What is Abilify?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Aripiprazole

Abilify® is a brand name for the drug aripiprazole, an atypical antipsychotic drug used in the treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 417 284
Bipolar disorder 410 315
Increase effect of another treatment 132 93
Major depressive disorder 99 69
Borderline personality disorder 87 59
Bipolar II disorder 52 39

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 171
Moderate 178
Mild 186
None 299

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Abilify

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 102
Restlessness (akathisia) 55
Insomnia 34
Anxious mood 31
Agitation 28
Restless feeling in legs 23

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Abilify

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 44
10 mg daily 36
2 mg daily 27
15 mg daily 21
20 mg daily 15
30 mg daily 14
2.5 mg daily 4
1 mg m,w,f 2
1 mg daily 2
2 mg twice daily 2

See all 22 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Abilify

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 277
Did not seem to work 209
Doctor's advice 139
Other 85
Expense 63
Course of treatment ended 27
Personal research 26
Change in health plan coverage 22
See all 580 patients who've stopped taking Abilify

Duration

Currently taking Abilify

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 44
5 - 10 years 47
10 years or more 22

Stopped taking Abilify

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 123
1 - 6 months 161
6 months - 1 year 68
1 - 2 years 83
2 - 5 years 103
5 - 10 years 35
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 644
Usually 132
Sometimes 24
Never taken as prescribed 34
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 44
Somewhat hard to take 66
A little hard to take 145
Not at all hard to take 579
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 41
$100-199 27
$50-99 59
$25-49 87
< $25 303
Not specified 317

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Abilify after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 23
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 19
Risperidone (Risperdal) 17
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 15
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 11

Show all 37 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Abilify and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lurasidone (Latuda) 19
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 15
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 12
Risperidone (Risperdal) 8
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 7

Show all 33 treatments patients report switching to

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64 patient evaluations for Abilify

May 23, 2018 (Started Nov 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for visual hallucinations)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for ruminating thoughts)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hallucinations)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for auditory hallucinations)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (muscle twitching (fasciculations), difficulty waking up)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Nothing else to add.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 1, 2018 (Started Jan 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Abilify is a great medication for me. It has me on an even keel and has me far back from the edge of the pit that lurks in my mind. I think without the Abilify I wouldn´t be nearly as well as I am. I thank the Abilify for my wellness! Of course I take other antidepressants along with the Abilify but it is the Abilify that is the kicker.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 21, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I did very well from May 2013 until May 2015 and then my Mother-In-Law passed away and I fell into a deep depression that I could not get out of. I had to start back on the Abilify back in July 2015 at 5mg and now I am taking 10mg once a day. I am feeling better now that I have been taking the Abilify for 2 months now. I don't think that I am going to stop taking the Abilify again as I don't want to fall into depression again if something happens that I am not expecting.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 3, 2013 (Started Jan 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am not taking the disc melt but I could not get the tablet to come up. I have used up to 15mg daily and still didn't feel any different. I just decided on May 1, 2013 to stop taking the Abilify to see if that is one of the medications that is making me so tired all of the time.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 29, 2018 (Started Sep 27, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Asperger's syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (stiffness in jaw, tremor in hands)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

Oct 19, 2017 (Started Sep 27, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Asperger's syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (stiffness in jaw, tremor in hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

Oct 18, 2017 (Started Sep 27, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Asperger's syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (stiffness in jaw, tremor in hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

  • 1 helpful mark
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