Support Group Q & A

How Long Does It Take For Abilify To Start Working For Depression and Anxiety?

This is a common question asked by people who are on, or about to take Abilify. I did research over the last few weeks and found the following responses.

Towards the bottom, you will find a link to our community where you can leave your answer. Remember, living with bipolar disorder is tough, and the support is what makes it easier for others. Do your part and help others living with bipolar disorder by providing your thoughts and experience with Abilify.


By mher671 –

I’ve been living with bipolar disorder for over 7 years. I’m having a hard time finding the right medication to level out my depression. I’ve tried Seroquel, Wellbutrin, and Risperdal that worked for 2 years, but I came off it because of the side-effects. I’m now on Lexapro which is NOT helping and Abilify was just prescribed as an add-on.

Can anyone share their experiences with Abilify?

My Answer

To feel the full benefits of Abilify (Aripiprazole) it can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks. However, during my research patients on Abilify did feel it working within the first week. It also depends on the dosage prescribed, and if the doctor has used the aggressive approach. For example, the minimum dose doctors can prescribe is 2mg when starting. So, has the doctor prescribed 2mg then slowly moved up to 15mg, or has the doctor prescribed above the initial 2mg putting you on 10mg when starting. With a higher dose entering your blood stream it can change the way and/or how fast it interacts with you.

Some people taking Abilify felt it working within the first 5 days saying they had more energy. After 10 days, they noticed a considerable difference. Ten people who were taking Lexapro at the same time stated it took a few weeks (2-3) to feel it working.

So far, the consensus has been it takes 3-10 days for Abilify to start working. However, this doesn’t mean you’ll feel the full effects until a few weeks later. In general, your doctor will always tell you to give the prescribed medication 4-6 weeks to kick in.

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Disclaimer: This information was gathered throughout a variety of websites. Even though some felt considerable improvement within the first week or two, it might NOT always be the case. This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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