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Ellie 1
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   Posted 5/2/2005 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
This morning the doctor prescribed abilify and klonopin.  I took the former for the first time and feel like it might be causing anxiety attacks.  Of course I'm scared to death of meds so that might be the cause.  Anyone else on this?  E

Ellie 1
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   Posted 5/3/2005 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Ignore that post. Blasted Abilify knocked me out like a light when I was awake I couldn't lift my head off the back of the couch. Certainly not for me. She told me it wouldn't make me tired. so much for that.

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   Posted 1/14/2006 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   

Abilify has been a wonder drug for me.  I'm 35 years old and have bi-polar I.  I have literally tried every medication that there is all the way to the dreaded depakote and lithium.  I almost lost my liver due to depakote from toxic hepatitis.  Lithium was just another nightmare of being sick 24/7.  Everything else either didn't work, made me sick or I had reactions to. 

I've been on Abilify for only a month now, but felt better within one weeks time.  Now I'm feeling almost normal!!  I take it along with Seroquel.  My doctor is trying the new anti-psychotic drug approach with me alone, due to the bad history of the other bi-polar drugs.  And I'm so glad he did.  I think its different for everyone.  I say give it a chance. yeah


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   Posted 1/14/2006 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   

good morning, I wanted to give you a little background about me and some feedback on this topic.  I worked in the mental health field for many years and now have someone close to me that has Bipolar Disorder.

Chiclet, I wanted to tell you that I am glad that Abilify has worked for you when nothing else has, that is great.  However, Abilify has been on the market for several years, at least 2 1/2 yrs it is relativly new, but not brand new. I hope that it continues to work for you this way.  Be positive.

Ellie1 -  As you probley already know that starting any new medication you need to give it time, just as Chiclet said.  Also, you have a down side to starting this med and that is you are taking it with Klonopin and it is going to cause sedation.  Of course, you should take your medication how your physician prescribed it but if it is making you feel sleeply or knocking you out than maybe try taking it at bedtime or you can call your doctors office and ask them if this is  ok to do...... good luck to you and I hope you start to feel better soon!~elisha 


Ellie 1
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   Posted 1/14/2006 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Chiclet
Wow, that post was over eight months old. It seem a lifetime ago that I wrote that.
Abilify did end up working out for me. A wonder drug in fact. I've heard alot of good things about it from others on the board as well. I had a couple of sleepy days, but that passed rather quickly. A few people reported some "fluish" symptoms but it all ebbed away with good results following.
It's a shame that my new insurance won't pay for it. Looks like I'm right back where I started from. I'm glad you're having such good results from the med chiclet.
God Bless
Ellie

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   Posted 1/14/2006 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,  My daughter is taking Abilify along with Wellbutrin with excellent results.  Unfortunately, her new insurance could only cover 4 months of medications before the medication coverage allotment ran out.  She lives near Albany, NY and is using the school's student services.  It will cost $400/month to continue with this medication.  After she tried many other medications in the past with disastrous results, I was hoping a reader could help direct us to the right resource so that she can continue with this drug.
 
Many thanks  - MaryOC

Ellie 1
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   Posted 1/14/2006 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Healingwell Maryoc
It's my understanding that the drug companies have programs for people that need assistance but I believe thats for people with NO insurance at all. My insurance simply will not pay for a non-generic drug so I can no longer get the Abilify. I would very much like to resume this medication. I had alot of success with it. Hopefully this post will get a reply and someone will have a solution to your problem, and mine as well.
Take care

Ellie

els
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   Posted 1/15/2006 4:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi all, I am so glad that the Abilify worked for you.  I also had lots of good feedback regarding this medication from my clients, of course they were also on lots of other heavy anti psychotic medications, so who knows.  I think it is terrible the situation that the Insurance companies force people into regarding medications, physicians and the kind of care that they receive.  I have also run into this regarding my own health care as I have Multiple Sclerosis.  The only advice that I can give to you is check into maybe seeing if your psychiatrist would be willing to supply samples of this medication since it did help you so much.  When doctors have samples, they get them for free from the drug companies.  However, as I stated before Abilify has been on the market for a couple of years now so they may not even be getting samples, but it never hurts to check.

MaryOC- It sounds as if your daughter is a student? Maybe see if the state you live in has a medicaid program and try to get her enrolled. They will pay for medications and doctor visits.  If not call or go to department of social services and they can direct you to agency's in your area that can help pay for her medications. 


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   Posted 1/16/2006 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   

 

  I used to take Abilify and klonopin for my depression and bipolar desorder, but none of them helped me, caused more problems specialy with abilify i was on it for a month and i remember i couldn't speak well and it cause movement problems my mouth streached to left i went to emergency and Dr stopped right a way, after 2 days later my speach came back too so i wont recomend Abilify it wasnt for me maybe works on others but not me, Abilify is used to treat Schizofrenia mostly but Dr usualy perscribe them to see if it works, and klonopin its ok to calm you down, my Dr say that klonopin is adictive drug, and anyone on ZIPREXA stop right away i've seen on tv commercial that people were overdosed on regular doseges nono    i think but maybe im wrong Bipolar you have to control it your self, I took meds for 3 years I tryed all of them but only one helped me   TEGRETOL its for mood disorders talk to ur Doctor first befor u go on it 


Ellie 1
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   Posted 1/16/2006 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to healingwell arsen-1978,
Sorry abilify didn't work out for you. Everyone reacts differently to meds. What works for one doesn't necessarily work for another. If they worked the same for everyone there wouldn't be all the different drugs on the market, we'd all be taking the same thing.
As for controlling bipolar disorder on your own, that typically doesn't work. Currently I am unmedicated, but I have times where I know I need them. It isn't simply a case of mind over matter. That would be alot like trying to control diabetes with positive thinking.
I haven't tried tegretol. I may have to keep that one in mind. Spring is coming soon and I don't know if anyone else has this issue, but I have more problems in the spring than in the fall. Hyperactivity, agitation, sleeplessness, the lot. I sure will be glad to be warm again though.
I'm glad you found something that worked for you. Hope to hear from you again soon.
Ellie

Juniper Bean
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   Posted 1/20/2006 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I'm new here today. I saw you had been taking abilify; I also take abilify. It is working great for me. I Take 200mg Lamictal, 80mg fluoxitine, 5mg abilify, and xanax as needed. (I don't need it very often) The combo works great for me. Abilify keeps me from getting paranoid delusions. I have been on these meds for 1 1/2 yaers and I'm finally stable. I graduate college on March 27th. That's how much these meds help. I also have a supportive family...that helps lots. yeah

Ellie 1
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   Posted 1/20/2006 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Juniper Bean,
I'm glad you've had such success with your medication. So many of us struggle for so long to find the right combo and it's nice to hear from people who have finally found it. It gives alot of hope to those of us still searching.
Welcome to healingwell,
Ellie
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Juniper Bean
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   Posted 1/21/2006 1:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ellie thanks for the welcome. Even though I am stable now I still have mood swings, just not so extreme. I'm wishing for a cure someday. I plan to donate my brain (when I die of course) to research for bipolar disorder. I need to look into it and find out where to get that set up. What are your main symptoms? I used to be suicidal almost all the time and often had hypomania. I've had full blown mania a few times. I also had a lot of problems with paranoid delusions and other mild psycosis related to mainia. I hope you find the right "cocktail" soon. Keep trying. If you aren't having much success after some time, consider another Doctor. Some just aren't very good with this kind of stuff. How old are you? I'm 45 and spent most all of my life unmedicated. Lot's of destruction, embarassment, and pain.

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   Posted 1/21/2006 1:29 AM (GMT -7)   
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Ellie 1
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   Posted 1/21/2006 1:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I turned 42 last week. I also have spent most of my life unmedicated. I had some medication issues 15 years ago that left me terrified of pdocs. I usually deal with a GP. I feel more comfortable.
I have an appt next week to see about getting back on meds though. Here in the midwest its been unseasonably warm and apparently something in my brain thinks that its spring. I'm not sleeping much and am a cleaning machine. So far its not too bad. I'm just getting alot done and don't need much sleep. That won't last long. Oh, I still wont sleep and will rarely sit but I won't be productive at all. I lose my focus and even though I seem to be running around all day doing something, looking back on it at the end of the day, I've accomplished nothing. Just spun my wheels.
I also become very irritable if I let it go on too long. Right now I know I'm hypo but I'm still in the early stages where I'm very happy, and energized. Outgoing even and thats unusual for me even when I'm hypomanic. It seems like such a shame to ruin a perfectly good mood but I know whats coming after. I'll be irritable, jumpy and miserable, not to mention exhausted both physically and mentally.
Have a good evening (or I guess morning now)
Ellie
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   Posted 1/21/2006 1:32 AM (GMT -7)   
That all sounds too familiar!

 


Ellie 1
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   Posted 1/21/2006 1:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm rarely depressed. I've spent the vast majority of my adult life in varying states of hypomania. It seems like the older I get, the more pronounced it becomes. It could be alot worse. I could be at the other end of the spectrum, lying in my bed unable to get up I'm so depressed. I've been there a couple of times, but those are rare occurances, thank god.
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els
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   Posted 1/21/2006 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi everyone,

Ellie, I wanted to say that I think it is great that you have so much insight into your disease process (so many people don't) and are proactive in getting the treatment that you need.  You are truly an inspiration to many people not just people with BP disorders.  I also live in the Midwest (Missouri) and the weather is freaky to say the least. Today it is cold and sleeting where yesterday it was 69 degrees. Weird.

To Arson 1978, I wanted to comment on the Zyprexa issue you mentioned in your post.  I cant say if you have seen commercials on TV stating that physicians have overdosed patients on this medication but in my many years working in the mental health field I feel that a commercial in this nature would be neglect to make a statement like this.  That is a broad statement to make and physicians are allowed to write prescriptions for medications above the recommended dosage if they feel that the patient is not responding to treatment.  A person also would have to take an awful lot of Zyprexa to OD on it.  I DO know that it is proven that Zyprexa has a high occurrence of Diabetes associated with it.  Perhaps this is what you saw on this commercial?

~elisha


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   Posted 1/21/2006 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm also in Missouri els, and yes, freaky it is. Playing havoc with this BP disorder as well.
I know the Zyprexa commercials. At least I've see the ones that are talking about diabetes and hyperglycemia. I think the overdosages were when combined with another drug? I could certainly be wrong. Except for General Hospital I really watch little television, even though its always on.
I was up until after 5 and slept in 20 min. bursts last night. Finally gave it up at 8:00. Just seemed pointless to struggle to attain sleep that apparently my body thinks it doesn't need. For some reason when I do this, instead of being tired, I become more hypo than I would if I slept. I think this might be a good day to tackle the boys closet. If I have to be wired for sound, I might as well clean something. lol
Have a good day
Take care and God Bless
Ellie


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Juniper Bean
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   Posted 1/21/2006 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi everybody,

Ellie... I do the same thing; get more hypo with less sleep. It is always reassuring to hear about others doing the same things I do. Some how it's comforting to know. I guess I feel not as alone. I'm glad to have found this group and all of the friendly people in it.


 


Ellie 1
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   Posted 1/21/2006 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Juniper Bean

This is really a great group. Its been kinda quiet lately but its starting to pick up again. I've really gotten alot of benefit from this site. I don't know where I would have been last summer without it.

Ellie
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   Posted 1/21/2006 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 2/2/2006 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   

Abilify does have Anxiety as one of the side effects.  It is beyond me why they would make a bipolar drug with anxiety as a side effect.  People with bipolar probably have enough anxiety as it is.

I was put on Abilify when it first hit the market.  The doctor said that it was a new bipolar drug and was suppose to work great.  At first I was on Lithium and Abilify.  Then the doctor thought that Abilify alone would be enough.  Abilify alone was not enough to keep me stable, and I became manic.  Abilify also caused me to be more anxious than I had ever been before.  It was so bad that I ended up in the hospital.  The hospital doctors had a hard time believing that I was on anything at all.  Even though I was taking the Abilify as prescribed.  Eventually I was stabalized with the right medication.  I have been on Lithium for three years and have been stable.  I would never go on Abilify again because of the experience that I had.  However, other people might find that Abilify works for them.


Ellie 1
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   Posted 2/2/2006 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
My physician put me on an antianxiety med along with the abilify. It worked fairly well for me. I did the lithium thing years ago and wasn't pleased with it at all. Guess it just goes to show how unique individual med reactions can be.
Take care
Ellie
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   Posted 2/8/2006 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
hi i am new to this site i have a daughter that is 12yrs old i just got back from doc. she is telling me to check out abilify my daughter is taking focalin 2 tablits in morn. at 5mg each and then at 12:30 then at 7:30pm she takes clonidine 0.1mg 2 tablits and zoloft 50mg she told me that this could lower her pill intake i was reading the post i am scared do to she had so much med in her life she is bipolar and adha and ocd and more so i hope that i can get more feed back thanks
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