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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

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How long will it take for Abilify (aripiprazole) to work?

How long will it take for Abilify (aripiprazole) to work?

Depends: The time to onset of action of Abilify (aripiprazole) 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

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On average, how long will Abilify (aripiprazole) take to work?

On average, how long will Abilify (aripiprazole) take to work?

Varies: It depends upon individual circumstances and adequacy of dose but Abilify (aripiprazole) 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

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How long is it supposed to it take Abilify (aripiprazole) to work?

How long is it supposed to it take Abilify (aripiprazole) to work?

Varies: It depends upon individual circumstances and adequacy of dose but Abilify (aripiprazole) 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

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How could Abilify (aripiprazole) work for unipolar TRDepression?

How could Abilify (aripiprazole) work for unipolar TRDepression?

IT IS NOT CLEAR: The mechanism of aripiprazole (Abilify) is not exactly known. However, it seems to enhance the effects of dopamine and serotonin when these are low. ...Read more

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Does Abilify (aripiprazole) work well for schizophrenia?

Does Abilify (aripiprazole) work well  for schizophrenia?

Very well: For some, less for others. Like most psychiatric medications, hard to predict until you try it. ...Read more

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Does smoking weed on abilify (aripiprazole) make it not work?

Does smoking weed on abilify (aripiprazole) make it not work?

Work for what?: Marijuana has many psychoactive effects, the research on it has been skewed due to political issues. It is difficult to say anything about it's dangers or benefits. If the MAPS organization succeeds in getting approval for clinical studies, we may find out a clearer picture. If you want to play it safe, don't use it with other psychoactive agents like Abilify (aripiprazole). Politics cloud the picture here, ...Read more

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How quickly does celexa 20mg and Abilify (aripiprazole) 2g work?

How quickly does celexa 20mg and Abilify (aripiprazole) 2g work?

Psychiatric meds: The Celexa may start working within a couple of weeks or may take up to 4 to 6 weeks. People sometimes respond to Abilify (aripiprazole) as early as one week. ...Read more

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Could Abilify (aripiprazole) work as an antidepressant alone?

Could Abilify (aripiprazole) work as an antidepressant alone?

Probably not: Abilify (aripiprazole) 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 (aripiprazole) with a mood stabilizer to help maintain stable functioning, and again, it seems to work very well. ...Read more

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Is it possible for Abilify (aripiprazole) to work as an antidepressant alone?

Not proven: Aripiprazole is a second-generation "atypical" antipsychotic originally developed for schizophrenia. It has subsequently been found to be effective in bipolar disorder, and most recently, as an "augmenting" agent to standard antidepressants for major depressive disorder. There is no proof that I am aware of that it can be an effective antidepressant by itself. Best. ...Read more

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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

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Why doesn't Abilify (aripiprazole) work when i take it at nighttime, but works when i take it togheter with fluoxetine at the morning?

Why doesn't Abilify (aripiprazole) work when i take it at nighttime, but works when i take it togheter with fluoxetine at the morning?

Unclear: Do you take it twice a day? Most people like to take it in the morning and it works well. Occasionally some people have side effects so their doctor tells them to take it at night. Happy you know when your meds work well for you. ...Read more

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Can coffee work just as well as Abilify (aripiprazole) for depression?

Can coffee work just as well as Abilify (aripiprazole) for depression?

Probably not: To my knowledge, there have been no studies to compare the two in depression. Abilify (aripiprazole) and coffee are two different things with totally different mechanism of actions. Yes, both can be used as 'adjunct' to your treatment. Coffee can help with alertness, fatigue, etc, of depression. Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atipsychotic by nature. It has serious side effects like increasing your weight, cholesterol, and sugar. ...Read more

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Abilify (aripiprazole) is work better with Cymbalta or zoloft?

It doesn't: work specifically better with one vs the other. Adding abilify (aripiprazole) to antidepressant can help for recalcitrant depression. ...Read more

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Why Abilify (aripiprazole) work good with cymbalta and not good with zoloft?

Why Abilify (aripiprazole) work good with cymbalta and not good with zoloft?

Response varies: Zoloft and Cymbalta work in different ways. This along with individual response may predict my outcomes are different with Abilify (aripiprazole) in combination with either zoloft or cymbalta. ...Read more

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Have been on Zoloft 25mg for 3 weeks new doc wants to put me on Abilify (aripiprazole) 2mg with the Zoloft to see if it makes it work better. Side effects?

See answer: Some patients may be rx'd Abilify (aripiprazole) while taking another med like zoloft, depending on their diagnosis and symptoms. All meds have possible side effects, but they are usually well tolerated and go away in most people after a few days if you get any of them at all. That being said, you need to discuss any concerns with your treating dr. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm on paxil and it's not helping with my depression. Doctor wants me to take abilify (aripiprazole) and stop paxil. Could I have bad side affects? Will it work?

I'm on paxil and it's not helping with my depression. Doctor wants me to take abilify (aripiprazole) and stop paxil. Could I have bad side affects? Will it work?

Not a antidepressant: Abilify (aripiprazole) is an anti-psychotic. Some Dr's use it for bi-polar or as a additional drug for major depression. If this Dr is not a specialist, you might want to find a psychiatrist for better management. Paxil is one of several SSRIs - another might work. In any case, you need a taper from it to avoid w/drawal risks (serotonin syndrome). Also, consider talk therapy to optimize treatment success. Best! ...Read more