I Take Abilify

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 70 People

    I Want to Know How It Affects You...

    Abilify scares me. Perhaps a month or two ago, I started seeing a psychiatrist who prescribed the anti-depressant Paxil to me. I experienced nausea and weakness in my legs and arms, among other annoying symptoms, but they passed in about a week. I know that Paxil has helped me...
    Reina01 Reina01
    18-21, F
    10 Responses May 1, 2009

    I Will Be Soon

    And I'm scared too. The guinea pig has had its dish changed and it's nervously running its wheel. I read about it on the internet and it didn't look good. These kinds of things depend on the person. Everyone's different. When I read it is more likely to make you hyper and...
    Kittychanel Kittychanel
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Jul 18, 2012

    On The Fence..

    I was prescribed a very low dose of abilify (2 mg) to help me with what the shrink called "junky thoughts" i am trying to use mind over matter but it's quite a struggle. i took myself off of my last meds lamictal about a year ago but i have been experiencing alot of bullshit for...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses May 22, 2012

    Abilifyyyy -.-

    I hate it. Supposed to be a mood stabilizer, why are my moods all still extreme? It also made me INCREDIBLY restless and anxious. I told the doctor this but he wants me to keep taking it, just to see if the side effects eventually go away. When they didn't, he put me on cogentine...
    bathanie bathanie
    18-21, F
    7 Responses May 23, 2010

    Was At 20mg Now Down To 7.5

    I started taking it when i was in a mental hospital after having a bad reaction to prozac they started me on like 5mg and then from there brought me up to 10mg then i was discharged. When i went back to the hospital they decreased it to 5 and it just made me worse so they...
    sross9 sross9
    22-25, F
    Nov 3, 2013

    Jamie's Death Didnt Have To Happen

    My son Jamie was a hard working 31 year old Family man,Is Wife ,whom he was with since he was 17 & the Father of a Beautiful girl,Jamie loved so dearly,Is Wife left him & as a depressed person,he put all is pain in the trust of is wife.But she fell in in love with Jamie,abdvleft...
    jimmarquis1028 jimmarquis1028
    1 Response Mar 13, 2012

    I thank God for creating the scientists (?

    ) who created Abilify. It has done wonders for me and my life. I've come SUCH a long way since starting it in the Spring of 2012. I originally started taking it to counteract the depression caused by Celexa, which I was taking for anxiety. Well, it did MUCH more than help with...
    lyricalongings lyricalongings
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Dec 29, 2013


    Switched four months ago to a minimal dose. Moderate insomnia for two weeks + agitation, restlessness; the will to be active tempered by poor concentration and absence of ideas. Time stands still and continuity of events or moment to moment recall is highly altered i.e. less...
    More4x More4x
    2 Responses Mar 20, 2013


    I USED to take Abilify, and in a rather small twice-daily dose. It helped with my symptoms that I was taking it for, for a few weeks. I began to stare off into space a lot more and standing awkwardly, often just standing still for long periods of time. I didn't talk much, I often...
    spacehyena spacehyena
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 19, 2011

    Doing Well

    This past summer was really terrible for me. I was having terrible hallucinations and my mood was fluctuating terribly. My doctor was changing my meds pretty much weekly and I got put on Abilify. At first it didn't seem so bad and it really helped with my symptoms, but then my...
    alisabella alisabella
    Dec 23, 2010

    Comming Off Abilify

    im getting some withdrawels right on time. hot flushes ,funny feeling in my chest panick..but mild.....yeah abilify i been through some of this before.its horrid
    ink82901 ink82901
    Sep 17, 2012

    Abilify And Pregnant?

    Does anyone else or as anyone else taken abilify while pregnant im in my second trimester and since im now out of my first the doctor put me on abilify instead of my lamictal so my questions for any moms who have taken this could you breastfeed did your baby come out healthy...
    smorrow2012 smorrow2012
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 16, 2012
    kenzieburr kenzieburr
    18-21, F
    Jun 21, 2015

    I started Abilify today

    and I am terrified of the weight gain that is a side affect for some people, I am recovering from an eating disorder and if I gain weight from this I might lose it.
    alexahatesyou alexahatesyou
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 20, 2014

    It Works

    I stopped taking medication last summer. Now, winter is almost over, and I am taking Abilify again - because months ago, depression hit me hard and unexpectedly, and although I got over it eventually, the school couselor and I decided that I should take medication again, as a...
    Reina01 Reina01
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 6, 2010

    Breast Feeding And Confused

    anyone breast feeding and taking abilify. i just started taking it about 2 1/2 weeks ago my son is almost 9 months old he is my last :(  my peds doc dont recommend me bf and taking meds i tryed to wean him but it is harder that i though emoitionally i am not ready to give it up...
    dolphinkikki14 dolphinkikki14
    31-35, F
    1 Response Aug 14, 2011

    Scared To Take Pills...

    i wil be taking my first dose of abilify in the morning. i will be taking half of 5mgs. I have had a hard time taking any medications since i had a really bad reaction to haldol. I have been taking zoloft for close to four years. and i will be taking zoloft in conjunction with...
    chelsnkor chelsnkor
    Nov 16, 2011

    Just Started On Abilify 5mg.

    I recently went to my doctor, and he changed my medication from risperal 2mg, to abilify 5mg. I have been taking the medication for five days now. I have already noticed a huge difference in my mood, and I am not feeling at all depressed. On the risperdal I was sleeping for up to...
    ashleyg0770 ashleyg0770
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Jun 12, 2013

    Abilify And Weight Gain

    My 12 year old son has been on Abilify for a little over a year. His first year he gained 40 pounds which took him to 160 pounds. This was with a personal trainer 3 days a week, football and baseball activites. Following football season this year, he gained an additional 37...
    tourettesmom tourettesmom
    Apr 4, 2013


    Okay. Here it goes. A week ago today I visited a psychiatrist for some cyclic depression and inappropriate fits of rage. I have dealt with this my entire life and I just now at 23 decided to seek treatment. Anyway, she prescribed me 2mg of Abilify and 10 mg of lexapro she told me...
    Run2bHappy Run2bHappy
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 22, 2012

    Been on Abilify for a long time,

    noticed dizziness and wright gain but I find it to be a miracle drug. It's Combatted my depression, lowered my anxiety, lessened my panic attacks, stopped my cutting, helped me out of bulimia, and make me overall more happy. What are your side effects?
    kenzieburr kenzieburr
    18-21, F
    Jun 21, 2015

    New To Me

    I started taking Abilify about a month ago after and extreme bout of depression/paranoia landed me in a psychiatric hospital. I had seen the commercials on TV and so when the doctors suggested it I was willing to give it a shot. The first time I took it I got really dizzy and...
    SlowAutumnWind SlowAutumnWind
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Jun 5, 2010

    Comming Off Meds

    im unsure how to navagate this site yet. however i have posted i think. im on another abilify support page could have been that one. anyway im trying to come off abilify and some other phamacutical medications. they are hurting bad. anyway im down to 3.25 mgs of abilify and will...
    ink82901 ink82901
    Sep 15, 2012

    i was on olzapine and gain a lot of weight +

    high cholesterol + high prolactin levels...now on abilify 15mg not gaining weight but moods are still swinging
    razbld razbld
    22-25, F
    Dec 4, 2015

    Please Do Not Take This Poison!

    Please please please oh please dont take this poison it will do damage i couldnt speak mo than 7 months i dont like this **** im going to sue the **** o them
    mikeogk mikeogk
    May 9, 2012

    I have been taking Abilify

    for the last eight months. I take it in addition to my Paxil, which I have taken since 2002. Originally, I started with 2 milligrams, but now I am on 5 milligrams. My doctor gave me Abilify because my Paxil was not as effective as it was in the past, but since I am on the...
    s4019t s4019t
    31-35, M
    Mar 7, 2016

    The Honeymoon Is Over

    I take abilify in conjunction with wellbutrin and prozac for depression. the wellbutrin and prozac were not working by themselves the abilify kicked in fairly quickly. and I felt like my old self - motivated and creative and enthusiastic. it did make me weak and clutzy and weak...
    keejstewart keejstewart
    Nov 3, 2011


    This **** is ******* expensive as hell. I have to take 5mg a day and for 20 pills, I had to pay $90 and insurance already covered some of it. Without insurance it wouldve been over $300. I cant really tell if its working or not because I still get depressed some days. I really...
    nitid nitid
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 20, 2010

    Side Effects Are Downplayed By Physicians

    I started taking Abilify two months ago and the following is my account of side effects/experiences directly related to the drug. No other parts of my lifestyle changed. I did not start, begin any new drugs. Did not alter any lifestyle habits, eating patterns, etc.From the moment...
    DrScoutFinch DrScoutFinch
    3 Responses Jun 12, 2012

    Abilify Withdrawels Getting Worse

    i had to back to 3.25 mgs of abilify. the panick got worse and became unmanagable. i do not want to get back on the benzo merry go round to control anxiety. i think this abilify withdrawel is going to take some time. one of my problems is i can only get 15mg tabs..that makes...
    ink82901 ink82901
    3 Responses Sep 19, 2012

    Doctors Seem To Prescribed The Older Medications Less

    Amitriptyline (Elavil) is one of the first medications on the market for depression. The first 4 or 5 days may cause sedation and make you sleep but after you adjust to it, that will no longer be a problem. It is very inexpensive compared to new medications on the market. I...
    Weigela Weigela
    Aug 11, 2012

    Maria's Abilify Story

    I have been taking Abilify for four years and i was diagosed as having a severe depressive mood.  Although i am sometimes depressed, i recentely lost my ex husband and my son does not talk to me very much, although i am very nice.  I lost my job and now live with my great uncle...
    mariaurquiaga mariaurquiaga
    Sep 11, 2011
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