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How Quickly Does Abilify Work
Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic with a unique mechanism of action. As with most atypical agents it is probably prescribed more often for mood disorders than psychotic disorders (like schizophrenia). It's associated with fewer movement side effects (eps) than the typical antipsychotics. It's unique mechanism of action is that it both stimulates ...Read more
Good Question: The exact mechanism by which Abilify (generic aripiprizole) works is unknown. We know that Abilify 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
Depends: The time to onset of action of Abilify varies based on a number of factors including, among others, the condition being treated, how severe that condition is and how long it has been present. That being said you could begin to notice some effect within 3-7 days and continued improvement over 4-6 weeks. ...Read more
Varies: It depends upon individual circumstances and adequacy of dose but Abilify usually begins to work in the first 1-3 weeks followed by continued improvement in responders. The prescriber should monitor your response and side effects to determine dose increases and adequacy of response if any. If no response, or if not tolerated, then prescriber may consider an alternate medication. ...Read more
Confuses recovery.: Not sure what your indication for being prescribed Abilify. Compare your symptoms that you're seeking relief from with the effects of using cannabis. Then take these results to your prescriber. Be honest about your recreational or medicinal usage of cannabis. Treatment is a partnership. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Probably not: Abilify is not FDA approved as a solo treatment for depression, and I don't think it would work well alone. In my practice, I prescribe it a lot for patients with major depression along with an antidepressant, and it seems to help quite a bit. Also in bipolar disorder, I prescribe Abilify with a mood stabilizer to help maintain stable functioning, and again, it seems to work very well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why doesn't Abilify work when i take it at nighttime, but works when i take it togheter with fluoxetine at the morning?
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