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Elongated QT while on Abilify
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Elongated QT while on Abilify

My daughter is on Abilify at 15mg/day. While trying to get her off of Abilify, it became obvious that she needed some type
of mood regulating medication, dispite concerns about side effects in the literature.
She is back on and much more stable. Even though she has had no issues with her EKG's, I remain concerned about long QT . How common is this syndrome in patients on Abilify?

Thank -you
Tags: Abilify, QTc
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Dear Firedogemb,

Abilify is an antipsychotic medication that, at low doses, has no effect on the ECG.  The QTc, or corrected QT, interval is a measurement made on an ECG that, when prolonged above a certain threshold, can be associated with lethal arrhythmias.  In reviewing the literature, the latest information that I was able to find demonstrated that the QTc did not show any prolongation unless doses of 75 mg/day and higher were used.  Therefore, if your daughter is on a lower dose, such as 15 mg/day, there should be no adverse effects on her QTc, and no increased risk of arrhythmias, based on present knowledge.
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