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 answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 31 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).
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Psychiatry 14 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.
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Clinical Psychology 42 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 .
Answered Apr 30, 2021
Last updated Apr 30, 2021
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