Re: Abilify Side effects
Hi Concerned Mom,
I'm not a doctor by any means all I can tell you is what happened to me while I was on abilify. I had taken the medicine a little over 2 weeks. Though, you should know that with every medicine my pupils are dilated, I have nausea and vomiting. I spoke with my doctor about this and he told me that it was simply when my meds first take effect in the evening, since I am very sensitive to the meds, and not to be too alarmed about it, particularly when I am on large doses of meds. While I was on Abilify I was heavily sedated (stoned), I had facial twitches, slurring of speech and a stutter. I continually called my doctor but he kept canceling my appointments and the receptionist told me to go to the hospital. So I did, and they told me to immediately stop taking the medicine, so of course I did. The medicine however stayed in my blood system and continued to effect me a week later, to the point where I actually had a seizure (my one and only). From what I know this is a very, very, very rare occurence, and has only happened in a few isolated cases. But, none the less, I think it is important to watch for side effects. Talk to you doctor about the stoned effect and the dilated pupils, but honestly each person is different, I wouldn't be too concerned, but for me it is very normal. There is always other medicines too. As for the drug screening I think that is a bit of an extreme reaction. Your son cannot help what medicines do to him, and certainly you shouldn't assume the worst unless you have more than just cause to think that he is on drugs (illegal). As his mother you may be pushing him away, rather than trying to understand. He sees you as jumping to a conclusion when what maybe you should have done was call the doctor instead. Family is imperative to people with bipolar, you can help us recognize our moods and lend support as well. Anyways, . I appologize from my bluntness, but perhaps it will shed some light to the flip side of the story, not what you are going through but what your son is. And I hope this may help you a bit.