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Old 08-10-2007, 07:21 PM   #1
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i'm taking 10mg of abilify, 100mg of lamictal and ambien cr for sleep. since starting abilify i seem to be much shorter on breath, sometimes just sitting there i need to catch my breath. i'm also much more restless. even though i'm exhausted i'm still going through the motions of cleaning. can't seem to sit or stand still for more then a few minutes. also at this point i'm only sleeping 4-5 hrs a night.

what i'm wondering is this, does abilify effect anyone else like this? i am a big women so the shortness of breath may contributed to that but i don't remember that being a problem until after i started abilify.

i guess i would just like to know if abilify has had this effect on anyone else even though i know that meds effect everyone different. if it did make you feel this way was it major enough for your pdoc to take you off it?

please someone get back to me, not sure what to do with this

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Old 08-10-2007, 08:42 PM   #2
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Re: question about abilify

There are others who can answer this better, but Abilify can cause a restlessness or some to feel like they are jumping in their skin. There have been several threads on Abilify and one poster said her doctor gave her another med (Congentin?) to help with the side effects.

You can also go to Abilify's website to read about possible side effects. Definitely call your doctor and let him know, especially about the shortness of breath.

Good luck,


Old 08-11-2007, 08:39 AM   #3
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Re: question about abilify

i have been taking abilify since 6 months,when i started abilify i felt very tense and i was dellusional for about 2-3 my mind is more clear and i feel less tense.

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Old 08-12-2007, 04:19 PM   #4
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Re: question about abilify

I have been on ablify for about two week and have noticed restlessness too. The shortness of breath should be a concern, call your doctor. Some side effects are okay while others can be seriously dangerous. I was once on depakote and was having severe chest pain and couldn't catch my breath. Everyone is different in responding to meds. Please check with your doctor or even your pharmacist.


Old 08-12-2007, 04:24 PM   #5
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Re: question about abilify

I take Abilify as well. I've taken it for about 3 months and I don't have any side effects to speak of.

Old 08-13-2007, 07:29 AM   #6
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Re: question about abilify

My son takes 30 mg of Abilify. He also takes Cogentin to help with any side effects and it helps with tremor he had developed from past meds.

Old 08-14-2007, 03:18 AM   #7
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Re: question about abilify

i'd like to thank everyone for the great responses that i received. i have contacted my pdoc about the breathing problem although is seems to be lessening in frequency. i've been on abilify for roughly two months now. going from five to ten mg made a good difference but it also increased the breathing problem and my being so anzsi. i don't want to be taken off because its the best that i've felt for a long time. and although the breathing has gotten a bit better my being anzsi hasn't. i feel like i'm going to jump out of my skin if i don't keep moving.

i sure hope he can give me something for the side effects because i'd rather not switch meds again. i like this one.

till next time


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