The drug Abilify is a type of drug that works by affecting the brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine which are used by the brain to regulate the rational thought process, depression and anxiety. These drugs that help these symptoms are called atypical antipsychotics. Atypical antipsychotics drugs are less likely to cause side effects such as slurred speech, tremors and slowed thinking.
Atypical drugs are used when there is a resistance to older drugs. Abilify changes the activity of these chemical without blocking them completely.
Why Is Abilify Prescribed?
Abilify is most commonly prescribed to treat schizophrenia (a disorder which causes a person to have disturbing thoughts and emotions). It has been used in treating bipolar disorder (a problem where a person feels depressed one minute and overly excited the next). It is not used to treat schizophrenia in persons under the age of 13. When used to treat bipolar disorder it can be used by persons 10 years and older.
Abilify has been used to treat children and teenagers ages 6 to 17 years of age who are suffering from autism. Autism is a disorder in which people have difficulty interacting with others. Abilify helps control the aggression and mood changes often found in persons with autism. It is used as a supplement for persons who are already on depression medication and are not responding to their current drug.
Statistics Concerning Abilify
In clinical trials of Abilify, it was shown that there was no increased risk of suicide or harm to others or self with the use of this drug than with other atypical antipsychotics at any age group. However, when Abilify is used by persons with Diabetes the risk of raised blood sugar increases and a person who has diabetes should monitor their sugar level closely. The group of persons who are most affected adversely by Abilify are the elderly.
Studies have shown that death from use of Abilify is increased in persons over the age of 60. Persons who suffer dementia or Alzheimer's should not take Abilify as this medication can worsen the symptoms. Also, persons who suffer difficulty swallowing may have an increased risk of chocking as this drug can cause a restriction of the esophagus. Persons who suffer from cardiovascular disorders such as irregular heartbeats and high blood pressure should visit their cardiologist more often than if they are taking Abilify. Children and teenagers are at a greater risk of developing tremors, restlessness and slow thinking if they are on the drug. All in all, a person who is taking Abilify should visit their health care provider frequently and keep them informed of any unusual side effects or changes in their mental and physical health.
Abilify is abused by a person when they feel that they cannot get enough of the drug. Since Abilify helps control the symptoms of depression and anxiety a person who begins to feel better on a certain doses may begin to take more than prescribed to feel even better. They may present themselves to their health care provider as not being well enough at which time the provider may increase the amount of the dose. A person can easily become addicted to the drug. This is especially true in children, teenagers and the elderly. A health care provider should carefully monitor these groups while on the medication.
Since Abilify affects the brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine an increased feeling of restlessness, sleepiness and tremors may occur. The greatest effect Abilify has on the body is an increase in weight. In studies persons on Abilify were show to gain more weight than persons on a placebo. This weight gain was more apparent in adults 20 years of age and older than in children and teenagers.
Abilify Abuse Treatment Options
As with any drug a person can become addicted to Abilify. A rehab center that specializes in drug addiction is the best place for someone who becomes addicted. The facility should have a staff that is trained in prescription drug rehab.
Rehab centers that focus on the whole person and not only the addiction are the best place to receive help. Many centers will slowly begin to remove a person from the drug and also give them something to replace it. There are many rehab centers in all major cities that specialize in prescription drug addiction and the name and location of these can be provided by a health care provider or a local hospital. The first thing a person needs to do is admit they have a problem and seek help for it.