Posted by Christ_empowered on April 28, 2012, at 17:08:12
In reply to Lou's request-dockduzntnhoe? » SLS, posted by Lou Pilder on April 28, 2012, at 15:16:44
I think any psychiatric medication can cause problems if you stop taking it. With antipsychotics, even dosage reductions, done too quickly, can be problematic.
I don't think there's any way for us to tell you if its your "illness" or the lack of Abilify. Personally, I'd try going back to 5 for a few weeks, then...maybe 2.5 (?) for a few more weeks, then off.
I take Abilify, and I do think long term use changes your brain (just like any other antipsychotic). After a dosage increase to 30, I found 15 was no longer sufficient. In fact, a rapid reduction to 15 led to incredible agitation and low level psychosis. I think it was drug induced.
I hope you can taper off w/o too much trouble. If you don't have severe problems, I would think that avoiding neuroleptics--even Abilify--would be a wise decision.