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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are effects of going off abilify (aripiprazole) for biopolar imediately? does cause anxiety, moodswings, depression? is dangeroous just stop?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Beatrice Onygadoor
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Mood stabilizers: Abrupt discontinuation of Abilify (aripiprazole) and similar medications is not advisable. If you have reason to discontinue, please seek the supervision of your healcare professional for more tolerable alternatives while tapering to discontinue abilify (aripiprazole).
Dr. Kevin Nasky
Dr. Kevin Nasky commented
Psychiatry 17 years experience
A gradual taper, overseen by your Doctor, is advised. Abrupt self-discontinuation of these type of medications is never advised.
Feb 6, 2012
Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Bad Idea: If you are having problems with abilify, (aripiprazole) tell your doctor and plan a safe taper off the medication and replace it with something else. It is dangerous to just stop it because it could cause all those things you asked about. It makes you much more vulnerable to depression or mania, particularly if stopped abruptly. See your doctor. They should work with you. If yours doesn't, find someone else.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 43 years experience
It is best to discuss medication with your Psychiatrist who knows your medical history for a thorough evaluation and recommendations for treatment. If you are not confident with your Doctor please see another for a 2nd opinion. Have a physical exam to rule out illness and see a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in multiple forms of psychotherapy .
Last updated Apr 30, 2021


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