Abilify side effects and pregnancy

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My older sister was on zoloft with 2 of her pregnancies the entire duration due to severe depression. She had no side effects and both girls were born perfectly healthy. Good Luck.
This has all improved my quality of life and helped me be stable and productive i even play with the Kids now. Thus it has taken alot of pressure of my and my condition. I am aware of the sidre effects of duromine. The only side effects I expreience is on the first 2-3 days of increasing a dose. I am tense and irratable but are aware of this and can control it. I don't go fast or experience heart pulputations.
At first the depression seemed to get worse for a couple of weeks but my doctor encouraged me to try and stick out the side effects as most side effects subside after several weeks of introducing a new medication to your body. He also explained that Topamax is a mood stabalizer and I really needed to give it a fair chance before throwing in the towel. He had a hunch it may help with my depression as well... I am so happy I was able to be patient.
I don't know if it was just stress that contributed to the weight loss or the drug alone, but 25lbs in less than 2 months concerns me. Other side effects I have are horrible constipation...so much I had to lessen my meat intake and increase my vegetable/fruit...which isn't all bad. AND these headaches! They're horrible. I can say my anxiety and panic attacks have dramatically changed, Thank God! I thought I was loosing my mind.
Effexor XR which works on the norepinephrine and serotonin levels gave me such tachycardiac and anxious side effects at higher doses that I had to take a beta-blocker like atenolol to decrease the heart rate and Abilify to minimize the anxiety problem. Cymbalta works much better for me, although it seems to bring out the sadness even more. I shall definitely try an MAOI like Parnate to see if it would work miracles for me.
I would not recommend this medication - it's not a miracle pill, it eventually stops working anyways - and the side effects and withdrawal make you worse for wear by the time you realize you need to stop taking it. I wonder how many doctors out there take this stuff - they are writing scripts for it like it's candy.
I have been dx "rapid cycling bipolar" for 11yrs now. I have been on countless meds and some helped, some didnt. For years I was only treated for the depression half and had insane manic episodes. I have been pregnant alot the past 4 years and have been on and off my meds alot. I am done having kids...so i can get and stay on my meds...but the last round of meds were what "worked" before pregnancy. Now they dont work. The make me very ill, and have other side effects.
Although you are on a very low dose, if this is a new drug for you, you could still be adjusting. The overheating and dizziness can be side effects, as well as fatigue.
I hav't had ANY of those side effects. I was worried about the 'sugar' increase (possibly) but, it hasn't happened & high sugar runs in our family. The muscle jerks I was terrified of. My Father has Non-hogkins, which causes the tremors, but after being on the Abilify for many years that doesn't seem to apply either. I've not gained any lbs. except in show of the Depakote. I gained an embassingly huge amt. of weight while on Zyprexa, but lost it once that got out of my system!
I have been on this medication for over 9 years and I am sick of going on and off of it because of the hair loss and bad side effects that it has, and I also cannot take my birth control pills on this pill or get pregnant in the future.
I get RLS but not all the time. I find it gets triggered by medication changes and pregnancy!! Sometimes it happens with neither of those factors. As it is relatively infrequent I've never really looked into the links. All I know is that when I am experiencing it, its a damn pain in the ****.
Not my fault that I had to snicker at the last line there because every time I talked to my Doctors (plural) about medications and side effects they told me that Tramadol was NOT the problem. Then there was usually another drug put on top of that Tramadol. And they told me to take more. I always thought it was the other drug, not the Tramadol. Yeah. I was wrong. It makes me very angry that these Doctors know and aren't telling people. I don't believe that they are ignorant.
just seem's very limited in the meds she uses and doesn't take my concerns of the side effects of depakote I have very serious. Depakote has along list of side effects and weight gain being a huge one. Ik there are other alternatives to depakote and am also aware that every med has side effects but I guess I'm just asking for others opinions or results from diff. meds. I also just don't feel like depakote is working as well as it was befor the baby,also Ik finding anew psych.
There hasn't been proof that there are any side effects, and I have two living examples and soon a third that show that you can take lamictal while pregnant. I know paxil is a no no though. If you need to talk more or anything, let me know, we can exchange emails.
What I'm saying is, your first priority should be symptom control, with major side effects just below that, and minor side effects pretty far down the list, especially those you have a good chance of fixing with a small adjustment to other things.
So glad you are choosing to join us. This is the place to be if you want off Tramadol. Lots of love, information and empathy here!
I know reactions are different for everyone, but I have had no real side effects from it and in fact my energy level increases as I don't have that down in the dumps feeling. I know what you mean about finding a good Dr. I am seeing a therapist now I like, but the physciatrist I saw initally (who supposedly specialized in PPD) started asking me to pray for him. Now, I am a believer, but that is not the time nor place and it creeped me out. Needless to say I didn't go back.
For the first time in days I am starting to feel a little more clear headed. The world isn't a dead place. I have researched the side effects and the withdrawal symptoms. I am not going into this blind. I went undiagnosed for 25 years but I was alive. I had passion and love. I used to dream about becoming a screenwriter and novelist. I haven't written anything since I started these damn drugs. I didn't have blunted emotional affect. I didn't exist from day to day.
300 mg/ 2x a day 2) A Women's One Multivitamin (bought specifically because there's a B complex in there,which is supposed to help us folks with bipolar, I believe.It's also a fantastic brand and made locally here in Santa Cruz. 3) Omega 3's: 9-10 grams a day, yes,9-10 grams - and my psychiatrist Dr. A is ok with my megadosing_with omega-3's. If you are skeptical, please look at mypost in the "Alternative" section @ www.bipolarworld.org about Omega-3's. Read Dr.
The medicine he gave me has super scary side effects. And the term lifelong illness is freaking me out. Please help me. Does anyone have good advice on where to get more information so I can explain this better to myself and my husband?
BPD requires stablitly, consistancy, patience, understanding, and in SOME cases, a few meds in which treat the effects of BPD such as anxiety or ADD (in low doses these meds just level out your ability to contriol your moods and get a better handle on your thoughts and feelings) One of the biggest problems with BiPolar meds is the side effects.
this is strange what your son is passing through. for me it doesn't make sense since both lamictal and abilify should up him and not to get him depressed. sleeping better at night is due to the seroquel. sometimes there are some adverse effects for a few weeks which will soon disappear. sometimes, he suffers from other symptoms, like being anemic or deficiency in iron, etc...
It's well known that it's harder coming off meds than going on, and often as more side effects. The key to coming off meds is slowly...decrease your dose 10% at a time, And the longer you've been on a drug, the longer you need to take. As a rule of thumb, if you been on a med 10 years, you should take 10% or 1 year to come off. Finally, you can only come off one med at a time, first meds first. It's very complicated and needs to be done with a doctor.
this could be a hormone thing, I know for a fact the hormones are a trigger for me, I've had most of my bad crisises following pregnancy and post natally.. It sounds like you need a mood stabiliser now that you're off the venlafaxine ( it was a bit dodgy of them to put you on an AD without a stabiliser but hey ho!!
Anyway, I agree with the others that if this works for your migraines or seizures and the only side effects are hair loss and/or (happily) weight loss, then it's a good trade. I don't think there's any medicine out there that is without any side effects. Good luck.
To me, the non-medical person, the side effects from Zoloft withdrawal are much worse than the side effects from Xanax (which, I am told, is an addictive drug). Also, the psychiatrist is much more concerned about the addicitve qualities of Xanax then she is with actually helping me feel better. I decided that I would be better off if I could just get off everything.
Pain doctor in 2007 diagnosed sacroiliac sydrome. Chiropracter confirmed in 2008 severely tilted (one side up and forward, other side down and back) pelvis, that refuses to stay in place for even a few minutes after adjustments. General Anxiety Disorder diagnosed 5 times in last 30 years, (runs in family). Normal for me to have abnormal EKG's and high BP, sometimes controlled sometimes not, since age 16. High cholesterol.
I have met others like me - and yet have met others with super high tests and little damage. So the levels don't always correspond to damage and side effects. So one person can get a shot and not be effected much while another can get AI or Cushing's from it. If you need HC, it is strange that the doc will not give you more! But the insurance rules now are that the doc has to see you to fill scripts. Did anyone else look at the MRI to give another opinion - aka a surgeon?
My sister has had this burning skin for over a year now and has had every test known to man with no resolution. She has had MRI's on every part of her body and every blood test, gone to psychiatrists, neurologists, internists, naturpaths, orthos, etc. Hers began with a strain to her back, then went on Ambien for sleeping, then moved to Lorazapam. When she got off lorazapam cold turkey, she had major stresses to her body, including nightmares, shaking, cold and hot, etc.
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