Abilify Questions

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/8/2006 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone...I just started taking Abilify last night...I have been diagnosed as having bp II, ocd, and paranoia...I am taking this for the paranoia. Well last night before bed I took my first pill...I went to sleep but woke up wide awake 2 hours later...then rolled around all night...Just about drove my significant other to death...ha...but I honestly felt like I was in a barrel walking contest and that I was the barrel...I turned so much...and now that I am awake and out of the bed I feel shaky but I think that is due to the lack of sleep...I am also taking Wellbutrin XL and Zanex as needed (not often).
Has anyone had this rolling feeling?
(The only other time I can remember feeling odd in the bed was when I took Nitequile(Spelling sucks), I keep waking up feeling like I was falling out of the bed.
Has anyone taken Abilify and after stopping had a harder time than before getting on it?
Does the restlessness go away after the first couple weeks?
Thanks everyone.

Ellie 1
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   Posted 6/8/2006 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Healingwell Sutherndreamaker. Wow, sounds like you had one heck of a night. I spent several months on Abilify myself. In the beginning I had the opposite problem. For the first couple of days I had to have someone else here to help with my children. I couldn't stay awake for anything. I slept for the better part of 2 or 3 days. I wonder if you're reacting differently because of the other meds you're on as well. You may have to switch it to mornings if the restlessness continues. I know that once I become accustomed to it I have to do that. Once the sleepiness abates I had to take it mornings because it would keep me up.
My true restlessness didn't really show up for a couple of months though. Once I had a therapeudic dosage in my system I began to have panic attacks. My Pdoc led me to believe that was not the usual response to the med so I wouldn't worry too much about that. I would call and check on the rolling effect though. It never hurts to ask. It's what we're paying them for.
Take care and let us know how it works out
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   Posted 6/8/2006 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi sutherndreamaker,

I take Abilify for 6 months now, and a month ago i started on welburtin(there is 4 other drugs i use). i used to sleep a lot like 14-20 hours, i even once reached 29 hours of sleep, but now i'm better i am living a normal life i go to work every day from 9 to 5 , i can't beleave myself that i am doing that thank god i feel better.

With Abilify, i don't remember having troule sleeping, its the other way around i sleep too much. though i remember 1 day i could not sleep all night, i don't remember why. i think its a good drug. btw i am taking akindole which is an anti-side-effet drug which was persribed to me , i am not sure does it fight the sideeffects for Abilify or some other drug. in any case talk to your doctor about anti-side-effect drugs like akindole or another.

Also my doctor's perscription says only to take it in the morning

Good luck to you i hope you can solve the sleep problem, try doing some walking or gym excersize or aerobis they help you sleep spesificly after you shower thats what i do :)
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