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  1. I've been taking 15mg a day of abilify for 20 months and just went down to 10mg for a month and then quit taking it altogether 14 days ago. I was fine, well - I had a migraine on day 6 but other than that I've been fine. Then like 3 or 4 days ago I just got really depressed. I just sit there and stare at the walls all day. Loss of interest in life, job, family, and activities. I quit taking the abilify because it makes my mouth twitch, it's pretty noticeable too. I've read that this is a symptom of a more serious condition brought on by anti-psychotics called tardive dyskinesia. So my question is: Is there a rebound effect when quitting abilify? (Basically if I wait a week will I feel better?) I don't know what to do.. I feel like I have two options: be happy with a twitchy (and possibly more serious) face or be just "functional" and irritable all the time. Thanks in advance,
  2. Hi. Some of these questions may be answered below, but I couldn't find them. I am on 2mg of Abilify, which I know is peanuts, but did I mention my pdoc doesn't like AAPs? Putting me on the abilify was definitely a last resort for him. So, when I was on the geodon, then the risperidone, he gave me this huge lecture about not drinking. I think I have told this story that it was the week of our 10th wedding anniversary, and he said I could have glass of champagne. It came up almost immediately (and it was pink, because I had blueberries for breakfast). He didn't mention drinking at all with the abilify. When I am talking "drinking," I am talking at max two beers a week, and really more likely 5 a month. If it is a really bad idea, I won't have trouble not drinking. But I actually like the taste of alcohol, so while the buzz is a nice side-benefit, it isn't the main reason I drink. So is this one of those "you really shouldn't drink, but realistically you can have a drink now and then," or a "DON'T DO IT!" I should add that my pdoc knows I drink, and thinks the amount I drink is absolutely fine. So all I am really asking here is if I am going to make myself sick if I have a Fat Tire. There's one in the fridge right now calling to me. The other SEs I am having are tremors and loss of balance. The tremor is mostly in my hands, but sometimes it spreads to my forearms. It gets worse when I am stressed. Also, I am off-balance. For instance, when I turn a corner, my whole body's momentum keeps going in the direction I was going *before* I made the turn, and I pitch sideways. I have only been on it a short time, and I am not nearly at the point where I consider this med problematic. I just wanted to make sure this is nothing undue going on.
  3. Abilify is metabolized by amongst others by CYP 2D6. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is an inhibitor of that enzyme, anyone have an idea of how this combination works out? Must Abilify dosage be reduced? How much? Thanks.
  4. I have been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, and ADHD. I have suffered from them since I was about 12. I'm 25 now, and recently felt some relief from a combination of 100mg of Zoloft and 5mg of Abilify. However, I gained 65 pounds in about 8 months. Also, I felt disinterested in things I used to do. I describe it as being "comfortably numb". So I have stopped the Abilify cold turkey. I googled this, and apparently this is not a good idea. I have now been suffering from severe anxiety, panic attacks, intrusive thoughts, sadness, depression, and disordered thinking. It's debilitating. I have stayed in my house and my room which are the only places where I feel slightly less anxious. At it's worst, I feel like I am being held underwater. It comes in waves. Anyway, has anyone else experienced this? I'm not sure what to do. Do I ride it out? I am talking to my new pdoc about this on Monday. I want to feel like myself again. The weight gain of course has contributed to my depression, which is the main reason I've come off of it.
  5. Hello! I just added 2.5mg abilify in the evening to my 450mg wellbutrin and 400mg zonegram. I have been on the wellbutrin for about a year. My psychiatrist started me on the abilify because my wellbutrin has stopped working for a while now. When I started the abilify however, it is like in the morning when I take my wellbutrin, it feels like I'm back in the beginning stages when it felt so good! My appetite is nonexistent, I have energy to do things, I'm outgoing, happy and talkative. I start to get a little anxious around the late afternoon and the hunger pangs do kick in but I still have to really think about what I want to eat. This is a huge difference from me a couple weeks ago having suffered from binge eating disorder for a very long time now. Even my binges are majorly scaled down and almost seemed somewhat "forced" - it's a part of me I'm trying to let go. Anyways, I want to see if anyone else feels this way? Kate
  6. My pdoc would like to add an AAP ... Seroquel or Abilify, to my current regime. He always leaves the final choice up to me after we discuss the issue. I would be very grateful to hear some thoughts, opinions and experiences from anyone. The goal is to work as an antidepressant to augment the effexor, slow down my racing, obssessive thoughts, and help my severe panic & anxiety problems and insomnia. Is either abilify or seroquel better for these particular symptoms? I've yet to find an AD that works without adding some kind of kick. Abilify is a mystery to me... I've had ppl tell me it worsened their depression! I know seroquel is more sedating, but my doc says this will pass with time. He does not want me higher than 200-300mg max. But I cannot afford to allocate 12hrs per day for sleep and hangovers. Which of the two works better for depression, and blunts your mind and emotions the least? I'm involved with some things where I cannot afford mental or physical mistakes or have my brain shackled. Thanks for any thoughts and experiences ...
  7. hELLO All Just wanted to say hi and share my little story I am a 37 y/o single mom/nurse. For most of my adult life I was dx with Anxiety and depression. I have switched careers teacher to nurse, had many short lived relationships (one was really good and i destroyed it due to my impulsiveness and inner turmoil) And just loved jumping from 1 thing to another in general.... I have been on the antidep rollercoaster for 13 years .(and tried 'em ALL ) But the last 3 years have been Awful even on effexor and Xanax. Panic attacks, self medicating with wine daily. and before my period i was a freakin psychopath. I have gained 30 pounds.I haven't dated in over 2 years. Basically I just worked and took care of daughter, drove her and her friends around, ate and slept. I stopped seeing any light at the end of the tunnel. I also did the crazy moving 3 times in 1 year in 2010. SO>>>I needed to do something drastic! Recently I had a really bad crisis a month ago (panic attacks, crying constantly, didn't sleep for like a week, almost got in trouble for being late at work, lost control with teen daughter many times and awful night sweats etc etc. I was desperate.I found this great psychiatrist ( I had seem him back in 2000 but didn't do what he told me at the time. ) BUT he has really helped me alot. He has 40 yrs experience and is also really caring and gives u samples etc. And he listens, and really knows his shit. He put me on Abilify 5mg for what he calls BP "mixed " episodes and Lamcital- titrating from 25mg to 150 very slowly in case of the rash. This was of course, After we spoke (mostly I spoke/rambled for 45 min) and I filled out a short questionare. I was kind of scared of the side effects but he told me there are more s/e to many antidepressants and started me on a really low dose, He told me to wean off my antidepressant(effexor)slowly and I can still take Xanax if I need it. I don't know if it's too soon, but, aside from a bit of insomnia at 1st, I AM FEELING A LOT BETTER. I am feeling happier and more normal, a feeling I haven't had in a long time. I'm motivated, the crying spells stopped. The anger/irritability I used to get ....(believe me my 16 y/o is not easy to deal with, and she has the same shit I have) has improved greatly. I can now deal with her in a more rational, calm, non-emotional way . She has been on Zoloft for a yr for panic and depression.It worked at 1st, but now its not doing shit. I had just about given up on medication, but this man has been a life saver! FOR THE 1ST TIME IN A LONG TIME I FEEL HOPE
  8. ever since I started Abilify (teeny, tiny dose of 1mg 2x a week!) I feel compelled to eat and or spend money. if I'm not doing one, I'm thinking about doing the other. it feels like a compulsion - there is a real drive to do it - consume SOMETHING. my husband thinks I'm imagining it, that im just bored, but it really feels different. I do have a tendency to binge eat, but with just Lexapro I was able to control that really well. doc added Abilify because lex totally stopped working last month out of the blue. NEVER saw that coming. will talk to the doc next appt but wanted to run it by you guys, too...
  9. Has this happened to anyone else who takes Abilify? I started it a few weeks ago. Ever since I did, I've noticed that I have no appetite. I'm losing weight rapidly. But I have NO desire to eat, and no appetite. I have to force myself to swallow down a few bites of food. I'm worried because it's the only med I'm currently on (am going to add on a mood stabilizer or AD when I next see my pdoc), and somehow it's really begun to lift me out of this depression! So I don't want to stop it. But I can't eat. I almost always feel comfortably full. I'm eating some hummus right now and can barely get it down. Any suggestions on how to fix my appetite? I don't want to go off of it.
  10. Hi guys, I'm a new user here, but I've been reading this board a lot. I've been bipolar I for slightly over a year now. I'm currently on Lamotrigine 100mg and that has done wonders for me, more than any antipsychotic by itself I was put on. I'm also on 10mg of Abilify. That would have been lower if my country sold lower doses. Now the time has come to quit Abilify for good, hopefully. The thing is, my pdoc wants me to quit cold turkey, since Abilify tablets can't be devided. What can I expect from this, and are there any successtories regarding quitting abilify?
  11. Hi. I am a compulsive over-eater who finally settled into a healthier way of eating. I take 20mg Abilify and 20mg Prozac. My diet involves calorie restriction without counting. I also use portion moderation. I'm going back to Weight Watchers soon. I am also starting to walk 2 miles everyday but not consistently. I'm taking Abilify because I've had elements of Schizoaffective in the past and even though the doctor isn't sure if I have it or not I still take it as a precautionary measure. My question is: Can I lose weight on Abilify? My starting weight was 297lbs and I'm 5'5. I've been on my diet for three weeks and I don't think I've been consistent enough- it shows! I haven't lost a pound since my initial 7 lb loss the first week! I'm down to 290lbs though and thats still quite a relief. Does anyone here have any experience with weight loss and Abilify?
  12. hello... i am a 31 years old woman living with bipolar1 disorder and lupus (systemic lupus erythematosis is an autoimmune illness that attacks the body's own organs, tissues, cells). i have been diagnosed with lupus since i was 17 and had it attack the brain and was hospitalised in the mental ward for 2 months when i was 19. that's when the psych meds started... after many unsuccessful attempts to be medicated, eventually abilify made its way into my life... i have been on it for 3 years and even tho i am grateful for it taking away the turbulance of moods and psychosis (from lupus) and mania etc, i feel resentful of it making me put on 20kgs... i have had weight issues most my life and body image issues most my life too so 20kgs is just unbearable. at the moment i am depressed and not very hopeful with my future. the psych doc said that there is no other choice but to take the medication because i react very badly to almost everything else... i major in psychology in a bachelor of arts.. but its too research oriented and i hate maths.. so when it comes to statistics and lab reports i just cringe. therefore i dont get good results and cannot go for higher education and fulfill my desire to help other people like myself struggling with mental illness. but i heard that i can take the next best thing which is masters in counselling. it will be more oriented towards community work and social work but i am hoping to have a chat with the co-ordinator and maybe get a better idea of it (in australia psychology and counselling are not the same thing.. you can't be a psychologist if your training is in counselling only but you can be a counseller if u are a certified psychologist.. go figure). other than that i havent touched my passion for music for a very very long time... i miss it and it always feels like a part of myself is missing... i find that with the abilify i am not so passionate with anything... i have 1 family member who is my mother, the rest are in another country and i dont talk to them at all... my other adopted family is my 2 bunny rabbits whom i love very very much... they are my babies. and i currently have 5 mice too. they like running on the wheel... lol i live in a city apartment funded by my mother... without her constant financial support i would sure to be on the streets. i have very few friends... but the tiny few are very loyal and long term friends. i have had a bf for almost 2 years now who is very very supportive and loving of everything i do. i like salsa dancing and latin music, balards, r n b (at least 90s r n b lol) and good singers and quality music. not that much of a fan of top 40s but sometimes a song catches my attention. i like horse riding but have not been for a very long time. i also like swimming and seeing movies... i used to like nature but there's too many bugs in it.. lol i like asian foods and have some intolerances... if i were to wish for anything for myself right now i would wish for a solid, reasonably paid career where i can feel some purpose to my life because atm i feel none... wishing everyone happy holidays and hope u'v have a great xmas and nye celebration to come xoxo
  13. I need some advice...I have been diagnosed with depression/anxiety disorder. I have tried zoloft, prozac, and pristique withing the past 8 weeks, all with terrible side effects. Yesterday my pdoc gave me a sample of abilify. She wants me to take 2.5mg every other day and then everyday. I know this is a low dose, I am just very concerned with the side effects, especially what I have read about the weight gain. And after dealing with the side effects (including suicidal thoughts) over the past 2 months with the other meds, I am very skeptical. Can anyone who is on this alone or in combo with a benzo (I am also on klonopin) please let me know their experiences? Thanks so much!
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