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Experience:  Twenty-five years treating all ages; Specialities: psychopharmacology & diagnosis, MMPI-2, testing.
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My Mother is taking Pristiq, Wellbutrin and was started on

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My Mother is taking Pristiq, Wellbutrin and was started on Abilify- she is having vivid, bad dreams and wakes up confused during the night and in the AM- these symptoms started when she was started on the Abilify-is this a side effect? I read info on line and did not see this
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Ed Wilfong replied 6 years ago.
Dr. Ed Wilfong :

Abilify is actually an anti-psychotic medication that did not do well as an anti-psychotic and somehow is marketed as helpful in depression. I have yet to see any reason to believe it help. I do see lots of nightmares, confusion, etc. with anti-psychotics. I am almost certain it is the abilify. It is also not indicated for someone of her age. The wellbutrin and Pristiq are OK. If she does not have a long history of depression I would want her checked for possible early neurological problems, just because of age. At very least, I would want her off Abilify. It does not need tapering.


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Expert:  Dr. Ed Wilfong replied 6 years ago.
my pleasure