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

How quickly does celexa 20mg and Abilify 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 as early as one week. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Abilify (Definition)

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


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How does Abilify work?

How does Abilify work?

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 more

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How long will it take for Abilify to work?

How long will it take for Abilify to work?

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

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On average, how long will Abilify take to work?

On average, how long will Abilify take to work?

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

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How could Abilify 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 smoking weed on abilify make it not work?

Does smoking weed on abilify make it not work?

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 more

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Does Abilify work well for schizophrenia?

Does Abilify 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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Could Abilify work as an antidepressant alone?

Could Abilify work as an antidepressant alone?

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 more

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

Why doesn't Abilify 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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