Drug Ratings for ABILIFY

Average Rating: 2.8 (583 Ratings)

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 5  Bipolar None This medication has been wonderful for me F 39 7 years
30mg 1X D
4/11/2014

 2  anxiety "overactive" nervous system Nothing. Removal of anxiety and other problems. Doctor prescribed this drug because he HATED me and wanted me DEAD. WITHDRAWAL CAN KILL. ABILIFY CAN BE **DEAD-END** MEDICATION. WITHDRAWAL CAN CAUSE LIVER PROBLEMS AND OTHER ISSUES (5-HT2B AND LIVER). M 33 30 days
7.5 1X D
3/22/2014

 3  major depression, schizoaffective, Sedation, sleepiness, tiredness, the feeling of agitation Can be a life saver. M 17 1 months
10 MG 1X D
3/18/2014
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 5  Bipolar depression Joint pain & muscular pain, in hips and legs. Headache, constipation, stomach pain, insomnia. But it's worth it. For three decades I've suffered mechancholic deression, interspersed with irritable mixed states. Anti-epileptics & antidepressants were no help. Seroquel let me sleep & live in a fog while blood sugar went thru the roof. Abilify in this short time works better than decades of drugged despair. Hypomania did threaten, but I take 200mg Tegretol & 20mg trepiline to sleep. Seem to have a balance, with energy and interest in life & a future. Will post again in some months.... F 61 14 days
5mg 1X D
3/15/2014
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 1  anxiety withdrawal nausea, possible liver problems, higher blood sugar, insomnia as with other meds - avoid too low doses. abilify is a a strong, possibly dead-end med. use seroquel 400mg instead. M 33 10 days
7.5 1X D
3/5/2014

 2  Bipolar hypermania and psychosis Weight gain, insomnia, lethargy, somnolence, depression I was put on this drug whilst on a 28 day stay in a psych unit. I was told it did not cause weight gain but I have cravings for carbohydrates and sugar. I have terrible insomnia and suicidal feelings. I am on sertraline as well but I think the high dose of Abilify is so strong it is stopping the antidepressant from working. I have just halved the dose of Abilify to 10mg and I hope to come off it but I have been told that if I do I will become psychotic again so I am afraid to. My consultant psychiatrist wants me to switch to Quietiapine. I thought the weight gain was all my fault for being weak and lazy. F 55 7 months
20 1X D
3/2/2014
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 1  bipolar This drug made me gain 50 pounds and now that I haven't taken it for 3 years I am still struggling to get rid of the weight. I suspect I have prediabetes at least and have had to completely eliminate carbs from my diet. I went from 187 to 240 and I can't get the weight to go away. I could easily develop diabetes. I am thoroughly angry. The humans profiting from ruining unsuspecting peoples health deserve an afterlife filled with pain. They are all evil slime. F 36 1 years
3/2/2014

 5  Deperession, Anxiety Energy, restlessness, as well as sedation, headache, a few tremors. All went away after 2 weeks. This drug saved my life. I was ready to die and Abilify has made me want to live again. F 33 3 weeks
2.5 1X D
3/1/2014
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 1  mood swings F 18 months
10mg 1X D
3/1/2014

 5  Depression and anxiety Much more energy, but sedating part of the day. A few twitches and tremors but all went away except I still have a lot of energy. 33 2 weeks
2.5
2/28/2014

 1  Paranoid Schizophrenia and anxiety Anxiety, akathisia Would not take it; I tried coming off it once and had a bad experience; will try coming off it again though. M 46 6 years
20 MG 1X D
2/23/2014
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 2  Bipolar 1, GAD I was prescribed this for my bipolar 1 quite a while while ago (can't remember exact dose) and very soon thereafter had severe cramps in my hands and fingers (playing violin), As well as a coarse hand tremor e.g. trying to hold open the newspaper to read in the morning. I was unable to hand-write/address the parcels of things i had sold on ebay (items often needing to be sold because of my bipolar impulsive purchases!) due to severe tremor. The post office personnel were very helpful and filled in the forms for me from computer printouts I supplied. M 55
1X D
1/30/2014

 5  Depression I take Abilify along with 100mg of Pristia. It has saved my life. Pristia alone didn't work but adding Abilify allowed me to have my life back F 50 3 years
5mg
1/27/2014
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 4  severe depression Insomnia-weight gain(which was good)-boost of energy and motivation(reason for taking abilify) F 30 2 months
2mg/am
1/12/2014
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 1  Anxiety Felt like on I was on speed. Horrific F 43 2 weeks
1X D
1/8/2014

 3  Anxiety and Depression Very tired/exhausted during the day, loss of feelings, some constipation Even though Ability helped me feel more calm and less worried, I was very very tired during the day, to the point that my eyes were falling asleep. I started to take the medication at night and then after dinner, but I was still tired during the day. I was so tired that I could no longer stand it to see if these side effects subsided. I discontinued the drug. F 41 2 weeks
.25 1X D
1/5/2014

 1  anxiety/depression adjunct restless legs Abilify, much like the anti-convulsant drugs doctors push to add to anti-depressants/benzos for anxiety/depression, does absolutely nothing. Absolutely nothing. I took 10 mg twice a day for about a year and as you will read before or after this, the ONLY thing I felt, physical, mental or otherwise, was extremely restless and shaking legs. This drug is obscenely expensive and COMPLETELY worthless! M 29 1 years
10 2X D
12/27/2013

 5  Anorexia Nervosa, Anxiety Great reduction in anxiety and obsessionality. Increased mood. Better energy. Abilify augmented the effects of the prozac. Has somewhat of a stimulating effect F 29 1 years
1 mg 1X D
12/10/2013
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 5  Agitated state Hiccups! I can not feel my pain! I have lived in chronic pain for 19 months. Rare, deadly, disease. This is amazing to me...when nothing else would work. M 45 3 days
5mg 1X D
12/7/2013

 1  Depression Slurred speech,burning lips and tounge,diarherra,weakness on left side arms and legs,handtremors,uncontrolled movement of tounge Md says it's from abilify and maybe permanent.its been 3 months of intense daily pain F 58 1 years
5 mg 1X D
10/26/2013
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 1  Anxiety/Anxiety Attacks/Dperession I took it at bed time, the next morning, I couldnt walk. I passed out and hit my face on the doorknob trying to get to my Husband in the bed, after I had crawled to the bathroom, I vomited ,got extremely hot and sweaty, couldnt talk well at ALL,and I couldnt stay awake. I slept it off for a few hours and I felt ok after a few days. I only took ti once! It was HORRIBLE! I even refused to go to the Hospital.I dont remember that. My Husband said I got upset and pulled away from him strongly when he tried to pick me up to take me to the E.R. I told the doc and they said stop taking it IMMEDIATELY and Never take it again, that I was severely allergic to it. I was wondering ,if I was allergic, wouldnt my throat swell or something? Whatever type of reaction it was, it was AWFUL and terrifying! F 32 1 days
1 1X D
9/26/2013
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 1  bi polar and I didn't have bi polar tried too comit suside.diabetus,depression.contapation.loss of bladder functions. did't cry or laugh in 2 years, just a horrible pill,no human being should take this pill, I am 78 years old. It could have killed me. Now I HAVE A BRAIN AND CAN CRY AND LAUGH.hOPE I CAN GET mY iNSURANCE COM TO gET rID OF THIS dR. F 78 1 years
9/21/2013
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 3  Added to Wellbutrin for depression weight gain, tightness in throat, constipation, congestion, extreme tiredness, confusion Abilify worked exactly as it was supposed to--lifted my mood immediately after a period of non-responsive depression. However, the extreme weight gain, congestion, and constipation are too severe for me to continue with this drug. F 31 7 days
5 MG 1X D
9/16/2013
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 5  depression and anxiety I have taken a very small dose of Ability for almost 2 years. It has worked very well for depression and somewhat for anxiety too. I use Xanax on an as needed basis with the Abilify. I have tried Seroquel and Depakote with no success.They each had too many side effects for me.I am difficult to treat due to extreme drug sensitivity. This med keeps me going and happy. I experienced some weight gain but have increased walking and activity to help this problem. I definitely would recommend Abilify as long as it is monitored by a good doctor. F 62 2 years
1.5 mgs
9/7/2013

 1  bipolar 2, GAD Impacted stools, severe insomnia, heart flutters, weight loss, anhedonia. Lack of motivation and enthusiasm. I don't think I needed an antipsychotic in the first place. My doctor underestimated my side effects and I quit cold turkey. Bipolar-like withdrawal symptoms that stopped in 2 weeks. F 56 2 years
5 mg
8/30/2013

 1  doctor gave for depression Extreme psychosis. Involuntary body movements. Racing thoughts with uncontrollable speech. Severe anxiety that has not abated in two years. Inability to control fine motor function. Lack of sleep with powerful electrical episodes prior to dozing off in the rare occasion of unconsciesness. l was medically weaned off of this insidious drug. I am permanently destroyed by this horrific poisonous drug. What can I do against a giant company like BMS? I am suffering from early onset dementia to boot. M 54 10 weeks
30 mg
8/19/2013
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 1  Adjunct for depression I was taking this drug as an adjunct med for depression and within a couple of weeks, I had my entire suicide planned ... This was not me nor ever me. I had never had these thoughts before until taking abilify... I had myself convinced this was the best option for myself and my family. This was terrible... I realized what was going on and immediately stopped taking it. Within a week, I was back to normal and fine... This drug is dangerous!!! F 32 5 weeks
10 mg
8/4/2013

 1  Bipolar OCD, bouts of anger, vomiting, weightloss, loss of appetite, insomnia, aggression, upset stomach Started at 10mg, then 7mg, 5mg and I quit taking them. The worse drug I've ever taken. I was unable to deal with other people. I was trapped in a world controlled by anger and OCD. I cared about nothing and no one. It made me feel dead inside. I didn't want to lower my dose to taper off; I quit taking them and told my doctor. This might treat depression in others, but for me the only benefit I got was quick weightloss 10 pounds in 3 weeks. F 34 2 months
10mg
7/23/2013

 1  Bipolar II Weight gain, total loss of bladder control (daytime incontinence, bedwetting), muscle spasms, eye twitching. For many years, Abilify was my miracle. It controlled my anger and eased my depression, I was actually happy. I started off at 5 mg a day and had to be increased gradually to the maximum dose of 30 mg a day due to the fact that it was losing effectiveness. But as my doctor increased the dose, my bipolar symptoms were no longer managed and the side effects became UNBEARABLE. Weight gain and everything else aside, I was humiliated to lose control of my bladder every time I had to go. It happened in public, it happened in bed, and I had to explain to my family what was going on. I've been off of Abilify for 2 months now, I quit cold turkey. I have regained complete control of my bladder, no more incontinence at all after years of blaming myself. My muscle spasms and eye twitching went away as well. Please be careful taking Abilify, do your research, and talk to your doctor if you experience side effects. This drug is no joke. F 21 5 years
up to 30mg
7/18/2013
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 5  Chronic Depression It's a miracle drug for my depression. I'm sensitive to RX and have had zero side effects from Abilify. It was like someone turned a light on in a dark room. After years of chronic depression I feel like me again. F 48 30 days
5mg 1X D
7/11/2013
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 1  "psychotic" Weight gain, high blood sugar, I was always tiny(110-115lbs) and on abilify I gained 20lbs and it raised my blood sugar so high I was considered pre-diabetic!!! Quit cold turkey, worst drug ever. Also my motivation went down to 0, it gave me heart troubles to where I couldn't exercise without arrhytmias, and I slept 13+ hours a day. F 26 1 years
15 1X D
6/12/2013

 3  schizzoaffective disorder I've been off and on this and many other drugs for some time, but had been on Abilify the longest consecutively before switching to another due to weight gain. I hadn't been experiencing any other side effects thankfully. Though gaining 35 + lbs in four months was enough for me to stop taking this drug altogether. I went from 130 lbs to 166 lbs and a healthy weight to overweight. F 28 4 months
5mg 1X D
5/26/2013
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 3  Anxiety, depression Helped with depression, but made anxiety worse. The muscles in my neck feel very stiff. It helps with depression, but I don't know if the side effects are worth it, and I'm on the lowest dose they make. I may go off of this drug and deal with my problems without it. F 29 8 days
2 mg 1X D
5/8/2013
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 5  Bipolar Slept better, weight loss, a little daytime grogginess. Nothing bad. Has cleared my crazy thoughts and stabilized my up and down mood. I highly recommend trying. F 23 1 months
5 mg 1X D
5/2/2013

 1  depression Akathesia, agitation, insomnia, suicide thoughts, weight gain A horrible drug! Fine the first few weeks but slowly was destroying my life. Tapered off and side effected went away. M 44 6 months
10 mg 1X D
4/24/2013

 3  TLE panic anxiety hallucinations Numbness in legs, extreme weight gain 40+ lbs, stopped taking care of myself With the good came the bad and after my insurance jacked up the price from 25 to 100 I ran out and started going through withdrawals. The worst headaches I've ever had like a numbness on the back of my head. Looking back it helped but also hurt and after going through withdrawals ill never take abilify again. I've been on risperdal (got fat) Klonopin ( thought I was dying was hyper one minute and couldn't move the next) Zoloft ( major depression) Tegretol ( lathargic) M 26 1 years
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4/23/2013
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 2  To boost my anti depressant Terrible dreams, weight gain, insomnia This is a nasty drug. When you hear all the bad side effects on TV commercials, they aren't lying. I noticed a slight improvement in my depression symptoms pretty quickly after I started taking it, but the longer I took it, the less effective it was. NOT worth the side effects.I stopped taking it and dropped 15 lbs. without even trying and the bad dreams stopped. I didn't even have to wean off. I just quit taking it (with my doctor's ok). F 34 3 years
2 mg 1X D
4/1/2013
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 4  Depression Paired with 20 mg of lexapro. I feel speedy, nausea, feel like throwing up. But feel so much better. called dr. and reduced to 2.5 mg. Worth the side effects. Hopefully they will disappear with reduction of mg. F 47 2 weeks
5 mg 1X D
3/28/2013
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 2  Schizophrenia 1. Moderate to Severe Akathisia 2. Worsening of Positive & Negative Symptoms 3. "Demonic" nightmares every single night 4. Other EPS - especially stiffness 5. Headaches (note I am prone to headaches however) I found Abilify to be the least helpful antipsychotic I have taken. Taken between 10-15 MG over a course of 9 months, it never improved Positive or Negative Symptoms. While not sedating to a significant degree (I did find it sedating to some degree however), the movement effects and blatant lack of symptomatic improvement made it useless for me. Note - my schizophrenia is of a moderate level. I am completely disabled but can perform tasks on my own and even live on my own. M 25 9 months
10 MG 1X D
3/25/2013
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 1  Bipolar II Painful leg spasms, no help with rapid cycling, no help at all After taking this drug, I lost the ability to read for any length of time. Previously I was a reader, after Abilify it takes me a month to read a magazine. I cannot watch a TV show longer than an hour. This is where I am now, after slow improvement over about 10 years now. Horrible horrible side effect. I can hardly wait for the class action suit.seriously, BEWARE! F 52 3 months
1X D
3/19/2013
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 3  Paranoid Schizophrenia Restlessness in legs, insomnia, constipation, blurry vision, drowsiness, headache, weakness of muscles, blushing Mostly feeling weak or restless. F 21 2 months
30mg 1X D
3/12/2013
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 1  forced by evil corrupt society! I know truth! Drug companies and doctors are corrupt. This is all about money! They are going to suffer and all this corrupt society will end. I have a gift that make everyone think I am nuts. What is evil is they are the crazy ones working in the mental hospitals. They are sick. Evil forces attacks people who are special. We know truth! All the people who forced psyc meds to gain power and fuck up minds of people who have the power to end your corrupt career. This includes your police. They lie and try to fuck you over. Doctors lie. Denist lie. Stock market scams people. Banks try to rip you off. Lawyers and judges will be shut down. School is disguating. The teachers and all the other workers are perverts. You were all tested and failed. Ready to pay the price of evil you sick evil people. Go listen and read the lyrics of nightmare by avenged sevenfold. F 34 5 years
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2/26/2013

 1  Bipolar II, PTSD, Borderline Weight gain, horrible gas, improved blood sugar, increased ability to fall asleep and then the worst...apathy, anhedonia, restlessness, flat affect, no motivation, no joy, no creativity, suicidal thoughts because of feeling miserable. Lost interest in doing anything fun I'd done before, except pathological gambling, and that only because it helped to pass time. I went off it on my own 4 days ago and I am ALREADY feeling more like the old me. The old sweet, goofy, creative, dreamy, sometimes joyous, motivated, curious, funny ME. Not this horrible empty, restless, bored, apathetic, anhedonia, miserable thing that Abilify extremely gradually over 5 months turned me into. I literally could not bear to sit and do anything besides gamble; I didn't even like that but the high level of stimulation and preoccupation was the only thing I could bear in life to do. That is no life!!! I used to read, cook, see movies, sing, metal-detect, see friends, listen to music but with Abilify all desires to do anything besides gamble all went away. I can't wait for the old me to come back. F 47 5 months
1.25 mg 1X D
2/25/2013
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 3  Major Depression/Bipolar 2 Moderate weight gain Abilify helped with my depression and stabliize my mood. Though I've noticed lately that my agression/anger is coming back which makes me think that the Abilfy is losing its effectiveness. Also take Lamotrigine 200mg, Mirtazapine 45mg & Wellbutrin 450mg M 52 2 years
20mg 1X D
2/16/2013

 4  Adjunct to Celexa Weight gain of 25 pounds :-( Abilify has helped as an adjunct to celexa and as an anti-psychotic. When I was extremely anxious/stressed/depressed I experienced disconnected thoughts and an internal monologue that has disappeared. I still suffer from depression/anxiety and my doctor is recommending buspar to add to the celexa and abilify. M 38 18 months
2 mg 1X D
2/5/2013

 2  Bi-Polar - with Lithium daytime tiredness, very loose bowel, weight gain and visual disturbances M 45 6 months
5mg
1/28/2013
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 2  Bipolar disorder Mixed experience. Good mood stabilization- too good. Zombie syndrome. Lost interest in my former activities. Very narrow range of emotions. Lower doses not effective. HUGE WEIGHT GAIN. WARNING!!!!! More than 60 pounds in two years!!! I can't get it off now. I'm really angry because I've always been petite, now I'm larger wide than tall. I actually have to worry about developing diabetes now. F 48 2 years
1/25/2013

 1  Bipolar 1, GAD, Panic disorder This med i took quite a while ago, but one side effect stood out: TREMOR! Related to that I had difficulty writing and difficulties with fine motor activities. Did not help my Bipolar 1 condition. M 54
1X D
12/17/2012

 1  augmention for depression Nausea, constipation, gas, extreme gastric pain and stomach cramps. I wished I would die instead of having to deal with the side effects. The side effects continued for days after stopping the drug. If marijuana had all these side effects, it wouldn't be illegal because no one would want to take it - poison. M 60 19 days
2 mg 1X D
12/9/2012
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 5  Depression Insomnia, obsessive working, dislike of alcohol. I've tried every class of med (TCA, SSRI, novel, MAOI) and many of the better-known combos and Abilify is the only med to have thoroughly lifted my depression. It also seems to have significantly helped my IBS. M 37 60 days
2mg 1X D
11/29/2012

 2  Bipolar and schizophrenia Constantly throwing up, see cats and dogs everywhere, very delusional, anxiety through the roof, hard to fall asleep and to stay asleep (3-4 hours/night), and violently acting towards others. F 15 1 weeks
.5 MG
11/28/2012

 1  depression, anxiety Anxiety was worse, very antsy and could not sit still. Stiff muscles, Vision was blurry, loss of appetite completely, would sleep till 4 am and then wake up. After i stopped taking medication for about 3 days developed uncontrollable rapid eye movements which was scary and had to take lorazepam to counteract symptoms. Eventually it went away as the drug worked its way out of my system. This is a very scary drug! Please be careful! F 37 1 months
2.5
11/25/2012

 1  Bipolar Within 30 minutes of taking this I saw flashing lights progressed to very bad smells, agitation, heart not beating right. Only 5 hours layer had to lay down from extreme pain in legs, headache, ears popping, twitches in face. Could not sleep, got severe headache and felt like I had pneumonia with 4 bouts of hiccups, swollen eyes , could not use c-pap from nose running and drooling. 23 hours later I'm starting to feel better, still have slight headache was able to sleep a couple hours after 17 hours. I know this has helped other people, but I feel like I was severely poisioned , I don't want to even look at that pill again, I seriously thought about going to er but rode it out. I have taken thousands of pharmasuticals in my lifetime and have never had that reaction from taking just one pill, please be cautious and KNOW it affects people differently . I have other health conditions which may have contributed to my negative experience ie.. Ms, INS, Barrett's esophagus, sleep apnea, DDD and others...I' will never try this med again! F 47 1 days
5 mg
11/17/2012
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 5  Depression F 54 4 years
5mg
11/2/2012

 4  Auditory Hallucinations None F 22 1 years
2mg 1X D
10/31/2012

 1  for 'schizophrenia' weakness in the legs, Inability of keeping me upright due to lack of strenght in legs. extreme malaise and stomach pain. Difficulty in swallowing,as if the stomach weren't able to receive food. Want to vomiting but without passing to act. Loss of appetite. Headaches. all of this in the first three to four hours after ingestion of the tablet. As the day passes away I'm feeling better and better until I find myself a little better again. during the first hours after ingestion of the tablet i have to stand lying in the bed until I feel better, due to the fact that if i stand upright i feel a general malaise, headaches and a extreme malaise mainly in stomach, during this time, i can't eat anything. i have also loss of appetite for the rest of the day. Poison. M 23
15 mg 1X D
10/14/2012
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 4  Bi Polar II, Depression, Paranoia I needed to update my review for Abilify. I decided to try it again since I had great luck with it my first week of taking it last time. I did some research and talked to my doctor about taking it in really small doses since I'm really sensitive to medication and he was fine with it. So I got a pill cutter and carefully divided it into 8ths. By taking only an 8th at night, I had a great reduction in my depression. My only side effect has been a little bit of inner tension and some grogginess which only lasted the first week. My belief is that a big portion of the negative reviews on Abilify were those from people who had taken too much to begin with and couldn't take the side effects. I highly recommend talking to your doctor about taking it in small doses. Another positive is, for the first time in years I can drink caffeine with out getting anxiety. I've also noticed that I want to get out more and be social. One more thing to add, by taking it in this small of dose I'm not getting any intense food or carb cravings, in fact I think I am hungry less than before I started taking it. I'll see if that reflects on the scale. M 36
.25mg 1X D
10/13/2012
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 2  bipolar disorder I started taking abilify and my.mood had improved but was experiencing extreme hunger and indigestion. I just could not stop eating so my doctor started trileptal and it works great. Abilify is a good drug but i dont want to gain weight F 23 2 weeks
10 mg
10/12/2012

 2  Mild Bi polar disorder Weight gain caused by fatigue and being too tired to work out .i decided to quit cold turkey since everyday I'm on it I gainEd weight M 45 1 years
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 4  Severe depression, OCD Initially, headache, anxiety with a "wired" feeling and constipation. All have subsided. I was on Zoloft 100mg/day, but depression worsening and OCD symptoms totally out of control. This medication saved my life. I only wish I'd gone on it sooner, as my Doc wanted me to. I was just afraid of being on an antipsychotic med, but he told me the psychosis dosage of Abilify is 30 to 60mg/day or more. That made me feel a bit better about it... F 57 6 months
3.75mg 1X D
8/20/2012
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