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Review: taking Effexor and Abilify together

Summary: drug interactions are reported among people who take Effexor and Abilify together.

This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Effexor and Abilify. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 1,770 people who take the same drugs from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

 

 

 

 

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What are the drugs

Effexor has active ingredients of venlafaxine hydrochloride. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from 55,123 Effexor users)

Abilify has active ingredients of aripiprazole. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from 30,187 Abilify users)

On Feb, 28, 2015: 1,770 people who take Effexor, Abilify are studied

Effexor, Abilify outcomes

Drug combinations in study:
- Effexor (venlafaxine hydrochloride)
- Abilify (aripiprazole)

Drug effectiveness over time :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Effexor is effective16.67%
(1 of 6 people)
11.11%
(1 of 9 people)
37.50%
(3 of 8 people)
45.45%
(5 of 11 people)
60.00%
(9 of 15 people)
30.77%
(4 of 13 people)
75.00%
(6 of 8 people)
0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
Abilify is effective16.67%
(3 of 18 people)
21.05%
(4 of 19 people)
66.67%
(4 of 6 people)
38.46%
(5 of 13 people)
66.67%
(2 of 3 people)
83.33%
(5 of 6 people)
100.00%
(2 of 2 people)
0.00%
(0 of 1 people)

Drug effectiveness by gender :

FemaleMale
Effexor is effective47.17%
(25 of 53 people)
22.22%
(4 of 18 people)
Abilify is effective40.00%
(20 of 50 people)
27.78%
(5 of 18 people)

Drug effectiveness by age :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Effexor is effectiven/an/a0.00%
(0 of 10 people)
50.00%
(8 of 16 people)
13.64%
(3 of 22 people)
19.23%
(5 of 26 people)
62.50%
(10 of 16 people)
75.00%
(3 of 4 people)
Abilify is effectiven/an/a0.00%
(0 of 9 people)
23.53%
(4 of 17 people)
16.67%
(3 of 18 people)
25.00%
(6 of 24 people)
60.00%
(9 of 15 people)
60.00%
(3 of 5 people)

Most common drug interactions over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
InsomniaType 2 Diabetes MellitusGeneral Physical Health DeteriorationDiabetes MellitusDiabetes MellitusWeight IncreasedType 2 Diabetes MellitusDiabetes Mellitus
Suicide AttemptObesityMental ImpairmentType 2 Diabetes MellitusSuicidal IdeationType 2 Diabetes MellitusTardive DyskinesiaType 2 Diabetes Mellitus
RestlessnessWeight IncreasedRashHyperglycaemiaType 2 Diabetes MellitusDiabetes MellitusMovement DisorderWeight Increased
LeukopeniaDiabetes MellitusCachexiaSomnolenceDeep Vein ThrombosisAtaxiaDiabetes MellitusDepression
Drug Exposure During PregnancyHyperglycaemiaWeight DecreasedNeuropathy PeripheralDrug Withdrawal SyndromePathological GamblingObesityAnxiety
Psychotic DisorderDepressionSocial Avoidant BehaviourBitePulmonary EmbolismBlood Cholesterol IncreasedCoronary Artery DiseaseBlood Cholesterol Increased
HyperhidrosisNeuropathy PeripheralAntipsychotic Drug Level IncreasedThirstOedema PeripheralBlood Triglycerides IncreasedMultiple SclerosisObesity
TremorSleep Apnoea SyndromeHallucination, AuditoryCompulsionsCoughObsessive-compulsive DisorderFatigue - ChronicSuicidal Ideation
TachycardiaSuicidal IdeationTachycardiaPsychomotor HyperactivityCholelithiasisFallHeadacheDizziness
Neuroleptic Malignant SyndromeTardive DyskinesiaHypotensionDyskinesiaPainWithdrawal SyndromeConstipationNausea

Most common drug interactions by gender * :

FemaleMale
Diabetes MellitusDiabetes Mellitus
Type 2 Diabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Weight IncreasedWeight Increased
AnxietyDizziness
Blood Cholesterol IncreasedMetabolic Syndrome
NauseaDepression
DepressionHypothyroidism
ObesityDiabetic Neuropathy
InsomniaSuicidal Ideation
Suicidal IdeationSuicide Attempt

Most common drug interactions by age * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Diabetes MellitusAggressionSuicide AttemptWeight IncreasedDiabetes MellitusDiabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes MellitusDiabetes Mellitus
Blood Cholesterol IncreasedSedationThirstType 2 Diabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes MellitusType 2 Diabetes MellitusDiabetes MellitusNausea
Blood Triglycerides IncreasedWeight IncreasedDystoniaSuicide AttemptBlood Cholesterol IncreasedWeight IncreasedDizzinessPancreatitis
NervousnessPsychomotor HyperactivityDiabetes MellitusWeight IncreasedObesityWeight IncreasedType 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseStevens-johnson SyndromeInsomniaObesityHypothyroidismDepressionDepression
Anal AbscessDyskinesiaSuicidal IdeationWeight DecreasedMetabolic SyndromeNauseaInsomnia
Supernumerary NippleWeight IncreasedAnxietyVomitingNeuropathy PeripheralDyspnoeaExtrapyramidal Disorder
Withdrawal SyndromeVomitingDepressionAnxietyLiver Function Test AbnormalGastrooesophageal Reflux DiseaseNeuroleptic Malignant Syndrome
ArteriosclerosisTremorDiarrhoeaBack PainDiabetic NeuropathyAnxietyTardive Dyskinesia
Congenital NaevusEye Infection StaphylococcalObesityHypertensionDiabetes Mellitus Inadequate ControlHyperglycaemiaFall

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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Can you answer these questions (Ask a question):

  • I tested positive for methadone, i have never taken this drug (1 answer)
    I tested positive for methadone, I have never taken this drug. My Dr said I had to have taken it because it was there and that a false positive is out of the question. Could my meds cause methadone to show up on a urine drug test
  • Does prozosin have interacction with efforr xr? (1 answer)
    Can Effexor Xr and Prazosin be taken together safely?
  • Is the pancreatic malfunction caused by abilify irreversible or stopping the drug can restore normal levels of sugar in the blood
    I want to know if stopping the use of Abilify will restore the normal functioning of the Pancreas. Reducing the dosage would reduce the levels of sugar in the blood.
  • Is effexor xr induce paraphillia
    I am a hypocondriasis patient and taking medication last 3 year dose effexor xr 75 mg extendd release.. nw i heard some drug can induced paraphillia..then onwards i am fearing this effexor xr is coming under the category of paraphillia inducing drugs and ? And paraphillic nature vll get to me in future due to this effexor xe medication..about my history, there have no paraphilic nature to me at any point of time... so kindly give a reply soon
  • Has abilify affected your ability to make good decisions?
    My husband and I are 73. We had a paid off home and money in the bank until the past 3 years. We have made some terrible decisions and now we are practically penniless. We couldn't understand why we had made such bad decisions and let someone talk us into losing our money. We have also been on Abilify about the same amoount of time and I noticed that the commercials say a side affect can be lack of judgement or something to that effect. Has anyone else had this happen?

More questions for: Abilify, Effexor

You may be interested at these reviews (Write a review):

  • Joint pain/depression/thinking unclear
    I've been on Effexor 75mg. for 8 month's and recently have been decreasing this amount so that I can safely stop taking this all together. I believe that in the beginning month's of taking it, it had helped with my hot-flashes and anxiety. A few month's ago I've noticed that it isn't helping my anxiety but has added a few more problem's as well. I now have bad swelling in my finger's with bumps on top of the joints. Also, crying, depressing, and lack of interest. The muscle's in my arm's ache. I can't concentrate at work which is very embarrassing.
    My plan is to decrease amount of this medicine and go completley off. So far, I've been taking 37.5 mg. for a week and seem's withdrawal symptom's are not so bad as of yet. Hopefully, in a few more wks. I will be completely off of it.
    I have decided to invest in Herbal remedie's instead. I have never had a problem with all-natural before. As for the hot flashes I will use Black Cohosh. I will also use natural herb's for anxiety. I am really doing my research. I believe that the all-natural route is better than the synthetic med. because there are way too many bad side effect's.
    Another thing I didn't mention was the weight gain from Effexor. I sure hope I lose the weight that I gained! That also add's to the depression.
  • Effexor lets me down after 20 years
    I dropped Effexor for 5 months. Had a depressive episode and went back to it. It blew me away this time around. I'd lost 20 pounds and was exercising a lot. I went back to 37 g and was doing okay although I hated taking it. The side effects: food tasting bad, no sleep, and no sexual desire was making me sad. Anyway, I accidently took 150 and it was very hard. I felt like a zombie and couldn't eat. The next day I took 37 and was okay. I have experienced a lot of anxiety and that seemed to help a little. The next day I took 75, and went hypomaniac. I had to walk around the block 5 times to calm down. The next day without anything I had to take a spinning class, swim, and lift weights to calm down. Followed was 3 horrible days of drug withdrawal. Today, I've been hanging in for most of the day although I had some bad anxiety this morning and afternoon. I am sitting her forcing myself to watch TV. My life has been a living hell for 3 weeks, and all the doctor told me to do is take more of this poison, but at a lower dose.
  • Fructose malabsorption symptoms become wore with effexor
    I took Venlafaxine for several years. During that time I was diagnosed with Fructose Malabsorption (FM), something I suspect that I have had for years already. For a period of two years I switched medication and took some other SSRIs instead of Venlafaxine and then returned to Venlafaxine and found that my FM symptoms right away increased/returned. When I came off of Venlafaxine I noticed that my FM symptoms became easier to manage but going back on Venlafaxine has confirm that it does indeed cause greater IBS and FM symptoms.
  • Effexor near death experience
    In 1999 I was prescribed 75mg time release Effexor. I took one pill and 4 hours later I became dizzy and it felt like a cold patch in the middle of my head. I ckecked my eyes as i started seeing too much light, my puples were dilated, all black. I managed to get up stairs and asked my mom to get me to hospital. I passed out, and as crazy as it sounds I had a vision of my nana. I knew I was gone.she told me to wake up. I wasn't breathing. I could hear my mom talking on the phone to 911saying I had no pulse. (She is an RN) the ambulance came and they couldn't find my blood pressure. I couldn't see very well. The ER doctors said to continue taking the meds and sent my home. I stopped taking the Effexor. I had the side effects for many months. I get aura migraines now and have extreme sensitivity to other drugs.
  • I take abilify and i have hemerroids
    I take Abilify and all the side effects so fare are posted above

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (4 months ago):

  • It is an abdominal pain in the center of my abdomen above the naval. It is a dull ache and comes and goes daily.

    Reply

  • From this study (4 months ago):

  • Within 3 to 4 months of starting ABILIFY, I gained about 40 pounds. As for the akathisia (feeling of restlessness or shaking on the inside), it wasn't bad until my dose got to 15mg. Eventually it went away and I still take 15mg/day. (haven't been able to lose much weight though. Side effects with EFFEXOR include severe sweating and a electric zap-like feeling in my head if I forget a dose or even miss it by a few hours.

    Reply

  • From this study (9 months ago):

  • I have become aware, within the last 2 years, that I have been moving the back of my tongue at a rapid rate. I didn't realize that I was doing it until about 2 years ago. I am able to stop doing it when I think about it, but when not paying attention, I start doing it again. When I am anxious or under pressure, it increases and becomes unpleasant for me. I was recently diagnosed with Tardive dyskinesia, but I don't know much about it. Could it get worse? My neurologist believes that my voice changed --- can tardive dyskinesia change one's speaking voice? I will be seeing the diagnosing doctor within the month.

    Reply

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Complete drug side effects:

On eHealthMe, Effexor (venlafaxine hydrochloride) is often used to treat depression. Abilify (aripiprazole) is often used to treat depression. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

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Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

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