Doc' Wants Her to Try Abilify
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Q:  Doc' Wants Her to Try Abilify


What do you know about changing out a long term bipolar patient that was on  lithium and then Prolixin. Manic 16 months ago. Western Psych left her on the old drugs. They appear to be doing well, but sleeps a lot. Doctor in Erie now wants to try ABILIFY because of signs of more Tardive Dyskinesia and lack of energy and sleeping?

Not another miracle drug? Who knows if this is any good? Thanks


Dear Jim -- 
Lithium still has more data supporting its use than anything else, but the other common mood stabilizers are catching up (see a
Table of them, with links to more info' on each).  Abilify isn't even on the list yet under case reports or open trials. However, so far everything I hear about it sounds pretty darn good, and if your doctor has a lot of experience with it, she/he may know enough more about it than I to justify its use. 

Dr. Phelps



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