Saturday, 19 November 2016
Abilify, also know as Aripiprazole, is an Atypical anti psychotic. It is commonly used in the treatment of Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder, although has further application, such as depression and irritability associated with autism disorder.
In bipolar disorder, it is used to treat the manic and psychotic symptoms and is therefore often used along side a mood stabilizer or in some cases, an antidepressant.
For me, when using this medication, I felt somewhat blah. It didn't appear to have too much affect on my mood, as I was often still manic or hypomanic, and greatly depressed. Give it it's due, the psychosis was completely gone but I could also attribute that to the Risperidone. I would think I was doing ok, then out of nowhere i'd be knocked on my ass again. I mean maybe it's because we didn't have a mood stabilizer in there too. Who knows. Everyone's different right.
Common side effects of this medication include but are not restricted to:
* Nausea/ Vommiting
* Changes in appetite
* Weight gain
* Blurred vision
* Headache/ Dizziness
* Anxiety/ Restlessness
* Cold symptoms
** Please keep in mind that all medication should be okayed by your health care practitioner. Side effects experienced will be different for each person and what is expressed above is from my own personal experience.