Posted by Tomatheus on May 18, 2012, at 19:08:00
In reply to Abilify AM or PM?, posted by sheilac on May 18, 2012, at 16:11:48
In my experience, the time at which I've taken my Abilify has not mattered nearly as much as the dose of the Abilify that I've been taking. At 5 mg, Abilify seems to help with some of my depressive symptoms to a certain degree, even though the benefits that I notice now are not as pronounced as they were when I started the medication. For me, higher doses (7 mg, 10 mg) have basically had the opposite effect: my depressive symptoms became more severe than they were before I started with the medication.
I currently take my Abilify around 2 p.m., which is basically morning for me given my hypersomnia and circadian-rhythm abnormalities, and I don't feel any different than I felt when I was taking my Abilify in the evening. Abilify never seemed to keep me up late at night when I was taking the medication in the evening, but I would suspect that difficulty initiating sleep may be more of a problem for others taking Abilify than it has been for me. Basically, although I certainly feel different on Abilify relative to the way that I felt before I started taking the medication, I don't feel any different right after taking my medication than I do right before I take it. In other words, the effects of the medication don't seem to wear off as I approach the 24-hour mark since my previous dose. At least, that's been my experience with the medication.
So, would Abilify affect you differently if you take it in the morning than it would if you take it in the evening? Possibly. The timing of my dose doesn't seem to matter much for me, but for others, the situation might be different. I'd be interested in hearing from others who take Abilify to see if the timing of their dose seems to make a difference.
Dx: schizoaffective disorder
Taking Abilify and 5 supplements