This pill is shit. Just like Seroquel and Zyprexa. I don't understand how this pill has such a modern image when it is one thing: complete and utter SHIT. It's an antipsychotic, one of the shut-you-up drugs. Psychiatrists prescribe this shit so they can boot you out the door and make their money. The side effects I can't really comment on, except for one: hyperness/hyperactivity. This isn't a fun focused and attentive high feeling you get with Adderall. Its definitely more like a feeling of bugs are crawling under your skin, your muscles HAVE to be in motion, and you can't sleep. Someone can take this pill and they will be squirming around and being hyperactive for almost 3 days. Seriously, when I was driving on half a pill of this stuff, I was going about 60 over the speed limit on the road and I wasn't even aware of it. The drug manufacturer (Bristol-Meyers Squibb) makes those commercials saying that 2 out of 3 people on an antidepressant don't feel relief, so they should add Abilify. So this leads people to think Abilify is an antidepressant when it is truly an antipsychotic that is used to shut people up! After the manufacturer got the approval for the adjunct treatment of Abilify to their antidepressant, their sales skyrocketed!
The commercials are a complete lie. All of a sudden when these depressed people take Abilify, the weather is better, everyone is smiling, and the world is a better place. When truly they should either A. go see a counselor to talk about their depression, or B. get a different antidepressant. Oh, and it cost me $50 for a copay and my insurance another $600. So it isn't cheap. If your doctor wants to immediately put you on this, they are a drug pusher, unless you are schizophrenic, then it may help you.
Stay away from abilify!