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Abilify (Aripiprazole) - Reviews, Ratings, Comments by Patients

 
 



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Below are Abilify (Aripiprazole) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 8 ratings/reviews, Abilify has an overall score of 5.38. The effectiveness score is 7.25 and the side effect score is 7. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Abilify review by 26 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   bipolar disorder
Dosage & duration:   15mg taken daily for the period of 12 weeks
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   Cymbalta, 90mg/daily
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I didn't notice any benefit at all. Supposedly, it was to help keep my mood balanced. More than anything, I was focused on the very apparent and prevalent side effects.
Side effects:   A very uncomfortable inner restlessness was the worst side effect. I felt like I had to constantly get up and move around, but it didn't even help. I couldn't sit still, had major problems sleeping at night, AND started gaining weight.
Comments:   I was prescribed Abilify (15mg/daily) to assist in moderating my mood. In the three months I took it, I did not notice any significant improvement in mood stability, and DID notice majorly debilitating side effects. I finally convinced my doctor to wean me off of it, and I guarantee I will never go back!

 

Abilify review by 29 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   bipolar
Dosage & duration:   10mg taken 1/day for the period of 8 mos
Other conditions:   bipolar mood disorder, acne, asthma
Other drugs taken:   zoloft, wellbutrin, clonazepam, tretinoin, clindamycin, ambien, sonata, lamictal
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I had severe depression with agitation and mixed-state bipolar hypomania. I was insomniac. I took abilify 5mg for 3 mos, and then I upped it to 10mg.
Side effects:   I became drowsy, however, with adequate sleep (10 hrs) there were no hangover effects, unlike zyprexa, for instance. I also experienced some cognitive blunting- that is to say that I could not think very well on my feet
Comments:   the abilify decreased the need for daily klonopin. When I went off of it, I tapered down to 5mg for 4 weeks, then quit altogether. I had racing thoughts when I stopped, but these gradually diminished over several weeks. I also experienced about two months of hypomania, but this was goal-directed and positive for my functioning.

 

Abilify review by 43 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   depression/anxiety
Dosage & duration:   2 mg taken daily for the period of 3 months
Other conditions:   anxiety
Other drugs taken:   Lexapro
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Within 1 week of taking the cocktail of Abilify and Lexapro, a extremely unorganized person....became organized. I am now able to remember appointment times, keep up with my daily responsibilities...it has been a lifesaver
Side effects:   no side effects have been noticed
Comments:   I take one pill of each 1st thing in the am.....I am feeling better than ever

 

Abilify review by 50 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   depression not resolved with antidepressant drugs
Dosage & duration:   started out at 5mg the 10 & last 15mg taken daily for the period of approx 2 months
Other conditions:   Add, depression, poss. bipolar type 2, PTSD, anxity, insomnia, PKD, HTN, GERDS, one episode of SVT
Other drugs taken:   vyvance, ativan lisinopril, zantac, viville dot prometrium, phenergan, flexeril prn
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   While on abilify I can honestly say the depression resolved,
Side effects:   but it caused memory loss and again an incident involving retail theft. The retail theft occured while on just 5 mg of abilify. It effected my judgement/reasoning skills because I did not tell my doctor & allowed him to continue to increase dosage up to 15mg when I became expremely restless. Could not set down, paced for hours & called my doctor about this. Also during the 2 months I was taking this drug I charged a little over 15,000 on my credit cards that had no balance on them previously. If one did it was under $300. I still am currently unemployed & am having difficulty finding employement as a RN, due to my criminal record within the last year. If I had problems before taking antipsychotics, they were nothing compared to what I have now.
Comments:   I am only taking ativan & getting psychological therapy & trying to get out of the legal mess the drugs seroquel & abilify caused me. It definitely made my life now & in the future much, much worse.

 

Abilify review by 50 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   bipolar
Dosage & duration:   2mg to start taken once daily for the period of 2 days
Other conditions:   anxiety
Other drugs taken:   klonopin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   None due to the short time taking drug.
Side effects:   Headache first morning at 4AM that was relieved with Excedrin. Migraine headache with vomiting that lasted 14 hours. Couldn't go to work that day and stopped taking it.
Comments:   Not much to tell. I was just starting treatment with Klonopin and Abilify with the goal of stopping Klonopin in 30 days and then seeing how Abilify was working.

 

Abilify review by 52 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Depression
Dosage & duration:   2mg taken once daily for the period of 1week
Other conditions:   High blood pressure, MS
Other drugs taken:   Micardis, Copaxon, vidicon, alleges, cymbalta, klonopin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I've only been on it for a week but I've noticed a change already. I am more awake and it seems as though a fog has been lifted. I am thinking more clearly and don't feel so down.
Side effects:   None so far.
Comments:   My doctor added Abilify to my 60 mg of Cymbalta because I was feeling really fatigued and unable to function.

 

Abilify review by 52 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Depression
Dosage & duration:   2mg taken once daily for the period of 1week
Other conditions:   High blood pressure, MS
Other drugs taken:   Micardis, Copaxon, vidicon, alleges, cymbalta, klonopin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I've only been on it for a week but I've noticed a change already. I am more awake and it seems as though a fog has been lifted. I am thinking more clearly and don't feel so down.
Side effects:   None so far.
Comments:   My doctor added Abilify to my 60 mg of Cymbalta because I was feeling really fatigued and unable to function.

 

Abilify review by 52 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Depression
Dosage & duration:   2mg taken once daily for the period of 1week
Other conditions:   High blood pressure, MS
Other drugs taken:   Micardis, Copaxon, vidicon, alleges, cymbalta, klonopin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I've only been on it for a week but I've noticed a change already. I am more awake and it seems as though a fog has been lifted. I am thinking more clearly and don't feel so down.
Side effects:   None so far.
Comments:   My doctor added Abilify to my 60 mg of Cymbalta because I was feeling really fatigued and unable to function.
 


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