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Abilify Side Effects That You Need to Know


Abilify Side Effects- Overview:

While most Abilify side effects cannot really be anticipated,  you need to be aware of the fact that there are some side effects of Abilify which are potentially serious or even life-threatening. If any occur or change in intensity, you need to notify your physician immediately. Only your doctor can decide whether it is safe to continue using this medication in spite of their detrimental side effects. Some of the more common Abilify side effects follow:

Most Common Abilify Side Effects:

Anxiety, blurred vision, constipation, cough, headache, insomnia, lightheadedness, nausea, rash, restlessness, runny nose, sleepiness, tremors, vomiting, weakness or weight gain.

Some of the less common side effects may include the following:

Abnormal gait, anemia, appetite loss, blood pressure changes, bruising, chest pain, confusion, depression, dry skin, ear pain, eye inflammation, fever, flu symptoms, heart rate changes, hostility, increased salivation, itching, jerkiness and rigidity, mania, muscle cramps, neck pain or stiffness, nervousness, pneumonia, shortness of breath, skin sores, suicidal thoughts, sweating, swelling, urinary incontinence and weight loss.


Other negative reactions to this medication have occurred on occasion but are even less common than the above. If any develop however or change in intensity, you need to contact your physician immediately.

In addition to the above Abilify side effects, are there any other things to be concerned about  while taking this antipsychotic medication?

Abilify can potentially affect judgment in a negative way or otherwise impair thinking or motor skills. You should take special precautions while operating machinery such as automobiles  until you know exactly how this antipsychotic medication affects you. Also, if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, you should obviously consult with your doctor as this medication may have some detrimental effects on the baby.

Abilify Side Effects Summary:

Abilify is a very popular medication used in the treatment of schizophrenia, mania and major depressive disorder. However, some very serious Abilify side effects have been noted including tardive dyskinesia which causes involuntary muscular movement of the mouth and tongue etc. Always consult your physician before and while taking this medication or before abruptly discontinuing it for any reason.


Adapted from the PDR pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs (6th and 9th Editions), Consumer Reports Consumer Drug Reference and The PDR Family Guide to Prescription Drugs

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Additional information By Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist 

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