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Experience with Abilify

Posted by @guener, Jul 6, 2016

I’m having a good outcome so far on 2mg of Abilify supplemental to 20mg of Lexapro within the first week. Side effects for me include some nausea, dizziness upon standing, and insomnia, all diminishing. I’m just wondering how others are doing, what dosage you’re on if willing to share, etc.

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Hi @jay_baruch. A warm welcome to Connect!

Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m so glad to hear you feel you’ve found something that is working.

I’m tagging @mztbaker, @14gardens, @reichertolivia12 and @nickjr who have all posted about Abilify though it was some time ago. And @jharsh, @Gavin, @kcollins719, @hils, @kdecker003, @claudia11 and @davewinps have more recently posted about Lexapro so if they have any relevant experiences, I hope they’ll share them with you.

Can I ask what made you consider adding the Abilify? Was the Lexapro just not cutting it any more?

@kelseydm

Hi @jay_baruch. A warm welcome to Connect!

Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m so glad to hear you feel you’ve found something that is working.

I’m tagging @mztbaker, @14gardens, @reichertolivia12 and @nickjr who have all posted about Abilify though it was some time ago. And @jharsh, @Gavin, @kcollins719, @hils, @kdecker003, @claudia11 and @davewinps have more recently posted about Lexapro so if they have any relevant experiences, I hope they’ll share them with you.

Can I ask what made you consider adding the Abilify? Was the Lexapro just not cutting it any more?

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Sorry that I missed doing a search first, new to the site navigation. I was going thru a switch from Lexapro, which works pretty well for me with minimal side effects, to Cymbalta to help with chronic arthritic pain. (I have Crohn’s, so no NSAID’s.) I got very irritable on Cymbalta, so back to Lexapro only for a month, but still bad episodes. The Abilfy effect was pretty dramatic on day three, my critical mind was put into a corner, and sudden drops in mood stopped.

No worries at all. I know the site can be a little daunting to navigate at first. I tag people more so they’ll get an email alert and hopefully come back and respond 🙂

Based on your experience with Cymbalta, you might be able to contribute to this group: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/is-there-a-generic-version-of-cymbalta-60mg-yet/

Isn’t it amazing how quickly the right med can help?!

I had significant weight gain on Abilify. Since I already had type 2 diabetes my doctor asked me to ask my psych prescriber about a change. I was changed to Latuda.

I have heard about weight gain and read about blood sugar. With Crohn’s I’m not worried about the weight, fortunately (?). Thank you for sharing your experiences.

I had a very bad experience with Abilfy. I had fallen and hit my head and had several related problems. I had a preliminary diagnosis of Parkinson. A “scope” said I had Parkinsonism. I had many symptoms of Parkinson. Then I saw a “movement psychaitrist” and he diagnosed drug induced Parkinson. He took me off Abilfy and all symptoms disapeard.

Hi, I know the patent protection for Abilify (in Canada) ended a few months ago. Does anyone know of a generic replacement available yet, or have any idea when this may happen? Thanks.

@sallycanuck

Hi, I know the patent protection for Abilify (in Canada) ended a few months ago. Does anyone know of a generic replacement available yet, or have any idea when this may happen? Thanks.

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Hi @sallycanuck. Welcome to Connect! I’m so glad you decided to join our community.

I moved your post to this thread since there was already an ongoing conversation about Abilify.

You are correct. As of 2015 the patent on Abilify expired and the brand is exposed to generic competition and a generic form has been available since 2015. Here is drug information from Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/reviews-examens/abilify-eng.php. And, here is a more consumer-friendly description: http://www.rexall.ca/articles/view/1974/Abilify.

Are you taking Abilify? What has been your experience with the medication?

@sallycanuck

Hi, I know the patent protection for Abilify (in Canada) ended a few months ago. Does anyone know of a generic replacement available yet, or have any idea when this may happen? Thanks.

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Hi @kelseydm,
Thanks for the Rexall link…really helpful. My sister has been on it for over a year. It was prescribed by a family doctor, not a psychiatrist and from my research it appears that it is inappropriate and possibly dangerous to go “off label”, especially as it is not being used in conjunction with an Ssri.
She has a slight heart murmur (congenital) and is 60 yrs old. She has gained over 25 pounds and smokes 2 packs a day. She says the Abilify (just changed to generic Citralopram 40 mg) has helped her anxiety, but I am concerned for her.
Can anyone comment on using Abilify alone for anxiety?
Thanks so much.

Sorry everyone. I just realized Citalopram is not Abilify, but rather an actual Ssri. So sorry for the confusion.

@sallycanuck

Hi, I know the patent protection for Abilify (in Canada) ended a few months ago. Does anyone know of a generic replacement available yet, or have any idea when this may happen? Thanks.

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@sallycanuck , I take generic Abilify (aripiprazole), 2mg, to supplement my SSRI for depression, not anxiety. Since I do take another script (Neurontin/Gabapentin) for GAD, I cannot say if the aripiprazole would be helpful for that or not. Citralopram is not generic Abilify but rather Celexa, an SSRI, so maybe she is taking the Abilify to supplement that? Most of these drugs can cause a propensity for weight gain, not so much for me as I have Crohn’s disease.

I was on the starting dose of Abilify and had bad insomnia. I got off it at my next Dr. appointment.

Hi @book2075, thanks for sharing your experience with Abilify with the group. Your insights are much appreciated! What were you taking Abilify for?

@sallycanuck, how is your sister doing? Has the medication helped?

@alysebrunella

Hi @book2075, thanks for sharing your experience with Abilify with the group. Your insights are much appreciated! What were you taking Abilify for?

@sallycanuck, how is your sister doing? Has the medication helped?

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Hi @alysebrunella…thanks for checking in. My sister is doing fine…on her citalopram boosted by Abilify.Only down side is the weight gain.

Glad it’s working for you. Watch out for involuntary leg, arm and even head jerks and report them to your doc ASAP. They can continue years after you discontinue the medication and even become permanent. And yes, this is the voice of experience talking.

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