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Monday, August 18, 2008 sherrie mcnall, Community Member, asks

Q: what is the best time of day to take abilify

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Christina Bruni, Health Guide
8/19/08 9:16am

Hi sherrie mcnall,


This kind of question is best answered by consulting your doctor and working with him on different dosing times to find out, by trial-and-error if necessary, the ideal time for you to take the abilify.


Some medications need to be taken with food, others do not.


I'm on Geodon and I take it in the morning with breakfast and at night with dinner.


The best time of day for you to take abilify could also possibly depend on if you have symptoms and if so, when they occur during the day and the best time to take the abilify to find relief from them.


Again, your doctor will be in the best position to determine when you should take them.


Also, remember, that if one dosing time doesn't work out, like I said, it's entirely possible that you will have to try out different times of day to take the abilify, before finding the best time.


Good luck.




Animus, Community Member
8/20/08 12:03am

I was told by my prescribing doctor to take it in the morning, probably so it would work at its best during the day. But another Doctor told me to take it at night, to escape the drowsiness and negative side effects..... Abilify is one of the better ones I think , not as many bad side effects.. so you can safely take it in the morning and it will work well all day long. i only occasionally feel drowsy from it.


LittleStar, Community Member
6/21/09 9:39pm

I'm so glad to have found this response. Laughing  I am going to HAVE to take it at night.


I just started taking Abilify (along w/ Cymbalta, Adderall, & Armour Thyroid) five days ago and have had to take a nap twice a day, since then...even with the Adderall!


Luckily, I am a stay-at-home mom & can nap when my little one does. However, this has prevented me from getting anything else done since last Wednesday.  Thanks for your response!

tamatha4c, Community Member
4/21/10 10:01am

I too am glad to have found these posts... My doctor just perscribed abilify to me and told me to take it at night.....I took it the first night, and could not sleep at all!!! I felt like I was in and out of a drug nap... I didn't take it last night... but now I'm going to try to take it in the day and see if that works better for me..  the only concern that I have is how it will react to my prozac.. I read that they react differently together.

mona, Community Member
9/28/12 2:58pm

I take the abilify at night but the doc said if i couldnt sleep take it in the morning I also take Prozac so i dont thing they will be a problem together

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By sherrie mcnall, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/28/12, First Published: 08/18/08