People are hacking antidepressant doses to avoid withdrawal
Previous Comments Amy September 30, , am I tried quitting cold turkey off of 2mg. Never felt SO much fatigue in my life. Also feeling nauseous and lightheaded. Reply Link Ruby August 19, , am I stopped taking it cold turkey. The worst side effect is extreme fatigue. I never slept during the day before… I was also nauseous.
No increased anxiety or depression yet. Good luck to you all! Reply Link Sil July 23, , am I was on abilify for 3 months. Went from 2. So went back to 2. I keep worrying about dying. My brain thinks about the past and the things that were done to me to hurt me and then I get super upset.
I just want him to shut up and sit quiet and leave me alone. Him being silly irritates the crap out of me. I just want to feel normal again. Reply Link Jack July 23, , pm Stopping cold turkey of 2.
Based on what I learned from forums, it is required to take 2 to 3 months to taper off from 2. It will be safe by splitting the pill to 2mg, to 1. Some may stop from 1mg. To be safer, take another month to split 1mg to 0. But most important, talk to doctors for tapering off. Late March of this year my doctor told me that I needed to come off Abilify and to just stop it cold turkey.
Wow was she wrong! It is now July and I am just feeling better. Before I lost my appetite and sugar cravings. I cried all the time. I was irritable and more emotional than usual. Stomach issues, nausea, diarrhea etc. Extreme anxiety too. One day I went on the scale and noticed I had lost 10lbs. Eventually I started to feel better. While on Abilify my sugar cravings were over the top. I was even pre-diabetic. Still feel nervous with weight loss. I suffer from OCD and anxiety and I am a hypochondriac.
Needless to say, is it normal to have lost my extreme sweet tooth and lose weight? Thanks for reading my long post. Hope I have shed some light!
How are you supposed to go down to 0. Alternate days? Jack September 25, , pm Just cut the half into halves. The splitter can do it. Reply Link Jack July 18, , am My daughter suffered depression with some kind of psychosis last Dec. Doctor gave 10mg aripiprazole. She is 25 years old and never had such illness before.
We thought she could taper off very soon. Every month we asked the doctor if she could start to taper off. But the doctor did not give the green light. After 3 months the doctor said she needed to take another month and then could taper off to 5mg. As we think 10mg to 5mg is a big jump.
We started to tape at the beginning of the 4th month by splitting the pill to 9mg, 8mg, 7mg, 6mg in equal period. So when the doctor gave 5mg, it was perfect to be connected and she did not have any withdrawal problem.
The doctor needed her to take 5mg for 2 months before giving 2mg. She felt the tapering off was very smooth. Then the doctor needed her to take 2mg for 2 months before 1mg for anther month. Now we are tapering off from 2mg to 1. So far she is feeling ok. We will hope the remaining tapering will be smooth too. Kathy September 14, , am How were you able to measure or cut the pill to 10 percent?
Reply Link Heather July 16, , pm Has anyone experienced involuntary tongue movements while quitting Abilify? I never experienced this when I was taking the medicine. Reply Link Kate July 19, , am I have had severe withdrawal symptoms when I quit my 15 mg of abilify cold turkey. I had been on it for over 6 years. I have developed compulsive swallowing, clearing my throat, runny nose, what feels like swollen tongue and swollen throat almost to where it impairs my ability to swallow, but upon examination no swelling was visible.
This has been going on for over 7 days and I am going slowly crazy from it. I want to just check myself into the hospital to be sedated!! I clench my jaw and my tongue becomes hyperactive, circling around in my mouth and darting out between my lips involuntarily. Please keep me posted on your circumstances.
I am praying this goes away with time. I am having to wear a mouth guard during the day at work. Natalie August 7, , am Yes I am experiencing this now! Not much fun. Diane September 18, , pm Yes, I have had involuntary tongue movements for about 1 month now — did yours stop yet? I ran out of my abilify and have to order it through the mail because of insurance, so I was off it for about five days and thought if I could live without it for five days, why not keep going.
I had been taking it with my Effexor for depression and anxiety. Yeah well… I hope others are doing well — and make a better choice than I did to quit cold turkey! God Bless! Reply Link Mary June 26, , pm Hi all. Would love to get some input on if you have had a similar experience with Abilify withdrawal.
I was on it for the past three years as an adjunct to Zoloft. Since I am in a pretty steady stage of life, now being done with school, have a home, a healthy long term relationship, etc. I asked my doctor if I could go from my 5mg dose to 2. This was about 8 months ago. I experienced no mood change when going down. I wanted to be OFF this medication.
I also have gained 35 pounds over the past 3 years on this drug, which has been hugely frustrating. I always want to eat, especially processed things. I eat whole30 compliant foods no dairy, sugar, carbs, grains for the most part, but the weight gain persisted.
All this led me to want to get off. My doc let me go from the 2mg dose to 0, with a week of taking 1mg in between, so I was tapering…sort of.
I have been completely off of Abilify for about 4 days now. I also have had pretty severe diarrhea since that day. Anyone else experience this? I know the dizziness and confusion is typical…but the stomach stuff?
Any thoughts? Your input is super appreciated! If you are going down or off Abilify, God be with you! We are all going to be okay, whether or not that requires great tenacity and strength or not.
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Aripiprazole February 1, This sheet talks about exposure to aripiprazole in pregnancy and while breastfeeding. This information should not take the place of medical care and advice from your healthcare provider. What is aripiprazole?
Aripiprazole is an antipsychotic medication. Aripiprazole is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders and depression. I just found out I am pregnant.
Should I stop taking aripiprazole? You should speak with your healthcare providers before making any changes to this medication.
By stopping this treatment, you may increase the chance for your symptoms to return. Untreated and undertreated psychiatric disorders may increase the chance for pregnancy complications. The benefits of being treated with aripiprazole needs to be weighed against concerns about the pregnancy and the risks of untreated illness. I take aripiprazole. Can it make it harder for me to get pregnant? This is not known.
There are currently no studies looking at whether taking aripiprazole makes it harder for a woman to become pregnant. Does taking aripiprazole during my pregnancy increase the chance of miscarriage? Miscarriage can occur in any pregnancy. It is not known if aripiprazole increases the chance of miscarriage.
One study of women taking aripiprazole during pregnancy showed an increased chance of miscarriage, but others have not. Untreated psychiatric illness can also increase the chance of miscarriage. Does taking aripiprazole increase the chance of having a baby with a birth defect? This is called her background risk. Based on the available studies, aripiprazole use during pregnancy is not likely to be a high risk for birth defects. Two small studies did not show an increased chance of birth defects when women took aripiprazole during pregnancy.
Similarly, in a large U. Does taking aripiprazole cause other pregnancy complications? A couple of studies found a slightly increased chance of preterm birth baby being born too early and babies who were born smaller than expected. Since the women with these outcomes only took aripiprazole for a short time, it is unclear whether aripiprazole increases the chance of preterm birth and fetal growth restriction. The underlying illness being treated may also lead to the increased chance of these pregnancy complications.
I need to take aripiprazole throughout my entire pregnancy. Will it cause withdrawal symptoms in my baby after birth? There have been reports of babies whose mothers took aripiprazole during late pregnancy that had withdrawal symptoms after birth. Symptoms of withdrawal might include jitteriness, problems breathing, shaking, sleepiness, problems eating, and rigid muscles or low muscle tone. Because of the lack of studies, we are not able to say if the chance of this happening is high or low.
In some babies the symptoms will go away quickly. Other babies may need treatment in the hospital to recover. There are currently no studies looking at whether aripiprazole increases the chance of learning or behavior problems.
Can I breastfeed my baby if I am taking aripiprazole? It may depend on the age of the baby and the dose of the medication. A limited number of studies have shown that only small amounts of aripiprazole enter breast milk when women take up to 15 mg daily. If the baby is older, and the dose is up to 15 mg, it may be fine to go ahead and breastfeed. There have been cases of babies becoming sleepier than normal.
However, most breastfed babies whose mothers took aripiprazole have no symptoms. When taking any psychotropic medication while breastfeeding it is important to watch the baby for symptoms such as sleepiness or trouble taking milk or food.
Taking other medications along with aripiprazole might increase the risk for sleepiness. Also, aripiprazole may affect milk supply, especially when lactation has not been well established yet or if higher dosage is prescribed. Your healthcare provider can help you make the decision to breastfeed depending on your dose, what other medications you may be taking, your medical condition and the health of your baby. There are currently no studies looking at risks to a pregnancy when the father takes aripiprazole.
In general, exposures that fathers have are unlikely to increase risks to a pregnancy. Please click here for references. National Pregnancy Registry for Psychiatric Medications: There is a pregnancy registry for women who take psychiatric medications, such as aripiprazole.
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Aripiprazole — Mechanism of Action, Psychopharmacology and Clinical Application Posted on:October 23, Last Updated: November 16, Time to read: 8 minutes Aripiprazole is an achiral quinolinone derivative and a second-generation antipsychotic that was approved for the treatment of schizophrenia in Because aripiprazole is characterised by its stabilizing effect on dopamine neurotransmission and is thus described as a dopamine-system stabilizer DSS.
The 5HT7 antagonism is an important attribute of vortioxetine which is a novel antidepressant. Aripiprazole also has a high affinity for D3 dopamine receptors and a moderate affinity for D4 dopamine receptors. In terms of binding, aripiprazole has very high binding affinities Ki to dopamine D2 0. The lower intrinsic activity of brexpiprazole at D2 receptors relative to aripiprazole indicates a lower likelihood of inducing side effects such as akathisia, restlessness, insomnia; side effects considered to be associated with aripiprazole-induced stimulating activity at D2 receptors Activating side effects.
The potency and intrinsic activity of brexpiprazole are much higher and slightly lower than buspirone 5HT1A partial agonist. Untreated and undertreated psychiatric disorders may increase the chance for pregnancy complications. The benefits of being treated with aripiprazole needs to be weighed against concerns about the pregnancy and the risks of untreated illness.
I take aripiprazole. Can it make it harder for me to get pregnant? This is not known. There are currently no studies looking at whether taking aripiprazole makes it harder for a woman to become pregnant. Does taking aripiprazole during my pregnancy increase the chance of miscarriage?
Miscarriage can occur in any pregnancy. It is not known if aripiprazole increases the chance of miscarriage. One study of women taking aripiprazole during pregnancy showed an increased chance of miscarriage, but others have not. Untreated psychiatric illness can also increase the chance of miscarriage. Does taking aripiprazole increase the chance of having a baby with a birth defect?
This is called her background risk. Based on the available studies, aripiprazole use during pregnancy is not likely to be a high risk for birth defects. Two small studies did not show an increased chance of birth defects when women took aripiprazole during pregnancy. Similarly, in a large U. Does taking aripiprazole cause other pregnancy complications? Instead, the dosage should be slowly tapered down over a period of time and under the guidance of medical professionals who can help prevent or mitigate any withdrawal symptoms.
Clinical oversight is especially valuable in the rare case of a complication as expertise is vital for both identifying and effectively addressing potential problems before they become critical.
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You should speak with your doctor about any concerns you have in stopping Lexapro. Changing or ceasing a medication can be an emotional experience in and of itself, but it becomes especially so when the medication in question directly affects your mood.
As Lexapro is an antidepressant, it may come as no surprise that the symptoms of Lexapro withdrawal include emotional experiences such as: Anxiety. This is a result of the low levels of serotonin levels in the brain. Concentration problems. This is due in part to the negative effects of the other withdrawal symptoms but is also related to imbalanced neurotransmitter levels in the brain.