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I Take Abilify

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 4 Responses Jun 12, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Mar 20

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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 1 Response Dec 29, 2013

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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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    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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    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 1 Response May 9, 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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    Prescribed Abilify. What Was It Like For You? Do You Recommend It?

    I was involuntarily hospitalized for S.I and I am *very* reluctant to take the medication. I've looked at the side effects and they shocked me. I have only taken one and had a panic attack from just thinking about what it could do to me; short and long term. Having my senses...
    ae0987 ae0987 13-15 Apr 30, 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 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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    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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    I waver between being very thoughtful and not wanting anything to do with anything in a serious way :))) I take much of life serious, but myself is another story. I take that back...
    jeresey jeresey 56-60, F 2 Responses Apr 3

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    Day 2: guns & roses 'paradise city' I picked this song bc a long time ago me and my mum would jam out to journey and guns & roses XD anyway i think its got good guitar parts in it...
    RavenHearts RavenHearts 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    I had this friend, we were so close. Lets call him Fred. Also though on the edge of being together for quite some time. I got a new boyfriend, after a few months we were perfect...
    BlooRae BlooRae 16-17, F 3 days ago

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    I went to Mexico this summer and I was walking around this beautiful church. There's had to be like 100 stands at least, of people selling there things around the church. I ended...
    Live5772 Live5772 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    You Can Thank My Sister For That!! When we were young my sister had a thing for taking pictures of me. I don't mean nice ones either. She would hide in different places, under...
    maqeurious maqeurious 31-35, F Mar 30

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    You Can Thank My Sister For That!! When we were young my sister had a thing for taking pictures of me. I don't mean nice ones either. She would hide in different places, under...
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    Medication abuses who you are as a person, especially depression meds. Sometimes, I wonder what I would be like if I hadnt started to take them in the first place, would I be...
    MajorasAngel97 MajorasAngel97 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    I'm SO embarrassed. So what happened was that I won intern of the month. I am not one to be center of attention, so when they called my name, I literally said, "F--K." I didn't...
    BlueIce612 BlueIce612 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 3

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    I'm so lost, my therapist and psych say I won't feel better until I take them regularly, but my family and boyfriend make me feel Like a criminal just for doing what the doctors...
    elizabethmary21 elizabethmary21 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 8

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    Your Existing Situation Works well with others. Needs personal relationships which are understanding and relatively conflict-free. Your Stress Sources "Not a team player and is...
    DoubleyouX DoubleyouX 22-25 1 Response Apr 10

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    I was attempting to stop taking them but it's 2am... Oh the struggle... To take them or to not take them? Such a predicament.
    LivviyLove LivviyLove 16-17, F Apr 11

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    What do you all take and how much.? I'm trying to figure out if I am taking too much. Womens daily vitamin which includes biotin and d, but I also take an additional d and biotin...
    mrvitous26 mrvitous26 26-30, F a week ago

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    They also take me way too seriously.
    sighimnotgoodwithnames sighimnotgoodwithnames 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 20

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    Call me old fashioned, but if you aren't going to take your relationship seriously, why are you In a relationship. It unnecessarily breaks hearts, and destroys the trust people...
    AlaiahMay AlaiahMay 18-21, F Mar 21

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    My mum is always like "Go get a job and stop being lazy and make your own money" even though she knows nowhere will take people my age unless its volunteer work and they don't have...
    KaydieKay KaydieKay 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 22

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    I've always wanted to go out and take a jog or walk like 5AM but my sleeping habit change. I sleep between 2-3am because of all the stress I've had between my irresponsible partner...
    chinab3280 chinab3280 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 22

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    I take Zzz quil and in sore that it is making me sick in other ways. So I will deal with the lack if sleep and read more. FML
    Zeita75 Zeita75 36-40, F Mar 23

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    When did we as people start to not take relationship serious anymore? I mean serious. Everyone wants to cheat or tell everyone their business and you wonder why I don't want a...
    lachee lachee 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 23

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    I'm almost 18, and my parents control every single aspect of my life. Yeah, I've made some bad choices, but they've never given me a chance to show them I am more mature since then...
    sothisiswhatitfeelslike sothisiswhatitfeelslike 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 24

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    How I wish I could. :( It's been almost a week the first time I joined on EP and since then, I started knowing numerous experiences of people (that captured my heart) coming from...
    MissPurple912 MissPurple912 18-21, F 6 Responses Mar 24

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    I have sleep apnea as well and have had insomnia most if my life. I take Benadryl at nite to help me fall asleep and it helps me tremendously. I recommend taking 2 at nite and you...
    denaellis575 denaellis575 46-50, F 2 Responses Mar 26

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    I can't take my life anymore... I've been through so much since I was a little girl and every time I try to be happy it gets screwed up. I lost the love of my life because he fell...
    xxersabooxx xxersabooxx 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 26

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    I think it would be a ton of fun to take a road trip and drive through all over the US. It may cost a bit of money, but I'd be willing to save up and do it! It sounds like FUN! :D
    Whoami30 Whoami30 26-30, M Mar 26