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   Posted 11/4/2009 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
My son is bipolar and afraid to take any meds at all. This is due to past hospitalizations where he was given a variety of drugs... most of which made feel very tired... and he was extremely worried about the side effects listed online for each.

My doctor recently told me about Abilify. She has told me that it has worked extremely well for 3 or more of her patients. Can anyone taking this give me feedback on how it is working and what side effects you feel it is having on you?

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   Posted 11/4/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I have BP1 and I have never been on Abilify but I have been on every mood stabilizer known to man and suffered every side effect;  rashes, elevated blood sugar, unbearable stomach problems, etc..   Just recently I was started on Saphris, a brand new med, and so far, knock on wood, I have not had any side effects and very good positive symptom control.  I know with BP symptom control and good sleep are the most important thing.  I hope you (he) can find a med that works because it makes so much difference in your life!  Good luck and do not be afriad, if you are being monitored by a Dr. and doing everything else to keep your body healthy, you will be fine.

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   Posted 11/4/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi motherof5,

Welcome to HealingWell and to the bipolar board.

Your poor son must be really suffering. I agree completely with Gem. He should try something else. I was on abilify too, and it absolutely did not make me sleepy. It revved me up a bit. But the key thing is to be honest and clear with the pdoc. If your son reacts with sleepiness to the meds, let the doc know that, and they will prescribe something which is less sedating. The new generation of mood stabilizers and anti-psychs don't have that effect as much.

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   Posted 11/5/2009 3:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi motherof5,

My sister felt the same way about taking and staying on her bp meds until she finally decided to do one thing.  That was to tell her pdoc that she wanted to start on the very lowest dose as possible until she felt comfortable with the effects and once she felt safe with it she graduated to a little higher dose and so on for each appointment.

It worked and now she is finally on a antidepressant and mood stabilizer and feeling the best she has in years and cannot believe that she negelected to take her medication all these years!

Maybe this will work with your son too!

Best wishes! blush

 Bipolar - 2004
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   Posted 11/5/2009 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I was very "Non-med" compliant in the past and I really think I just did not want to accept that I would be on meds for Life.  Seems to be the norm for alot of BP people.  Glad your friend deceided to give it a try and is feeling better!
Good day to all smilewinkgrin
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