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I Take Abilify

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    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 18-21, F Nov 3, 2013

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    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 26-30 3 Responses Jun 12, 2012

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    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

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    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 18-21 Dec 23, 2010

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    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 3 Responses Jul 18, 2012

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    Works

    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 31-35 2 Responses Mar 20, 2013

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    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 56-60 Sep 17, 2012

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    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 66-70 Nov 3, 2011

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    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 56-60 Sep 15, 2012

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    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...
    chickenkiev chickenkiev 36-40, F 2 Responses May 22, 2012

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    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 51-55 Sep 11, 2011

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    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 51-55 1 Response Mar 13, 2012

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    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 18-21 May 9, 2012

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    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 18-21 Nov 16, 2011

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    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

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    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 66-70 Aug 11, 2012

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    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

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    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 Dec 16, 2012

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    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 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    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

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    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 36-40 Apr 4, 2013

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    Zombify

    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 3 Responses Dec 19, 2011

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    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

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    Expensive

    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 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 20, 2010

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    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 16-17, F 7 Responses May 23, 2010

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    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

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    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 56-60 3 Responses Sep 19, 2012

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    Confused!!

    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

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    Related Experiences

    I have went from 40 mg to 30 to 20 to 15 to 10 mg. I was told since I was a little girl that I needed adderall. I will never forget in junior high being called into the nurses...
    Shmeather1234 Shmeather1234 26-30, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I am constantly being taken advantage of! My family knows that I starting to be successful so they are trying to weigh me down as much as possible! My older sister(Becca) is...
    SaphiraJane SaphiraJane 16-17, F Jun 27

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    Last week marked a new chapter in my relationship with one of the two men I mentioned. I was walking home from a trip to the supermarket, when one of the men, Mody, came out of his...
    mrs36lori mrs36lori 31-35 3 Responses Jul 14

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    everytime i get together with my girls, or boys u knw its picture time, i feel like if i dnt take that moment i will never see it again. so i take everything every time. i love how...
    mamello mamello 22-25, F Jul 15

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    I have this habit of taking it personal when a friend doesn't take the time to try to talk to me (she's probably just busy with life, like me) or doesn't take the initiative to try...
    brittanys13 brittanys13 22-25, F Jul 15

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    I'm 17 and i'm about to turn 18 on August 7. The reason I havent been able to is because, every time I want to take, my mother never takes me. She always says to study it and on...
    Vanessanicolexo Vanessanicolexo 16-17, F 6 days ago

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    Man I would slap and punch every stupid and fake girls that think they can look down on me cause I don't do make up or have long hair or dress up and show my skin or have super...
    FighterWolf FighterWolf 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 28

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    If you are an insecure sort of person you can invest a lot of energy and yourself in finding a person or persons on EP who will be a friend, a love, a confidante, whatever. You...
    shydate shydate 66-70, M 1 Response Jun 29

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    I know what it's like to grow up without having been cared for by parents or any guardians. Every thing good that has been done has been followed by an equal or worse price to pay...
    kiddishguy kiddishguy 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 4

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    I always dreamed that I would be kidnapped taken to a a castle of some kind and taken as a tickle slave where there are all kinds of bondages and tickle tools and I am tickled...
    oceanskywalker oceanskywalker 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 7

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    I can admit, I don't know how much more I can take. I am tired of crying. Not being about to be where I want to be. Not having something that I have never had. How many people can...
    HollySch13 HollySch13 26-30, F Jul 7

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    I've been ok. Started taking an anti anxiety pill that has left me feeling numb. Only 10mgs I remember I was on it at 20/40mgs but it gave me headaches and a ringing in my ears. So...
    heyitsabike heyitsabike 31-35, F Jul 10

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    A picture paints a thousand words, or so they say. I try to take a camera everywhere with me, because when I haven't had it with me, that's the time when the ideal picture presents...
    CarMechanic CarMechanic 66-70, M 4 Responses Jul 12

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    Who doesn't like to take pictures😊 i love to take selfies😎
    Ashley989 Ashley989 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 12

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    I love to take pictures, my mom says I act like a tourist. Everywhere I go I take plenty of pictures, upload them on the computer, print them out and put them in a scrapbook :)
    MeowChan99 MeowChan99 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 15

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    I can't take it anymore I feel like I am going to lose my girlfriend and that I can't take it anymore! I feel like I am being force to give up by everyone I feel like I can't love...
    ECrierie ECrierie 16-17, M 5 days ago

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    I can't take it anymore! I always am being called names by my moms ex. He shouldn't even be there! Why doesn't my mom see that he's treating me like this! Sure I have anger...
    YLIhououin YLIhououin 18-21, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    It takes a lot for me to hate someone. So to be specific I don't hate the person I hate the behavior. I deal with kids five days a week all day in the summer. It's a martial arts...
    BleedingOrchids BleedingOrchids 13-15, F 1 Response 15 hrs ago

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    Nothing seems to get better... My life is falling apart. I'm falling apart and no matter what I do nothing seems to help. I can't take it anymore!!! My friends tell me to be...
    CuteMonster CuteMonster 16-17, F 6 Responses Jun 25

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    if im in a relationship with you you'll be my one and only. you'll come first. i wont talk to any other girls. honestly not a lot of people are like that anymore. but i am. if...
    xxxalyssabrownxxx xxxalyssabrownxxx 13-15, F Jun 26

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    I am realizing you can't take everyone with you. Sometimes improving your life starts with letting go of the people who are closest to you, letting go of those who have hurt you or...
    Aly00cat Aly00cat 22-25, F Jun 26

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    I've been described as stubborn, strong willed and determined. In other words extremely hardheaded to the point of stupidity at some times. This goes along with my outright refusal...
    BleedingOrchids BleedingOrchids 13-15, F Jun 26