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Re: Does anyone still take aripiprazole (Abilify)? tensor

Posted by SLS on April 3, 2023, at 7:42:50

In reply to Re: Does anyone still take aripiprazole (Abilify)? SLS, posted by tensor on April 3, 2023, at 0:01:20

Hi, Tensor.

> > If you started taking Abilify, but subsequently discontinued it, what were your reasons for doing so?

> I took it as an antidepressant adjunct, really wanted this medication to work but gave up on it, some akathisia at higher dose but not a deal braker, simply not effective for me. But I'm guessing you are taking it for BPD?

I took Abilify for a year or more to treat bipolar depression. It was helpful, but not nearly enough. I think the incidence of EPS was underestimated for this drug. Akathisia might be the most significant of its side-effects.

Discontinuing Abilify often causes rebound anxiety. I don't remember having that.


The dosage ranges for Abilify when used for different mood disorders is variable, but usually approximates (guestimates):

2.5-5.0 mg/day = Unipolar Depression (Major Depressive Disorder - MDD)

5.0-10.0 mg/day = Bipolar Depression (without mania).

10-20 mg/day = Bipolar Disorder (with hypomania or mania without psychosis);

10-30 mg/day = Bipolar Disorder (with manic psychosis)

20-30 mg/day = Schizoaffective Disorder (bipolar type)


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