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Abilify

If you take abilify or have taken abililfy how did it work for you? What were the main side effects?
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i was on abilify for a short time but i took it with another medication as well. My side effects were mainly just super groggy and it actually made me more depressed. I know for me they were better alone as a downer. If i was having anxiety issues they would help me calm down quick. I no longer take them because they just make me spaced out and groggy.
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I take Abilify and have for more than two years. I developed akathisia, a movement disorder that stops when you stop the med. I take propranolol, which is primarily used for high blood pressure and anxiety and also takes care of akathisia. I have no other side effects from Abilify. It has worked well for me in dealing with depression.
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I took it for awhile and it didn't work well for me.  My depression didn't improve and I had a really bad restless and uneasy feeling all of the time.  It was like I couldn't control my thoughts.   I hated it.  
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I took Abilify for almost a year for Bipolar Disorder II, both in combination with Lithium and on it's own. When I was on the Abilify alone, I noticed uneasyness and racing thought, similar to what cowgirlnerd said. I felt more hypomanic than usual, so I suppose it had kind of an "upper" effect for me. When used in combination with the Lithium, I felt much more balnanced and steady. The only side effect I experienced was shakiness of hands and trembling, but that was an effect of both drugs.
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