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Abilify Side Effects


Serious Side Effects of Abilify

  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), which is characterized by high fever, stiff muscle, confusion, sweating, and changes in pulse, heart rate and blood pressure.
  • High blood sugar
  • Increased weight gain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Tardive dyskinesia, which is characterized by uncontrolled movements in the face, tongue, or other body parts.
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Low white blood cell count
  • Seizures
Alert your doctor immediately if you experience any serious side effects.

Common Side Effects of Abilify in Adults

  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • restlessness
  • anxiety
  • insomnia

Common Side Effects of Abilify in Pediatric Patients

  • sleepiness, insomnia, fatigue
  • headache
  • vomiting, nausea
  • fatigue
  • increase appetite, weight gain
  • stuffy nose
  • uncontrolled movements such as restlessness, tremor, or muscle stiffness
  • pjo

    How about suicide!!!!!! I am too angry right now to talk about it, but a friend of mine was put on this and committed suicide

    • Alex

      It’s not the drugs fault.

      • bekka

        BULLL. it is the drugs fault…. i was put on it twice and each time was hospitalized for attempting suicide. My friend was also put on abilify and he said the only thing that would satisfy the way he felt was if he drove a screw driver into the back of someones head. tell me how that’s not the drugs fault.

        • j

          Happened to me a few years ago. I was asked why I tried it. Honestly I didnt know. It had to be the abilify as that was the only new variable

          • Jill Bowman

            Abilify made my heart race and go into such arrhythmia that I almost called an ambulance and probably should have. It kept me awake for so long that my legs were so weak I could not cross a parking lot. I, too, do not know how this drug got FDA approval. The side effects are too serious for a lot of people it seems — and, most important, life threatening in many instances. I had to stop it immediately, and with it came withdrawl, but it was worth it to have a normal heartbeat again and not be afraid to die at any moment! BUYER (or in this case consumer) BEWARE!!!

  • Jack Greco

    has there been any one while taking abilify developed diabetic neuropathy nerve damage

    • Rose Skiori

      Someone developed Schizophrenia

  • graysquirrel50

    i gained 60 lbs on Abilify over about 6 years. I would complain of stroke-like symptoms: slurred speech and went to the hospital several times. A neurologist believed i had experienced small strokes or TIAs. But the last time i went with such symptoms, an MRI was taken and no evidence of past stroke behavior was found. It was determined that i had been most likely having some sort of seizure disorder. In April of 2011 or so, i had utter and near complete heart failure. I was hypertensive at the time, from the weight gain, yet one day i felt extremely faint while preparing supper. I sat down and took my blood pressure and it was 70/40, then 60/30 and i was growing fainter. I called for my husband to call an ambulance. I was transported to the local hospital where my blood pressure reportedly went as low as 40/20. I nearly died. A full screen of all of my meds revealed that they could not account for what had caused the heart failure. I was taking Abilify at the time. No one suggested that i be removed from the drug either.

  • Ed T

    It is my personal opinion and belief that “Abilify SUCKS DONKEY D*** ” I have no idea how it got FDA approval…I guess someone may have received one heck of a kickback from the drug’s maker…I experienced a few side effects while taking it for one month… I turned into a slobbering idiot with headaches, dizziness, and serious constant hand tremors…I would not recommend this drug to anyone…I also developed stomach pain… Go figure…
    And some say Zyprexa is bad…I had been on Zyprexa for many years and I did gain a few pounds and I was also diagnosed as pre diabetic… But I still prefer Zyprexa over Ability any day….
    Ed T

  • SarahT

    Abilify sucks. I was taking Abilify last year around June i only had been on it a month when i got extremely depressed and gained weight. Within the month i started Abilify i tried to commit suicide by overdosing on Lorazepam, Thank god i was saved!!! The Abilify had made me feel so much weight that i committed such a out of character act if it wasnt for the voice inside my head that said you got to get out of there and call 911 i would probably have died. Ever since that act was committed i have been playing switch the meds with my psychiatrist and all i do is react to the medications in serious ways. Do not take this medication because i was 18 when i started taking it and i almost died at 18.

    • Stephanie Wolfer

      These types of Drugs are not meant for anyone under 25! Specifically for thr reasons you posted above. Shame on your P-Doc for prescribing this!

  • Luna Malady

    I was prescribed Abilify when I had an (only one) anxiety attack. Dr said don’t let it concern you that it is usually prescribed for mental disorders, it will take care of this. I developed tremors in my face, shaking hands and my jaw started to snap open & shut. I also had stiff movement and my gait was not as it should be. Later my PCP told me that I had Parkinson’s Disease and I went to see a neurologist. He walked in with the information that one usually fills out, medications, conditions, surgeries, etc. He laid the paper down and said (as soon as he walked in) here’s your problem as he pointed to Abilify on the list of medications that I was taking.

    I never took another Abilify and I never had any of my symptoms recur either.

  • Debhubs

    This is the medication that left me with the movement disorder Dystonia, was only on it for a short time 1week. The dystonia is a focal form and is located in my neck, shoulders, mouth movements, whole body is unbalanced after having this disorder since 2006. Only getting worse, Botox injections are required every 3 months to be able to turn my neck.Never sued because it would be difficult to prove.

  • twistedcarrot05

    Guys, you have to be smart about what drugs you decide to take in general. Doctors don’t know as much as you think and the truth is most people do not really care about what happens to you. Do your own research and be alert. Ask questions and get a second opinion. Do not take medicines unless you are sure there is no other choice.

  • michael

    i got tardive dyskenisia from abilify and made my ocd and anxiety so bad i tattooed my arm black, gambled or felt like i had to constantly buy sell trade or throw things away i owned and went completely insane and nearly killed myself and family on it. after i got off the drug im stuck with regret, no friends, a dry mouth, antipsychotic side effects, none of my other meds i depended on no longer work. so im forced to live a life of mysery without meds and hope that the death with dignity will be an option soon… people in this world are greedy for gain and do anything to make a dollar and have no regard for human life. i hope that person that made this drug gets the death penalty!