For those of you that are taking Risperdal or Invega and have high levels of prolactin, adding even a low dose of Abilify to the mix, could decrease prolactin levels by significant amounts.
High levels of prolactin - and I know this from experience can diminish libido, lower teststerone levels, cause sexual dysfunction, trigger osteoporosis, cause females and males to ‘lactate’, cause gynecomastia etc…
Unlike most antipsychotics, which have antagonistic activity at the dopamine-2 receptors, aripiprazole is a dopamine receptor agonist. As such, it does not have the same dopamine-blocking effect – which allows dopamine to continue regulating prolactin production in the pituitary gland, Dr. Carlson said at a psychopharmacology update held by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Unfortunately I cannot take Abilify - it most likely worsens my psychosis - but for those of you taking Risperdal or Invega and have high prolactin levels which are causing unwanted side effects, talking to your psychiatrist about adding low dose Abilify to your cocktail - is worth a shot