Posted by Pamalamadingdong on August 8, 2009, at 11:05:45
I've been off Abilify for only two plus days now and I, too, have the stiff/sore neck on the left side (as described by a poster earlier in this thread). Very interesting. I also have had a physical problem that has caused me to have to take Naproxen and Acetometophan (sp) and have been experiencing dizziness that I think are due to a lot of pain meds. Don't have my normal energy. Perhaps due to both issues. Am sleeping quite a bit during day, which I haven't done for a long time.
My psych diagnosis is clinical depression and arrested alcoholism. Had heard of two other people I know having great success with coming out of deep depressions with Abilify. I decided to try it on that basis. Had a 6-week period of what can only be termed a manic episode. What fun it was. Never had one before. Shopped on eBay, (but luckily didn't spend too much at all) experienced bursts of creativity - both visual and in my writing. Began the great American novel and did a huge interior decorating project for a condo we haven't even bought yet (but plan to soon). When that ended, which it did, quite abruptly, I wasn't sure I was experiencing any effect at all, EXCEPT for horrible sugar and carbohydrate cravings. Gained about 10 pounds in about 3 months. Ate sugar every single day. Feel horribly blimpy. All good reasons to discontinue. Was taking 5 mg. after doctor prescribed only 2.5 mg. Took extra on own initiative. (Typical addict that I am...) Didn't notice any change or benefit, except that sugar cravings seemed to increase! I have nearly 15 years clean and sober, but while taking Abilify, I've withdrawn almost totally from AA and totally from OA meetings (overeaters anonymous) in move to isolate and eat. Also not good! Thank God, I'm still clean and sober. Don't recommend Abilify for people like me, but naturally, everyone is different and you never know what might hurt one person will help another. That's why boards like this are so important.