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Review: Abilify side effects

In this review, we analyze Abilify side effects by the time on the drug, gender and age (0-60+) of the people who have side effects while taking Abilify. The review is based on 28,375 people who have side effects while taking Abilify from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

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What is Abilify

Abilify (latest outcomes from 30,113 users) has active ingredients of aripiprazole. It is often used in depression.

Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (aripiprazole): Aripiprazole, Abilify Maintena Kit.

On Aug, 22, 2014: 28,375 people who reported to have side effects when taking Abilify are studied


Most common side effects over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
InsomniaType 2 Diabetes MellitusPregnancyType 2 Diabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes MellitusPainHepatic CirrhosisWeight Increased
TremorDiabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes MellitusDiabetes MellitusDiabetes MellitusTardive DyskinesiaFatigueDiabetes Mellitus
Neuroleptic Malignant SyndromeWeight IncreasedHallucination, AuditoryTardive DyskinesiaTardive DyskinesiaAnxietyHypothermiaType 2 Diabetes Mellitus
DizzinessInsomniaTardive DyskinesiaWeight IncreasedWeight IncreasedDepressionAnaemiaTardive Dyskinesia
NauseaAnxietyDiabetes MellitusObesityObesityPulmonary EmbolismEpistaxisInsomnia
Suicide AttemptPsychotic DisorderWeight IncreasedBlood Cholesterol IncreasedDepressionDyspnoeaDiabetes MellitusDepression
RestlessnessTremorDyskinesiaDyskinesiaNeuropathy PeripheralTremorPortal HypertensionDrug Ineffective
AgitationSchizophreniaVomitingBlood Triglycerides IncreasedAnxietyChest PainObesityAnxiety
ConvulsionRestlessnessDepressionHyperlipidaemiaHyperglycaemiaWeight IncreasedSuicidal IdeationTremor
DystoniaSuicidal IdeationBlood Cholesterol IncreasedTremorChest PainSuicidal IdeationType 2 Diabetes MellitusNausea

Most common side effects by gender * :

Diabetes MellitusDiabetes Mellitus
Weight IncreasedWeight Increased
Type 2 Diabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes Mellitus
DepressionTardive Dyskinesia
NauseaDrug Ineffective
Tardive DyskinesiaSomnolence
AnxietyPsychotic Disorder

Most common side effects by age * :

Diabetes MellitusWeight IncreasedWeight IncreasedWeight IncreasedDiabetes MellitusDiabetes MellitusDiabetes MellitusTardive Dyskinesia
PancreatitisAggressionDystoniaPregnancyType 2 Diabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes MellitusInsomnia
Small For Dates BabySomnolenceTremorDepressionWeight IncreasedWeight IncreasedWeight IncreasedFall
Type 2 Diabetes MellitusDystoniaAggressionInsomniaPregnancyBlood Cholesterol IncreasedInsomniaTremor
PregnancyTremorDyskinesiaNauseaBlood Cholesterol IncreasedInsomniaTremorConfusional State
Diabetic ComaDyskinesiaVomitingDiabetes MellitusObesityObesityAnxietyDepression
Drug Exposure During PregnancyTardive DyskinesiaAgitationSuicide AttemptInsomniaAnxietyTardive DyskinesiaWeight Increased
Premature BabyDrug IneffectiveSomnolenceVomitingNauseaHeadacheDepressionAnxiety
Diabetic KetoacidosisConvulsionSuicidal IdeationType 2 Diabetes MellitusAnxietyPancreatitisDizzinessDeath
Drug Withdrawal Syndrome NeonatalLethargyNauseaSuicidal IdeationVomitingTardive DyskinesiaNauseaDizziness

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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Comments for this study:

Sheria (1 week ago):

To this mom, I'm 53 years old and am a health nut really..I exercise, eat better than anyone I know..I rarely indulge in anything that would cause high cholesterol. I am bipolar 1..abilify is the drug used to stabilize my condition and I would never go off the medication. However it is causing my cholesterol to be high and remain there as well I'm experiencing sever tooth dessocay and periodontal disease. Both I believe caused by abilify. However this drug is very important to my health so that's where the acceptance comes in.good luck to you and your daughter
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Martin (4 weeks ago):

I have been taking Abilify since 2007 and my triglycerides are very high even though I don't eat lots of sweets or fatty foods. Unfortunately it becomes very hard to control without other medicines which I do not want to take.
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Julie (2 years ago):

My question is that I have an 8 yr old daughter who has been on abilify for less than a year. She had recent blood work done and her triglycerides were 142. She is extremely active, great shape, into soccer. The PCP didn't seem to concern and couldn't tell me whether the medication was the cause. dr that prescribed it thought it was very high. Does anyone have any answers on this or comments.
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Mirendela (3 years ago):

tremor, and sleeping disorder, depression, my doctor still wanted me to eat them as she claimed I was schizofrenic.
Although I stopped eating them for more than 8 months ago, I have not experienced a new psycosis, and with this facit, I was not scizofrenic, I am happy without tablets,
the dr ordinated me litium because of the deppression and claimed I was bipolar, I stopped with litium and i am happy and calm, not suffering from psycosis nor depression. The psycosis I think I got because I did not sleep much for some years and was very active!
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miss lee (4 years ago):

to aletta martz,my boyfriend's brother was under abilify and has died on last few days..the death reason is acute pulmonary embolism, he was a smoker ...we are not sure the real reason,is it because of the side effect of this medicine or ...
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Pat Puckett (4 years ago):

Abilify last year with severe facial, neck, shoulder, and hand/arm twitching. Stopped it and after few weeks have been left with facial twitches and hand/arm twitches.
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Aletta Martz (4 years ago):

Has anyone on Abilify had pulmonary emboli? I had massive, multiple (and a saddle embolus) emboli while on Abilify and the medical team could find no other cause - i.e. no DVT, no cancer, no genetic clotting deficiency. Any similar situations?
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