Drug Ratings for ABILIFY

Average Rating: 2.8 (620 Ratings)

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 4  Bipolar disorder Extreme increase in appetite, some dizzyness upon standing. F 27 1 years
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11/14/2014
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 2  Depression and anxiety WEIGHT GAIN. Horrible wieght gain. Also, Did not help with spiraling thought, which for me, lead to depression. F 18 5 months
10 MG 1X D
11/13/2014

 5  Bipolar 1 Disorder The only side effect I experienced so far is weight gain. This med lifted me out of a deep dark depression that went untreated for years. F 28 3 weeks
10 mg
10/28/2014
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 1  depression Caused me to want to commit suicide. I was hospitalized while taking Abilify F 58 10 months
30mg
10/28/2014
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 4  schizoaffective Legs are a little bit painful and stiff. Gained 4 pounds. Sleep more Will wait to my body gets more used to it. No a terrible medication. M 40 4 days
10 mg 2X D
10/26/2014

 1  Depression Anxiety Holy crap batman. No. Just no. I took it yesterday for the first time. I feel worse than terrible. Do not do this to yourself, if the first day is a nightmare- it is not for you. Hell if you're looking this up like I was it's not for you. I feel like I'm dying, I have informed 3 people I have Ebola , just no bleeding out of main orifices yet.....(just a sad joke people, calm down). My head is in crushing pain, I'm dizzy, I cannot do anything but want to sleep. I have a 3 year old I can barely take care of today- taking every ounce of strength I have- no I'm not neglecting her, but I'm damn sure not a bucket of sunshine. Crying jags, extreme lethargy, did I mention the physical pain? Shakes throughout body- constant. Cold spells mixed with hot flashes, etc. you get the idea. It's not for everyone. And why in the hell would my doc put me on something that costs $800/mo with no insurance?! I have samples- and they will remain intact. I'm on a regular dose of Zoloft (200mg) for my mental issues- this was supposed to amplify. No no Abilify- you are amplifying the incorrect issues. Great for constipation, if I'm awake and not in fetal position wishing I were dead, I'm in the bathroom shitting my guts out. I hope this helps others. Not everything helps everyone- though I must throw in my older sis 34 takes it and says it doesn't do anything at all to her. F 33 1 days
2 mg
10/17/2014
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 4  OCD and depression dry mouth, to begin with I felt sick and really tired, but that goes after a while. Weight loss I took his drug because I have been on 150 mgs of sertraline for OCD and depression and it just didn't work. I have taken risperidone before and it was successful, so wanted to try Abilify as it is the one least likely to put on weight. Felt awful to begin with and that was only on 2.5 mgs, so people that go straight on to 10mgs must feel terrible. In time though the sickness and tiredness has gone and I feel much better. The horrible OCD thoughts are gone or a lot more distant and I feel less depressed. If you take it in addition to an antidepressant I would recommend starting on a low dose, due to the side effects. Even though I have felt more hungry, I have found it easier to lose weight. I take it at night, because the hunger seems worse shortly after taking it, so now I don't notice much change to my appetite. F 33 10 days
2.5 1X D
10/10/2014
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 1  bipolor After 3 yrs of working great it started to backfire. Aggresion, high blood suger, constant mood swings. Doctor insisted it was the onset of puberty and he needed higher doses. After two more years of worsing behavior doctor still insisted it was puberty and added mood stabilizers. Finally when he was so aggressive and placed in a alternate school my husband and i hospitalized him and took him off all meds replaced with low dose of seroquel. He is doing better. Please donot put children on this i will never forgive myshelf. His doctor fought with me not to take him off abilify he was wrong my son was a mess for 3 years. Do not take! M 13 6 years
10/7/2014

 2  Bipolar Hate the weight gain. Stiffness in my joints, my knees and ankles are always stiff and sore. Very restless. Insomnia. Feel all doped up.It has"calmed" me down, but I hate the heavy feeling that comes with it. F 49 3 months
10/5/2014
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 3  depression sleepiness, tremor Worked great for around a month, I felt better than I had in years and actually motivated to do things. The effect disappeared completely after about 6 weeks of taking it. Increasing the dose didn't help. M 28 3 months
15mg 1X D
10/1/2014
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 1  severe depression/ANXIETY Been on antidepressants for almost 30 yrs. was one of the first teens to be put on Prozac. Presently, Coming off of clonazepam which I take in combo with cymbals. I thought clonazepam was the Devils drug but u can add ability too. In just two weeks I developed severe suicidal ideation, extreme bloating, crying jags (never had this before) muscle and body pain, SECERE FEVER SWEATING ALL DAY AND NIGHT!. Nightmares, fuzziness, anxiety 1,000 times worse than my natural anxiety except I don't even know what my natural state is because going off clonazepam is just as bad as going on ability! NOT WORTH THE PAIN. Put my job into question...unable to function properly. Go on this drug or clonazepam and expect to be on it your entire life! Ps. Ive been on cymbalta for several years now.... Doesn't do a thing except can't go off of it because then it will cause depressive symptoms far worse than when I was not on antidepressants. DARE I SAY THAT THE SPACE ALIEN WINGNUT TOM CRUISE IS RIGHT?????? Psychiatric prescribing of various drugs are evil and do more harm than good! If you have to keep throwing $h/t against the wall until something sticks ..... It sounds like quackery and not science. In 30 years I never thought I would shout conspiracy but I truly believe big pharma wants us to be ill and rain on their drug purely for profit!!!!! Or maybe that's just the ability talking and MAKING ME SOUND LIKE A LUNATIC. Let's see how long this stays posted. F 46 2 days
2mg
10/1/2014
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 1  Pyschosis The delusions and hallucinations increased and became more vivid. Very restless, aggressive and irritable. One night my mother climbed out a ground floor window to "rescue" me as she thought I was being attacked. It was a struggle to get the psychiatrist to take my mother off the Abilify as they wanted to give it another week to see if the delusions decreased. F 78 17 days
5mg 1X D
9/19/2014

 1  my 5yr old son was on it for his m Made him more irritable aggressive and way more violent towards not only adults but children and pets too. It was like he was at the regaining were we first started all had reappeared but stronger. M 5 6 months
5m
9/15/2014

 1  Borderline Personality Disorder Excruciating pain from hip to toes (I was unable to move half the time) and 90% vision loss (dark gray blurring) F 22 4 weeks
N/a
9/9/2014

 1  Amphetamine-induced Psychosis Huge weight gain, massive depression, akathisia, suicidal idealisation, metabolic syndrome. It took 9 months before the damage this potent neurotoxin did resolved itself (impotence, depression etc). That was from 6 months of use. 49 6 months
20 1X D
9/2/2014
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 4  Physcotic illness Hallucinations no appitite withdrawn in myself . I use to take 5mg of risperidrone which was a wonder drug but I put on over 20lbs so I switched to aripiprazole it's ok but not as good as risperidrone but risperidrone stopped my periods n they haven't returned. F 37 2 months
15mg
8/29/2014

 1  Anti-depression Significant weight gain (over 50 pounds) It was a great anti-depressant booster (with Celexa), but I would not recommend it to anyone who cares about their body, no matter if they work out or diet. It simply does not matter with this drug. You will gain weight just being on it and the cravings are ridiculous. You will only feel more depressed about your body in time if you start gaining the weight from Abilify like I did. Having self control is not the issue when it is regarding Abilify. F 37 9 months
15 mg 1X D
8/25/2014

 1  Family Pressures Severe anxiety, abnormal, uncontrollable, involuntary movements. Poverty of thought. Emotional deadening. One of the worst experiences of my life. M 32 4 weeks
1X D
8/4/2014

 3  Add-on to Antidepressant Mainly rapid weight gain, despite a healthy and quite restrictive diet and exercise. Increased sweating and headaches. Abilify did help boost the SSRI I was taking, but after 5 months of constant weight gain, I am ready to get off it. I'm getting depressed about my body now. I was hoping I would be spared this side effect, but I'm gaining 1 lb per day, and that is unacceptable... Nothing fits anymore. I'm still not big, but if I stay on the medication, I will be soon... F 5 months
5mg 1X D
7/31/2014

 5  depression sleepiness the first couple days The only thing that helped with apathy and diminished motivation for me. M 28 4 weeks
5 1X D
7/29/2014

 5  depression, anger, and even suicide i am a transgender male and i have no side effects but eating does make me gain weight if i were to take it with these pills N/A M 21 1 days
2 mg 1X D
7/25/2014
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 2  Temporary psychosis Weight gain (20pounds), increased apetite, physical weekness, low on energy, demonic nightmares, absolutely lack of sexual desire, lack of motivation to excercise F 31 1 years
10 1X D
7/21/2014
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 2  Temporary psychosis Weight gain (20pounds), increased apetite, physical weekness, low on energy, demonic nightmares, absolutely lack of sexual desire, lack of motivation to excercise F 31 1 years
10 1X D
7/21/2014
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 2  Temporary psychosis Weight gain (20pounds), increased apetite, physical weekness, low on energy, demonic nightmares, absolutely lack of sexual desire, lack of motivation to excercise F 31 1 years
10 1X D
7/21/2014
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 3  bipolar, depression No side effects. I can still get depressed easily. i feel no energy, motivation, I feel nothing. Is it because my mg. Is low? To me I'm slow at every thing. I can not work I'm slow moving F 54 10 years
15mg
7/17/2014
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 4  Depression Some nervous energy, motivated, confident, more energy, weight gain. Definitely lifted my depression within a few days and I suddenly became a morning person. F 36 1 years
5mg 1X D
7/13/2014

 1  Anxiety Liver problems when withdrawing the drug. DO NOT START TAKING ABILIFY. IT IS DANGEROUS. M 34 90 days
15 1X D
7/6/2014

 4  bipolar and anxiety Oculogyric crisis, twitching I was on Abilify for 4 years and it worked wonderfully. Then I started taking a drug called Domperidone...which seemed to throw the Abilify's side effects into gear. According to my doctor it was basically "the straw that broke the camel's back". Soon after I started the Domperidone the twitching began. Then I kept getting these instances where my eyes wouldn't stop trying to roll back in my head. It's a form of dystonia, as it turns out. Anyway I stopped the Domperidone because it wasn't doing what it was supposed to, and these side effects continued. I finally ended up at a neurologist's office about it and was told that basically I was probably always predisposed to those side effects from Abilify, but it was the other medication combined with it that brought those side effects out. Now I'm back to square one to treat my bipolar, because I am extremely sensitive to psych meds and it makes me very hard to deal with as a patient. F 32 5 years
10mg 1X D
6/24/2014
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 2  Anxiety & Confusion Dizzy & breathless. Blacked out on my living room floor & hurled. Thought I was having a heart attack. Stopped taking it 2-days ago & am still short of breath. Scared my family who wanted to call 911. Excessive sweating & just felt bizarre. Not my deal at all. After that, I'd rather go through this difficult period without drugs. F 54 3 days
2 mg
6/24/2014

 2  Bipolar ll, ptsd No side effect. M 21 2 months
20 MG
6/23/2014

 1  Anxiety,Depression, Bipolar fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, uneven heartbeats, numbness, weakness, headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, balance, vomiting, dizzy, nausea F 20 1 days
2mg 1X D
6/21/2014

 5  Depression/Psychosis Definitely weight gain and restlessness. F 15 2 months
7.5
6/20/2014

 1  psychosis the worst drug ever.I had EXTREME anxiety,agitation,restlessness,panic attacks,insomnia,depression.I haven't felt so awful in my life. 30 days
15mg 1X D
6/16/2014

 1  For new stabilizer For the very first day I've ministered 2 mg I ate probably 3 pounds of unknown food And did a couple somersaults down a spiral staircase none of which I can recall not even 2020 hrs. later even 20 hours later I would not recommend this to my worst enemy F 37 1 days
2 mg
6/13/2014
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 1  bipolar, depression Doesn't work. All I have are side effects. Waste of money and time for my parents. F 14 3 months
5mg
5/26/2014

 1  Schizophrenia Irritability, Inability to concentrate, Shakiness, Restless Leg Syndrome, Increased Suicidal Thoughts, Major Depression, Increase in paranoia and auditory and visual hallucinations Abilify almost killed me. For the first month of so, it seemed like a miracle drug. I told everyone "with Abilify - im able!". I had my life back on track, no side effects, everything was fine. Thats when my whole life changed. I became violent, withdrew from people, couldnt stop shaking, and became even more paranoid, had horrible voices and visions that would not leave me alone, not even for a moment. They told me to kill myself and harm myself and others. They said they would stop when I listened to them, so I did cut myself to see if they would stop, but they didnt. I was driven mad with abilify, to the point of getting amitted into the psychiatric ward at my local mental hospital. My doctor finally switched me off of it to Latuda, and im much better now. PLEASE dont take this medication! F 6 months
10 mg 1X D
5/15/2014
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 1  Anxiety Rapid heart beat, confusion, dilated pupils, flushing, muscle twitches, shaking, chest heaviness, throat tightness. F 32 1 days
2.5
5/3/2014

 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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