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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Rebecca

Lincoln, NE

#234 May 13, 2011
Tonya wrote:
Help,my son is 10 years old.I dont belive he is depressed but I do belive he is bi polar.The dr put him on celexa and abilify..Im scared to give him the abilify.I want to help him.He is so angry alot of the time and can be sweet sometimes,He has violent outbrust.screams,throws things,calls people names.The thing is I know he can not control it.I know the celexa causes weight gain and he already is a very big boy.Does he have to take a anti depressants to take the abilify.AND IS THE ABILIFY SAFE?Once again he is 10 years old.
Be careful! Kids and young adults on anti-depressants like Celexa can become suicidal. And my experience with Abilify was not good--I had lots of terrible restlessness and anxiety--it was like torture. I'm not saying that he shouldn't try this...just be careful!
ERamirez

Bullhead City, AZ

#235 Jul 12, 2011
My 15 yr. old takes Zoloft and abilify.She was just told she is Bi-polar and did not have Borderline personality disorder.She also suffers severe panic attacks.Until recently she would take 2 hits of marijuana in the morning and everything was getting better.Due some trouble she got in she has to take weekly ua's and has stoppped the marijuana.Now the panic attacks are awful..She also has a history of cutting. The marijuana did wonders for her.Does anyone have any advice on what we could do.AZ just started Medical marijuana but finding anyone to understand she isn't doing it to get "HIGH" is hard. Tahnks
mary

Waltham, MA

#236 Jul 16, 2011
I have MDD, anxiety, OCD. I went on wellbutrin and it worked great for my depression, but not for anxiety. then my doctor added lamictal and that helped with anxiety, but made me feel depressed. I can;t even get out of bed. He keeps telling me to increase it but the more I increase it the more depressed it makes me. I dont know what to do anymore. I've been in almost all the SSRI's that exist out there. I have no thyroid condition, or anemia, or any of that stuff.
I wish they would tell me there is no cure so I can give up hope in medication.
mary

Waltham, MA

#237 Jul 16, 2011
Shekanahh wrote:
What is it that people don't understand when told by rational,(non "medical professionals"), that these heavy duty mind bending, mind altering DRUGS that dabble and experiment with the most precious gift God gave them, ARE POISON!!!!!!
Anyone that gives them to an underage, innocent child should be arrested, sentenced to hard labor for at least 15 yrs for child endangerment, and possible brain damage.
That includes doctors AND parents.
Vaccines, for example contain mercury. Parents are told by their witch doctors to vaccinate. Mindlessly doing what they're told, they have their children vaccinated.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =pLYrSfnsqb0XX&feature=rel ated
Your posts are a joke. And you obviously have never felt what we feel. No one will take your posts seriously.
Viselsnacks

United States

#238 Jul 25, 2011
Blair wrote:
I just recently was taken off of seroquel due to severe problems with hyperglycemia. I am now taking Abilify. I have had trouble sleeping and most in the last 2-3 days have started itching all over (no hives etc.) within an hour or so of taking it - I've been taking benedryl for this, has anyone else experienced the itching? I see my doctor in a few weeks so if not i'll call him.
I have also expierienced an overwhelmimg itch while taking abilify in combination with suboxone. Independantly each drug leaves me itch free. However I am on a slew of other meds: lithium, effexor, neurontin and lunesta. Another piece of the puzzle is my inconsistant med consumption. I pick and choose meds and in paranoia discontinue frequently. Anybody got any ideas about the "itching hour"
vickster277

Cardiff, UK

#239 Aug 3, 2011
Hi im.30 i was diagnosed with bi polar 6yrs ago i have tried every medication going but currently on lithium 900mg abilify and lithium has been best ever for my ocd bipolar depression i hope to turn new corner
matt

Macon, GA

#240 Oct 8, 2011
I think this is a really important point to make surrounding this issue. It is very neat you are aware of this fact and still.take the meds -- glad it all seems to be working for you. I agree with the fact that our society contributes to stresses in people -- whether they be mental or physical.
Jim wrote:
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It's not that the brain is disfunctional, but rather, society is. That is the problem, your/our brain is trying to understand and survive in a society that is crazy. This will probably be discovered by the science community later, but I know in my mind, this to be true. We call our society progression, but it's really insanity. We were not designed to live in a high stress world, and thus, our brain reacts, this is what is really happening. I have been on all these medications, and I guess they work just fine, it's been 15 years now, so I do not remember what it's like not to be on medication.
Jim
mae Ann

Chicago, IL

#241 Nov 14, 2011
Antidepressants may work differently in each person and also has certain drug to drug interactions with other medication, so it would be best to check with your doctor first in order to be sure if there will be no harm in taking a certain antidepressant with Abilify. Like for Paxil if you want to get information about it you can check this site for more details http://www.paxilbirthdefectlaw.com/paxil-side... . It will give you the side effects in taking Paxil.
Kim

Chicago, IL

#242 Nov 14, 2011
Drug to drug interactions need to be checked when you will be taking multiple medications. There has no noted drug to drug interaction with Abilify and antidepressants, but it would still be best to check with your doctor about it. Some medication like Paxil is not allowed to be taken together with Lithium, if you want to get more details you can check out this site http://www.paxilbirthdefectlaw.com/paxil-side... .
Ronald Lincoln

Torrance, CA

#243 Dec 27, 2011
In an advisory released by FDA, two drugs were approved for treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar mania in children -(Risperdal) and aripiprazole (Abilify). I am not aware though if any advisory had come out to supersede the approval. Otherwise, Abilify should be okay for kids.
http://www.paxilbirthdefectlaw.com/paxil-ssri...
sweetbabyjane

Luling, LA

#244 Jan 12, 2012
I need help! I have been taking 40mg of lexapro. I cut back and am taking 20mg now, 150mg of wellbutrin, and 5mg of abilify. I have many success stories but i need some more insite. Has anyone done this or know what to do or not to do?
Jose Billingsley

Chicago, IL

#245 Jan 13, 2012
Statistics say that ten percent of Americans are on antidepressants. These drugs reportedly benefit severely depressed people but studies reveal that they may have a ""nonexistent to negligible"" impact in cases of mild depression. As use of the drugs become widespread, more information and evidence of side effects that did not show up previously have surfaced. This prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue warnings and to mandate a warning label for inclusion in some of these antidepressants.
Moreover, data imply that half of depressed Americans don't get the treatment they need. While antidepressants remain the first line of treatment in many cases of depression, the treatment options have increased over the decades. Patients are advised to discuss the options with their doctors. It is important that one bears in mind that these treatments may not constitute the complete remedy to one’s depression. They alleviate the symptoms and may work better complemented with other therapeutic measures like lifestyle and behavioral modifications to improve one’s physical, mental and psychological heath. 
http://www.paxilbirthdefectlaw.com
Steve

Fredericton, Canada

#246 Jan 22, 2012
I can recommend a reputable pharmacy (Abilify)- http://www.grandmeds.com/catalog/Other/Abilif... I received the order and it was on time and the pills work great.
Rebecca

Lincoln, NE

#247 Jan 24, 2012
I tried abilify as an add-on to zoloft and it worked well to control the depression, but I had such terrible akathisia that I had to give it up. Now I am taking folic acid (vitamin B9) with lexapro, and that has worked as well as the abilify did. Research shows that folic acid is a good add-on to SSRI's and improves response to this class of antidepressants in most cases. Folic acid is an OTC supplement that doesn't cost very much (especially compared to Abilify!) Don't get fooled into taking methylfolate (Deplin) which is another expensive drug. Your body makes methylfolate out of folic acid.
JuliaC98

AOL

#248 Feb 24, 2012
Jim wrote:
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It's not that the brain is disfunctional, but rather, society is. That is the problem, your/our brain is trying to understand and survive in a society that is crazy. This will probably be discovered by the science community later, but I know in my mind, this to be true. We call our society progression, but it's really insanity. We were not designed to live in a high stress world, and thus, our brain reacts, this is what is really happening. I have been on all these medications, and I guess they work just fine, it's been 15 years now, so I do not remember what it's like not to be on medication.
Jim
You definitely are the only one that makes sense. I have been saying the same thing as you (on antidepressants for 6 years) and blame all the fast paced, fast changing, high tech era for the craziness in this world. Are only u and I seeing this as a result of today's society? R u and I sane! I think so!!
Anxious 74

United States

#252 Mar 12, 2012
I've been on Lamactyl, Wellbutrin, and Abilify together for about 9 months. But I still feel lousy. I get anxious, worried, can't concentrate, and generally haven't felt well in a while. Therapist is o.k., not great. I don't know if my mood has something to do w/ the medication, or am I simply not doing enough to improve my life?

Is anyone else taking these 3 together, and what's your experience w/ them?
Charity

United States

#254 Jun 25, 2012
Jim wrote:
<quoted text>
It's not that the brain is disfunctional, but rather, society is. That is the problem, your/our brain is trying to understand and survive in a society that is crazy. This will probably be discovered by the science community later, but I know in my mind, this to be true. We call our society progression, but it's really insanity. We were not designed to live in a high stress world, and thus, our brain reacts, this is what is really happening. I have been on all these medications, and I guess they work just fine, it's been 15 years now, so I do not remember what it's like not to be on medication.
Jim
I agree with you, Jim, whole-heartedly that the reason for this epidemic of depression and "mental illness" that we are experiencing in our society is the dysfunction we have to deal with in order to survive. You are absolutely right that the human psyche is not meant to process such copious amounts of stress. The natural response then would appear to be a shutting down of sorts, mentally and emotionally. To borrow a quote from the Zeitgeist films, "Being well-adjusted to a sick society is no measure of health." Good luck to the scads of normal, healthy people who have been made so unhealthy by this society that we must now take hoards of pharmaceuticals just to cope! May we not lose sight of who we really are so that someday we can forge a better way. Namaste.
HUMANSPRIT

United States

#255 Jun 26, 2012
Interesting article and observations concerning Autism.

http://www.naturalnews.com/035787_vaccines_au...
Lisa

Woodstock, Canada

#256 Jun 27, 2012
Live a day of autism and then make your judgement calls.
My son is on medication because everyday situations were difficult for him. He can be very violent, to uncontrollable. I am not a bad parent and am doing all I can for him.
It breaks my heart to see the struggles he faces everyday and feel so helpless.
Why are people so cruel making comments when they have NO clue!
wary

Pearl River, NY

#259 Dec 4, 2012
just was put on Ability and not liking the side effects, especially the migraine headaches behind the eyes. Not a pleasant feeling. I've wbeen on a lot of major antidepressants and they did nothing for me. The MDs would put you on whatever they felt you have, not necessary what is the problem. I don't believe meds is the answer to everything. It took over 1 year to wean myself off of a psychpdependency to Ambien CR and that was prescribed by a doc in a box, the clinic doc who didn't care if he screwed up my life for over 1 year. They throw meds at you until something sticks.

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