Abilify

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    Brand Name:Abilify
    Generic:Aripiprazole
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2002-11-15 ,2004-12-10 ,2006-06-07 ,2006-09-20 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
This drug is available in the following forms:
Injectables
Oral Solutions
Orally Disintegrating Tablets
Tablets
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2006/021436s013,021713s008,021729s001lbl.pdf
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2006/021866lbl.pdf

About Abilify

  • Abilify is in a class of medications called atypical antipsychotics. Antipsychotic medicines are used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia that may include hearing voices, seeing things, or sensing things that are not there, mistaken beliefs or unusual suspiciousness.
  • Abilify is used to treat mixed or manic episodes in adults who have a condition called Bipolar I disorder. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness than causes extreme mood swings.

Precautions for Abilify

  • Abilify may impair judgment, thinking, or motor skills. You should be careful in operating machinery, including automobiles, until you know how Abilify affects you.
  • It is important to avoid overheating and dehydration while taking Abilify. Abilify may make it harder to lower your body temperature.

Side Effects of Abilify

The following are the risks and potential side effects of Abilify therapy. However, this list is not complete.

  • Increased chance of death in elderly persons. Elderly patients treated with atypical antipsychotics, such as Abilify, for dementia had a higher chance for death than patients who did not take the medicine. Abilify is not approved for dementia.
  • A life-threatening nervous system problem called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). NMS can cause a high fever, stiff muscles, sweating, a fast or irregular heart beat, change in blood pressure, and confusion. NMS can affect your kidneys. NMS is a medical emergency. Call your healthcare professional right away if you experience these symptoms.
  • A movement problem called tardive dyskinesia (TD). Call your healthcare professional right away if you get muscle movements that cannot be stopped.
  • High blood sugar and diabetes. Patients with diabetes or who have a higher chance for diabetes should have their blood sugar checked often.
  • Strokes have happened in older patients treated for mental illness from dementia. Abilify is not approved for this use.
  • Other serious side effects with Abilify may include low blood pressure seen as dizziness, increased heart beat and possibly fainting; seizures; increased body temperature; and difficulty swallowing.
  • The most common side effects may include headache, weakness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, anxiety, problems sleeping, lightheadedness (dizziness), sleepiness, restlessness and rash.

Who Should Not Take Abilify

Do NOT use Abilify if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Abilify

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Interactions with Abilify

Because certain other medications can interact with Abilify review all medications that you are taking with your healthcare professional, including those that you take without a prescription.

Your healthcare professional may have to adjust your dose or watch you more closely if you take the following:

  • blood pressure medicines
  • ketoconazole
  • quinidine
  • carbamazepine
  • fluoxetine or paroxetine

Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Abilify.

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Recent Forum Posts on Abilify

Abilify & Seroquel can cause suicidal feelings

I understand that there are people who are helped by antipsychotics. This post is directed at people who have been inappropriately prescribed antipsychotics, or where these produce intolerable or damaging side effects. I received a diagnosis of an episode of psychosis, or with psychotic elements, and antipsychotics were recommended simply by virtue of the diagnosis. I decided to try an extremely low dose of Abilify - less than the so-called "effective minimum dose", since I found it hard to function on the dose originally prescribed (something which the prescribing psychiatrist didn't really accept.) Soon after starting to take even this very low dose of Abilify, I started to experience suicidal feelings. Apart from that, I lost my ability to meditate one of the things which had been helping me most of all. I found it hard to write fluently - the drug seemed to affect my muscular ability, and lost my articulateness, finding it relatively hard to express myself. I lost my creative ability, and was unable to engage in the activities that made my life meaningful. I developed a flat expression. I also started to experience strong agitation - one of the side-effects. Therefore I doubled my dose of Clonazepam. As a result, I became very tired - my energy levels plummeted, and I found myself having to limit my sporting activity to about a third of previous levels. My walking became relatively slow, and I no longer had the energy to undertake a long course in Chi Gung, which I was convinced would help me to heal. I started to go to bed early because of extreme tiredness, and stopped going out in the evening, and as a result became socially isolated, and felt myself spiral into a depression. My depression was so severe that I found it hard to eat, and rather than gaining weight as is the tendency on this drug, I rapidly lost weight. These also contributed to my spiralling downwards. Deep inside the depression, I lost interest in all the things that had made my life meaningful up to that time. It became a struggle to look after myself, to clean my home, to go shopping - though I forced myself through it all. Instead of accepting my view that the suicidal feelings and depression were linked to the drug Abilify, the psychiatrist described it as "the evolution of an illness". Another psychiatrist decided to transfer me instead to the antipsychotic Seroquel, even though it states in the contra-indications that this drug may intensify existing suicidal feelings, and surely enough, it intensified mine, even on half the minimum recognized effective dose. Since (I presume) I was on such a low dose of Abilify, the psychiatrist didn't instruct me to taper Abilify, but simply to stop it, and start Seroquel. I decided I wanted to discontinue the antipsychotic medication, & was told that I could simply stop taking it: I suppose it wasn't felt necessary to advise me to taper the medication as it was below the minimum effective dose as recognized by the psychiatrists. I started to experience almost total insomnia which lasted about 6 weeks. At every stage, it was not acknowledged by psychiatrists that the manifestations I was experiencing were caused by medication, or withdrawal from it. Thus, the insomnia was attributed to my depression, rather than to withdrawal from the medication. It was from internet forums that I was able to learn that chronic insomnia is a withdrawal effect from Abilify and Seroquel. I was prescribed the highest dose of the sleeping medication Zopiclone (Zimovane) intensified by an extra Clonazepam tablet at night; this provided me with about two hours of sleep a night. While affected by this insomnia, I was still experiencing suicidal feelings. After about 5 or 6 weeks, with the antipsychotics out of my system, the insomnia ended, and by this time, I had started taking an antidepressant, and my suicidal feelings subsided. By now I have come off all medication - including the antidepressant: Citalopram, since it was affecting my memory. If I feel the need, I take the very occasional half a tablet of Clonazepam. I firmly believe, following my experience, that a proportion of psychiatric patients are being misdiagnosed based on the manifestations of the side effects of antipsychotic medication, and the expression of beliefs which have nothing to do with brain chemistry. I further believe that for all the lives that may be saved as a result of the administration of antipsychotics and correct diagnoses, there is a significant proportion of patients who commit suicide not because of their illness, but because of the side effects of medication which they may be unnecessarily or inappropriately prescribed. These numbers then get lumped together with the numbers who commit suicide as a result of their illness, and is used as further evidence that suicidal action or attempts are symptoms of psychotic illnesses.


Concerned about damage from Abilify

I took 10 mg a day of Abilify for about three months. I had some bad side effects and so, with my doctor's permission, just stopped taking it. After I stopped Abilify, I became very depressed, something which I had never been before. Two months after stopping it I still get bouts of depression. I have lost interest in things that used to interest me. The world seems flat. I am very concerned that the Abilify has caused permanent damage to my brain and I am going to be stuck this way for the rest of my life. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Will this condition eventually go away?


Aripiprazole

Hi everybody This is my first posting, excuse the verbosity but I need to get this off my chest. I am a woman my dob 1943 and I was sectioned in 2006 with a misdiagnosis of early onset dementia. I had no previous mental illness but prior to sectioning had a two year history of self harming. Dating from 2006 I was prescribed Aripiprazole a combined antidepressent and antipsychotic used in the treatment of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and clinical depression none of which have I been diagnosed with. There is a warning that most common side effects of Aripiprazole are reported in elderly patients Simultaneously I was prescribed Citalopram which is yet another antidepressant drug particularly for the elderly . I now understand there is a caution warning for prescribing this antidepressent for elderly people of people on antipsychotics! After I retired I moved county and was allocated a new MHT who continued to prescribe this psychiatric drug despite regular meetings to monitor my mental health; but none of them noticed the deterioration of my physical health. When I told my psychiatric nurse I was dribbling and shaking and stooping his quick response was it's your "age" which vexed me because my father had displayed this behaviour but not until he was in his mid 90s. Later I drew my MHT's attention to my eating and speaking problems. I was biting my tongue chewing the inside of my cheeks and salivating so much I had to put my hand across my mouth to avoid spitting in people's faces. The team suggested a referral to a speech therapist. My stooping deportment caused pain all over my body so during 20/09/10 with severe back pain I was prescribed four Cocodamol a day which caused me to become drowsy and dizzy and unable to sleep at night. So I was prescribed Zopiclone. All these prescribed drugs caused me to have panic attacks so terrifying and long lasting I was also prescribed Valium! When the stooping became pronounced my psychiatric nurse took me to NHS appliances department where I was allocated a walking frame. When this became insufficient the MHT referred me to a senior lecturer in rheumatology who measured me up for a surgical back support corset so horrendous and so heavy that I could no longer dress myself. The story worsened I put on weight and with all these physical problems I looked so vile (or maybe comical) that I became a defenceless easy target for a local drug addict who for over a year bullied and abused me whenever she spotted me. From mid 2009 I had also been talking to my consultant about my decreasing balance and mobility and poor health and he failed to listen to me until on my 3rd visit after 12 months he listen when I told him that I felt that it was not the degenerate spinal discs (which he knew about) that were causing my problems. I repeated several times to him it's not my spine it's all in my head," gravity is pulling me" gravity is pulling me". . For the first time my voice was heard and he referred me to a neurologist. I had to wait 4 months until Aug 2010 for that appointment but it took the neurologist only 10 minutes to opine that long term prescription of Aripiprazole had caused my problems. He reported that I looked rather Parkinsonian in nature he noted Brandykinesia and rigidity and that I had facial Hypominmia, a reduced blink rate and my speech was slow and quiet (contrary to the normal me) He thought the more striking problem was the extra pyramidal features and my gait disturbance rather than any cognitive decline. After this important consultation I decided not only to stop Aripiprazole but also all the other drugs I had been prescribed since 2006. My psychiatrist tried in vain to persuade me to take an alternative antipsychotic so with her approval my dosage was reduced over a 3 month period. With her knowledge and agreement in that 3 months I also weaned myself all the other prescribed meds listed. Following the Neurologist's opinion a nurse who worked with my MHT asked me what I intended doing about the neurologist's conclusion, I replied "I think of it as a reprieve I just want to move on" and I trusted it would be with the support of the MHT but sadly that did not happen. Whilst I was weaning myself off these prescribed meds I had no help coping with behaviour changes which occurred which still affect me. As a consequence of what I considered insensitive lack of support from my psychiatric nurse who chose to ignore emails I sent him during the weaning off period and most specifically after the period of withdrawal when I ceased antipsychotic, anti depressants and painkillers completely I had to sack my MHT and ask my GP to refer me to the Recovery Team. Now I have been assessed by the psychiatrist and the Psychiatrists and the psychiatric nurse from the recovery team who opine was that I am not a fit client for their team because I "do not have a mental illness". In view of this should I have been prescribed Aripiprazole and Citalaprom for so many years in view of the visible side effects? It is a year since I stopped the meds and all my facial expressions seem to be more normal and I can speak and eat without embarrassment and I have lost so much weight but even so I have difficulty walking and standing. Before Aripiprazole I walked unaided, now I use a stick. I am in contact with Parkinson's UK who tell me they have many service users who tell stories of Parkinsonian features caused by antipsychotic drugs used long term. They have suggested I check out whether my current disability is irrecoverable damage done by years of needless (according to my Recovery Team) prescribing of psychiatric drugs or if indeed I now have Parkinsons. Be warned do not allow anyone to prescribe long term as I did :eek:


Abilify

I'm on 10mg of abilify for 7 weeks and have insomnia, only sleeping 2-3 hours a night. Can I stop taking it or do I need to taper down


Side Effects

Hi everyone. I have been on Abilify for about three weeks. In such a short time I have already noticed that many of my symptoms have diminished. I was put on this medication because I was experiencing severe anxiety that bordered on paranoia. I am in my 50s and never experienced such awful symptoms as extreme fear. I have suffered depression all my life and thought it couldn't get worse...but, anxiety can be more taxing than depression, for me. I think it is all in the degrees that a person suffers from psychiatric disorders that determine what is worse. Anyway, the problems I am having with Abilify, despite the positive gains, are I am feeling drowsy and also emotionless. There is a slight feeling of being in a straight jacket that is extremely uncomfortable. I only feel it on occasion. If it were with me constantly, I would immediately go off this drug. I would really appreciate any feedback on side effects that people are experiencing and if, after time passes, the sides diminish or go away completely. jazz100


Why would anyone take Abilify?

I just watched the Abilify commercial on tv again, and once more find myself asking why anyone would take a drug with so many precautions and possible side effects, both life threatening and permanently impairing. I am depressed on a daily basis, and though undiagnosed, feel I am mostly like bi-polar - manic/depressive. I do not take any medications, and I do not see that I would ever take such an unsafe drug. I could probably fell better if I took an anti-depressant, but choose not to. I do not want to be a zombie, which is what I see when I look at some of my friends and family members who use anti-depressants - they are half of who they are. I think as a society, we are just too quick to pick up a pill.


Why would anyone take Abilify?

I just watched the Abilify commercial on tv again, and once more find myself asking why anyone would take a drug with so many precautions and possible side effects, both life threatening and permanently impairing. I am depressed on a daily basis, and though undiagnosed, feel I am mostly like bi-polar - manic/depressive. I do not take any medications, and I do not see that I would ever take such an unsafe drug. I could probably fell better if I took an anti-depressant, but choose not to. I do not want to be a zombie, which is what I see when I look at some of my friends and family members who use anti-depressants - they are half of who they are. I think as a society, we are just too quick to pick up a pill.


Abilify & sleepwalking and talking in your sleep

My son is 13 years old with a history of adhd and a traumatic brain injury. He was prescribed Abilify 15mg about 2 months ago. Since then I have noticed an increased restlessness while he is asleep, and he has began talking and walking in his sleep. This is a nightly occurance. I was wondering if any one else experienced these side effects with abilify? Thanks Nelda


Abilify

I come to this site because I had some questions about abilify and found incredebly good insights from all of the wonderful sharing of your stories. I have being diagnosed from my Doctor as psychotic, I have had about 4 episodes in my life, first one when I was 23, they have all been caused because I have done a lot of different illigal drugs, them in combination with stressfull situations in my life have cause psychotic breakdowns. Last year I started seeing a Doctor who is very nice but I am not sure to want to follow all that he tells me, he prescribed to me first 3 medications, one of them seroquel, abilify and some other one that I cant remember. When I started taking this medicines I felt as if I had snored a bag of cokaine and would feel wrestlesness and could not stand still, when standing still will alternate standing on one foot to the other looking like a looney, I went on the internet and read all about the drugs that I was taking and found out that out of the 3 abilify was the one causing those feelings, at the time I was having the episode still so it was hard to cope also with such wrestlesness. I stopped taking abilify and the symtoms went away (the stwitching the legs etc etc) I have stayed on seroquel and have gained about 30 pounds which has made me very insecure and depressed because I am not used to be this fat (I also suffer from bulimia) no matter what I do I cannot loose the weight, also I feel tired and not so motivated to go to the gym cause when I did everyday I didnt see any difference. The doctor told me now that I should try to go back on abilify because seroquel slows down my metabolizm and the abilify will healp me to get it back up. I feel scared about the side effects but even thought that I have started to take 5mg today and will see how it holds, I have to go see him in two weeks and he will take the seroquel away and leave me on abilify. The thing that struck me as stupid from him was that when I asked him how long will I have to be on medication for, he answered that I have to be on it FOREVER, I stressed to him that the episodes I have have been drug related but he said it is chronic and shouldnt get off of it. I think is very irresponsible from him to make such an assumption and not even say ''Oh maybe we should try some time without it'' to see if it actually true or not. I have decided that I will take this pill (abilify) for a few months and then slowly take it away and see if I am alright or not, I have stopped smoking weed and will not touch any substance for the rest of my life, I am quite sure I will be fine and will not take the doctors word as the one and only possibility. I advice you all to take care and see different doctors when you feel something is not right, doctors are not Gods who know everything and a lot of the times they over prescribe medications and make HUGE mistakes. I will try the abilify and will write in about a month to tell you all if it has healped me with the weight issue (I have seen many comments about that) I wish you all the best with your problems and that you find the best answers and solutions for your selfs Alicia :) Ps: sorry for my many spelling mistakes


Abilify

I come to this site because I had some questions about abilify and found incredebly good insights from all of the wonderful sharing of your stories. I have being diagnosed from my Doctor as psychotic, I have had about 4 episodes in my life, first one when I was 23, they have all been caused because I have done a lot of different illigal drugs, them in combination with stressfull situations in my life have cause psychotic breakdowns. Last year I started seeing a Doctor who is very nice but I am not sure to want to follow all that he tells me, he prescribed to me first 3 medications, one of them seroquel, abilify and some other one that I cant remember. When I started taking this medicines I felt as if I had snored a bag of cokaine and would feel wrestlesness and could not stand still, when standing still will alternate standing on one foot to the other looking like a looney, I went on the internet and read all about the drugs that I was taking and found out that out of the 3 abilify was the one causing those feelings, at the time I was having the episode still so it was hard to cope also with such wrestlesness. I stopped taking abilify and the symtoms went away (the stwitching the legs etc etc) I have stayed on seroquel and have gained about 30 pounds which has made me very insecure and depressed because I am not used to be this fat (I also suffer from bulimia) no matter what I do I cannot loose the weight, also I feel tired and not so motivated to go to the gym cause when I did everyday I didnt see any difference. The doctor told me now that I should try to go back on abilify because seroquel slows down my metabolizm and the abilify will healp me to get it back up. I feel scared about the side effects but even thought that I have started to take 5mg today and will see how it holds, I have to go see him in two weeks and he will take the seroquel away and live me on abilify. The thing that struck me as stupid from him was that when I asked him how long will I have to be on medication for, he answered that I have to be on it FOREVER, I stressed to him that the episodes I have have been drug related but he said it is chronic and shouldnt get off of it. I think is very irresponsible from him to make such an assumption and not even say ''Oh maybe we should try some time without it'' to see if it actually true or not. I have decided that I will take this pill (abilify) for a few months and then slowly take it away and see if I am alright or not, I have stopped smoking weed and will not touch any substance for the rest of my life, I am quite sure I will be fine and will not take the doctors word as the one and only possibility. I advice you all to take care and see different doctors when you feel something is not right, doctors are not Gods who know everything and a lot of the times they over prescribe medications and make HUGE mistakes. I will try the abilify and will right in about a month to tell you all if it has healped me with the weight issue (I have seen many comments about that) I wish you all the best with your problems and that you find the best answers and slutions for your selfs Alicia


Is dosage correct for Abilify? Concerned about Side Effects.

Hello, I am glad I have access to such good resource as this community forum. My question is: Would it be a good starting dosage 5 mg in the morning and 5 mg at bedtime, this last, with Remeron=15 mg, as prescribed by pdoc ? It has been now 10 days since I started taking Abilify for Atypical Major Depression. Since yesterday (day 9) felt very anxious and restless, with a compulsive desire to be walking or simply, moving. I can't hold any thought in my head and have very negative thoughts during these last two days. Any insight will be much appreciated. Alex.


What happens if you stop taking Abilify?

So my Girlfriend has been taking abilify for about 2 years now ( she is 22 ) and recently we got the idea that maybe she should stop taking it... since she was always falling asleep, everywhere. What would be the side effects if she stops taking it ?


should I be taking this?

I currently take 70 mg of Vyvanse daily with 5 mg of Klonopin daily. my psychiatrist just added 5 mg of Abilify daily because she said it would help my racing thoughts and help me not get so easily distracted. i've been doing a lot of reading about Abilify and it seems ultimately to be a stimulant and calming kind if thing... well, I'm already taking amphetamines and benzodiazepams and I really don't feel like, from what I've read, that it will really do anything for me. the combination seems odd and I'm wondering if anyone else is taking abilify with that or a similar combinations of drugs and what you feel it does for you. I'd be REALLY interested to hear from you because I'm kinda freaked out about taking something classified as an antipsychotic and it seems to usually goes along with antidepressants and for people with bipolar disorders. I have ADHD (I'm 25) and severe anxiety... think abilify will do anything good here? ~ katie :)


Abilify,Cymbalta, and adderall

I've had several major depressive episodes since my teens. In my 50's now. I have taken at least three quarters of the antidepressants made. My best success in the past few years has been with cymbalta. It has kept me from going inot a deep depression; however I still was waking up in the morning with suicidal thoughts. I started taking abilify in July, 08; and this has been very helpful; with no side effects I can name. I started with 0.5mg of the liquid solution and am now taking 1.0 mg. I have obstrluctive sleep apnaea and even though I usea c-pap, I am stjill very fatigued during the day. I was first given provigil which I think is totally ineffective. I now take 5 to 10 mg of adderall a day, with one to three days off a week.


Drain Bamage/ Brain Damage

Hello Lucky Abilfy Recipients, Yes, psychiatric medications suck (in general) and I am thinking that Abilify may need to change their name to Debilify. I am trying it out and am on day two. I have a history of closed head injury ( 14 years ago) , post traumatic stress disorder and dissociative disorder. I have pretty intense mood swings and have been occasionally diagnosed with bi-polar disorder by lazy government psychiatrists who don't seem to have time to listen to my history or look at my MRI's. So far on the "Abilify" I have noticed, drowsiness, difficulty reading, vivid dreams/nightmares and problems with coordination. I am only taking one mg. I have had some luck in the past with Ritalin which helped with concentration and had a calming effect. I don't think that it is great for regular long term use though and I haven't used it since college. It is too early to tell where this ride will take me but I am already tempted to jump off. My partner has noticed increased slowness and a new blunted affect ... ( which must be very attractive, I am sure.) I am extremely sensitive to medications and I hear this is common for people with head injuries. I have had some major bad reactions to meds in the past, especially anti-depressants which make me super-agro-agressive. (Paxil was HELL). I have had my greatest improvements with meditation as opposed to medication. I'll try to stick it out with Abilify for at least a week. I do feel "FLAT" and although that doesn't feel "good" it is a nice break since I am usually very volatile emotionally and I can be prone to some pretty intense rages (Once a week - to once per month, more often during Presidential elections). I hope that I don't have to become a zombie 7 days a week to avoid these stupid episodes. Keep Being Courageous and Beautiful, Lisa


Abilify-Low dose very effective

I am Bipolar very mild. I began to take abilify daily and found that it made me extremely tired. Than my psychiatrist suggested that I try taking it once a week. I found that by taking 7.5 MG 1 a week that it has been highly effective in combating. Anxiety attacks. I used to wake up early in the morning and worry about every possible bad scenario that can happen. Abilify did away with that. By the way. I take Abilify 7.5mg 1 a week Zoloft 25MG Daily Wellbutrin 300mg XR I was taking Provigil but it became impossible to get it internationally and it's too expensive domestically, So I switched to Adrafinil the parent of Provigil which is legal in Europe and can be ordered from overseas but not FDA approved. I highly recommend Abilify but question your Psychiatrist about the dose. I suspect that for minor conditions the dosage that is being recommended is too high..


Abilify and Adderal XR Question

Hi, My 11yo son takes Depakote and Abilify. 1000mg Dep/7.5 Abilify. We have added back in 10mg of Adderal xr. Let me backtrack. We added the Adderal when he was still taking only 5mg of Abilify and it seemed to focus him during the school day and also help him control his need to physcially respond to stressful situations. The teachers, aide, family were all amazed at our 'new' boy. However, we increased the Abilify to 7.5 and now he's starting to react in an aggressive way to stress again. My question is...does anyone else take (or has taken) This combo? I would like to also replace the adderal with something that does not suppress the appetite. My son is small for his age and on growth hormone...so he has to eat and I'm afraid since the addition of Adderal he's losing weight. Thanks for any input.


Abilify and Birthcontrol

Does anyone know if Abilify interacts with Oral Contraceptives such as Seasonale, to make the contraceptive less effective?


Don't work

My wife (who has schizoaffective disorder) was on Zyprexa for quite awhile and was living a perfectly normal life. About 3 months ago her doctor switched all of her meds at once. She went from Zyprexa and Depakote to Abilify and Gabatril. Within one month she had deteriorated to the point that she had to be hospitalized. She was in for 24 days, with no improvement, even though the doctor kept upping the dosage. She was eventually released in worse condition that when she was admitted, and I and our two children have been living a nightmare ever since. She suffers from auditory, visual, and occasionally tactile hallucinations. She also has some very disturbing delusions. We have had to lock up everything in our home which might be dangerous. I don't know how long it takes a doctor to accept the fact that some medicines do not work for some people. People who are so worried about weight gain should be thankful that is their biggest concern, as for me and my children we would like to have this precious sweet woman back regardless of her weight. I have been taking care of my wife when her disease flared up for 20 years. Under the new HIPPA laws, that ability was taken away from me this last round of hospitalization. A spouse no longer has a right to know what is being done to or given thier spouse. Had I any say, she would already be back on Zyprexa. All I can say is, try it. If it hasn't made SIGNIFICANT improvements in one month, DEMAND your doctor switch you to something different. Yes, sleep disturbances are common. Yes, continued hallucinations and delusions continue. Also, there simply isn't any evidence that this drug doesn't cause long term severe problems. It was rushed through the approval process by it's lobbying supporters without any studies of long term usage, or even effects manifesting later from short term usage. If I had my way, this drug would be pulled from the market. Next step for us is to find a doctor that isn't working for the drug company.


Abilify coleslaw mess

I, too have extremely difficult to treat depression. I was on Abilify for a couple weeks and did well, but then in my typical manner I didn't put the lid on my pills. I put coleslaw from my lunch in my bag with my pills and melted my pills with coleslaw. All I could think was, "what the hell was I doing with coleslaw?". Luckily I get Abilify for $50 with insurance, but have to wait for June 3 for a refill. I was doing well with Abilify, much better than the othere circus of drugs I've been on. I almost committed suicide after one day on Cymbalta, and have been on some nasty drugs. Too many such as Neurontin just make me numb, and I can't stand that. Now I'm on Seroquel which has been very beneficial in preventing my morning suicidal feelings, and Lamictal which gives me good evenings only. I have rash from Lamictal because my liver is dumping bile into my system and need to go off it ASAP. As soon as I can refill the Abilify I will go back on it and off the Lamictal because Abilify seemed to have great potential without the hideous side effects that these types of drugs can have... God's blessings to everyone suffering through this.


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