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Abilify

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4.6  Effectiveness
5.9  Side Effects
5.8  Holistic Benefits

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Effectiveness of Abilify by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Abilify, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 9.8% 9.8% 62.7% 13.7% 3.9%
Balance/Equilibrium 5.9% 9.8% 78.4% 5.9% 0%
Blood Pressure 3.9% 5.9% 90.2% 0% 0%
Breathing 2% 11.8% 80.4% 2% 3.9%
Confidence 7.8% 11.8% 43.1% 27.5% 9.8%
Coordination/Motor Skills 3.9% 13.7% 70.6% 11.8% 0%
Digestion 0% 7.8% 90.2% 2% 0%
Emotional Well-being 13.7% 9.8% 23.5% 35.3% 17.6%
Energy 9.8% 23.5% 41.2% 25.5% 0%
Eyesight 0% 7.8% 88.2% 2% 2%
Memory 2% 15.7% 51% 23.5% 7.8%
Mental Clarity 5.9% 17.6% 35.3% 31.4% 9.8%
Pain 0% 3.9% 92.2% 3.9% 0%
Patience 5.9% 11.8% 35.3% 35.3% 11.8%
Sexual Health 11.8% 11.8% 72.5% 2% 2%
Skin Complexion 0% 5.9% 92.2% 0% 2%
Sleep 1.9% 19.2% 40.4% 30.8% 7.7%
Stress Level 3.9% 13.7% 39.2% 35.3% 7.8%
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Commonly Reported Abilify Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Headache 74.5% 9.8% 11.8% 3.9% 0%
Difficulty Urinating 95.5% 4.5% 0% 0% 0%
Gas 75% 0% 12.5% 12.5% 0%
Fatigue 66.7% 11.8% 11.8% 5.9% 3.9%
Depression 62.5% 25% 0% 0% 12.5%
Mood Swings 75% 0% 12.5% 0% 12.5%
Blurred Vision 73.3% 20% 0% 0% 6.7%
Increased Urination 62.5% 31.2% 6.2% 0% 0%
Breathing Difficulties 87.5% 0% 0% 0% 12.5%
Vomiting 90% 5% 0% 0% 5%
Sexual Dysfunction 81.8% 6.8% 2.3% 6.8% 2.3%
Confusion 62.5% 12.5% 12.5% 0% 12.5%
Fever 87.5% 0% 12.5% 0% 0%
Constipation 81.4% 7% 9.3% 2.3% 0%
Irregular Heartbeat 87.5% 12.5% 0% 0% 0%
Indigestion 85% 15% 0% 0% 0%
Muscle Spasms 77.8% 11.1% 0% 11.1% 0%
Change in Sex Drive 76.2% 14.3% 4.8% 2.4% 2.4%
Anxiety 72.7% 13.6% 4.5% 2.3% 6.8%
Drowsiness 61.3% 22.6% 6.5% 3.2% 6.5%
Nausea 76.5% 15.7% 5.9% 2% 0%
Dry Mouth 80.4% 9.8% 5.9% 2% 2%
Coordination / Balance Problems 87.5% 12.5% 0% 0% 0%
Dizziness 76.5% 15.7% 5.9% 0% 2%
Eye / Vision Problems 75% 15% 5% 0% 5%
Thinning / Loss of Hair 85% 5% 5% 0% 5%
Movement Problems 95% 0% 5% 0% 0%
Abdominal Pain 85% 5% 0% 10% 0%
Change in Weight 50% 15% 20% 5% 10%
Erectile Dysfunction 90.9% 4.5% 0% 4.5% 0%
Dehydration / Thirst 50% 31.2% 12.5% 6.2% 0%
Insomnia 85.7% 0% 7.1% 3.6% 3.6%
Relaxed / Calming Sensation 81.8% 9.1% 9.1% 0% 0%
Allergic Reaction 96.1% 0% 2% 2% 0%
Irritability / Impatience 72.5% 9.8% 11.8% 5.9% 0%
Muscle Cramping 87.5% 0% 0% 0% 12.5%
Diarrhea 88.6% 4.5% 2.3% 4.5% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Abilify Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Reduced Libido 77.4% 3.2% 9.7% 3.2% 6.5%
Increased Depression 85.7% 9.5% 2.4% 2.4% 0%
Suicidal Tendencies 88.1% 7.1% 2.4% 2.4% 0%
Lip Smacking 88.9% 11.1% 0% 0% 0%
Change in Sex Drive 66.7% 0% 11.1% 0% 22.2%
Fidgeting and/or Pacing 90% 0% 0% 0% 10%
Thyroid Problems 95% 5% 0% 0% 0%
Chest Pain 95% 5% 0% 0% 0%
Kidney Damage 95% 5% 0% 0% 0%
Movement Problems 90% 0% 0% 0% 10%
Tremors 87.5% 0% 12.5% 0% 0%
Seizures 97.6% 2.4% 0% 0% 0%
Change in Weight 61.3% 9.7% 6.5% 16.1% 6.5%
Confusion 42.9% 42.9% 0% 14.3% 0%
Shuffling of Feet 88.9% 11.1% 0% 0% 0%
Liver Damage 95.2% 4.8% 0% 0% 0%
Blurred Vision 85% 10% 5% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 71.4% 0% 0% 0% 28.6%
Muscle Spasms 80% 15% 0% 0% 5%
Breathing Difficulties 87.5% 6.2% 6.2% 0% 0%
Thrusting / Rolling of the Tongue 88.9% 11.1% 0% 0% 0%
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Episodes since taking Abilify
Since taking Abilify Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 1.5%
Fall 7.4%
Hallucination 2.9%
Hospitalization 5.9%
Seizure 1.5%
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User Comments about Abilify
21 Dec 2014 Abilify has been effective as a treatment for me. I take 5 mg./day and have been on it for roughly 5 weeks. I am using as an adjunct medication to Latuda, Wellbutrin, and Oxcarbazepine and it has stabilized this latest mood swing very nicely. I am calm and I have not gotten angry ( my worst symptom). Things roll of my back much better now. The drawbacks are it has increased my blood pressure and pulse and caused some additional weight gain. Overall, a very good medication and I would suggest it for anyone dealing with Bipolar Depression.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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22 Mar 2014 My 12 year old son started Ability 5 weeks ago and we are so happy with the results. Before starting Ability, he was always short tempered and would become physically violent over minor things. As he is 6 foot tall and 200 pounds, I was constantly worried about the safety of his little sisters. He didn't sleep well, didn't bath, and we had to force him to leave the house. He has been home schooled because he didn't fit well at school and was being bullied. A couple weeks after starting Ability, we noticed that he was not yelling or hitting as much. He is sleeping better, bathing more and has been going out to spend time with friends again. He says that he feels calmer and that people are not annoying him all the time now. We are still trying to get his insurance company to cover his Ability, but given how well it is working, we will find a way to keep him on Ability.
   —Posted by Happymom
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18 Oct 2013 I loved this medicine despite it's scary side effects, mostly because I would wake up at 6:00 am bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Before starting this medication, I spent all my time in bed, crying. I wasn't depressed after I started taking it, I became angry and violent instead. I didn't "get" that it was the drug doing this to me until my insurance didn't pay for my refill and I was forced to go off it cold turkey a few months ago. I got better, I am a kind person again, but withdrawing from Abilify was HELL! It breaks my heart knowing they put little kids on this HEAVY, HEAVY drug. Think twice.
   —Posted by Avalon
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28 Nov 2012 I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder 6 years ago but wonder if I was misdiagnosed and have major depression. Either way, Abilify helped. I took half of a 15mg (7.5mg) each day and I felt a lot of relief from my severe depression. This was also paired with 150mg of Lamictal. So, I suppose it could have been the Lamictal that helped more, it's hard to say since I never took one without the other. The major downsides were the weight gain- at age 22 its hard to gain 30 pounds in two months and feel good about yourself. Also knowing it is an antipsychotic made me feel bad about myself because it's also a medication for schizophrenia, and I shouldn't care if it helps but I did care, and I felt bad about myself as if I were crazy. Also my boyfriend did tell me I would talk in my sleep a lot and even get up to eat. I do not remember this. Sometimes it caused memory problems for me. I would forget the events of what I had done that day when asked.. that was tough.. I would recommend someone take this medication if you aren't very concerned about gaining weight or if you are desperate and regular antidepressants aren't working, as they don't for me. It did help me, I felt happy. But there's a cost. Check out the pricetag before you get going on this medication. It can like 600 dollars a month since there is no generic yet. (we got ours shipped in from canada drugs much cheaper)
   —Posted by thekatester16
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12 Aug 2012 I have tried other medications in the same class and wasn't able to tolerate side effects. Abilify is wonderful hardly any side effects and very effective
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