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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
Right Diagnosis?: Perhaps the dosage needs increased or something added to it. However the most important is the correct diagnosis and medication alone is never as effective as psychotherapy and medication. We are more that just neurotransmitters and receptors. How to deal with the angry triggers in life may even make it possible to reduce or even eliminate the need for medication. ...Read more
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
What would lead a doctor to prescribe Abilify (aripiprazole) in treating depression since it is an anti psychotic?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Was on amisulpride have changed to Abilify (aripiprazole) 2 days ago. Felt faint earlier and blood pressure went up and pulse very fast. Is it dangerous? What is it
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
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
~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
Does Zoloft and Abilify (aripiprazole) effect menstrual cycles? Could they make the cycle last longer? Kinda getting worried. Will it never stop?
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