FDA approves first generic Abilify to treat mental illnesses.

05 May

Medical News Today (MNT) stated that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic versions of Abilify (aripiprazole). Read the short article here –

Since I am on a high deductible health plan, Abilify costs me $850.00 for a month’s supply! Fortunately my doctor gave me a card that allows me to only pay $25.00/month. If you are struggling with purchasing medications like I am, it may also help to go to Wal-Mart’s pharmacy and just tell them you don’t have insurance. Prices tend to be a lot cheaper for most things. I haven’t tried this with Abilify but have tried it successfully with other medications.

I’ve read how a lot of people don’t like the effects of Abilify. During my stay in the mental health facility after hanging myself, I was put on 20 mg of Lexapro and 2 mg of Abilify. I was already on the Lexapro but my doctor added the Abilify because it enhanced the effects of the Lexapro. I called it my silver bullet because it worked so well. This combination may not work for you, and each person’s is unique. I am on these medications for severe depression.

After having been on these prescriptions for about eight months, I now feel that I need to increase the dosage – I’ve been having suicidal thoughts, feeling lethargic, sleeping a lot, and apathetic towards life. I also haven’t taken my Adderall for a month because it costs me around $283.00! My girlfriend showed me her research on Adderall withdrawal and all the symptoms I just mentioned are listed as direct effects.

Whatever your mental health condition, make sure that you have a doctor to talk to and that you keep them informed of any changes you are feeling in your mental state. A little change could go a long way towards improving your condition.

May peace come to you in whatever valley you may be travelling.



8 responses to “FDA approves first generic Abilify to treat mental illnesses.

  1. maspring37

    05/05/2015 at 12:09

    Wishing you better health now and in the future. We are so lucky here in England as certain conditions are treated completely free. Take care and may each day get better.

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  2. morgueticiaatoms

    05/05/2015 at 11:29

    I was disappointed that the Abilify failed me when it seemed to be the miracle for others. I just don’t respond well to atypical antipsychotics.
    But I do remember the day prozac, my wonder drug, became available as a generic and I no longer had to beg the company for the freebie programs. It’s great when they become more affordable.

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    • Surviving the Specter

      05/05/2015 at 11:55

      Yes, it is. I’m glad that you were able to find something that worked for you. Are you more into natural remedies? I’ve been reading about them when I can. Thinking about trying St. John’s Wart but have to research how it interacts with the other meds. Thoughts?

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      • morgueticiaatoms

        05/05/2015 at 12:10

        I’m very very careful mixing anything with the meds. I had a mini stroke back when I was on Nardil (MAOI) all because I ate some parmasan cheese on my spaghetti. Now I either ask the pharmacist or doctor because a lot of herbals are contraindicated for mixing with psych meds. If cheese can mess you up, well, better safe than sorry. I really miss the brain cells that got fried.

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