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Abilify Withdrawal

It is uncommon for a medical professional to truly have the expertise to navigate an Abilify withdrawal.

A prescription of antipsychotics like Abilify, even if indicated during a time of demonstrable crisis, does not always mean that a lifetime of being medicated is warranted.

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Alternative to Meds Center has been the expert on Abilify withdrawal for over 15 years. We have published evidence regarding our success. Underlying issues can in many cases be addressed in much less toxic ways. We find that frequently there were medical conditions, or that the original factors that contributed to the crisis have since shifted, were diagnosed prematurely or even misdiagnosed.

It is not necessary for Abilify users to suffer fierce symptoms of Abilify withdrawal. We have clinically proven ways to make side effects and symptoms a part of your past. Alternative to Meds Center has shown that there are other ways to have people feeling good and engaged in life without suffering from Abilify side effects and Abilify withdrawal symptoms.

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What is Abilify approved to treat?

Abilify is an atypical or second-generation antipsychotic FDA approved to treat depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. If use of Aripiprazole is discontinued, symptoms will likely emerge. If an individual wants to stop taking an antipsychotic, the severity of withdrawal symptoms will be greatly lessened with the care of professional Abilify withdrawal treatment; which may include weaning the drug slowly out of the system to prevent uncomfortable or severe antipsychotic withdraw symptoms from occurring.1

Can Abilify be abruptly withdrawn?

Never stop Abilify cold turkey, some of the symptoms that commonly emerge from stopping Abilify include tardive dyskinesia, schizophrenia, symptoms of bipolar disorder, insomnia, and headaches. If use of this drug is discontinued abruptly, antipsychotic withdrawal symptoms can be much more uncomfortable or even serious enough to require hospitalization. Tardive Dyskinesia is another side effect of significant concern for persons taking antipsychotic medications especially over a long period of time and may be one of the reasons a person may decide to try getting off Abilify.2 Please remember, always seek competent help and medical guidance and oversight instead of trying to quit Abilify on your own.

Is Abilify addictive?

Although antipsychotics are not known to be addictive or abused, long-term use (2-3 months or more) of these drugs cause the body and brain to form a sometimes unnoticeable dependency. Many users become aware of their physical and mental dependency when they forget to take a dose of their medication; just one day without it is reported to yield a mild to severe Abilify withdrawal syndrome in some cases.

Moreover, an individual whose brain and body are adjusted to the daily consumption of antipsychotics will need plenty of time to slowly reduce their dosage in order for the brain to properly adjust. There are many possible withdrawal symptoms that may occur from stopping Abilify including flu-like symptoms, fatigue, hallucinations or delusions (schizophrenic symptoms), mania, extreme depression, and bipolar disorder symptoms.

These Abilify withdrawal effects may still be present after withdrawal, as they may be symptoms of the underlying disorder. Antipsychotic withdrawal can be very uncomfortable if withdrawn abruptly, but with Abilify withdrawal help; symptoms are often easily manageable. And many people wonder how long Abilify side effects of withdrawal last. With withdrawal help, the duration and severity are both lessened.

Why are depression, mania and hallucinations common side effects of Abilify withdrawal?

Since antipsychotics are prescribed for depression and other mental disorders, some of the most common Abilify side effects of withdrawal are recurrent episodes of depression, attacks of mania, and delusions as well as hallucinations. What is happening to create this situation is the restriction of excitatory dopamine due to the consumption of the antipsychotic, which changes the brain in the synapse. Synapse is where a nerve can communicate with another nerve, and dopamine is exciting to the impulse of the original nerve to the following nerve receptors.

So, when dopamine is restricted and low because of this medication, it causes the neurology to change and create additional dopamine receptors. This small dopamine amount will now create the same symptoms even with the presence of the antipsychotic. So the dose is often increased, bringing more side effects on. When an individual stops taking the drug, dopamine is released in higher amounts but is now having an impact on an excessive amount of dopamine receptors.

Could there be other contributing factors to these severe Abilify withdrawal issues?

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Drinking caffeine/coffee, eating sugar, and nicotine/smoking cigarettes may also be contributing factors, as those were probably the things they were doing while taking the drug in order to feel stimulated. This can contribute to the severity of symptoms that could lead to hospitalizations. Then the individual is often told that they will have to take the drug for their entire lifetime, which is significantly discouraging.

Don’t Lose Hope

The Alternative to Meds Center drug treatment founder has had personal experience down this path. For successful relief from Abilify withdrawal syndrome, we use a set of effective methods. Lab testing to find underlying reasons for original symptoms is where we often identify toxins to be a significant contributing factor. So we work to cleanse the body. We do not allow sugary or processed food or caffeine, and we use supplements that have been found to be helpful for these persons.

We stabilize neurochemistry with the use of natural substances, and we start cleaning out the neurotoxins that have been accumulated over a person’s life. We also use amino acid therapy, peer support, directed nutritional therapy, yoga, exercise, massage, personal training, and many other therapies to ensure comfortable Abilify withdrawal treatment. Once individuals are stable and experience a sedated feeling as a result of the therapies, their Abilify dosage can be reduced. We invite your call so you can talk to us, and understand better the kind of Abilify withdrawal help that is available at our drug treatment center.

  1. Meitzer H “What’s atypical about atypical antipsychotic drugs?,”  published by NIMH April 2004, [Internet] [October 21, 2019] 

  2. Cornett E, Novitch M, Kaye D, Kata V, Kaye A  “Medication-Induced Tardive Dyskinesia: A Review and Update,”  published in the Ochsner Journal, Summer of 2014, [Internet] [October 21, 2019]

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Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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