Can Taking Abilify Harm A Persons' Brain/mental Chemistry If Taken By A Healthy Person?

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Asked by manny blair

Can Taking Abilify Harm A Persons' Brain/mental Chemistry If Taken By A Healthy Person?

I am taking a big test next week and I am considering taking a psychiatric drug like Abilify to increase my focus and concentration. I am not mentally ill and I do not want to change my current brain function/chemistry.

Answer

Dave:

I urge you in the strongest terms NOT to take Abilify, or any other neuroleptic, in a effort to improve your test scores. I do not make this recommendation because of any personal experience I have had, or data in my possession, that would indicate potential problems with Abilify. By the same token, I do not make this recommendation lightly.

I DO KNOW from over fifty years experience taking medications like Abilify to treat my own illness (schizophrenia) that all neuroleptics are extraordinarily powerful medications and should only be taken under close supervision by a psychiatrist. And from my own experince, I do not believe that any of these medications, including those targeted for the treatment of any of mental illnesses, will have the effect you are seeking. In fact, such medications could have precisely the opposite effect in the short run.

I am very glad that you asked us about this before you tried and not after!

If you have any other questions of any kind, please write us again.

Robin

Answered by Robin Cunningham