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Review: could Abilify cause Metabolic syndrome?

We study 28,371 people who have side effects while taking Abilify from FDA and social media. Among them, 79 have Metabolic syndrome. Find out below who they are, when they have Metabolic syndrome and more.

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Abilify

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

Metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome (a combination of the medical disorders that, when occurring together, increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease) (latest reports from 7,723 patients) has been reported by people with depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, high blood pressure, schizoaffective disorder.

On Aug, 13, 2014: 28,371 people reported to have side effects when taking Abilify. Among them, 79 people (0.28%) have Metabolic Syndrome. They amount to 1.02% of all the 7,723 people who have Metabolic Syndrome on eHealthMe.

Trend of Metabolic syndrome in Abilify reports

Time on Abilify when people have Metabolic syndrome * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Metabolic syndrome0.00%63.64%9.09%18.18%9.09%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Metabolic syndrome when taking Abilify * :

FemaleMale
Metabolic syndrome27.36%72.64%

Age of people who have Metabolic syndrome when taking Abilify * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Metabolic syndrome0.00%0.00%3.09%3.09%11.34%75.26%7.22%0.00%

Severity of Metabolic syndrome when taking Abilify ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Metabolic syndrome ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (53 people, 67.09%)
  2. Schizoaffective disorder (46 people, 58.23%)
  3. Metabolic syndrome (38 people, 48.10%)
  4. Bipolar disorder (30 people, 37.97%)
  5. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (20 people, 25.32%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Effexor (52 people, 65.82%)
  2. Risperidone (51 people, 64.56%)
  3. Mirtazapine (50 people, 63.29%)
  4. Duloxetine hydrochloride (48 people, 60.76%)
  5. Quetiapine (40 people, 50.63%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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    Pat Puckett on Apr, 2, 2010:

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    miss lee on Apr, 8, 2010:

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    Mirendela on May, 23, 2011:

    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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    Julie on Oct, 31, 2012:

    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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    Martin on Jul, 28, 2014:

    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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