well fuck me.

Very common: More than 1 in 10 people who take Abilify

  • extrapyramidal side-effects which may include abnormal muscle movements or problems controlling movement, sedation or sleepiness in adolescents

Common: More than 1 in 100 people who take Abilify

  • a drop in blood pressure on standing or sitting up
  • appetite gain and dry mouth in adolescents
  • blurred vision
  • constipation
  • depression
  • difficulty sleeping
  • faster heart rate
  • feeling anxious
  • feeling dizzy
  • feeling restless and inability to sit still
  • headaches
  • increased salivation
  • indigestion
  • nausea
  • sedation
  • sleepiness
  • tiredness
  • tremors
  • vomiting

The frequency of these side-effects is unknown

  • abnormal laboratory test results
  • addiction to gambling
  • allergic reactions such as anaphylactic reactions, swelling of the tongue or face, angioedema, itching or urticaria
  • blood problems
  • cardiac arrest
  • cerebrovascular problems
  • changes to weight
  • chest pain
  • convulsions
  • death
  • diabetes
  • diarrhoea
  • fainting or brief loss of consciousness
  • feeling agitated
  • feeling nervous
  • gastrointestinal problems
  • hair loss
  • heart problems
  • increased sweating
  • jaundice
  • laryngeal spasm
  • liver problems
  • loss of appetite
  • metabolic problems
  • muscle or joint stiffness
  • musclepain or tenderness
  • neuroleptic malignant syndrome - this may be fatal. Seek medical advice if you get a fever, sweating, faster or irregular heart rate, changes in consciousness, muscle stiffness or kidney problems
  • oedema of the extremities
  • pancreatitis
  • photosensitivity skin reaction
  • pneumonia
  • precipitation of suicide
  • priapism
  • problems controlling temperature - this may lead to decreased or increased body temperature
  • raised blood pressure
  • rhabdomyolysis
  • seizures
  • skin rash or rashes
  • slower heart rate
  • spasm of the throat
  • speech problems
  • stomach discomfort
  • suicide attempt
  • swallowing difficulties
  • tardive dyskinesia - seek medical advice if you get tardive dyskinesia
  • thoughts of committing suicide
  • thromboembolism such as deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
  • urinary incontinence
  • urinary retention
  • very high blood sugar levels which may lead to ketoacidosis or coma- these may be fatal. Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms such as excessive hunger or thirst, urinating more often or weakness
  • worsening of diabetes
Aripiprazole (Abilify)?

So I started taking Aripiprazole today! I’ll be on 20mg. Has anyone taken this before? I am taking it in combination with Fluoxetine. Do share your experiences! I am curious.

But yeah, expecting to be pretty ill again (as always with good old meds) for the first few weeks. Woohoo, an excuse to stay in bed forever!

Also, according to the box, apparently one of the side effects is “sudden unexplained death”. LOL. LOVELY.

anonymous asked:

hey this is just a psa: my med (abilify) is making me go deaf so I have to get off it but just so people know if you suspect any hearing problems while on abilify please get help right away thank you and be safe I love y'all

Hey there, thank you for sending this in! I hope people see this and if anyone is using abilify that they can be aware to speak to their doctors about it. 

- Liam

Had a pretty nice day today! My parents are visiting so I had breakfast with them at their hotel. (: AND HAD A BATH IN THEIR HOTEL ROOM. GOD I MISS HAVING A BATH TUB. ; A;

And I went to the psychiatrist. That went pretty well too! I’ve been prescribed Aripiprazole instead of Olanzapine now. Hope it’ll work! (: I’m quite optimistic about it at the moment, but I am not looking forward to the few weeks of feeling HORRIBLE while my body gets used to the stuff ughh.

Back when I started taking Fluoxetine I had to stay in bed for like two weeks it made me so ill gdi. HOWEVERRR, I still believe it saved my life. Good stuff. Was worth the suffering. :9


Side effects of atypical antipsychotics mnemonic

In this post, I’ll be talking about some side effects of antipsychotics and a few mnemonics that help me remember the same!

Risperidone won’t let you rest.
Risperidone is associated with increased motor activity.

Clozapine closes your cell production. Clozapine causes agranulocytosis.

Olanzapine makes you fat like an O.
Olanzapine causes weight gain

Clozapine, Olanzapine and Quetiapine (C O and Q are the fat alphabets!) cause hyperglycaemia, weight gain and hypertriglyceridemia.

Ziprasidone makes a cutie zzz (sleep).
Ziprasidone causes QT interval prolongation. Sleep also reminds me of orthostatic hypotension.

Aripiprazole makes you anxious.
Aripiprazole causes anxiety and insomnia due to partial agonist properties.

That’s all!

Well done me, I managed to not cry and be completely awkward at my 1-on-1 DBT therapy today.

And I went out for dinner with my sister and our old friends this evening, which was nice.

But now I’m freaking the fuck out about Aripiprazole. I took the first one about half an hour ago and feel weird on and off but that might just be me driving myself in and out of panic.

Anyone who's been on Abilify for schizophrenia or other psychotic issues (NOT depression) wanna help me out here?

So…I know this is a shot in the dark because I know there are not many schizophrenic people in existence, nevertheless on tumblr…but I know it is not just schizophrenics that suffer from hallucinations and hearing things and slipping in and out of reality and severe delusions. So I’m gonna throw this out there anyways.

My doctor took me off of Haldol. I didn’t like haldol…at all. I mean, yes, it helped for a while but then after a while…it stopped helping altogether. Also, the side effects haldol gave me (blurred vision, slurred speech, issues walking…kinda like being drunk but NOT in a good way) were awful…borderline unbearable.

But he’s now putting me on Abilify (Aripiprazole -click that for the webmd page on Abilify. It is an atypical antipsychotic.) for my schizophrenia. He said it should help with the voices and the hallucinations and delusions and the issues I’m having with staying in reality. Then he is going to see me in 3 weeks after I start it to assess how I’m doing. I am starting on the Abilify tomorrow. (He also has me back on the lamotrigine and increased my topamax dosage and kept my hydroxyzine dosage the same. No, I am not epileptic. The epilepsy meds have other uses as mood stabilizers and such that help level me out.)

So I’m wondering…have any of you ever been on Abilify for schizophrenia? Or for other psychotic issues like hearing things/seeing things/etc?

How was it? Did it have any side effects (good or bad…doesn’t matter…I wanna know ALL the side effects you’ve experienced from it)? Did it help with the voices and/or the hallucinations and/or delusions and/or the slipping in and out of reality issues? Did it make it all stop COMPLETELY…? Or did it just…make everything more bearable but everything was still happening? Or…?

Idk. What did it do to you? Did it help???

Feel free to [inbox me] or reblog this with your experience or whatever.

I’m really nervous about starting a new antipsychotic because I’ve been on risperdal, thorazine, and haldol so far and all of those have been horrible. Haldol was the best out of all of them because it actually helped a good deal…but the side effects were unbearable. And it stopped helping. The other two turned me into a fucking zombie. That was unnerving and I do NOT want to experience that again!!!! DO NOT. Which is why I’m always SO scared to start a new antipsychotic because when I was on rispderal and when I was on thorazine (not at the same time…different times), they both turned me into a fucking zombie and I didn’t even realize it or realize how miserable and lifeless I was until AFTER my friends and family finally went to my psychologist and told her what was going on and she went to my doctor and had him take me off of both of them. And I didn’t even realize any of it until AFTER I was off the med! So I could possibly spend MONTHS miserable and lifeless…without even realizing it! AND THAT IS TERRIFYING. I DON’T WANT TO END UP LIKE THAT AGAIN. So I’m always scared to start a new antipsychotic. (Also scared of SSRI antidepressants coz they make me severely suicidal. I’ve tried a handful of SSRI’s and they’ve all made me severely suicidal.)


Just…tell me it’s gonna be okay? Tell me you had a good experience??? Or…well…actually, I want the truth. If it was a bad experience, I wanna hear it, too. I wanna know everything.

I only wanna know experiences that helped with psychotic disorders/issues, though…coz that’s what I’m having issues with. I know Abilify is also used as a side use to assist anti-depressants when the anti-depressants aren’t working and act as a stronger anti-depressant or whatever in patients who have depression but that is not my issue (not anymore…I defeated my major depressive disorder!) so I just really need to know the experiences of people who have been on it for psychotic issues.

Also I’m 22 years old and got diagnosed about maybe 6+ months ago and my schizophrenia was dormant my whole life but I triggered it to come out of dormancy with crystal meth use (coz I’m an idiot, obviously). If that matters at all, idk. Idk if that has any effect on this.

Thanks a bunch to anyone who read all of this or at least skimmed this. And thanks to anyone who helps me out and tells me their experience or someone they know’s experience…because I’m really nervous. 

Danke, danke, danke! <3


So I decided it’s time for an update. My mum was in hospital last week and because I was with her and also so anxious, I didn’t get much college work done, which led to me getting a referral for an assessment. That basically means I’ve had this week to sort the work out or I will be action planned (not quite sure what that means but it doesn’t sound good). Thankfully I have managed to sort the work out ready to present it tomorrow and not fail completely.

Also today I started taking aripiprazole (abilify) in addition to my clozapine, quetiapine, sertraline and diazepam. So far all its done is give me indigestion.

Today I managed a run. Just 3km though. I was using my new heart rate monitor and some actual proper running shoes so I don’t have to run in crappy trainers.

College tomorrow, not really looking forward to it but me and the husband are going to a local snowboard club in the. Evening.

So, it seems that the side effects I’m getting from whatever the frig I’m on now are just amusingly contradictory.

Like sleepiness and troubled sleep.

So, yeah, I fall asleep like someone hit the off switch but then I wake up a few hours later and fall asleep again. Rinse and repeat until morning and my duvet has fucked off across the room.

Eh, it’s not that bad. Especially compared to what it could’ve been and the side effects I got from quetiapine.

Have I mentioned that I kind of hate my psychiatrist as well as my therapist?

My prescription arrived and it’s not for olanzipine at all its for Aripiprazole.
And reading the information leaflet he’s given me, they’re completely different. I’d started mentally prepared myself for sleeping all day and overeating, not insomnia and stomach upset. Those side effects are why I chose quetiapine over lamotrigene.

But then again, the quetiapine information leaflet he gave me said the worst side effect was sleepiness.