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User Reviews for Aripiprazole to treat Schizoaffective Disorder

Also known as: Abilify, Aristada, Abilify Maintena, Abilify MyCite, Aristada Initio

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Aripiprazole Rating Summary

User Ratings
28% (18)
14% (9)
8% (5)
5% (3)
3% (2)
2% (1)
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5% (3)
3% (2)
32% (21)
5.8/10 Average Rating
65 ratings from 69 user reviews

Compare all 29 medications used in the treatment of Schizoaffective Disorder.

Reviews for Aripiprazole

Neil · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 1, 2020

Abilify (aripiprazole): “Abilify is the only antipyshcotic I've tried that works. I take the injection 300 mg every 28 days.”

10 / 10
Dee May 2, 2020

Abilify (aripiprazole): “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.”

1 / 10
Eismin · Taken for 2 to 5 years April 26, 2020

Abilify (aripiprazole): “I was on this for about two, almost three years before I stopped taking it. During that time I was more depressed than before more consistently. 0/10 do not recommend.”

1 / 10
GabeWhite5 April 18, 2020

Abilify (aripiprazole): “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 .”

1 / 10
Abilify · Taken for less than 1 month March 21, 2020

Abilify (aripiprazole): “Abilify is the worst possibly drug. Gain weight Zombie Restless No sleep really totally insomnia. It's horrible. Stay away from this. Holy moly”

1 / 10
Feelingbetter March 13, 2020

Abilify (aripiprazole): “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.”

8 / 10
Druger February 15, 2020

Abilify (aripiprazole): “I was forced to take the maximum dose of this drug through what is called a CTO "community treatment order". It did absolutely nothing but make me tired and put on weight. And very low sex drive. In 1 year and a half after trying a number of antipsychotics, I went from weighing 160 pounds to now weighing over 220... that's about the only thing these drugs seem to be good for. I have absolutely no motivation to do anything either. I'm now on Loxapine which is supposed to be weight neutral, but still I seem to be putting some weight on. I would recommend loxapine more than any antipsychotic I've tried only because it has put on the least amount of weight.”

1 / 10
Jesus lol · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 16, 2020

Abilify (aripiprazole): “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.”

1 / 10
RB · Taken for less than 1 month December 4, 2019

Abilify (aripiprazole): “Took it for schizoaffective and schizophrenia so here is the review for schizoaffective: Took aripiprazole 22.5 mg for 4 weeks when I was manic, and I was stable the whole time, but I couldn't sleep even with sleep medications. The only solution was to add Kemadrin to the mix (Anticholinergic used for Parkinson's disease and side effects of antipsychotics). Unfortunately, I was too immature to continue this regimen, so, after 3 months of going cold turkey, mania came back. Shame.”

3 / 10
ImDone · Taken for less than 1 month November 23, 2019

Abilify (aripiprazole): “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.”

Laura · Taken for 1 to 2 years November 14, 2019

Abilify (aripiprazole): “I have been on Abilify for 1 year now at 30 mg. I think the shot made the side effects worse like dizziness upon standing up and drowsiness. It made me have no drive and like a zombie, but at that time I needed that to not think of what I just went through with domestic violence. My doctor won't take me off it. He just lowered my dose and put me back on pills. He increased my Cymbalta to 60 mg. Hopefully this will help with the dizziness, drowsiness and depression. Overall it helped when I needed it. It makes me sleep too much - 12 hrs a night plus naps, very tired. I want off it but since my doctor won't change it and I don't want to get my depression back so I can't stop it.”

8 / 10
YesIBelieveInSatanNow October 8, 2019

Abilify (aripiprazole): “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? ....”

1 / 10
HMAC · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 18, 2019

“I've been on aripiprazole for about three months now - the first two were amazing. I was getting loads done at home - despite feeling previously that I struggled because of something like mild dyspraxia on top of my mental health condition. Then my OCD started creeping in and then I stopped sleeping as much. I spoke to my psychiatrist and she recommended taking the meds an hour before tea (evening meal)- my sleep improved but my OCD got really really bad and my appetite went - so I reduced the meds myself from 15 to 11.25 - now I feel okay again - I am discussing this with my psychiatrist tomorrow. If I could have spoken to her sooner I would have done. I wish there was a medication that made you more outgoing though as I'm still a bit scared of public transport at the moment. I'm in the UK so don't know if I'm allowed to review - but thought it might be useful to people.”

7 / 10
NoMore · Taken for less than 1 month July 15, 2019

Abilify (aripiprazole): “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.”

1 / 10
Beelershelby June 10, 2019

Abilify (aripiprazole): “Being on Abilify was the very worst experience. It made me feel worse. This medication also did the same thing to another patient at the health facility I was at. A BIG ZERO!”

Akithesia · Taken for less than 1 month June 3, 2019

Abilify (aripiprazole): “I got akithesia (intense agitation/restlessness) on the lowest dose of this drug!!! Was horrible do not recommend if you are prone to akithesia”

3 / 10
cjiang98 · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 26, 2019

“Was misdiagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Was put on 400 mg shot for two months. Bad experience. Gained 20 pounds. I'm not sure when this drug will be out of my system... I've been off it for 6 months now.”

1 / 10
timmy · Taken for 1 to 2 years March 20, 2019

Abilify (aripiprazole): “This stuff is awful . Shame on the doctors selling it. Don't take this med at any cost.”

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

Abilify (aripiprazole): “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!!”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 5 to 10 years January 17, 2019

Abilify (aripiprazole): “Ability works great to treat my mood disorders”

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

Abilify (aripiprazole): “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.”

9 / 10
mom witness · Taken for less than 1 month December 7, 2018

Abilify (aripiprazole): “One of the most horrible drugs I have seen. A terrible reaction. Anger and hostility, craziness and spending. Watch out for this drug. It was horrendous.”

1 / 10
jr · Taken for 1 to 2 years September 23, 2018

Abilify (aripiprazole): “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.”

10 / 10
Medhead · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 16, 2018

Abilify (aripiprazole): “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 / 10
Jewels · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 10, 2018

Abilify (aripiprazole): “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!”

1 / 10

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