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Coming Off Abilify
Since coming off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR and on 10mg lovan to deal with withdrawals. I've been having increased appetite? Hungryyyy! why?
My haldol decanoate finally ran out. Used it to get over geodon (ziprasidone) withdrawal. Now i'm on zyprexa but tried geodon (ziprasidone) one day and now feeling anxious. Zypre?
Avoid Zyprexa (olanzapine) if possible: Extremely rare that i prescribe zyprexa, unless for some reason weight gain (that tends to occur very frequently with zyprexa) is desired. Metabolic syndrome and diabetes are also not uncommon adverse effects. If a medication in this class is required, i think Abilify (aripiprazole) at lowest effective dose is often helpful with a relatively low incidence of the serious side effects very often seen with zyprexa. ...Read more
I've had crazy side effects coming off lexapro- crazy dreams, mood swings, is this depression again?
Not necessarily: Going on and coming off of antidepressant can have consequences. Going on can result in a brief period of dreams or nightmares that clears quickly. Coming off of antidepressants can have a resurgence of the dreaming which goes away, but true withdrawal symptoms can also occur. If depression shows up after you have been off of the antidepressant, most likely it's a return of your depression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was on 20mg Lexapro (escitalopram) and 30 mg remeron.Dr increased remeron to 45mg. can i go off lexapro (escitalopram) without weaning off.
Lexapro (escitalopram): Not recommended. Gradual tapering works best. Review with your doctor. ...Read more
My psychiatrist just took me off my Lexapro (escitalopram) 5mg 1xper day due to im very off balance from it.How long until this off balance thing stops?
Varies: If it was helping your sleep and you did not taper down slowly and did not replace than it will take long time to feel better . Seroquel (quetiapine) not only helps with depression mood swings also hep with sleep .Not sure Trileptal you were taking for seizure or mood stopping suddenly have risk of seizure ...Read more
Cousin went off of anxiety meds and gained 15lbs in the weaning process. I start weaning off Lexapro (escitalopram) July 10th. Will this happen to me also?
Upper an low back muscles are throwing off my balance an making me anxious..is this from comin off seroquel (quetiapine)?
NOT SURE: Not quite sure what you mean by this but there could be some muscle issues involved with Seroquel (quetiapine) as a side effect. Depends on a variety of things like the dose and how long you have been on the Seroquel (quetiapine). I would definitely bring this up with your physician. ...Read more
How likely is it that mirtazapine will throw off my sleeping patterns? I have insomnia from antipsychotic withdrawal. Now on geodon (ziprasidone) and Benadryl
I recently weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR by taking Prozac 10 mg and from dropping from 50-25mg seroquel for a week then 12.5mg seroquel then stopped both Prozac and seroquel on 5/13.I can't sleep now, help!
Talk w/your doctor: This question is best answered by your own doctor who prescribed you the medications and then tapered them. If you're having difficulty, please contact him/her. S/he may want you to continue a low dose of seroquel (quetiapine) for a little longer -- but i don't know what symptoms you were having in the first place. Symptoms can return when medication is stopped. Your doctor knows you best, & can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Paxil (paroxetine): Gradual tapering, depending on current dose & how long u have been on it. Discuss options with your doctor. ...Read more
They stop me cold turkey on my klonopin (clonazepam) and put me on Depakote for a month had horrible racing thought back on klonopin (clonazepam) they are slowly going away?
If you were having: Tachycardia or palpitations that we're causing you anxiety can feel "fixed" by klonapin; however after daily use, you can get rebound anxiety, which makes symptoms worse. If you haven't had a tilt-table test to rule out postural orthostatic tachycardic syndrome, you might ask your cardiologist. The inderal, (propranolol) in the meantime can help slow your heart rate. Also get a thyroid panel done. ...Read more
Was on wellbutrin. Doc changed to Zoloft and lamictil. Bad mania. Zoloft gone. Added straterra & abilify (aripiprazole). Bad. Stopped. Now want help to wean lamictil
New Psychiatrist: Sounds like you have had a difficult time recently. And that you don't have a good therapeutic relationship with your psychiatrist if you are seeking help in managing your own medications here. Change psychiatrists and find one that you can work with. Your situation seems more complicated than simply how to stop a medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it normal to have feelings like trouble breathing when coming off antipsychotics abilify (aripiprazole)? Or muscle stiffness, jaw tightness? Does it ever let up
Anxiety: is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. Symptoms of severe anxiety: insomnia, chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, palpitations, tremors, and jaw stiffness. See your PCP. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Guidelines: There should be a date on the container. If not consult the pharmacist where you got the medication. There was recently a government publication that indicates that expiration dates may be too short and that medication remains viable for a much longer time. ...Read more
Possibly: Abilify (aripiprazole) is used to treat Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, as an adunjunct medication for recalitrant major depression & autism spectrum disorders. Off label uses include: dementia & alcohol abuse/dependence and the following for which there are no trials or minimal efficacy: Generalized anxiety disorder, Social phobia, ADHD, agitation, Eating Disorders, insomnia or borderline personality disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abilify (aripiprazole): Abilify (aripiprazole) is used to treat Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, as an adunjunctive medication for recalitrant major depression & autism spectrum disorders. Off label uses include: dementia & alcohol abuse/dependence and the following for which there are no trials or minimal efficacy: Generalized anxiety disorder, Social phobia, ADHD, agitation, Eating Disorders, insomnia, borderline personality disorder ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abilify (aripiprazole) adjustment: Most people who respond to Abilify (aripiprazole) do so in 2 weeks at 5 mg daily. Sometimes, your physician may start at a lower dose so it may take longer or require a dose change upward to be sure. Abilify (aripiprazole) has a very very long length of time in the body. I always tell patients that we may have to decrease the abilfy dose with time. I watch carefully for side effects later on in treatment-unusual situation. ...Read more
What is High?: Notable side effects--sedtion, fatigue, depression, Dizziness, ataxia, slurred speech, weakness. Forgetfullness, confusion, hyper -excitability, nervousness, rare hallucinations, mania, rare hypotension, dry mouth. Lifte threatenting effectts--Resp. depression, rare hepatic dysfunction, blood dyscrasias. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can: Dose related but low probability.Get a more detailed answer ›
Abilify (aripiprazole): If prescribed, yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes.: Why do you ask? If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the National suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abilify (aripiprazole): Abilify (aripiprazole) is partial Dopamine agonist (some increase in dopamine) plus serotonin antagonist, both of which cause some agitation & sweating. It can treat psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, Bipolar depression, and as adjunct to antidepressants in Major depression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer