Abilify plus an antidepressant for mo...

Abilify plus an antidepressant for mood disorders

There are 255 comments on the Channels.netscape.com story from Nov 25, 2005, titled Abilify plus an antidepressant for mood disorders. In it, Channels.netscape.com reports that:

The atypical antipsychotic drug Abilify appears to enhance the response to antidepressants in patients with treatment-resistant major depression, research suggests.

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Doug Pickrel

Jonesborough, TN

#106 Mar 14, 2008
I hear what everyone is saying, and all points are valid to an extent. Every human being is different. Every brain and individual Brain chemistry is different.
Some meds work, some do not. Find out what works for you, whatever it is and it is very important with Bipolar to stay on track with it. See your Dr. on a regular basis, exercise, get 8 hours of sleep, eat well, try not to smoke herb or drink. The main problem I have and most Bipolar people I know have is staying on the medication and working with the Dr. It is a long process for most of us.

Only 23% of bipolar people work with their Dr. to find the correct meds and work with the illness. Most Bipolar people are in denial, deny having it, will not accept it and refuse to take meds. Many people are Bipolar and do not know it.
It is very common to want to stop it all, which as some of you know can put you in the Hospital. Holistic medication is another option. My experience is that it has not worked for me. Abilify , a low dose works for me. I also have ADD. I take Desoxsyn for that. It works better than any ADD medication I have tried. I would like to try a non stimulant ADD med.in the future.

The world is very stressful as someone mention above, the world is crazy. Well I think it would have been more stressful and crazier running around with Dinosaurs and trying to stay alive every day…lol we really have it ez this day and age. Different humans have different stress levels.

I hope this helped someone. I worked in a Psych Hospital as a Tech for 14 years and I now own my own computer repair Company (5th year ) thanks to my spiritual guider, my family, wife, my Psychiatrist my therapist/friend and medication. I almost left out my most important helpful tool. Meditation and prayer. Repeating a mantra like,“give me wisdom and strength “to deal with things. That has helped me the most and I am not a religious person. Meditation and prayer has been a key player and continues to be in my life.

Peace
Doug
Robert

Danbury, CT

#107 Mar 30, 2008
I've suffered from treatment resistant depression for about 4 years. I have tried and have been on every conceivable drug and have even had electro convulsive therapy. Major depression, paranoia, (What people are saying about me etc) I have an outstanding new psychiatrist. After a few months he took me off one of my meds (Geodon) and put me on 10 mgs of Abilify. Within days I felt a noticeable difference and for the first time in 4 years I actually am enjoying life and people. I may go up to 15 mg of abilify as I can feel the depression creeping around in my background. The drug is expensive even with health insurance $ 130 a month. But for me a small price to pay for finally feeling happy again. I'll be happy to talk with anyone about my experience and help you in any way I can. I have been a tough depression case I will tell you that.
Deb

United States

#108 May 7, 2008
Robert, your post is so comforting. My son is currently in a hospital for medication stabilization following a suicide attempt 2 weeks ago. My son was a happy child and early teen, but some biological change took place a 2-3 years ago, and slowly made itself more and more visible -- apathy, difficulty concentrating in class, lack of motivation, social withdrawal, no smiles. What began as dysthymia became moderate unipolar depression. He is now 19, and in the last year has been on holistic treatment, Wellbutrin alone, Wellbutrin and a tryciclic. It wasn't working and he simply got tired of all the effort and no result. He was diagnosed as treatment resistent the week before he attempted to take his life.

He just began the Abilify yesterday as an inpatient, and I came to this site searching for encouraging words. I saw you were treatment resistant for so long, and that Abilify worked for you --I feel so much hope now. Thank you.

And my very best wishes for your continued high spirits.
Robert wrote:
I've suffered from treatment resistant depression for about 4 years. I have tried and have been on every conceivable drug and have even had electro convulsive therapy. Major depression, paranoia,(What people are saying about me etc) I have an outstanding new psychiatrist. After a few months he took me off one of my meds (Geodon) and put me on 10 mgs of Abilify. Within days I felt a noticeable difference and for the first time in 4 years I actually am enjoying life and people. I may go up to 15 mg of abilify as I can feel the depression creeping around in my background. The drug is expensive even with health insurance $ 130 a month. But for me a small price to pay for finally feeling happy again. I'll be happy to talk with anyone about my experience and help you in any way I can. I have been a tough depression case I will tell you that.
Nicky

Warwick, RI

#109 May 9, 2008
Question.. My husband has been on Abilify 20MG 2x a day and just recently was but on Wellbutrin XL 150mG. He is a zombie. He falls asleep while you are talking and seems like he is just lifeless. Has anyone else see this with these 2 meds? He is only 34 years old and is just exsiting and not living if that makes any sense. Its like he is stoned or something and I know he is only taking what is prescribed. Please anyone else ever seen this.
robert

Guadalajara, Mexico

#110 May 13, 2008
Sunshine wrote:
My husband is on a combination of Abilify and Wellbutrin, and the positive changes in him are absolutely phenomenal! I wish we'd have gotten that done sooner!
What dosages of each med is he taking. I'm considering adding Wellbutrin to my abilify.
robert

Guadalajara, Mexico

#111 May 13, 2008
Started Abilify last week and am using 4 mg. It helped quiet the rapid cycling thoughts I used to try and process before arising. I never could resolve the catch 22 type thinking until
abilify quieted them. Now I want to tackle the paranoid illusions which still haunt me albeit much lessened now with Abilify.
Noah

Orlando, FL

#112 May 14, 2008
I am 17,been in sports last 3 yrs but now I have stopped, I am hearing voices and feel everyone hears my thoughts. Sometimes I am not sure if I am speaking loudly or if my thoughts are being projected. My parents took me to see a Dr who put me on Lexapro 10 mg and now after 3 weeks has added 10 mg abilify. I seem a little better but my thoughts are not clear and and can not handle being in school.
nixhill

Tallahassee, FL

#114 Jun 11, 2008
worried mom wrote:
My daughter is eight years old.Since she was about two I have delt with mood swings, agitation, crying, and an occastional super happy day. I have tried everything, went to classes, spent more time with her, have been stern but fair etc. In kindergaten I learned my daughter had dyslexia, and that contributed to her emotional highs and lows since dyslexia affects the ability to follow more then one direction at a time, hearing sounds properly and the ability to learn how to read. It was exstreamy hard on me, and her father was never around to help, so at all fell me. I wouldn;t trade being her mother but god I needed to rest. I became agitated and worn out. Then my husband and I got divorced two years ago. This compounded my daughters problems ten fold. She was never happy, complained all the time, we even where seeing a counselor twice a week for a while. I tried evrything not to turn to any medication, but she developed stomache troubles that where getting worse, she was prescribed a medication to lessen the acid in her stomache so she wouldn't get ulcers from all the anxiety, but her mood was so sad. I was watching my baby, my eight year old daughter slip into what I saw as an unrecoverable depression. I was loosing her. Her therapist saw it too, and sent us to a psycatrist. after a long exstensive evaluation, and the fact that my grand mother, mother and older sister all suffered from bi-polar and my sister with violent psycotic episodes the doctor suggested Abilify in a small dose. I hesitated because I worried about side effects. But I heard my eight year old admit she wished she were dead, and I couldn't take the chance of that ever happening. I reluctently took the prescription for my daughter, thinking the benefits out weighed the side effects.
My daughter was started out on 2.5mg for two weeks, then moved up to 5mg. It has been almost a month in a half. She is a whole new child. She is doing well in school, the teachers have said she has had a phonomoinal turn around and is less agitated and more focused. She seems to relate to the other students better, and now can take several directions at a time. At home she is better with her sister and expresses herself in a more suitable way. We now can talk. She now feel more confidant and seems general happier.
After reading all the side effects and other things I am scared. But I also see this has been the only thing ever to make a difference, and is said to have the least amount of side effects.
Does anyone else have a take on this?
My daughter just started taking abilify two days ago I hope it works as well for her as it did for you.She is now 11 yrs old and was diagnosed in second grade. I was also afraid to put her on med.
My daughter also at about two yrs new there was something right. Now we are about to enter middle school.So I pray this works.
Alicia

Defuniak Springs, FL

#115 Jun 28, 2008
DON'T DO IT!!!! My 8 year old son was on Abilify for 2 1/2 years. It made him hallucinate, and he ended up in the hospital with a severe ulcer!!
This is NOT a drug for children, unless you are quite desperate..
He went through withdrawels..we had to wean him off under doctor supervision. When he ended up in the Emergency room with severe stomach pains, the nurse asked,"WHY is he on Abilify"? His father, my husband passed away and his behavior problems started then..moving, his Dad and 2 Grandmas dying...a lot of trauma on us.
I went to the health food store, he is on good supplements, like a different child now, Thank GOD!!!! I will never ever ever put my child on any drugs.
We also took him to a great counselor. Behavior modification works..I had to cut back work to part-time to spend more time with him and take him to all his appointments. Not easy financially, but I can scrimp on myself, do my own nails, etc!! lol..
But, he is doing GREAT!!! He had severe stomach pains, etc...
PLEASE READ AND LOOK UP THE SIDE EFFECTS!!! I IGNORED THEM AND MY SON ALMOST DIED. Please do not let what happened to us..this is a harmful drug, unless you have no other choice.
Bless you all...
kristi

Cleveland, OH

#117 Jul 1, 2008
I"m 31 and i too had a incredible weight gain on abilify and lamictal. I have had depression for 15 years and was recently diagnosed as bipolar by a hyper doctor. I am sure that i am unipolar depression and that the meds are responsible for the 50lbs i gained in 5 months. now i am mostly depressed about my weight . docs have said eat less and exercise. i need a second opinion.
Alicia

Laurel Hill, FL

#118 Jul 3, 2008
My step-daughter, too is on Abilify. She has gained so much weight..
Exercise will help you feel much better inside and out. It helps you feel better, happier, too. Find an exercise that you enjoy and stick with it.
Also, eating late at night will make you gain weight. Try not to eat after 7pm. Good luck. I know many people do need and benefit from Abilify and other medication. I wish everyone the best. My son is happier and healthier OFF all the medication. He got very sick on the Abilify. It took quite awhile to wean him off...now he is much better.
Patti

AOL

#119 Jul 25, 2008
Nicky wrote:
Question.. My husband has been on Abilify 20MG 2x a day and just recently was but on Wellbutrin XL 150mG. He is a zombie. He falls asleep while you are talking and seems like he is just lifeless. Has anyone else see this with these 2 meds? He is only 34 years old and is just exsiting and not living if that makes any sense. Its like he is stoned or something and I know he is only taking what is prescribed. Please anyone else ever seen this.
My husband was very manic, they placed him on Depokate to begin with, then Seroquel. All he did was sleep. I think they really need to go through a long period of sleep to come back into reality. After several months of this his meds were changed to Lamictal and Abilify....he really started coming around and became his normal self.
kathy

Bryant, AR

#120 Jul 27, 2008
I take Wellbutrin and Abilify, and am coming off Zyprexa and Ambien at night. So far, so good. I hate having to take anything at all, but they tell me I am bipolar with deprssion, so I guess I'll be on this forever. That's enough to cause me to be depressed. I trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to help me out of this mess. May God be with us all in our times of trouble, in mind and in spirit.
TJG

Hamilton, OH

#121 Sep 5, 2008
I have a 12 year old son that has asthma and bad allergies and since 2006 he has had a very bad anger problem. I took him to his family doctor and talked to them about my concerns and they thought it would be good for my son to see a counciler. He saw her for a year and was very good when he was home after seeing her but then the next day he would be so violent to his little sisters. I didn't want him to be on meds other than what he has to take for his asthma. I feel I have tried everything. He is now 12 and is very active he weighs 120 and is as tall as me. when he gets mad it is very scary1 I started taking him to a psycatrist and he tried him on Resperdal but that made my son more angry and violent so now he wants me to try abilify and I'm very scared because of the side affects and also because he takes abuterol and singulair for his asthma and I worry it might interfere with his asthma meds. I don't know if I should just give up on even trying him on this med or see what it does. I just don't want him to grow up and be violent.
Mom of six

United States

#122 Sep 8, 2008
len wrote:
None of the atypical antipsychotics including seroquel has been tested on children and we don't know what the effects are on a small brain still trying to grow and develop. These are dangerous drugs! Foster care children across the nation are being used as illegal drug trial guinea pigs. They can't escape this torture and their parents can't help them!
I totally agree I work in a foster home as a helper and the first thing she does is take them to have a doctor to prescribe drugs-Believe me they were fairly normal when they arrive but end up growling and having meltdowns and sent off to mental lock-ups -It is horrible -and even my own children if they aren't completely complacent in school the teachers demanded drug control.How sad is this!
niki

United States

#123 Sep 19, 2008
wow i reacted really differently than most...i've tried almost everything and was hoping abilify would help me, but it made me so restless and achy, i literally couldnt sit down or stay still for longer than 20 seconds because my body would hurt and ache so much...which immediately went away right after i stopped taking it. Did anyone else have this problem with abilify? also... I need some advice on combining meds, I am taking Emsam (MAOI patch) for Major depressive disorder, and it works well for me. But i still cant function well because i also have borderline personality disorder and have a tendency to get manic. Most people recommend lamictal but that made me worse too. My doc just prescribed me Provigil, anyone have any experience on it?
niki

United States

#124 Sep 19, 2008
TJG wrote:
I have a 12 year old son that has asthma and bad allergies and since 2006 he has had a very bad anger problem. I took him to his family doctor and talked to them about my concerns and they thought it would be good for my son to see a counciler. He saw her for a year and was very good when he was home after seeing her but then the next day he would be so violent to his little sisters. I didn't want him to be on meds other than what he has to take for his asthma. I feel I have tried everything. He is now 12 and is very active he weighs 120 and is as tall as me. when he gets mad it is very scary1 I started taking him to a psycatrist and he tried him on Resperdal but that made my son more angry and violent so now he wants me to try abilify and I'm very scared because of the side affects and also because he takes abuterol and singulair for his asthma and I worry it might interfere with his asthma meds. I don't know if I should just give up on even trying him on this med or see what it does. I just don't want him to grow up and be violent.

I take albuterol & advair in combination with abilify, & I never had any breathing problems or respiratory issues with the combination of meds. I've tried many different medications for depression and mood disorders & i've experienced side effects but none of them concerning my asthma. but do remember that everyone reacts differently to meds. If your son is trying a new drug you should monitor him as much as possible, especially since he is very young. Medication isnt easy, i know...it takes time, patience, effort, and money to find the right med & the right dose. or it may not be the answer for you, in which you may want to look into therapy, or acupunture , or holistic remedies. hope i helped a little, good luck with everything

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Since: Sep 08

SNOREgerties NY

#125 Oct 1, 2008
I was on abilify & Lipitor for almost a year--din't do crap for me

Since: Oct 08

Fairfield, OH

#126 Oct 8, 2008
Abilify worked at first for me, but then i ran out of it, and it no longer worked well. It made me have suicidal thoughts. And it caused uncontrolable muscle twitching, and jerking that won't go away even being off the drug. Its subsiding alittle now being off a week. But i am going back on to treat bipolar.
carol

AOL

#127 Oct 23, 2008
I know abilify is used for bi-polar depression and so are many of the anti- depressants like prozac, lexapro and zoloft. Puttting abilify with these antidepressant may help or it may cause a problem, so my advice is "Talk to you doctor and see what they have to say." You will better off in the long run.

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