In this corner, aripiprazole, atypical antipsychotic. (aka Abilify)
In the other corner, tom, gorathon, cecilia and mutated cranial appendages. (aka “Voices and stuff”)
I am diagnosed Schizoaffective: Bipolar type
I’m about three weeks into Abilify, 5mg daily in order to deal with voices and other exceedingly bizarre and disturbing perceptions. (I also take lithium, celexa, welbutrin, hydroxazine)
So far the most noticable beneficial effect is improvement of mood, and lessening of selective areas of the avolition i’ve been plagued with: I can draw again. This is a very big thing for me, as an artist.
My voices and weird perceptions have slowed down over the past couple weeks, but are not completely absent. I am not yet sure if this is due to the drug, placebo, or some environmental factor. I suppose if they disappear after another step or two up in dosage, I will have my answer.
Side effects that I have experienced so far:
increase in acid reflux/heart burn.
periodically jittery hands
sedating effect which has made it a little easier to sleep as i take it in the evenings.
increased sexual dysfunction (antidepressants have same effect)
constipation unless i drink more water than i already do.
not sure about weight gain, i dont keep a scale in the house.
I will periodically update this thread with progress reports on effects/side effects for anybody interested.