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Anyone On Abilify?


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I am on Abilify and it has caused me to have Diabetes, type 2. Has this happened to anyone else?

My psychiatrist knew it might cause diabetes but didn't mention it to me until I had already gotten it. This has caused more complications than I want right now.

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Hi Sandcrab. I am not a professional, but I know that atypical antipsychotics such as Abilify can affect blood sugar.

My psychiatrist switched me to Geodon from another atypical antipsychotic (Seroquel) because Geodon has less of an effect on blood sugar.

That's what my psychiatrist told me. I also have Diabetes, Type 2. So that's why she was concerned.

I think you should talk about this with your doctor as he/she may want you to switch meds.

I wish you the best. Take care.

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As far as atypical antipsychotics go, Abilify is less intense as far as weight gain and diabetes. Zyprexa and Risperidone are the main offenders for diabetes. If you're having problems, ask about switching. Geodon is like Risperidone but newer and with fewer side effects.

My pdoc is both a psychiatrist and an internist, so he went over this with me beforehand and assured me that while weight gain and metabolic syndrome/diabetes are side effects of most atypical antipsychotics, Abilify is less likely to cause them than others.

I'm sorry to hear you have diabetes now. Maybe your doc will consider giving you an anoretic/stimulant like Dexedrine if you need a kick start to make better food choices and energy for the gym.

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Hi im on resperidone 2mg and lithium 1350mg i have gained 3.5kg my pdoc said its not that much, he said the normal weight gain is bentween 2-5kg so im in the middle. Is resperisone as bad as zyprexa?? i hope not zyperxa and serequal were the worst weight gainers for me i had to go off them, Nowlike i said im trying resperidone. I think its all about not overeating and just getting that little bit of exercise if ya can, thats what im trying. im not wqorried about the 3.5kg id rather be feeling better then worry about a couple of kg's. Resperidone is a really good anti manic med though. does anyone agree?

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