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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
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 2 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
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