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How Quickly Does Abilify 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Why doesn't Abilify (aripiprazole) work when i take it at nighttime, but works when i take it togheter with fluoxetine at the morning?
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
Abilify (aripiprazole): At proper dosages, yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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