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Old 10-03-2006, 10:46 AM   #1
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Cool can anyone tell me about abilify?

My son had a birthday on Sunday and turned nine years old. Today he started a new med called Abilify. The doctor just gave me samples in case it didn't work out like the last med. I have heard good things about this drug and I even have a uncle who takes it for a different reason but I was wondering how well it worked on children. Will it help him get some sleep at night? I have not heard from school yet today so maybe that is a good sign!!And he is still taking the adderall too in the morning. Does anyone else have a child who maybe on the same meds it would be intresting and maybe even helpful to hear from someone who was. Thanks so much for all your help

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Old 10-03-2006, 11:55 AM   #2
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Re: can anyone tell me about abilify?

My son does not take Abilify, but I do.

Abilify will either a) cause drowsiness or b) cause a bit of hyperness as a reaction in 'some' people as a side effect. That is in 'certain' indviduals. As for me, I am one of the people it has caused drowsiness. So, I take it 3 times a day verses the normal morning dosage, where if I do, it makes me sleep all day long.

If he begins to show signs of sleepiness or hyperactivity, you need to contact the pdoc. Then they will be able to a) adjust the medicine and b) tell you when to give him the medicine at a different time during the day or evening, etc. Abilify is a potent medicine and works very well for many people, including children. I too, have read where it works for children as well on other forums.

Hang in there with everything. It is not an easy thing what you are going through. I remember the struggles we went through a year ago. We too, were in the same exact boat you are in right now. Does Tyler have an understanding teacher? Last year, our son had a wonderful teacher while he went through the med changes. She was very patient and forgiving. Some teachers aren't as patient or caring. I hope his is as it makes a huge difference all around for him and you as well.

Take care.

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Old 10-05-2006, 07:47 AM   #3
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Smile Re: can anyone tell me about abilify?

My Daughter Takes It She Is 7, It Turned Her Around. She Takes It For Bipolar And It Is The Only Thing We Tried That Worked. It Causes Some Constipation, So Keep An Eye Out For That And Prevenitive Measures. Anyways, It Works.

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