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Has anyone had any side effects involving the skin while on Abilify?
I have had this gross red patchy spot on my chin for months that keeps breaking out and scabbing over (I know...it's gross) as well as severe dandruff and an increase in hair loss.
I have seen a dermatologist, all labs and cultures came back normal. I was prescribed a topical antibiotic for my chin which didn't work and a prescription shampoo which didn't work.
It occurred to me that it might be a side effect of Abilify so, of course, I looked it up. Although rare, it apparently CAN cause skin problems.
So, for the last 4 days I have not taken my Abilify and lo and behold my chin started clearing (that's a huge deal because in the last 3 months this has not gotten any better and after 4 days it's practically GONE) and my scalp is SO much better and is less itchy and flaky! I'm almost certain at this point that it's the Abilify due to how persistent these issues have been and how drastic the improvement has been in just the 4 days since I stopped taking it. I can't say much in regards to the hair loss, however.
I absolutely had to take it today because I was starting to feel withdrawal symptoms (dizzy, lethargic, tired, and anxious) although I really didn't want to. These issues have had a significant impact on my self esteem, not to mention my chin issue has been extremely painful.
I'm going to talk with my psychiatrist about this and discuss the possibility of switching to something else. I take 5 mg daily for bi-polar and anxiety. I've been on many different SSRI's and SNRI's and none of them have been as helpful as Abilify has been and I really don't want to go back on any of them.
Hi, i'm new here and i havent been diagnosed yet but ive been having hallucinations and what i now (thanks to my therapist) think are delusions maybe idk but the thing is i saw my pdoc about a week ago he didint ask me almost any questions and didnt answer mine he limitated only to prescribing 25mg of seroquel for two weeks. After a while of taking it maybe a week im not even sure what day it is but anyway yesterday i got really sick from it i have low blood preasure and idk he never asked about it but now i read around and if you have that you shouldnt take seroquel because it makes you even more dizzy than usual (i almost faint everytime i try to get up or even move my head around) i had to stop taking it and i cant call my doctor yet and im planning to see a new one because i think this one hates me and doesnt believe me or that he is part of this messed up reality and cooperates with this other beings to make my life shit. What do you guys think i should do i can get help but only after monday (were in a weird week in my country and nobody works until then) i cant take the seroquel because it makes me really dizzy i cant even move but dont think i should stop it because my hallucinations dont stop and everything still seems really weird (but the seroquel didnt help either). Idk just want to know what you think youve been struggling with this longer i just need to survive 4-5 days do you think i can do it without the pills (they werent working anyways).
I was on Seroquel for years and decided to change to Zyprexa hoping that the side effects would be less. Zyprexa turned out to be worse and so I changed back to seroquel and got really bad akathisia. So I changed back to Zyprexa again for a couple of months then decided to give the seroquel a try again, starting at a low dosage and increasing it slowly. When I increased the dosage to 200mg I suddenly started getting severe panic attacks and a sense of dread and anxiety that would not go away. So I changed back to Zyprexa again. This was about a month ago and the anxiety has not gone anywhere. I live with a sense of dread and panic every minute of every day. Could this be akathisia again? The last time I had it I couldn't sit still which is different now, its just a sense of inner distress that hangs with me. I don't know what to do! My doctor thinks its just normal anxiety but I really feel like the seroquel caused some kind of physiological change, its completely abnormal for me.
May seem like a silly question, but how do you know what is just water retention and what is actual weight/fat gain?
If most of your weight is contained in the belly/abdomen area - is this most likely water weight? I tend to expand there quickly so I'm assuming this is more a symptom of water retention. Is there a healthy way to get rid of this? Lamictal makes me very thirsty, yet i seem to be retaining alot of the liquids in my stomach area. It looks like a balloon :-(
I guess actual weight gain comes on more slowly? And would go to other areas - not just abdomen? Thanks for your thoughts!