Abilify is an atypical antipsychotic (which simply means it is a newer antipsychotic than the original group) which may be used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other psychotic disorders. In addition, Abilify may be used as an add-on to other medications that treat depression with or without psychosis.
Hallucinations and delusions are the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar I disorder, schizoaffective disorder and similar illnesses that Abilify was first used to treat.
Although Abilify is approved for long-term use in the treatment of bipolar disorder, a recent review of the clinical literature has called this into question, saying the approval was based on a misleading study.
Use of Abilify may lead to weight gain and movement disorders called akathisia and tardive dyskinesia. Report any facial, tongue or finger tics, or uncontrolled arm/leg movements to your doctor right away, as these could be signs of tardive dyskinesia. Symptoms of akath...
Nutrition plays an important role during pregnancy for both the mother and her child. A healthy diet ensures that both mother and baby receive adequate nutrients and that the baby grows and develops properly. Pregnant women should eat a variety of healthy foods, meet folic acid requirements and gain an appropriate amount of weight. What is healthy weight gain? Weight gain during pregnancy is often a confusing issue for mothers, who want to ensure that they are meeting their baby's needs. I recently had a friend who was in the first trimester of her pregnancy mention that she was concerned that she was not gaining enough weight. Despite reports to the contrary, the misconception that one must "eat for two" still exists. This "eat for two" mentality can lead to an unhealthy weight gain. Experts recommend that a woman who's pre-pregnancy weight is in the healthy range gain only 3 to 5 pounds during the first trimester and then approx...
A particularly frustrating problem for many fibromyalgia patients is the tendency to gain weight. We eat less but notice little, if any, difference. And it’s difficult to exercise more because of the pain. According to Mark Pellegrino, MD, in his book Fibromyalgia: Up Close and Personal , it’s not unusual for someone to gain 25 – 30 pounds the first year after developing fibromyalgia. Learn why fibromyalgia triggers weight gain in so many people and what you can do about it: Fibromyalgia and Weight Gain
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