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A 34-year-old female asked:

Been taking celexa 40 mg for 13 years. dr recently wants me to add abilify (aripiprazole) because it seems my depression is worse. any side side effects from this ?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 21 years experience
Abilify/aripiprazole: This medication is an atypical antipsychotic that often is well-tolerated especially if started at low dose. Akithesia/restlessness can be common. Headache, stomach upset, energy level, sleep changes common. Weight gain less common compared to others meds in same family. Has warning against metabolic syndrome, movement disorders, ; other severe but rare problems. Lab testing needed periodically.
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Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 55 years experience
It is commonly used to augment antidepressants starting from 2.5 mg. up to 10 mg.
Mar 16, 2014
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
MEDICATION: If you are not comfortable or unsure about the medication your Doctor prescribed then it is advisable to get a second opinion from a Psychiatrist after you have had a complete physical exam by your Primary Care Physician to rule out any underlying illness. A Clinical Psychologist can also help you with psychotherapy.
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Last updated Jan 8, 2021


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