Top
20
Doctor insights on: Abilify

Share
1

1
What is Abilify (aripiprazole) good for?

What is Abilify (aripiprazole) good for?

A FEW THINGS: Abilify (aripiprazole) is in the class of atypical anti-psychotics or second generation. Abilfy has indications for schizophrenia which is a psychotic disorder and for bipolar disorder and for augmentation of a an antidepressant for depression. Comes in a variety of doses in pill form. Will be available in long acting injection. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
2

2
Why do I still get extremely angy if I am on 10 mgs of abilify (aripiprazole)?

Why do I still get extremely angy if I am on 10 mgs of abilify (aripiprazole)?

Unsure: It is difficult to know without an understanding of why you are taking abilify (aripiprazole). Some people can become agitated with the medication. It is also possible that the dose could be either too high or too low, or this may not be the ideal medication for you. I certainly agree with dr. Goldstein that you should inform your prescribing physician. ...Read more

See 5 more doctor answers
3

3
Please describe the medication: abilify (aripiprazole)?

Please describe the medication: abilify (aripiprazole)?

Bipolar: Abilify (aripiprazole) belongs to atypical antipsychotic it's approved for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder also in small side work add on with antidepressant for resistant depression there are off label use its unique action of agonist and antagonist separate from other atypicals. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
4

4
What would lead a doctor to prescribe Abilify (aripiprazole) in treating depression since it is an anti psychotic?

What would lead a doctor to prescribe Abilify (aripiprazole) in treating depression since it is an anti psychotic?

Abilify (aripiprazole): To augment antidepressants if partial response or poor tolerance to high doses, to treat psychotic features in depression, & to better stabilize receptors in brain causing mood alterations. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
Prescribed only abilify. Tried geodon (ziprasidone) the other night and now this night now can't sleep. Will this resolve on its own or do I need geodon (ziprasidone) again2sleep?

Prescribed only abilify. Tried geodon (ziprasidone) the other night and now this night now can't sleep. Will this resolve on its own or do I need geodon (ziprasidone) again2sleep?

Geodon (ziprasidone) and sleep: Both Abilify and Geodon (ziprasidone) are used for the same issues. Abilify is generally not helpful for sleep since it has so little sedation. Geodon (ziprasidone) can be an excellent sleep. Inducer as well as stabilizing mood. Remember that Geodon (ziprasidone) requires food to be absorbed-it is best taken after a meal. We generally do not prescribe 2 medications in the same class. Talk to your prescribing md for solutions. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
Why does Abilify (aripiprazole) and celexa help my mood but Zoloft made me feel sick and down. I also can't use Abilify (aripiprazole) anymore because of cost. Any other options?

Why does Abilify (aripiprazole) and celexa help my mood but Zoloft made me feel sick and down. I also can't use Abilify (aripiprazole) anymore because of cost. Any other options?

Many.: The response to antidepressants differ from one individual to the next.There are other "add ons" to improve the efficacy of antidepressants such as risperdal, cytomel, buspar, Ritalin or lithium. Ask your doctor which one best suits you.You may also qualify for patient assistance for abilify (aripiprazole). ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
Could Abilify (aripiprazole) used for anxiety and agitation only. Not schizophrenic or bipolar?

Used for all those.: Abilify (aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic medication and is primarily indicated for schizophrenia and bipolar disorders with psychotic features. It has also been used as an "add on" medication in major depression which does not respond to antidepressant alone. In severe anxiety disorders, it has been shown to help also. ...Read more

8

8
How effective is abilify (aripiprazole)?

How effective is abilify (aripiprazole)?

Can be effective: Abilify (aripiprazole) can be quite effective for both positive and negative psychotic symptoms. It can also be used to treat depression, mania & hypomania. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
9

9
How does Abilify (aripiprazole) work?

How does Abilify (aripiprazole) work?

Good Question: The exact mechanism by which Abilify (aripiprazole) (generic aripiprizole) works is unknown. We know that Abilify (aripiprazole) selectively binds different receptors based upon dose. At low doses it treats depression by binding serotonin. At high doses it treats schizophrenia by binding dopamine. While these binding affinities are well documented, there may be other undiscovered mechanisms of action. Stay tuned! ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
Can you tell me about a antideressant that works like Abilify (aripiprazole) but starts with a g?

Can you tell me about a antideressant that works like Abilify (aripiprazole) but starts with a g?

Geodon (ziprasidone)?: Actually, neither Abilify nor Geodon (ziprasidone) are anti-depressants. They are anti-psychotic medications. But in recent years such medicines are sometimes prescribed along with antidepressants to increase the antidepressant effect. There are risks and benefits to doing this that must be weighed carefully. ...Read more

11

11
How long does it take for a overdose of Abilify (aripiprazole) symptoms to kick in?

How long does it take for a overdose of Abilify (aripiprazole) symptoms to kick in?

Irrelevant: For overdose of any medication, you should seek immediate medical attention. Go to your nearest er where they can monitor you and decide if you may need treatment. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
12

12
Is Abilify (aripiprazole) safe to take?

Is Abilify (aripiprazole) safe to take?

Side effects: All medications have potential side effects. Some of those that can occur with ability include akathesia (ants in your pants sensation), weight gain, increased fats in blood, increased blood sugar. There is a theoretic risk for neuroleptic malignant syndrome and tardive dyskinesia. It is a medication that many of my patients use with good results. Take care. ...Read more

13

13
Can I take clozapine and Abilify (aripiprazole) together safely?

Can I take clozapine and Abilify (aripiprazole) together safely?

Talk to your doctor: Ability (aripiprazole) is a 2nd generation antipsychotic that is indicated (approved) for use in schizophrenia & bipolar disorder as well as an adjunct in major depression. Clozapine is also a 2nd generation antipsychotic w/limited approval due to a significantly greater side effect risk. Very rarely are two medications in same class used concomitantly, and then usually only by specialists. ...Read more

15

15
Can acetyl-l-carninite be taken while on abilify (aripiprazole)?

Can acetyl-l-carninite be taken while on abilify (aripiprazole)?

Yes: Acetyl-l-carnitine is a very safe naturally-occurring substance that your own body produces & has no known interactions with abilify (aripiprazole). It may even help reduce toxicity from abilify (aripiprazole). There is evidence that vitamin c, vitamin e, manganese and b vitamins may protect against tardive dyskenesia, a rare but serious side effect. I also advise very low doses of lithium for those on abilify (aripiprazole), see comments:. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
16

16
Is head jerking a side-effect of abilify (aripiprazole)?

Is head jerking a side-effect of abilify (aripiprazole)?

Abilify&head jerking: Yes it probabely is.You may need to see your psychiatrst or neurologit .You may have to stop the med and try a different one.It may be a condition called tardive dyskinesia. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
17

17
What are the side-effects of abilify (aripiprazole)?

What are the side-effects of abilify (aripiprazole)?

Side effects: Extreme restlessness, muscle stiffness, rigidity, "non-fluid" body movements, involuntary movements or tics, and weight gain. Rarely it can affect blood sugar, cause a rash, and promote heart rhythm problems. Some suggest that any new physical or emotional problem that begins after the onset of taking a new medicine should be assumed to be due to that medicine unless proven otherwise. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
18

18
How long does it take for Abilify (aripiprazole) to get out of your system?

How long does it take for Abilify (aripiprazole) to get out of your system?

~5 half-lives: In general, we estimate that it takes 5 half-lives for something to get out of your system. Half-life is time necessary for level to drop by 50%. After 2nd half-life, only 25% remains. After 3rd, just 12.5%. After 4th, just 6.25% and after 5th, barely 3.125%. Half-life of Abilify (aripiprazole) is 75-146hrs so you're looking at 2-4wks roughly to get out of your system. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
19

19
Does Zoloft and Abilify (aripiprazole) effect menstrual cycles? Could they make the cycle last longer? Kinda getting worried. Will it never stop?

Does Zoloft and Abilify (aripiprazole) effect menstrual cycles? Could they make the cycle last longer? Kinda getting worried. Will it never stop?

Yes they can: Yes, they can prolong a cycle and yes, your period will stop. However, i would definitely see your doctor for an eval since you also have back pain and a low grade fever. I would not assume that it is from the medications until other causes have been ruled out. ...Read more

20

20
Is the half life for Abilify (aripiprazole) really 4 days? Can I do anything to make or come out of my system faster?

Is the half life for Abilify (aripiprazole) really 4 days? Can I do anything to make or come out of my system faster?

Depends: The half life (t1/2) for Abilify (aripiprazole) is 75 hours for certain individials. Abliify's removal is dependent on what are called cytochrome p450s (cyps)). Specific cyps for Abilify (aripiprazole) if in large amounts can give you the 75 hr half life. Those with less of the cyp may have a t1/2 up to 46 days. You cannot change this by "flushing" yourself with large amounts of water or any other home remedy. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer