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Abilify dosages: Depression/Bipolar/Schizophenia?

Posted by SLS on July 19, 2017, at 6:56:25

Abilify dosages: Depression/Bipolar/Schizophenia?

I would like to know what dosages of Abilify people are taking and what illness is being treated.

I'm having a difficult time determining the best dosage of Abilify to treat my bipolar depression. For now, I am taking 15 mg/day. The problem is this: Every time I adjust the dosage - up or down - I feel better for a few days followed by a deterioration back to where I started. I had been at 10 mg/day for a bunch of years. I tried going to 20 mg/day and felt good for a few days. However, after a week, I felt flat, sleepy, and dysphoric. These things did not disappear with continued treatment. So, I decided to decrease the dosage to 15 mg/day. The side effects disappeared and I experienced a significant improvement in depression that lasted for three days. It has been a week, and I am feeling pretty bad. I plan on staying at 15 mg/day until I see my doctor next week.

Some doctors use different dosages based upon the illness being treated:

1. Depression - 2-5 mg/day
2. Mania - 10 mg/day
3. Schizophrenia / Schizoaffective - 20 mg/day

I would be grateful for any input.

Thanks.


- Scott

 

Re: Abilify dosages: Depression/Bipolar/Schizophenia?

Posted by joe f on July 19, 2017, at 7:37:18

In reply to Abilify dosages: Depression/Bipolar/Schizophenia?, posted by SLS on July 19, 2017, at 6:56:25

I was on 5 mg and went to 10....but it seemed like it was causing me to rapidly gain weight at 10mg....we just lowered it to 5mg....but you have to wait about 2 weeks for it to hit a steady state at 5mg...so we'll see. I have ocd -mood disorder......take 200 luvox...5abilify...1.25 klonopin and 100 trazadone for sleep

 

Re: Abilify dosages: Depression/Bipolar/Schizophenia? SLS

Posted by pedr on August 15, 2017, at 13:30:34

In reply to Abilify dosages: Depression/Bipolar/Schizophenia?, posted by SLS on July 19, 2017, at 6:56:25

I experience the exact same thing as I bounce between 2.5mg and 5mg. I can't tolerate any higher than that I've found. I've toyed with the idea of perpetually going up and down in dose.
Pete

 

Re: Abilify dosages: Depression/Bipolar/Schizophenia? pedr

Posted by SLS on August 15, 2017, at 16:56:17

In reply to Re: Abilify dosages: Depression/Bipolar/Schizophenia? SLS, posted by pedr on August 15, 2017, at 13:30:34

> I experience the exact same thing as I bounce between 2.5mg and 5mg. I can't tolerate any higher than that I've found. I've toyed with the idea of perpetually going up and down in dose.
> Pete

My doctor has thought of doing the same thing with me.

I hope that things are at least tolerable for you.


- Scott

 

Re: Abilify dosages: Depression/Bipolar/Schizophenia?

Posted by pedr on August 15, 2017, at 17:09:47

In reply to Re: Abilify dosages: Depression/Bipolar/Schizophenia? pedr, posted by SLS on August 15, 2017, at 16:56:17

> I hope that things are at least tolerable for you.

Hah, thanks. It very much depends on when you ask me... Hope you're doing OK.

 

Re: Abilify dosages: Depression/Bipolar/Schizophenia?

Posted by pedr on August 15, 2017, at 17:09:52

In reply to Re: Abilify dosages: Depression/Bipolar/Schizophenia? pedr, posted by SLS on August 15, 2017, at 16:56:17

> I hope that things are at least tolerable for you.

Hah, thanks. It very much depends on when you ask me... Hope you're doing OK.


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