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BlueMoon878
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   Posted 10/23/2011 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Everything I've read about Abilify says that it's used in conjunction with another medication. My doctor prescribed it by itself - is that weird? Has anyone had experience with Abilify? How long does it take to "kick in"? Just curious.

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   Posted 10/23/2011 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I've read that it can be used alone, although I know most commercials say it is used in conjunction with antidepressants. Many take 4-6+ weeks until you start to notice a response. I've never used this particular one, but if you don't think it's doing anything for you after 6-8 weeks, I'd ask about trying something different or combining it with something else.

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   Posted 10/24/2011 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   
abilify has been a great med for me, have incremented to 30mg's. works well, for me, with my other meds as well. jamie.
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   Posted 10/24/2011 5:38 AM (GMT -6)   
II just had abilify added to my antidepressant...I'll let you know. It's generic name is aripiprazole and is used for other medical conditions I 've heard alot of good things so give it a shot alone
 
Maggie

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   Posted 10/24/2011 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Abilify can actually start working in as little as two weeks. Even sooner if you are lucvky. It doesn't take a long time like antidepressants. I hope it works for you. I have been taking it for a couple of years now and it was like a wonder drug.

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   Posted 10/24/2011 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for correcting me on Abilify, Bayoub2, I gave data on Lamictal
(lamotrigine), not Abilify;Blue Moon878. Please excuse me.

I was prescribed Abilify but found it too harsh and could not take it.

As you see, others like it very much.

I.G.

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   Posted 10/24/2011 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
IG I know that only because my husband took it for years and since I am the Meds Goddess in our house, I memorized everyone's meds, dosesetc. But that was when I had a memory

I'm on 5mg which seems low compared, but I guess they sre still titrating.

Hope it helps you Blue Moon

Take care and let us know

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BlueMoon878
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   Posted 10/24/2011 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I only started a few days ago. I'm on 5 mg. Not sure how high the titration goes, or what's effective, but I'm excited to be trying something new as nothing has worked before.
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   Posted 10/24/2011 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
They usually start you out on five, There may be a 2.5 though. But I started on five and take ten now. Works good for me at ten. I know that they make 20's but don't know what the max dose is. I really hope it helps you.

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BlueMoon878
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   Posted 10/25/2011 2:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, everyone for your input. I think I'm just scared about starting a new med...
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   Posted 10/25/2011 3:29 AM (GMT -6)   
give it a go. and as stated, does work quicker than most. keep well, jamie
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