg for 3 weeks as an add on to my Celexa for MDD. I worked great for my depression. But I started shopping like crazy, which is out of character. During the 2nd week my right thumb went numb, my hands and arms started to get puffy. I thought maybe my salt intake was high, so I cut back with no improvement. By the 3rd week I was have severe carpal tunnel pain all the way up my right arm to my shoulder. I stopped taking it per my Dr. Only the 2nd day off I lost 10lbs in water weight. Carpal tunnel pain is gone but my thumb is still numb."

   
4.0

Caligirl (taken for less than 1 month) July 24, 2018

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For Major Depressive Disorder "I've suffered from major depressive disorder for 4 decades and tried hundreds of various combinations of ant-depressants, stimulants, and benzos after being treated by over 13 different psychiatrists. I was finally put on Pristique, Adderall (for ADD) and 5mg of Abilify and I finally got my life back. I know the Abilify is what tipped the balance because I was on the Pristique and Adderall for 3 months and got somewhat better but still felt no motivation and couldn't turn my thoughts into action until my Dr. added the Abilify. I am now getting up and out of bed, working out, and engaging in life. My Anhedonia is gone and I have hope for my life for the first time in 20 years."

   
8.0

elliebell (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 24, 2018

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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"

   
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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."

   
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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."

   
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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."

   
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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."

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

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