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Abilify Side Effects Can Be Scary!

Abilify (aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic drug developed for people with schizophrenia. It's also taken for depression but has many serious side effects.
Abilify & aripiprazole

Abilify (aripiprazole) has been one of the most successful drugs in the pharmacy. The last time we checked, this medication had sales of over $5,000,000,000. That turned it into one of the best selling drugs (in dollars) of all time. (Now Abilify is available in a generic form as aripiprazole, so sales of the brand name have slowed substantially. By the way, if your insurance won’t pay for Abilify (aripiprazole), the out-of-pocket costs for a month’s supply can be in the hundreds of dollars).

Abilify (Aripiprazole) TV Commercials:

One of the reasons for such popularity might be the amazing direct-to-consumer advertising campaign for Abilify (aripiprazole). Perhaps you have seen the commercials on television.

In one, a cartoon woman complains that although her antidepressant works hard to help with her depression, it just wasn’t up to the task. She still “struggled to get going, even get through the day.” So, the cartoon character is seen confiding to her doctor that she has been “stuck for a long time.”

The cartoon doctor recommends adding a cartoon Abilify (in the form of a big letter A with eyeballs) to the poor inadequate cartoon Rx pill antidepressant. Now the cartoon woman is seen smiling together with a smiling Abilify and a smiling antidepressant pill. They leave the cartoon doctor (who is also smiling) with the hope that the combination would make her feel better soon. Her only regret: “I wish I had talked to my doctor sooner.”

Abilify (Aripiprazole) Complications:

Then, in the classic voice-over, we hear about some of Abilify’s side effects:

“Abilify is not for everyone.

Call your doctor if your depression worsens or if you have unusual changes in behavior or thoughts of suicide…

Elderly dementia patients taking Abilify have an increased risk of death or stroke.

Call your doctor if you have high fever, stiff muscles and confusion to address a possible life threatening condition or if you have uncontrollable muscle movements, as these can become permanent. High blood sugar has been reported with Abilify and medicines like it and in extreme cases can lead to coma or death.

Other risks include increased cholesterol, weight gain, decreases in white blood cells which can be serious, dizziness on standing, seizures, trouble swallowing, and impaired judgment or motor skills.”

The Visual Distraction:

While this long list of scary side effects is being read by the announcer we see our cartoon woman interacting with her smiling cartoon character colleagues at work and then serving lemonade to her smiling cartoon family at a backyard barbecue. It’s hard to worry about life-threatening drug complications when everyone seems to be having such a good time.

Abilify (aripiprazole) was developed as an antipsychotic medication to help people with schizophrenia. For such patients it may be quite appropriate and help them maintain functionality. But it is a powerful medication with many serious side effects.

To better understand how this drug and other “atypical antipsychotics” (Risperdal, Seroquel, Geodon, Zyprexa) affect people we offer some stories from real patients who have posted their comments to this website, without the distraction of smiling cartoon characters.

Judy writes:

“I was on a low dose of Abilify for a year and a half. The drug was discontinued but I still developed tardive dyskinesia of the mouth that has persisted for over a year. It is debilitating.

“My psychiatrist who prescribed it was so surprised that I developed this. He said he never had anyone else with it.

“How can he be so clueless? I can only guess that with time, he will find more people who develop serious side effects as well. The TV ad lists the side effects casually, as if they are minor, or will go away if the drug is stopped. Please warn others!”

People’s Pharmacy Response to Judy :

Tardive dyskinesia (TD) can be incredibly debilitating. It results from drug-induced damage to the brain and can cause uncontrollable muscle movements such as lip smacking, tongue protrusion and grimacing. Some people develop rapid eye blinking or other involuntary movements. Most of the antipsychotic medications can cause this, and we are surprised that your psychiatrist was unaware of this potentially irreversible neurological complication.

Chica shares her experience:

“I was put on a very low dose of Abilify yet had severe weight gain and developed diabetes. I wasn’t on this drug for more than 3 months. I am very disappointed and Abilify didn’t help relieve my depression either.”

Bryan provides this account of TD & akathisia:

“I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was placed on a mood stabilizer and antidepressant. The psychiatrist indicated that Abilify would be helpful to add to my regimen to assist towards reaching the desired therapeutic effect.

“I began to pace and was unable to sit still. I literally walked the halls for three days straight. I was desperate for relief and felt in order to keep myself safe I needed to be hospitalized during that time.

“The symptoms persisted long after the medication was taken away. I also had uncontrollable movements with my tongue and slurred speech. None of these side effects were discussed with me.

“May I strongly encourage that you develop a strong alliance with your psychiatrist. If you feel your doctors are not proactive and forthright about the effects of your meds, find a health professional who is. Your quality of life could be adversely and permanently affected.”

People’s Pharmacy Response to Bryan:

It sounds as if you experienced something called akathisia as well as tardive dyskinesia. Trying to explain akathisia to someone who has not experienced it can be challenging. It is characterized by an inner restlessness that won’t stop. Your description of having to walk the halls continuously just begins to get at this devastating side effect.

Other people report pressure on their knees that forces them to pace nonstop or jiggle their legs for hours or even days. It is incredibly debilitating. As mentioned above, symptoms of tardive dyskinesia (uncontrollable muscle movements) can be permanent.

This from Stan:

“Abilify was a horrific drug for me. Used as an adjunct to my antidepressant regimen at the time, it seemed to ‘dumb me down’ severely, and was detrimental to my memory and cognitive abilities. Didn’t work for me. This may be a less reported side effect.”

Jewel’s experience with Seroquel for insomnia:

“I am a 40 year-old female. After suffering a rare stress-induced heart attack I was given Seroquel. I wasn’t asked of course or told what it was.

“I was very stressed and agree I needed the rest for sure, however I was out of it on this medication. Someone from smoking cessation came to talk to me and I would have thought it was a dream but he left paperwork beside my bed.mail

“I was amazed as I have never had a medicine that just literally paralyzed me physically and mentally. Had they admitted me to a facility and continue on Seroquel until I died I would have opened my mouth and took the pill and did as instructed. My ability to think and/or say no was gone. I am a single mother of 3 and they actually sent me home with a script for this stuff. No way was I going to continue taking it.”

A tragic death reported by E.N.

 “Risperdal killed my mother. In 2002 she was in her mid-eighties and in assisted living. The psychiatrist on call put her on Risperdal [risperidone] because she was ‘argumentative.’

“My mother was also a type 2 diabetic and had been on oral meds for that condition for over 20 years. She was only on Risperdal for a short time, maybe two months, when she tested very high for sugar one day. She was given an injection of insulin that evening and not checked on for several hours. At that time, she was “unresponsive” and taken to the hospital where she died a short time later, never having regained consciousness.

“The doctor said she died of natural causes. In researching her meds, I came upon the information about Risperdal being dangerous for diabetics.”

There is a black box warning about Risperdal (and other antipsychotic medications):

“Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death. RISPERDAL® is not approved for use in patients with dementia-related psychosis.”

Abilify (Aripiprazole) Side Effects:

  • Digestive tract distress, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, constipation, incontinence
  • Weight gain, increased appetite
  • Headache, dizziness, lightheadedness
  • Anxiety, agitation, restlessness, tremor, akathisia: uncontrollable urge to move or pace
  • Insomnia, fatigue, sedation
  • Dry mouth, excessive salivation, drooling
  • Blurred vision
  • Arthritis, muscle pain
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Fever (a potentially life-threatening symptom requiring immediate medical attention)
  • Tardive dyskinesia, uncontrollable muscle movements, lip smacking, grimacing, neck twisting
  • Stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Low blood pressure, especially when standing, dizziness
  • Diabetes, elevated blood sugar
  • Seizures
  • Irregular heart rhythms, palpitations,
  • Pancreatitis, gall bladder problems
  • Blood disorders
  • Low sodium, high potassium
  • Worsening depression, suicidal thoughts

Sudden Discontinuation Syndrome (aka Withdrawal): A Dirty Little Secret!

The track record of psychiatry has been abysmal when it comes to studying sudden withdrawal from commonly prescribed medications. It took years for researchers to discover that when patients suddenly stopped benzodiazepines such as alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium) or lorazepam (Ativan) they often experienced very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ditto for antidepressants like citalopram (Celexa), duloxetine (Cymbalta), escitalopram (Lexapro), sertraline (Zoloft) and venlafaxine (Effexor).

Symptoms of Abilify (Aripiprazole) Withdrawal:

Stopping atypical antipsychotics suddenly may also lead to withdrawal symptoms, but this phenomenon has not been well studied. Some possible reactions that have been reported include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, anxiety, agitation, confusion, uncontrollable muscular movements and sweating.

Because withdrawal from antipsychotic medications is underappreciated, there are few guidelines given to physicians on how to wean patients off such drugs. The FDA has not been very helpful. No one should ever stop such drugs suddenly, though. Please discuss this potential complication with a health professional before beginning this journey.

Stories from Readers:

Bryan in California was on a roller coaster ride:

“Abilify at first worked great for depression, almost an instant relief for the first month. After the first month, it just destroyed all joy and beauty in life, and in my personality. I’m assuming because it is such a strong drug, it obliterates depression and even my general happiness.

“It killed my joy in life so much that I resorted back to a drug problem that I thought I was done with. It’s also given me a mild to moderate compulsion to gamble, an issue I never had a problem with.

“To top it off, quitting Abilify for good has been an ordeal in itself. The first time I abruptly quit Abilify, I began rapid cycling from high to low moods. That never happened before. The 2nd time I quit by titration. It seemed like there was a reoccurring periodic depression.  It would just come and hit me out of nowhere, which is a symptom I never had before taking Abilify.”

People’s Pharmacy Response to Bryan:

Most people doubt that a medication could cause someone to start gambling. Such a “side effect” seems preposterous. But there are accounts in the medical literature of just such an adverse reaction. In the journal Australasian Psychiatry (July 1, 2017) the Australian authors conclude:

“When commencing a patient on aripiprazole the possibility of emergence of problem gambling and other impulse-control deficits should be monitored, even in those with no history of similar behaviours and even on a low dose.”

French clinicians shared a similar case in Encephale (June, 2016):

“Aripiprazole is an antipsychotic associated with reduced side effects compared to other antipsychotics. We report the case of a patient who experienced gambling disorder, hypersexuality and a new sexual orientation under treatment. These side effects are little known. They are usually difficult for patients to mention due to feelings of guilt. The consequences on social life, family and health may be serious. Clinicians and patients should be aware about the possible issue of these behavior disorders with aripiprazole.”

Lori in Washington was zapped:

“I was on Abilify for 6 years when one day I ran out of it. I decided to quit taking it. I didn’t feel any withdrawal symptoms for about a week and then the symptoms came on with a vengeance.

“I developed horrible restless legs, profuse sweating, nausea, stomach pains and a creepy crawling sensation that buzzed through my body like an electric current.

“This went on for months and now it’s been a year since I quit. I still have that creepy crawling sensation that has toned down a bit, but it’s still there. I still have the horrible restless legs and have developed high blood pressure that causes migraine headaches. Cognitively, I have a poor memory, poor judgement, and I can’t socialize and I feel like I’ve had a chemical lobotomy.

If you are on this medication, DO NOT QUIT COLD TURKEY…It can really mess you up. I am hoping my withdrawal side effects will go away but I realize they might not.”

Share Your Story about Abilify (Aripiprazole):

What has your experience been with medications like aripiprazole (Abilify), risperidone (Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel), ziprasidone (Geodon) or olanzepine (Zyprexa)? We recognize that such medications can be very valuable, especially for patients with schizophrenia. Others, however, may find such drugs difficult to handle. Please comment below so that other people can benefit from your story.

Revised 11-9-17

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My 63 year old brother (diagnosed/hospitalized multiple times with paranoid schizophrenia 26 years ago) has been on Zyprexa Zydis for about 15 years; no noticeable side effects other than weight gain, which he was able to gain control over/lose the weight. He was previously on other antipsychotics: Trilafon, Prolixin, Geodon, etc., and all had serious side effects (including Tardive Diskinesia & Akathesia), or were ineffective in reducing positive & negative symptoms. Each time each treating psychiatrist attempted to lower his dose, he seriously decompensated & landed in the psychiatric hospital. Then, a “re-bound” effect would happen: the psychiatrist would need to reinstate the dose before it was reduced only to be ineffective, so the psychiatrist would up the dose even further than the original dosage…. Subsequently, after each attempt to reduce the dosage failed, doctors kept raising the dose until he was “Off Label” & up to a 40mg dose of Zyprexa Zydis. After a 26 year “real case study” of different antipsychotics, I have not seen any serious side effects of Zyprexa in my brother. This doesn’t mean serious side effects cannot still happen. That said, I do not know why his current psychiatrist is trying to reduce his off-label dosage when we have a 26 year proven case study of a stable patient??? Plus, we have solid proof of what happens during dosage reduction over a 15 year period. Plus, there are no current serious side effects after being on Zyprexa Zydis for 15 years straight. In my opinion, dosage reduction is a dangerous & (sometimes) inappropriate “crap shoot” practice that psychiatrists need to re-think so stable patients without side effects can make informed decisions instead of just following “crap shoot protocol.”

That’s how I was feeling with missed doses of antivan.

I have been on abilify for a few months and my doctor psychiatrist weaned me off in a week. The withdrawal symptoms are horrible. I can’t take the increased appetite. That’s why I wanted off the medicine the appetite has not changed I’m starving all the time. Now my stomach is a wreck: nausea vomiting pain bloating–you name it I have it and the insomnia sucks too. I can’t sleep no matter what I do. I wish I was never put on this medicine in the hospital it is beyond difficult to get off of, especially the withdrawal symptoms. uUh I don’t know how long this is going to last. I’m never going back on it again

I hate this drug. As soon as I started taking it (switched from seroquel due to high insulin), I started vomiting. That’s with 5 mg. So my pharmacist cut it in half. Even then, nausea continues with 2.5 mg, and now I’m getting restlessness and insomnia, even if I take it in the morning. I have to stop! I’m terrified of the possbility of permanent movement disorders and akathisia. Help!

Off to my doctor tomorrow. I’m done with atypicals. I take them to augment antidepressants but they are making me more sick than well.

I started Abilify about four months ago. I took it for about three weeks before I began to feel better, more energy, waking up earlier, and even less pain. The problem I have with the drug is elevated blood pressure and heart rate. Before I took the medication I was taking a blood pressure pill, and my blood pressure was good. I stopped the Abilify when my BP continued to climb and also my heart rate. I saw my doctor a month after I started the drug, and he took me off of it and increased my Welbutrin.

It took a few weeks for my blood pressure and heart rate to begin to fall, but I still have had occasional episodes of my BP being elevated. My doctor put me back on Abilify to see if I could tolerate it because it had helped so much. This is the second day, and my BP has increased already and also my heart rate. I also had a terrible headache, blotchy red patches on my face, a little shortness of breath, anxiety and some palpitations. I was feeling awful, and it scared me. I guess I will discontinue use until I see both of my doctors and find out what direction they feel I should go.

I was on Abilify for about 6 years from 5mg then up to 10mg by the time I quit. I went from 10mg to 0 in under two weeks, and a month later I am suffering from pretty bad insomnia, crawly skin and restless leg syndrome. Really hoping this goes away eventually.

I suffered a severe back injury and resulting depression which resulted in a prescription for 2 mg of abilify in addition to 20 mg celexa. My doctor did not advise me of the potential side effects. The abilify seemed to work but after 5 years I became tired of the chronic constipation and frustrated with the weight gain and feeling of being bloated all the time. My cholesterol had increased over the years as well.

I knew I had to get off it. I tried twice cold turkey but the anxiety was too severe. I knew I had to wean myself off slowly. I received no support from my doc. The drop to 1 mg resulted in no withdrawal side effects.

It was then that I came to realize the other effects abilify had on me. For years on the drug I had no interest in doing anything but shopping on line. I continued to compulsively buy things I did not need and try as I might I could not stop it. At the same time I was hungry all the time….24/7, even if I had just finished a meal and as hard as I tried I could not lose a pound of the 12 I had gained. I had also developed a fear of driving which I attributed to getting older.

After reducing the dose by 1 mg I became interested in things other than shopping, my digestion became regular, my appetite decreased, I lost weight and I was no longer afraid to drive. In other words I got my life back. Had I known everything it was doing to me I would have attempted to get off it years ago.

After 3 months taking 1 mg I cut to .5 mg. No withdrawal symptoms. 7 weeks ago I stopped taking it altogether and unfortunately I am finding myself irritable and generally off. I am suffering night sweats and hot flashes during the day. It is possible that I did not remain on .5 mg long enough and I certainly cannot cut the tiny pill to .25.

My husband is concerned but I am going to stick it out in the hope that I level out. If not I will go back on .5 for an extended period before discontinuing. This drug is poison. If anyone reading this is considering taking it for depression, please try to find another alternative. For people despairing getting off it, you can do it. You have to wean yourself off very, very slowly. And you may have relief from the side effects on the lower dosage, as I did.

I have been put on 5mg aripiprazole as an adjunctive to the medication I was well on for over 30 years, to bring down my prolactin. I take it in the morning to stop insomnia which is the advice given. I am well on it so far (5 weeks) but do not know if it has worked yet in reducing the prolactin, which was 2700. If it does reduce the prolactin I am happy to stay on it as long as I can keep taking my old medication, sulpiride.My blood test is next week.

The first time I took this drug was a few years ago, for Bipolar Depression. It made me exhausted and just wrecked me. So I stopped taking it after only a week.

This time I’ve been on 100mg of sertraline for 2 years, added ability, and it gives me such an energy boost. About an hour after taking abilify I feel like I just drank an energy drink. It does give me shaky hands, but so do energy drinks. But for 2 years before this I’ve felt dead, empty, and the abilify has got me drawing again and enjoying life again. I tried to lower my sertraline. but that just made me go full blown MANIC. Which was a nightmare. So I’m back on 100mg Sertraline and 5mg Abilify. Seems to be a great combo. I wish they’d give me a mood stabilizer.

I have been taking Abilify for 2 weeks now, and at first it was a nightmare of suicidal thoughts and crying. As the days progressed my mood changed, and I felt great. I will see my Dr in a week, and he will assess me. My focusing is so much better than on the stelazine that I took for 30 years. I taught school while taking the stelazine, but know I would have been more focused if I had taken the Abilify. Since I have only been on it for two weeks, I do not know the long-term effects of taking this. All I know is that I am currently not depressed and feel focused and wanting to get out and enjoy the world.

I was on Abilify for 3 months and it gave me really bad akathisia. I got really depressed, and it gave me suicidal thoughts. I never had any thoughts like that before I got on the meds. I couldn’t sleep, had really bad insomnia. It’s been about two months since I got the Abilify injection shot. I’m no longer taking the meds. Since I’ve quit, I feel depressed and have lack of motivation. I also feel as though I want to isolate myself from others. Im not as sociable and positive as I used to be. I’m also having body aches, especially my back. I wasn’t this way before the meds. Now it’s like I don’t want to be around people.

I took Geodon before I slept and also ate a peanut butter sandwhich. I woke up and felt very uncomfortable and got out of bed. I was dizzy and felt confused. I had thoughts that I should drink water then I suddenly felt like I wanted to die. This went on for hours. Wanting to die because it was so painful to be on Geodon that I wanted my pain to end. I haver experience with other antipsychotics too.

Our N.P. added Ability to my husband’s medication in June 2017. Initially it seemed to help and the dosage was increased in August and in January. By the end of the summer, he was having trouble swallowing. We were referred to a neurologist and a GI Dr, who stretched his esophagus. The swallowing got worse. Between August and January, he went from 176 to 128 pounds.

In January he failed a swallow test, shook constantly, and was admitted to the hospital in kidney failure. A PEG tube was placed and he is slowly gaining weight. While looking for dysphagia diets, I came across one for people who had “Ability Side-Effects”.

I showed this to our N.P. and she apologized and took him off Abilify. Neither she, nor our neurologist nor our PCP had any idea that was a side effect. Slowly improving from this and other side effects. Do your own research! Nobody else will.

My doctor put me on abilify injection (400 mg!) for very resistant bipolar disorder. I developed a compulsive shopping problem and had problems paying my bills. I’ve stopped the shopping with sheer willpower. But now I can’t sleep, I pace my apartment continuously, I have paranoia and my social anxiety has made me almost a recluse. I itch all the time, my hair is falling out, I look like a homeless person. I’m afraid of coming off the drug since it’s an injection and no way to taper it off.

My 13 year old and I talked with the psych PA on 5/4/18 about adding Abilify to her program due to OCD. After a series of hoops to jump through her script for Abilify was filled. She started this on 5/11/18.

We started it at night- it helps her sleep great but then then it intensified her once tolerable behaviors: stealing, lying, impulses and disrespect. I talked with her about going off of it but she begs me to let her keep taking it. I’m concerned that in 12 days time she is addicted to it.

I was prescribed Celexa, Lexapro,and Abilify when I was about 17 to “control my bipolar disorder and depression”. It worked, according to my parents, who saw me go from mood swings of manic highs to debilitating lows to what they considered normal. For me, I became a zombie. I had no feelings whatsoever. When I decided to just stop taking the pills because I was tired of feeling that way, I started to notice that one or two of my fingers would twitch randomly. I noticed it first when I was browsing online, and my hand clicked my mouse involuntarily while I was scrolling. A week or so later, I felt twitching by my eye, then later in my thigh. I still get random twitches after ten years of not having the medication in my system.

I’m on a cocktail of different meds, abilify being one of them. I’ve been on them for 2 months and the tremors and spasms stated 5-6 weeks ago. I brought it to the attention of my psych doc who just blew me off. Today, the spasms are worse. They happen in my legs, arms and back. My family doc thinks I should come off the abilify. The psych doc wants me to stay on them for another 6 months. I am afraid of withdrawal symptoms and I read somewhere that withdrawing can make things worse.

I have been taking abilify for 6 years. I now have a huge gambling problem, have gained over 50 lbs and have other compulsive behaviors. I never had a gambling problem or weight problem before I started taking this medicine. I’m trying to wean off this medicine but am very scared of the side affects.

Stay away from Abilify, bad drug, changed my whole character for the worst. Agoraphobia, fear, panic attacks, wanting to drink, no interest in anything

these were the exact side effects I had, like it gave me really bad panic attacks and agoraphobia, and worsened my social anxiety.

I was on Abilify for about 3 years and I came off of it cold turkey back in 2012 and it cause me to have fits if rage, restless legs, stomach issues and anxiety that was very unpleasant. Now I’m on Risperidone cause on Abilify I gained about 25 pounds and was very unhappy with that and with Risperidone my doctor said that shouldn’t be an issue and it hasn’t been but after reading some things online today I’m genuinely scared about getting off Risperidone.

I’m on 5mg a day and if I miss 3 days I become very irritated and just unpleasant and obsess on the thought of killing myself. I am prescribed this medication for Bipolar 2 went BPD. But what are some alternatives to these drugs because I know I need something to help me manage my life so it’s not completely unmanageable but everything I’ve read today has the heck scared out of me because it sounds like I’m either A) a slave to these drugs for life or B) going to experience a very unpleasant and possibly dangerous road to getting off. So if anyone has any advice or comments I’d greatly appreciate it because I’m so very unsure of my psych medications and what road to take from here.

Abilify nearly destroyed my life due to compulsive gambling. It wasn’t until I stopped taking it against my former psychiatrist’s warnings, that I quit gambling. I quit cold turkey and the gambling urge disappeared within ten days to two weeks. During that time, I dealt with serious withdrawals, including restless legs, severe anxiety and electric shockwave feeling going through my body. I also had hot and cold spells, sweating and shaking.

I had been misdiagnosed with a serious mental illness in my early twenties, and none of the doctors would disclose any side effects from any of the medication cocktails they put me on. It now turns out that I have no mental illness at all. Just minor social anxiety which is controlled by a small amount of antidepressants. I am currently seeing a new psychiatrist and he is helping me overcome the distress that this has put me through.

Once I quit the Abilify, I was able to stop gambling on my own. While I was on this drug, I was completely unable to quit.

I nearly lost my home, my husband and everything that is dear to me.

I have been on abilify for 2 years now. I remember before getting on it being severely depressed, up and down, and suicidal even with already being on prozac for depression and anxiety, klonopin for panic disorder, adderall for adhd, and ambien for trouble sleeping. I also tried buster, which made me like a zombie, so I stopped that medicine within months.

My doctor one day told me that she could see that I have bipolar disorder, since I was describing the suicidal thoughts and the constant crying episodes, sensitivity, and up and down moods so often (considering I had 2 eating disorders) and wanting to hurt myself constantly. On the other hand, my psychologist didn’t necesarily think so. She thought it was just the adhd and defiance symptoms coming out, as well as anger and problems with blaming myself for people who had abused me in life.

Anyway, I agreed to try the abilify. The first year went quite well although there were times that the dose went from 10 mg to even the highest of 30mg a day. I started noticing weight gain-up to 35 lbs, and I was origionally 5’2″ at 95 lbs. I also had very noticeable cheek swelling and a sense of mind fog that didn’t completely go away even as I went down in the dosage once again to 10 mg. I was slowly actually deteriorating.

Things started to get worse but I didn’t even notice, as I was completely numb to my surroundings. I was sleeping most days and naps whenever possible. Yes, even with being on 60mg of adderall-stimulant. My metabolism slowed, and so did body functions such as using the bathroom only once or twice a day and with almost nothing coming out. All I wanted was to be a normal happy person.

Recently my meds got stolen from me at work. I was pissed and scared for what was to come such as withdrawals. But I learned to see this as a blessing in disguise. I did everything I could to get to my doc, sort things out, and get new scripts to start back on my medicines, despite going through the worst few weeks I had ever gone through in my life. I had shakiness, dizziness, headaches, muscle lockups and stiffness, weakness, exhaustion, calling off work, mood swings, crying episodes, hopelessness and just crying helplessly to God to heal me. And He did.

This medicine is so strongly addicting and overall dangerous when prescribed incorrectly which I believe was my case. I thought I was happy, but really was numb, forgetful, ditsy, irresponsible, and unresponsive to stimuli around me while on it. I decided to become a full-out fighter. I was determined to get off this drug with whateved willpower I had left. Finally, within a few weeks my energy levels started rising suddenly. I only had to sleep a few hours a night to be fully rested and ready for the day. My mind fog is lifting; my memory is improving; and I feel like I have waked up for the first time in two years. I feel overjoyed to say the least, I just hope this energy stays.

Now I have a question. Was I technically officially bipolar in the first place? Is abilify supposed to be a lifelong drug? Also please consider carefully all the side effects of a medication before agreeing to take it. That was my mistake, and by the time I did the research the drug had me dependent already and convincing myself that I was getting better.

Please. Be. Careful. I went cold turkey while quitting, which isn’t the smartest choice, but I saw no other option but to just be strong through the unbearable withdrawals. Take other people’s observations into consideration as well when starting meds. I had to trust my family, friends, and coworkers who thought something was very wrong even though I was numb to the fact. I’m seeing clearer than ever that this drug was destroying my life. I’m coping now and fighting to be myself because I believe I’m a fighter.

Everyone, keep up the good encouraging thoughts, and thank you for sharing your experiences, as well.

I have forgotten (twice) recently to take my Abilify, before leaving for work. By 8 O’Clock (I start work at 7) I noticed a feeling like being sucked down a drainpipe, sweating, depression and anxiety. All this was totally overwhelming.

My autistic 7 year old son was prescribed Abilify in January 2018… On March 16, 2018 he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes despite having no symptoms earlier and no family history of diabetes. Does anyone know what steps we can take to help him???

I’ve only been taking Abilify for a few days, and I have had severe nausea since the first hour of taking it. I though it’d go away the second day, but am still experiencing it. It’s almost unbearable and very uncomfortable. When I try eating, nothing tastes the same as before, and I just feel like throwing up; all I can eat so far without feeling horrible is certain cereals. Also, I woke up at 3am the other night, which rarely happens to me. I could not fall back asleep. Also have been experiencing a tremor/ shaking in my hands and SLUGGISHNESS!

I feel very uncomfortable taking this drug, my doctor explained it as a very good option and didn’t really explain any risks to me, but I feel as if it’s pretty dangerous. I know everyone’s body reacts differently. But I haven’t been taking it for that long, and I don’t want to wait and see what happens because it seems like a lot of people are having bad reactions and withdrawal seems like a horrible process.

I’m tired of bouncing around everywhere from medication to medication – none of them seem to improve depression/anxiety symptoms when even taken for a month+. I have to keep switching because of the symptoms. The bad seems to overpower the good for most of these medications. Still haven’t found the right one for me, and probably never will :’)

I had been on Cymbalta for depression, then Dr. added 2mg Abilify. Several days later she increased it to 2mg AM and 5mg PM. The next morning after the first 5mg. evening dose, I felt lightheaded and collapsed to the floor. Wife witnessed me going thru involuntary head jerkiness and called for help from local 911. Dr. denied that the increase to 7mg daily triggered it.

She would always attribute anything I report to be triggered by cannabis. The test, of course, is to repeat the dosages and see if I collapse on the floor again? The Dr. declined to encourage that proposal. Since discontinuing the Dr., I switched to applying to the state for a Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Card, and found that cannabis has NOT triggered the same involuntary head jerkiness.

I have been on so many pills for mental illness,some work for awhile and then these side -effects come on.the dr give me medicine but i might take it a few times and if i don’t feel good i wean myself off .i take the pill one day and skip the next day.they gave me a 5mg dosage of abilify ,i was sitting down watching tv and all of a sudden i started feeling aroused sexually,another time i was taking a shower and i got seually aroused again,i had to masturbate to releive the feeling.if i was married this would be good but i’m not.they need to market this drug like viagra.if this continue i will ween myself off.

I’ve been on abilify for seven years following a one time psychotic episode brought on by extreme life circumstances. I am now in the process of weaning off because of leg pain (that started on the onset of taking this drug and continues to this day). I was on 10 milligrams for 7 years and have cut it down to 5 milligrams.

It’s been 7 weeks since this downgrade in strength, and I’ve never had such horrific anxiety and mood swings in my life. Went to my doctor today, and she said we are going to taper off slower at a smaller dose. She suggested I stay at 5 milligrams until my brain and nervous system have time to readjust to the new lowered dose. Then we can continue the taper, but by a smaller amount. From 5 milligrams to 4 milligrams for as long as it takes for the withdrawal symptoms to dissapear. Even if this taper takes a year, I suggest going slow. What is the rush when we are talking about a lifetime of being free from this horrible drug?

I would suggest to anyone wanting to come off this drug, work with your doctor or research as much as you can on the internet about coming off it safely and with as few withdrawl symptoms as possible.

Hello to every one,

My name is Nick Junior Pirumov. I am consuming this medicine over 7 years. Last night I saw a spider. Spider was crawling on my stomach while sleeping. This Abilify medicine made me lose my 3 jobs for last 14 years. Few days ago I went to the doctor. Doctor Told me that in two months i can get rid of medicine. I believe that God will cure me of this Abilify.

Once this medicitaion will be out of my system, I will be healthy again, and will realize my goals and dreams and will never ever experience this craziest treatment in the word possibly.



Abilify is a beast. My son was started on it when he was 17. Once you are on these meds the doctors disappear. I couldn’t even find a psychiatrist who would see him. The ones we did see only said he needed to be detoxed but they couldn’t do it; hospitals couldn’t do it. The longer he took it the worse things got. Horrible scary ride.

I’ve been eating meds for like 10 years now after I got fired and went to the doctor to discuss about my social anxiety, anxiety in general and depression. I started Escitalopram.. After a few weeks of horrible side-effects, it settled down and I took it for around 8+ years.

Since I barely had any idea if it was doing anything and my life had kept on getting worse, losing friends, being stuck in this anxiety and depression, I then discussed it with my doctor and moved to Brintellix.

This immediately made me feel nervous and annoyed about the smallest things until the few weeks of settling to it passed.. Then I felt more in touch with my emotions, but big moodswings and more depression.
Eventually I started to feel like I’m going crazy. I doubted everything and just felt like it’s all over.. A lost cause. Obsessively thinking over everything and my mind was just in a total feeling of chaos…

Well, I discuss these to my doctor and she said it sounds bad and diagnoses a new drug: Abilify..

So.. The bad effects of my previous drug are now apparently my symptoms to be treated with an even more powerful medication?

I can barely find good things about Abilify and a ton of side-effects that range from death, permanent lifelong debilitating effects and more restlessness and anxiety than I have ever had… The doctor gave it like a minute of thought too.

Nowhere can I find possible good effects that I could expect.. Just horrible effects that might ruin my brain or life or make me miserable.

I have discussed wanting to stop meds several times. The doctors never agree to it.

So.. Will my life be this until the end? From one med to another? Until I lose it or kill myself? Who am I without medication? How do I feel without a pill? No idea. The doctors are taking guesses with prescriptions and even if I already fetched Abilify from the pharmacy, there’s no way I’m going to take it. The doctors might like gambling with my health but I don’t. I was better before all meds and don’t want to get some nervous tick for the rest of my life or become an expressionless zombie…

I’m starting to think doctors know nothing of mental health and just try different meds blindly to “see if they might help lol”… Mindless…. :/

One week in,abilify. I am scared to death! Days 4,5,& 6 were intolerable. I could barely walk, as if I had drank 7 beers. Nausea, vomiting, jerky hands. Those have subsided. I go to see my Doc. tomorrow. Positive Thoughts Everyone! :)

I was on Abilify for 3 weeks and told my doctor I wanted to be taken off. He suggested lowering the dosage. I told him absolutely not and went off of them. This is an awful, awful, dangerous drugs. For the first time in the 20 years I’ve been dealing with depression I was SCARED!, just a horrible drug.

My sister (26y) is taking Abilify 10mg daily from early Dec 5, 2017 due to an episode of pychosis. It seems she is very drowsy and wants to sleep somewhat after each meal. She feels her eyes are a bit pressed, so her eyes look half open and half closed. She also feels tight in her lower legs and suth her walk is slow and in small steps. Her face shows little expression. I am very converned about her appearance. Is it because of the medicine side effects? We hope she can wean off the medicine in 2 to 3 months. Or will she have her expressionless face, not full open eyes and slow and small step working after medicine is stopped. Could anyone help to tell the possible result?

My 51 year old husband and myself had been placed on Abilify. Him on 20mg and myself at 10mg.

I was the first to experience involuntary Tucson in my right middle finger and began to lose my ability to type. I got scared, stopped the Abilify myself and within a month my symptoms we’re gone.

My husband wasn’t so lucky. He had been on Abilify for about 3-4 months (20mg) when he began having involuntary movements in his right hand and arm. He had continued to take the medication for about a year and Thebes symptoms spread to his head (pulls to to the right). He’s now been off of Abilify for 3-4 mos and the issues aren’t going away, they’re getting worse. He’s now been no diagnosed with Cervical Dystonia. A painful condition with no complications urea and no end.

All these drugs need a long term plan and all side effects explained fully also the psydoc just are not available enough to help when needed. You need to be monitored almost daily

I have been on aripiprazole (abilify ) for many years and this drug actually woke me up .From being practically commatosed I had a new me ,not as good as the old me but better than the drugged up one .I am on 30mg a day but for the past 6 months I have been having increasing paranoia and bad thoughts . It seems that my body is not responding as it did at first .I have uncontrollable hand shakes ,light headiness ,indigestion including pains up both sides of my back and I am type 2 diabetic .If the drug no longer works then was it worth it for the side effects and I am dreading coming off it

Doctors should have to tell people all of the good, bad, and ugly of these drugs. Abilify withdrawal is horrible and eventually everybody has to go there.

I’m a fan of good quality vitamins, no sugar and grains, exercise and The Peoples Chemist. Prescriptions are for emergencies not life long term ingestion like food. Peter Breggins video on tube tells it all regarding psychiatrists.

My granddaughter was put on risperdal from the age of 3 to 13 for severe RAD, PTSD, and bi-polar. She developed type I diabetes at age 12 and was taken off of it when she began to lactate at age 13. Her mother developed diabetes II after being on Geodon for 1 yr. I am wondering if very small doses of natural CBD hemp oil might be better with fewer severe side effects.

You are at it again!

Why don’t you print a story of someone who was HELPED by taking this drug?

I’ve had treatment resistant ultra rapid cycling bipolar for many years.(I’m now 67) Many years ago, my psychiatrist at the time suggested I try Zyprexa. A friend was on it and he doing ‘good'(his mood was stable). I agreed and we started at the lowest dose, which I believe was 2.5 mg. I took it before I went to bed.

I don’t recall how I slept, since I was told that it would help me sleep, but what I did experience upon awakening was intense irritability and anger, both uncharacteristic for me. I went to work but I felt that I could kill someone if they crossed me. It took all my self-control not to let the irritability and anger manifest itself. After about six or seven hours, I felt the feelings began to fade.

When I reported my side effects to my psychiatrist she told me to immediately stop the drug. No kidding. She told me she’d never had a patient report such symptoms. Welcome to the real world, doctor.

Abilify was prescribed by my primary care dr. to boost the Welbutrin I was taking for depression when I was going through a particularly stressful time. The first time I took it, I used half the prescribed dose and drove twenty minutes. Within the first hour of taking it I became very nauseous and passed out while visiting my daughter.

Next thing I knew, paramedics were hovered over me and I was taken to an ER. I shudder to think the outcome if I had been driving and if I had taken the full prescribed dose of Abilify. I attempted to report this adverse event on the FDA’s website and discovered that my reaction was not considered a serious one. Is death the only warranted serious adverse event??

My mentally challenged daughter was on Abilify for a few years for her behaviors & it ended up being a big problem. She was sticking out her tongue, was having tremors & when I would have to be changing her panties I could feel these tremors in her feet & legs & seemed to have ants in her pants.

It was a long time before these symptoms went away & she’s been on other drugs since. It has been a very difficult situation with which to deal because she can’t tell us how she really feels, we can only go on exhibited symptoms & thankfully we’ve had an excellent psychiatrist with whom we’ve been working with in the past 15 years.

Curiously, after literally 43 years! of—off and on of high dosage antipsychotics for paranoid schizophrenia, including a suicide attempt while suffering with severe akathaisia (on Thorazine), a psychiatric ARNP prescribed 5 mg Abilify/day. It not only knocked out my last psychotic break (in 2006), but, for the first time in my experience, didn’t trigger a horrible akathisia. Since then, I have, for the first time in my adult life, lived an extended life of health, freedom and joyful independence. I must add that the (now) Aripiprazole has been augmented by extensive “alternative” modalities such as work with massage practitioners, good nutrition, and my own meditative, constantly attentive self-awareness. The combination of the medication and all these other things is what is working for me.

I have been on about 35 different medications for depression in the last 30 with minimal relief. I was labeled “drug resistant”. I had pretty much given up. Then Abilify was added to my Prozac and for the first time, I felt my depression lifting. I started on 2mgs and my dr very slowly moved me up to 10 mgs. Where my depression is concerned, abilify is my miracle drug, I don’t dread life anymore. I can actually get up in the morning and take a shower without crying and wishing I was dead. However, I have also gained about 60-80 lbs and my blood sugar is so high that im now pre diabetic. I don’t want to go off the Abilify because I don’t want to be suicidal again, but I also don’t want to become diabetic and my weight is affecting my quality of life. My dr has put me on yet another med to counteract the side effect of overeating from the abilify to help me lose a little weight. If it doesn’t work, I feel I have no choice but to start tapering down and eventually stop the abilify, which truly saddens and angers me. However, I was fully aware of all the possible side effects before I started taking the Abilify. I was just desperate for some relief.

I’m having a similar experience. Over the past 7 years, I’ve gained 40lbs or so while taking Abilify. It has definitely helped with my anxiety episodes and I fear going off the medication. What med did you DR prescribe to counteract the weight gain? Has it been working? Would love to hear your experience so far….

I tried going from seroquel and lexapro to lexapro and abilify and all I could think of was ways of killing my self I literally would cry and cry and thought thoroughly of ways to end my life it is one of the scariest times of my life

Your article says to discuss with your doctor before discontinuing one of the above-listed medications. I find that incredibly unhelpful because, at least in my neck of the woods, the MDs are clueless to the effects of withdrawal. I had an ER doc tell me to go ahead and stop taking an antidepressant I was on when my liver acted up. He said I needed to stop, and there was no reason not to. So I took his advice for about two days, then put myself back on a lowered dose and decreased myself from there.

Any time I have spoken to a psychiatrist about getting off of the antidepressant, they don’t think it’s a good idea. When I start having withdrawal, they tell me the depression is returning, and I need to stay on them. (Of course, at $250.00 per 20 minutes every six-months charge, the patient is a regular cash cow for the psychiatrists!)

I got the idea to wean myself off after a trip to Africa where I learned that they only put people on the antidepressants when there has been severe trauma, and it is only long enough to calm things down emotionally for them, while giving them trauma counseling and other tools to be able to get on with life. I believe they are only kept on the antidepressant for around 9 months tops! Here in America, they put you on them, send you out the door, tell you to come back every six months so you can keep getting the addictive substance they put you on, do NOT do any blood testing, and keep you on them for life if possible! This is wrong!

So back to my original point: I don’t have a doctor I can trust to help me wean off so I am doing it with God’s help. I have been weaning off of the medication for over a year and a half! I have had to go that slow. But after 2 decades of being on medication, I am expecting brain push back and doing all I can with the help of some friends, to remain stable.

Everybody should watch the video on YouTube. Dr.petted breggin “simple truth” he is the nation’s lead psychyotris and we’ll respected he explains in great detail about the dangers of ssri antidepressants don’t start on them evil meds doctors will hand you a scrip like candy and say oh you got stress and anxiety then the rollercoaster honeymoon faze will go away then Bamm! You are now yourself anymore your a walking corpse zombie,walking dead,whatever you may call it I been threw 8 different antidepressants all pooped out after over several years .don’t even think your going to happy or get euphoria Mandy just for f

Abilify was one of the last antipsychotics I was put on for my bipolar affective disorder paired with triliptal, I went from 184lbs to 220lbs, ended up with diabetes full blown,and sleep apnea so badly I would stop breathing 40 times an hour. After a few years of feeling worse than ever, I was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy, a rare form of kidney disease.

I found out Abilify could have been the cause of not only the weight gain but also the diabetes, high blood pressure and fatty infiltration of the liver without mention of alcohol. I was taken off all meds, and now 4 years later I weigh 135lbs. I am still considered diabetic however my A1c has been normal without meds. My blood pressure is now stress related and my kidney disease prevents me from taking any pain meds or NSAIDS, or anti-inflammatories I live every day at a level 5 pain, being bipolar affective and in constant pain is not how I imagined being 40 years old would be. Thank you for your time. Female and 40.

Having my mind in a constant fog, and answering the question, “Are you ok” is more than adding to a depression I have battled for a while.

I can’t imagine feeling like this forever. I was hospitalized for manic behavior three times. Lithium was administered one of the times after Lamictol didn’t seem to help and then they put me on Abilify shots.

I feel like a prisoner to my own negative thoughts. As beautiful as the world and my network of support is, I only see hopelessness and depression. I have a hard time enjoying art, music, entertainment, and experiencing love.

I can’t see a light at the end of the Abilify tunnel and am wondering if anyone has any ideas as to what to request as a replacement to fight Bipolar 2.

Admittedly I had a psychotic break that lead doctors and family to feel that I was schizophrenic but my therapist knows that wasn’t the accurate diagnosis.

I am not use to feeling both hopeless and helpless, yet here I am. Again/still… lost and depressed with no positivity left in me. My friends and family find it easier to avoid me than try to help me as my personality drags them down.

I read a book called “screw bipolar” and weaning off of these forums was one of the steps but I have no idea where else to turn.

Thanks in advance for any ideas or help. I hope you are all on a healthy path to recovery and find hope, happiness, and health soon.

Good luck


I was put on abilify in hospital in 2006 for depression. I had been on it 11 years and didn’t realise that my compulsive gambling was a serious side effect of this drug. I discovered this last November and went straight to my doctor and said I want to come off this drug. I came off it slowly for six months months with no withdrawal symptoms.

I’m furious that I was put on this drug in the first place as it was an antipsychotic and the fact that I came off it with no withdrawal symptoms proves that I shouldn’t have been on it in the first place, they said I was schizophrenic and I wasn’t. I then went on the internet and looked and saw an article about the dangers of neuropletics. I was amazed at the neurological diseases you can get from these drugs. When in hospital I complained to the psychiatrist about this awful anxiety I had inside me which I now no to be akathisia.

It was the most horrific feeling I had had in my entire life. I thought I’d died and gone to hell. The psychiatrist said oh yes a few patients get this, I asked him to give me something and he said ask the staff, the staff were horrible I had terrible abuse and they didn’t care that I was pacing the corridors day and night. It was that bad I tried to commit suicide by throwing myself under a car. After this my sister had me transferred to another hospital where they gave me lorazepam but I’m worried that I still have this akathisia because I’m still on the lorazepam 11 years later. THIS DRUG IS VERY DANGEROUS DO NOT TAKE IT .

Wow….I was going to my Drs today to start abilify….NOT GOING TO HAPPEN..
Trying to get off Paxil and having such difficulty doing so with all the withdrawal symptoms. Had l known everything I know now about Paxil I would have never started it…

Abilify made me start drooling out of the side of my mouth and blocked up my sinuses. I had a persistent post-nasal drip to the point that I constantly felt like I had a huge wad of phlem caught in my throat. The tissue around my eyes was always swollen and I had a regular thick discharge from eyes every morning. Then the stomach troubles started. I was hungry often but no matter what I ate, the pain created in my stomach was fearsome. I started eating antacids even before I ate to try to alleviate the pain but they didn’t have much effect. I became constipated which created more pain. I had no idea these things were caused by the Abilify. I also started having very long and involved dreams but I would wake up in a sweat from them that sometimes required me to change both my night clothes and the bed clothes. I am calling my shrink right away to change my medication as these side-effects are driving me crazy.

Been on several antidepressants, zoloft,Prozac,cymbalta,lexopro,welbutrin, and oh yea paxill,what a great horrific experience I went off cold turkey off paxil after gaining 50 lbs in one year and after 6 yrs of trying several others mentioned above I finally said screw these meds so after starting cold turkey with paxil I had brain zaps nightly completely coming off my bed onto the floor,insomnia,raceing thoughts,extreme mood swings anger,and finally tried killing myself swallowed 30 ambiens,50 hydro 10s because these sympoms were never ending luckly my doberman pincher saw me laying on the floor she senced I was not responding to her and hardly breathing she went into my wires

I felt great, my family and friends told me that I seemed so much better. Unfortunately, I developed compulsive behavior like gambling and shopping with no worries about consequences. I truly could not control. Sad to say because it really helped me to feel so much better, regarding my depression. Nothing has helped me. Latuda and Rexulti made my depression worse. I am not sure what to do next. Any other person like me out there?? I’ve been on every anti depressant out there!! I’ve been struggling for 2 decades. I am very tired and wondering if I just have to go on with this hopeless feeling until I die.

I, too, am taking Abilify (1/2 mg. Once a day, as new patient) waking in alarm from very detailed, vivid nightmares. I keep wondering whether reports of nightmares might have been “swept under the rug” of the term “Trouble sleeping”, as used in the manufacturer’s overview of potential side effects, plus the descriptions listed here and at WebMD, etc. My nightmares about strangers in my apartment are vivid, highly detailed, and “authentic-feeling” — more like short-term memory “entries” than dreams recollected.

On one recent night, I dreamt that I’d woken to discover that “the man who should be occupying the bed with me” was gone. My first thought was, “Fred (a recent flame whose illness, sadly, has progressed to preventing “horizontal workouts”) must’ve gone out of town: when did he leave?” My second thought was, “Oh, Fred and I never lived together. I was thinking of Tim,” — the ex-husband living 12 flight hours away, (whom I met briefly (in public and “sans action” last month.) That dream was so compellingly “authentic” that neither the realization of Fred’s or Tim’s prevented my wondering, “Then who is it that lives here with me?”

That, despite my having instantly known that each notion was unfounded, … To call the dynamic an an anomaly hardly suggests its impact. Worse, today I woke believing that a total stranger slept beside me! I “perceived” the male adult’s whole appearance, complete with the “evidence” of his recently having removed proceeded a wig, mustache. Thus I imagined or actually uttered murmurs of a diversionary, “apology”. My reasoning, such as it was, was that if Mr. Creepo was awake, he might nonetheless be in a sleepy enough state that I could puzzle him long enough to flee. … I grabbed my slacks from beside the bed, my purse, and what I thought was a pair of shoes (mismatch).

It never even occurred to me to wonder why my bedroom was “relocated” (so it seemed in my dream) to the far side of my apartment. I dashed into the building’s main hallway, then thought a few moments: “It has to have been another of these nightmares! But it’s so REAL: what if he’s actually in there?” So I woke my poor neighbor a unit over (it was 5:45) and phoned the police. Soon the officers came and looked through my rooms: nobody was there. Even so, the whole stranger-danger “experience” still seemed so real that I was afraid to return; what if he had somehow gotten my key copied, and had only dashed out while I had gone downstairs, because the police couldn’t get in when I buzzed?

I’m a 56-year-old woman in very good health, overall. I take 300 mg./ day of bupropion and 40 mg. for depression, which the Abilify was meant to help offset. I also take modest doses of Metoprolol and Lisinopril for blood pressure, plus the standard OTC dose of omeprazole for GERD. (And a daily hit of senna, Senakot or polyethylene glycol to counter the constipation from amphetamine salts.) After two weeks plus on Abilify, which tapered up from half a tablet a day to one full milligram, I’ve had a brush or two with slurred speech, and have noted losses of stamina and strength.

There have also been sleep interruption (frequent waking, not always as a result of nightmares), oral dryness, sinus congestion, and headaches. I also have seen a marked boost in my appetite, and my metabolism has to have slowed: my weight keeps going up, up, up. Still, nothing has been as disruptive as today’s dream. Abilify, we’re through!

For people already with high addictive personalities, this seems a bit worrisome. There are already lawsuits taking place and even the FDA is commenting on some of the risks associated with it. I am unsure if it’s truly the drugs fault but if it’s “enhancing” this type of behavior I hope it gets worked out because those with schizophrenia do need an easy solution.

There’s a natural supplement created by some of the best doctors called True Hope. It has no side effects since, it’s natural, and it has an 80% success rate with mental illness!!

My son Grant has been on abilify for about 5 years now and he goes through ups and downs of depression and agitation, relessness, and for the most part it helps Grant.

He recently had his medicine moved up a dose and he doesn’t go out anymore. I need him to go places like the therapist and a day program. He also shouts for 1 to 2 minutes, scary at times.

I was drugged by someone & was admitted to mental health. All I remember is passing out twice & waking up with professionals all around me. I was misdiagnosed with drug induced psychosis & was put on an involuntary order.

I was forced to take Abilify. It is the devil’s drug!!! There is nothing worse!! For the first time in my life, I started having suicidal thoughts & suffered from severe depression. I was unstable on my feet & my memory started to fade. I was always tired & was sleeping a lot, I was sedated a lot of the time.i didn’t have the energy to exercise.

I was on 10mg, it then got reduced to 5mg. I ended up only taking half then eventually just stopped taking it altogether when I was still on the order which forced me to take them. I was on them for 3 months & it was 3 months of hell. I never suffered from suicidal thoughts or depression before taking Abilify!!! I have been off it for 6 months now & I am still suffering from depression & I’m worried that it will never go away.

That Abilify has altered my mind as I can’t seem to shake this depression off. I was always very happy before taking Abilify now I’m worried it’s damaged me for life :( can anybody shed some light on this? Does it take a while to get out of your system or has it damaged me for life?

Hi I was put on Abilify in 2007 then stopped taking Abilify in 2010 since then I can’t seem to stop wiggling my toes I know that doesn’t sound like much but wiggling your toes every waking & sleeping second of your life the toes begin to hurt where pain goes up both legs

I am worried reading that such drugs are prescribed to children as young as 12. I do hope that children and parents had the opportunity to consider psychotherapy first.

I’m reading this to get some clues as how to get my daughter off Abilify and Fluvoxamine. I have to admit it seems really daunting but what I do get is that she has to take it really really slowly. I don’t want her to have those symptoms. Any one heard of any vitamin therapy that could help. I heard mega doses of vitamin B3 like 7000 mg can help.

My daughter is on the same two drugs. I want to take her off the abilify, as it seems to have more side effects than the other drug. Have you taken her off yet, and are there any side effects?

abilify ruined my life. I am not sure what else to say. The list is too long to type. I personally stopped taking abilify on my own. I couldn’t take it anymore.

I was on it for 4 years. I was getting worse and worse and worse. (AND I was already worse….hence why I was seeing a “medical” professional. Anyway. after 3.5-4 years I had enough. I couldn’t do it anymore. I was literally throwing up every single morning for 2 years. My depression was getting worse.

I would tell my doctors, phycicartist, therapist, and NO ONE listened to me. NO ONE. Not my friends, not my parents, just no one. It was frustrating but I believed in myself. I knew I wasn’t crazy. I knew I would get through this but I am not sure what I did to deserve such a journey, I am not going to play a victim but I am. I am 100% am.

I am now taking the steps of healing by going to a alternative to meds center in Arizona. I am feeling better, it is only my first day here but I can tell by just talking to the people here that I am not alone; this is the most comforting thing after feeling alone for a very very long time (in and out of relationships).

I did manage to graduate school, and hold 3 jobs, but I look at these as distractions from what I was really going through. Thank goodness I enrolled in college when I did because it gave me a goal: to graduate. And after college I worked multiple jobs; all unfulling but some were great experiences. I am still processing everything but all I know is I am happy I am in a place that can finally get me the help I need. I wish everyone the best who is going through something similar. Don’t give up.

Abilify was the most debilitating experiences of my life and I am only 26. I gained a lot of weight on the drug, my face is breaking out but I am starting to come back to myself and see the old me. The old me was suffocated by the oblivion of a false promise which I knew from the start that I did not want any part of. If anything, trust your instincts. Cut people out of your life that do not have your best interests in mind, and most importantly if you have a family thank them every day for not giving up on you. My family was my foundation, our relationships are extremely flawed but I am started to realized the potential of a healthy family relationship for once. xo xo -dom b.

With all these side effects and my telling my psychiatrist about my face twitching and fatigue, also nausea, she has told me to increase the dosage. I do wonder if psychiatrists learn the dangers of certain medications while attending school for their degree, or perhaps they could just go to the internet to find out the dangers if certain drugs. I note that the face twitching does not ever go away which certainly can ruin one’s self esteem.

Dear Dominique
Thank you so much for sharing this. I just stoped taking Abilify and I’m very hopeful that all that side effects you’ve taked about will be gone soon. I actually already feel a bit better (day one off Abilify) thank you!!!

My fiance”s (of 3 years) mother was put on this horrendous Abilify. She literally went insane, from functioning 65year old to having to be placed in a nursing home because of the damn drugs her idiot psychiatry NP put her on. Abilify led her to deadly akathisia.

She didn’t gain weight on the abilify (even though it irreversibly messes up your metabolism, leading to every calorie of energy consumed or made by your body-being made into fat)–she lost weight and almost killed herself by never-ending pacing, moving, bobbing,…… Then to knock her out at night, they gave her 150mg of trazodone. They kept INCREASING the abilify.

The NP would do telecom visits with his mom (his mom would be in the Nursing home office room, and the Nurse Practitioner would be in the comfort of her own damn kitchen!. The NP insisted! that she did NOT have AKATHISia and it was just anxiety and OCD!! This went on for an entire 6 months…..meanwhile i fought with my fiance telling him it was the MEDS!!! causing all her problems and he needed to get her off!!

His mom was so destroyed at that point that she couldnt really comprehend anything going on around her because all she felt was the hellish akathisia. She literally couldnt ride in a car because she said she needed to jump out of it. This destroyed her husband, he had to be admitted to the hospital multiple times because of the detriment to his own health that this nightmare caused, and it destroyed my fiance and our entire relationship. There is no fix for that.

His mom did resolve enough to go back to living at home once they took my advice that i told them from the beginning and got her to another psychiatrist and to an actual psychiatric facility where they took her off of all the meds except for benzodiazepines and then gently started her on a plain SSRI/NRI It took months though to get her back from hell (meaning, it took months for her to recover enough to function after the abilify and trazodone were finally completely stopped)

This is lori again ,Charlie my roommate is on risperdone and some long word starting like trifenhexalin and clonzclonazepam and Selena at night this is all to counteract the ability, now the neurologist said he’s illiterate,but I know my roommate and it makes me angry that we should feel less of a person because they can’t fix this.

Was given Abilify to take after being put in a hospital against my will. I was first given the liquid form of Abilify. I have since heard that this treatment was discontinued because it was deemed to dangerous. Nevertheless I started on 10 mg… and then 20 and then 30 after being in the hospital for almost a month. I was non-suicidal and not a danger to anyone. Now almost a year later I have weened myself down to 10 mg and hope to be off this medication soon.

My roommate was diagnosed no polar in 2010,we have been roommates since 2009,he went to the doctor to have a major surgery and the surgeon wanted a release from family dr and mental health dr, the mental health dr said he needed ability to help him with anxiety over surgery, immediately he said his eyes were burning and.

Itching two weeks after taking ability, the dr said take him to eye Dr and eye Dr said he had chronic dry eye and had surgery to widen tear ducts, the eye Dr said it was drug related and i said the only medicine he’s on is ability and he said thats what he meant, anyways this happened 2 years ago, he was taken off ability but has uncontrolled eye movement and grimacing of mouth.

We are going to a neurologist to cure this or fix it. There is so much emotional pain.

Abilify at first worked great for depression, almost an instant relief for the first month, but after the first month, it just destroyed all joy and beauty in life, and in my personality. I’m assuming because it is such a strong drug, it obliberates depression and even my general happiness at dosages of 5 – 10 mg. It’s led me to relapse on narcotic drugs twice, at which, one point I had 18 months sober. It kills my joy in life so much that I resorted back to a drug problem that I thought I was done with. It’s also given me a mild to moderate compulsion to gamble, an issue I never had a problem with. To top it off, quitting Abilify for good has been an ordeal in itself. The first time I abruptly quit Abilify 10mg, I began rapid cycling from high to low moods, which I’ve never done before. And then the 2nd time I quit by titration, it seemed like there was a reoccurring periodic depression that would just come and hit me out of nowhere, which is a symptom I never had before taking Abilify.

After reading some of these other posts by commenters, I see that there are much more worse cases than mine, which makes me question whether or not this drug should even be on the market or not. It’s great that it’s curing some people’s depressions, but at the same time, it’s permanently ruining the lives of others.

I broke a two year streak of drinking sobriety on Abilify…I feel your pain and hope we both find the right relief

I was on 2mg abilify for 6 years when one day I ran out of it and decided to quit taking it. I didn’t feel any withdrawl symptoms for about a week and then the symptoms came on with a vengence. I developed horrible restless legs, profuse sweating, nausea, stomach pains and a creepy crawling sensation that buzzed through my body like an electric current.

This went on for months and now its been a year since I quit. I still have that creepy crawling sensation thats toned down a bit, but it’s still there. I still have the horrible restless legs and have developed high blood pressure that causes migraine headaches. Cognitively I have a poor memory, poor judgement, and I can’t socialize and I feel like I’ve had a chemical lobotomy.

I haven’t been to the Dr about it because it’s embarrassing to me that I did such a stupid thing. The positive things are I lost 30 lbs and I have no interest in binge shopping anymore. Anyway if you are on this medication, DO NOT QUIT COLD TURKEY….. It can really mess you up. I am hoping my withdrawl side effects will go away but I realize they might not.

My 13 year son is on Zoloft and Abilify, we are in the process of weaning him off of Abilify, he is on 12mg and started at 3mg when he was 10. After reading the side effects I’m really worried. He has ADHD and unspecified depressive disorder, gets very angry and has extremely low self esteem and self worth. His Abilify is being replaced with Biphetin, I hope this will help with the withdrawals.

I had been taking mellaril and risperdone, and a few months later was diagnosed with epilepsy when taken to hospital in ambulance. For 3.5 years I tried every antiseizure med and did eeg studies in and out of hospital and then had ekg while eeg and the combination of meds caused ventricular tachycardia and long qt syndrome. So I wasn’t really having epilepsy. They were essentially aborted heart attacks. With long qts you can only take a few antipsychotics. The one they have me on is ABILIFY.

Omg, I don’t think my husband, psychiatrist and cardiologist seem to get it in their heads. I would rather have a pacemaker/defib combo than take Abilify. I can’t sleep; hair falling out; insomnia; aggressive; agitated; grumpy; depressed yet anxious. I can hardly be around people without feeling like I am jumping out of my skin! It’s ruining all of my relationships. I tried latuda which was supposed to be safe but spent two weeks curled up in a ball suicidal in bed. Couldn’t even get up hardly to go to bathroom and cried constantly. So, my drs put me back on abilify. My tardive dyskinesia is getting so bad that I can’t even wear glasses, and I have bite sores in my mouth because my jaw hurts so much. I’m begging you do not take ability. It will ruin your life.

Omg I develoed T.D from just a few weeks of Mellarill and 20 years later its no better. It ruined my life. Made me look like a retard. My neck grimaces so hard that it pulls my head down. My biceps are always in a contracted state. My legs twitch n bounce constantly. The muscles in my face that make you smile are 3/4 paralysed.. I was an aspiring Guitarist n keyboarder but cannot play either as arms twitch too much and i look like a retard.
My doctor didnt warn me about any of this. He just put me on a huge dose of benzos to hide his mistake, which has also ruined my life, and he gets off scott free while i live through hell..

I was on abilfy for about a month and a half. I started getting very agitated and I was snapping at my mom. Then I started with severe stomach pain,diarrhea and vomiting. I saw my family dr.twice he told me i had the flu.I had to take myself off it. I would not normally do this but the severe stomach pain,diarrhea and vomiting got worse. I called my psychiatrist. Her nurse called me today and told me to go back on it until I see her again. Which is not until June. No way am I going back on it. I am not going through all that again.

My son was prescribed this drug last week and was on it for only 3 days!! He had severe side effects which includes tons of pain in full body (pain medication didn’t even touch the pain). Also muscle spasms, his neck and limbs went limp – almost like he was paralyzed. This is only some of what we are dealing with. Definitely a scary situation for any parent.

I took Ability for 5 years after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. From the very beginning I told the Dr I was getting tight muscles and I could not walk because of it. The Dr ignored me and said that was not one of the side effects. After a year or so he came in one day and said it did cause muscle spasms and added benzetropin. Still had same muscle spasms. Then had issues with anxiety, driving at night, fear of getting lost.dr put me on Wellbutrin. Then had memory issues and couldn’t say a complete sentence. After going off Wellbutrin got my memory back. Changed Dr’s and went off abilify. Once abilify was out of my system the muscle spasms went away. Now my muscles feel damaged and very swollen all the time. I was sent to see a cardiologist. Hoping that the abilify has not caused issues I can’t recover from.

I am shocked at all these posts about Abilify. For me, it is my miracle drug! I have tried just about every anti-depressant and anti-psychotic available – all of them had horrific side effects. I started taking 30 mg of Abilify and 200 mg of Wellbutrin in 2006, and I am still on them in 2017. My only complaint is that I have nerve damage in my toes and I am pre-diabetes. Yes, I did have a little weight gain, but that is probably because I am getting older. I am thinking about asking my doctor to reduce my dosage on my next visit; hopefully to stop the tingly/numb sensation in my toes and to keep me from developing diabetes. I am a very young-at-heart 51 year old that wants to last another generation or more. I feel badly that so many people have had adverse side-effects from this drug. I cannot relate. I have not been psychotic/bipolar for a long time now. The cost never affected me because I have had state-sponsored insurance that only costs me about $3 a month for both medications. Everyone is different. Just keep trying until you find what works for you. Don’t be afraid to tell your doctor if you are having side effects. Eventually, you will discover a drug that works. I had my first diagnosis in 1996 – 21 years ago now.

My family friend had bipolar and was prescribed Abilify by a nurse practitioner (who should NOT have prescribed such a heavy side-effective drug without a psychiatrist). After she took the drug, not only did it not help with her bipolar disorder but it CAUSED evident nerve damage.

She had trouble swallowing, breathing, walking, etc. Eventually, she was taken off the drug by a qualified doctor. However the nerve damage was done and she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Plus, an advanced form of Parkinson’s disease.

Sadly, she died very soon after being diagnosed, as it was onset by the Abilify. PLEASE do NOT take this drug if you don’t have to, as there are other, safer options that do not cause your death.

After taking Abilify for a few years, I got sick and ended up in the hospital was diagnosed with gall stones then when they were operating they found my gall bladder exploded and caused some of my intestines fused to vital organs and spine so they had to remove a great deal of my intestines.

I spent 3 days in a medically induced coma and a total of 40 days recovering and learning to do bascule skills again ten 4 months at home having nurse and therapists coming to my house.

When I was 13 I was on a low dose of Abilify as a mood stabilizer for my Borderline Personality Disorder (undiagnosed at the time) and when I went to the psych ward they upped the dose. Obviously there was the weight gain but my family is heavyset anyway so this wasn’t their biggest concern.

I eventually got taken off of it all together due to nerve damage. Five years later, I have chronic pain syndrome and blood sugar issues that can be more or less directly traced back to the high dose. Gotta love psych wards, huh?

I had only been on Abilify for only a week and had sever issues with my speech and muscles in my face and tounge. I have not taken any for a week and am still having troubles speaking. I am hoping this is not long term.

I was prescribed a low dose of quitiapine (Seroquel) to take alongside sertraline and promethazine for major depressive disorder and personality disorder with psychosis. At first i was really really glad for the rest i think i needed it and my delusions slowly stopped happening.

However just over a year down the line i don’t think I’ve ever felt physically more unhealthy. I’ve gained over a stone in weight I have no motivation to do anything but eat and sleep all day and have constant sugar cravings that sometimes keep me awake!

When i try to be physical not only does it exhaust me mentally but i come off feeling even more worthless for trying. I have periods of insomnia and restlessness that wont go away inbetween periods of dribbling and staring in to space all day with no idea where the hours have gone. Palpitations. A stammer when i speak, paranoia and horrible feeling like electeic shocks that run down my nerves are just some of the delights i have developed. But because my psychotic symptoms went away my partner insists that I keep taking this horrible poison or he won’t be here to watch me go mad because i didn’t take the pill.

I don’t even feel like like my life is worth living any more and I’ve done enough research to understand now that there is no way out of this. Please don’t start this medication if you have any other option

My husband was prescribed Abilify as an add on to antidepressants. He took 20 it’s for 2 months in which he lost all desire for tobacco, sleeping eating and sex. He began uncontrollable Pacing and insomnia. He claimed he was going blind and had no memory. He had to take time off work because of this and within 2 weeks of not being able to function and being so restless, he hung himself in his shop and died. This was 2 years ago yesterday. I will never understand how the advertisers were allowed to use a cartoon to get people to take this stuff. We thought it would be harmless.

I am a 51 year old female who was prescribed Abilify as an add-on for major depressive disorder. I took the first pill at 12:10 p.m. today. About 1 1/2 hours later, I was dizzy, weak, nauseated, mildly vomiting, had a sudden urge to defecate, and experienced hyperthermia. Again, this was after taking the first Abilify pill ever. Over 10 hours after taking the pill, I still feel sick, and if I move around too much I get nauseated and need to vomit. I will not take another pill and will let my doctor know on Monday what happened.

My brother has had an ugly regimen of antipsychotic meds over the past 25 years due to a nervous breakdown–a breakdown that was actually unavoidable at the time.

Now he is off most medications with the exception of Ariprazole. He got down from 20 mg to 2mg. But no matter how small the dosage, he absolutely cannot live without it. The withdrawal process caused him permanent tardive dyskenisia. However, the remaining 2mg is so powerful that without it he automatically becomes aggressive, sad, argumentative and inappropriate. A totally different man! What a horrible life sentence for any one.

You said the beginning that you have help for the salivation, but there was nothing in the text

My 21yo college-student daughter was put on Abilify, after telling her family doctor that she thought she might be bi-polar. Over 8 months she put on about 60 pounds, developed symptoms of pre-diabetes, and worst of all, began having compulsive sexual liaisons and binge eating. Within 3 weeks of going off of Abilify, I am starting to recognize my daughter again. My biggest complaint? She was not monitored through rechecking her condition: just wrote a Rx and sent her on her way. We are fortunate that she is not yet diabetic, not pregnant, and not carrying an STD. I didn’t know she was on Abilify or that she was being treated for anything other than Zoloft for anxiety. I understand she is an adult and the privacy laws, but as a young adult, the doctor should have monitored her more carefully.

Not bipolar but suffered continual depression. Zoloft saved my life and I’ve been on it for years. However lately, the effect from Zoloft was not sufficient (on 200mg). Asked my psychiatrist about adding Abilify. I’m on 2.5mg Abilify and have noticed dizziness and increased appetite.

Anyone else have these on Abilify. Anything else that helps without these side effects?

I experience dizziness, light-headedness, constipation, nausea due to extreme sensitivity to light. These are the only symptoms that have stayed with me.

I suffer from schizo-affective disorder and the only reason why I have stayed on this medication is because it has dissolved my hallucinations.

I am taking 400mg needle form every 3 weeks due to the fact that I have tactile hallucinations. I have the occasional hallucination, but overall I am in a much better place.

When I first started taking the shot form, I experienced extreme mania, paranoia, anxiety, and mood swings. I was experiencing psychosis..but I stuck it out and my psychosis has dissipated.

I just try to keep hydrated, and now writing this I think I will talk to my eye doctor.

I’m 65 with a life long history of depression & it got worse 4 yrs ago when I took on the care-giving responsibilities of my elderly mother. Doc added Abilify to my Cymbalta 10 months ago & it helped at first BUT I sleep almost around the clock & gained 40 pounds in 10 months & I’m still gaining!! I want to taper off but can’t stand being depressed again!

My seven year old nephew was on Abilify for a few months, and they finally took him off of it when he started threatening suicide at school, despite continually telling the doctor about his mood changes and his rage issues.

Today he tried to run away from school, and they had to call the cops on him as he threatened to kill everyone there and himself. This isn’t him. Please tell me the mood changes and anger go away eventually.

I am in the exact situation as you!! Caregiver to my mother for past 4 years; depression “treated” with Cymbalta & 5 mg of Abilify. Gained 25 lbs within the first 2 months on Abilify & developed excessive involuntary mouth & tongue muscle movements! Tapered myself slowly off Abilify but I still sleep all day & have the weird mouth movements!!

I haven’t been on Abilify for very long… it was added to my Effexor and Wellbutrin for extra help with my depression and lack of energy. I truly know that I’ve gone from sleeping all day long to waking up early and just being a bit more productive and striving to make things happen… my only question is I started noticing my hands shaking continually and just unsteady when I’m writing… just an overall jittery feeling

Hi, I just started Abilify 2mg also added to Effexor and Wellbutrin. Just wondering if you are still on it. If you are, how long has it been?, what side effects are you experiencing? what dosage are you on?
Thank you,

I’m 16 years old and I recently just got put back on Abilify yesterday. The first time I was on it a couple years ago I had no side effects. This time I can’t sit still and my hands are very shaky. I’m constantly squirming and fidgeting. I could not even paint my nails my hands were shaking so badly. My sister had to do it for me. We have seen this kind of side effect with another medication I used to take so we’ve decided to end this drug completely. I will not be taking anymore because it stresses me out and we know that at least for me the restlessness does not seem to go away even after taking the medication for awhile.

I was taking Abilify for 3 years and started getting these weird side effects;
dizziness, mixed emotions, horrible outbursts, hair loss to the point that I have bald spots now, chest pains and also I will feel my heart beat very fast for no reason while I would be sitting down and it will feel like I was running. I stopped taking it because I have noticed the change in me and a few weeks ago when I was watching the television, and saw a commercial of a warning for abilify users and thought to myself “I knew it “. Now I’m permanently bald and I suffer from eye vision which I never did.

My teen has been suicidal and unable to function in the world. Couldn’t go anywhere that would normally be fun for a teenager without anxiety which ended up in rage. Zoloft wasn’t helping, and there were attempts and self-harm. Abilify was added two weeks ago, and it’s saving my teen’s life. My teen has been social–going to a birthday party, trick or treating and offering even to rake the yard. Anyone with a depressed child knows how big a step that is. I have noticed an increased appetite and shaky hands sometimes. I’m scared to death of this strong medicine but it’s the first med that actually worked. Tomorrow is a blood test to check sugar levels because of shakiness. I just have to pray my child does not get sicker from the medicine. It’s the first time our family has had hope.

Abilify is a dirty nasty drug giving you all sort of side effects including restlessness,major anxiety,depression rapid change of mood. This shitty drug costs so much and does shit but makes your symptoms worse.

My 13 year old daughter was given Abilify while hospitalized for suicidal ideation. She has had insomnia, restlessness, pacing, muscle spasms, and increased desire for suicide. They discount all of her concerns including claiming that she can’t sleep because the beds are uncomfortable and her eyes are closed when the counselors come in at night… i.e. she’s lying. Today I insisted they take her off, but am worried that she’s going to have complications from stopping abruptly. I really hate pharmaceuticals, but this stuff is a nightmare!

I was on Abilify to add to my anti-depressant. It was increased over two years. This drug almost ruined my life. The OCD behavior included gambling like an insane person as well as drinking until I blacked out. I am 58 years old. Who starts drinking alcoholically and gambles like you a rich when you are not. My psychiatrist never told me this. He just kept increasing it. This drug should be taken off the market. Nearly ruined my life and I considered taking my life.

I was diagnosed with psychosis approximately 7 years ago. When they put me on abilify it helped me immensely! All of my strange thoughts went away etc. However, after about 6 years my medication started to have the opposite effect. I started becoming very angry and irritable about anything and everything. I began to feel very depressed. Granted I had a lot also going on at the same time, however I recently started the medication again, worrying I might be getting sick again and I feel the same as I did last time, right before I decided to stop the medication. uncontrollable bouts of anger that can last days, inability to calm down, hearing voices/ thinking people have said something when they have not (yet I heard them), a weird twisting in my neck and neck muscle stiffness. Tremors. Etc. I’m going to stop this medication.

My granddaughter took aripipozole for 12mths. She gained 50lbs. She was dizzy, had headaches, depression, 2 suicide attempts. She has autism. She screams when she’s angry and they want to put her back on aripipozle even though she’s happy, not depressed. I’m saying no.

About 4-5 years nurse practitioner. decides to put me on abilify for schezo aff do…my was that a mistake…one morning during this upstanding…being nice…..My throat closes upon me or rather starts to close…I kept clearing my throat…calmly i sat in my chair chair while this happens…most medical professionals. will tell you to keep calm in a disturbing situation such as this….I calles my doctor and discontinued the regimen…now I see it causes compulsive gambling….whats next??? mind control???? this garbage is some scary trash!!!

I recently had abilify prescribed for extreme neasua and chronic migraines. She said it would stop neasuay. Everything I read says causes vomiting. I already have that now. Confussed.

Hi I’m Shari C. I was on Abilify for a few years, 15mg a day. As soon as I started on the medication, I began bouncing my left leg and my left arm was twitching. I wasn’t told by psychiatrist to watch out for any symptoms. I read the medication side effects section that said nothing about what I was experiencing.

I continued taking it and the twitch in arm went away but the leg bouncing never stopped. I ended up taking myself off it by skipping doses. Take one day but not the other. I was taking it once a week when I stopped. Now, I have uncontrolled muscle movement that is wasting me away to nothing.

Also, I cannot cook or do anything which requires prolonged focus as this just makes the movement worse. I am going to a neurologist to see if something else is causing this. So far all tests are coming back normal.
We will see soon enough if Abilify is the true culprit.

I tapered off of Abilify about 6 months ago (10mg a day for over 2 years), and during these past 6 months I also started taking Kratom. Note: prior to Abilify I was on Lithium, Depakote, and a lower dose of Abilify. I have felt as though I am still feeling withdrawal symptoms from the Abilify, but since I tapered down to taking almost no Kratom this past week, these symptoms seemed to have worsened. I am having restless leg syndrome and restless genital syndrome, which I never even knew existed but realize now I have felt it happening occasionally in the last 6 months. Is it possible that I have been having Abilify withdrawal symptoms all this time, and am just now noticing them because the Kratom, acting like an opiate, was relieving the withdrawal symptoms? On the other hand I am wondering if it is possible I might be having some withdrawals from the Kratom, although despite the symptoms worsening upon stopping Kratom, they have not been present every day since I stopped the Kratom, which makes me think it is not a Kratom withdrawal issue. I am curious and slightly concerned about the situation, any information would be great.

Take iron and magnesium at night before you go to bed to see if that takes care of your jumpy legs. It did mine.

I was given Abilify as an add-on to Prozac for my GAD/depression. I tried 2 mg and it was way too strong for me. I was in a zombie state. I took 0.75 mg for close to 2 years. Gained close to 18 pounds on my 5 feet frame. Although worked well for me, but doctors are clueless when it comes to the side effects. They are sold this “miracle pill” without any real knowledge long term of the medication. I have now been weaning off for a month now. Down to 0.25 mg and I can feel the anxiety creeping back and trouble sleeping. Appetite is down a bit. Was always feeling hungry with Abilify.

HI I’m Bobbie I am 20 years old and I have had schizoaffective disorder since I was 10 years old. If you aren’t familiar with schizoaffective disorder its a form of schizophrenia, but you add the mood of somebody with bipolar disorder.

I have been on Geodon, ABilify, Risperdal and Seroquel. These medications are not to be taken lightly they are extremely serious. When I first saw a commercial with Abilify on it, I couldn’t believe it. Such a strong powerful drug used to treat people like me, people who cannot function without medication, to somebody with general depression caught me completely off guard.

People don’t know what they are getting into with anti-psychotics, I know I didn’t when I first started them at 11. Its extremely strong can be dangerous medication, but for people like me, it saved my life. Thank god for Geodon and Abilify so I can live a normal functional life.

YES the stories are scary /sad/bad/animal-like/human soul-killer drugs. ABILIFY is the 2nd and last, at least, my doctor will ever give me. 4 years off Abilify and still trying to see my normal feelings of friends and family that I used too. My doctor is starting to get sick of me. He seems to cover up my recovery and does not care to know that the problem is still there. People will in time give up on suffering people who are still trying to get somewhat back to being human again and not be some sad, lost ZOMBIE.

My wife has suffered from bi-polar depression and anxiety disorder for years. She has been on and off a multitude of anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, mood stabilizers and other medications to offset side affects.

We have had doctors tell us it was okay to stop a medication (cold turkey) with devastating results. The last time we did taper the dose, but it was still to quick and she ended up in the hospital for a week. It was a really bad experience. I strongly recommend looking up info on line. and not just the manufactures website.

Look for patient reviews, and read a lot of them. Beware that there will be patients who are obviously not taking as directed, not communicating with their doctors, mixing with alcohol or other drugs etc… you have to find some consistency in patient reviews before trusting them. When a listed side affect is weight gain, you can gain more info such as “a lot of people gained 5 lbs” vs- “some people didn’t gain an ounce, but others gained 50 lbs” It’s a lot better than trusting the manufacturer who wants to sell you their stuff, and a lot more accurate.

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