Highlighting uses, dosage, how to take & discontinue, side effects, pros & cons, and more


Get mugged at Straitjacket T-shirts for Crazymeds mugs to help you wash down your antipsychotics. 11oz $13 & 15oz $14
Fuck Schizophrenia mugs at Straitjacket T-shirts
Fuck Schizophrenia
Brain Cooties Aren't Contagious mugs at Straitjacket T-shirts
Brain Cooties Aren’t Contagious
Medicated For Your Protection mugs at Straitjacket T-shirts
Medicated For Your Protection
Team Bipolar mugs at Straitjacket T-shirts
Team Bipolar

Brand & Generic Names; Drug Classes

US brand name: Abilify
Generic name: aripiprazole

Drug Class(es)

Primary drug class: Antipsychotics
Additional drug class(es): MoodStabilizers, Antidepressants

Approved & Off-Label Uses (Indications)

Abilify’s US FDA Approved Treatment(s)

Schizophrenia in adults & adolescents ; Bipolar in adults & children over 10 ; as an add-on to antidepressants for depression in adults ; Irritability associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in pediatric patients ; and Psychomotor agitation associated with Schizophrenia or Bipolar Mania

Uses Approved Overseas but not in the US

Off-Label Uses of Abilify

Schizoaffective disorder , bipolar depression , monotherapy for depression-spectrum disorder , delusional disorders without psychoses , OCD , Parkinson’s .

When & If Abilify Will Work

Abilify’s Usual Onset of Action (when it starts working)

Faster than Seroquel, but slower than most other AAPs. I.e. 3–7 days, with 3 days more likely (but not always) when adding Abilify to an AD (or anything else) and 7 days more likely when using Abilify by itself. Return to Table of Contents

Likelihood of Working

Given its activating nature, Abilify is probably more likely to work as an add-on to treat depression or bipolar disorder depression than as monotherapy for bipolar disorder.

I don’t yet have enough data for schizophrenia. This article shows 5mg a day takes 3-5 weeks to start working, and only enough better than placebo to get approved by the FDA. And that’s Seroquel territory of taking forever.

Return to Table of Contents

Taking and Discontinuing

How to Take Abilify

Manufacturers’ Recommendations

As with many APs, Otsuka & BMS recommend you just start at the target dosage. That’s 10 to 15 mg once daily for adults with Schizophrenia , 15 mg once daily for adults with Bipolar Disorder as monotherapy, and 10–15mg a day for bipolar when taken with Depakote or lithium. The maximum dosage is 30mg a day, and you should wait at least two weeks before increasing the dosage.

The only application where you start at a low dosage a move up is when you add it to an antidepressant (AD) for depression. That’s when they recommend you start at 2–5mg a day, work up to 5–10mg a day, and the maximum dosage is 15mg a day, and you should wait at least a week before increasing the dosage.

Crazymeds’ Suggestions

Our suggestion to discuss with your doctor: if you’re not crazy enough to be hospitalized, follow the instructions for using Abilify with an antidepressant, even if you’re taking it by itself (or with another drug) for bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Return to Table of Contents

How to Stop Taking Abilify (discontinuation / withdrawal)

With its long-ass half-lives, Abilify is a lot easier to discontinue than most meds, and severe rebound symptoms are less likely as well. Reduce your dosage by 5mg a day every 5–7 days. Every 3 days if you really need to withdraw faster than that. Return to Table of Contents

Abilify’s Pros and Cons


  • As it sort of acts as a Parkinson’s/RLS med, so you’re somewhat less likely to get a couple of the more annoying AP side effects - most movement disorders and those involving prolactin.
  • The anticholinergic side effects are also less likely than other APs.
  • The long half-lives of of Abilify and its active metabolite mean you don’t have to worry about a dosing schedule, and you can even take a tablet every other day.

Return to Table of Contents


  • Since it kind of acts like a Parkinson’s/RLS med, you can get the oddball side effects of a Parkinson’s/RLS med, like pathological gambling.
  • That also means you can’t take another dopamine agonist to deal with AP-induced movement disorders. So if you do get EPS and want to keep taking Abilify, you’ll need to take a potent anticholinergic like Cogentin, and probably wind up getting anticholinergic side effects after all.
  • Abilify’s long-ass half-lives mean if you two don’t get along you can be stuck with the side effects for at least one, and possibly two weeks after you stop taking it.

Return to Table of Contents

Interesting Stuff your Doctor Probably didn’t Tell You about Abilify

Abilify is the first third-generation antipsychotic (TGA) to hit the US market. TGAs are defined as being partial agonists at dopamine D2 receptors, and that’s what makes them act sort of like Parkinson’s/RLS meds. So, unlike Zyprexa, Abilify doesn’t just mask movement disorders by being a potent anticholinergic, it tries to prevent them from happening in the first place. Return to Table of Contents

Best Known for

The Hiccups of Death. AKA the Abilify Burp. Return to Table of Contents

These will stick around longer than AP side effects. More ways to be stuck-up at Straitjacket T-shirts. All stickers only $5
Medicine Is The Best Medicine stickers at Straitjacket T-shirts
Medicine Is The Best Medicine stickers
Fuck Schizophrenia stickers at Straitjacket T-shirts
Fuck Schizophrenia stickers
Mental Illness is NOT Contagious stickers at Straitjacket T-shirts
Mental Illness is NOT Contagious
Fuck Bipolar bumper stickers at Straitjacket T-shirts
Fuck Bipolar bumper stickers

Abilify’s Potential Side Effects

Potential Side Effects All Crazy Meds Have

No matter which neurological and/or psychiatric drug you take, you’ll probably get one or more of these side effects. These will usually be gone, or at least will diminish to the point where you barely notice it most of the time, within a week or two.

  • Headache
  • Drowsiness / fatigue - even when taking stimulants in some circumstances.
  • Insomnia, instead of or alternating with the drowsiness.
  • Nausea
  • Assorted other minor GI complaints (constipation, diarrhea, etc.)
  • Generally feeling spacey / out of it
    • Which can all add up to the ever-helpful “flu-like symptoms” listed as an adverse event on the PI sheet of practically every medication on the planet used to treat almost any condition humans and other animals could have.1
  • All crazy meds can, and probably will affect your dreams as well. There is no way of telling if that will be good or bad, let alone if this side effect is permanent or temporary.
  • Any of the above side effects you see listed again below means they’re even more likely to happen and/or stick around longer and/or are worse than most other meds.

Typical Potential Side Effects

  • Headache . Agitation , akathisia (the inability to sit still), anxiety , restlessness ; unlike almost all other APs, Abilify is more likely to make you hyper instead of turning you into a zombie.
  • Insomnia is more likely than daytime sleepiness , but Abilify is an AP, so it can still knock you out.
  • The Abilify Burp - a type of mild-to-moderate gastric reflux . You’ll know it when you taste it. Abilify has so many GI-related side effects that you might as well be taking valproic acid or felbamate.
  • These side effects are in the “Usually temporary, but they’ll flare up, especially when you change your dosage” category.

Return to Table of Contents

Uncommon Potential Side Effects

  • Blurred vision , mania (regardless of your being bipolar or not), teeth grinding & jaw clenching (but rarely progressing to TMJ like Lexapro), muscle aches , orthostatic hypotension (getting dizzy, feeling faint and nearly-to-actually passing out when you stand up).
  • Weight gain is a less likely than most APs, but Abilify can still hose your blood sugar, though.
    • If Abilify does make you gain weight, it’s in Seroquel and Zyprexa territory.
  • The gastric reflux can become severe.
    • With some people it can become really severe.

Return to Table of Contents

Freaky Rare Side Effects

Rabbit syndrome . Bone pain. Waxing-and-waning catatonia. Return to Table of Contents

Shirts to swipe right from
Crazymeds’ Clothes Line.
See more ways to let my
APs express your feelings
at Straitjacket T-shirts.Shirts, hoodies & more.
Team Bipolar shirts at Straitjacket T-shirts
Team Bipolar
Medicated For Your Protection shirts at Straitjacket T-shirts
Medicated For Your Protection
Schizophrenia Sucks! shirts at Straitjacket T-shirts
Schizophrenia Sucks!
The Zyprexa Made Me Eat It shirts at Straitjacket T-shirts
The Zyprexa Made Me Eat It

Don’t worry about buying one. Windows shop and share the designs you’d like to buy. Do you have something better to do right now?

What You Really Need to be Careful About

Losing glycemic control and developing diabetes 2 even if you didn’t gain an ounce of weight. The gastric reflux progressing to something dangerous and/or causing permanent damage.

Return to Table of Contents

Pregnancy Category

C-Use with caution Return to Table of Contents


Abilify’s Half-Life & How Long Until It Clears Your System

Half-lives: 75 hours for Abilfy, 94 hours for its active metabolite. Clearance: 20 days!

Steady State

Steady state reached in about 14 days

Half-life is the average time it takes for you to process half of the drug’s active ingredient. If a drug has a half-life of around 24 hours and you take a dose of 100mg, you’ll have roughly the equivalent a 50mg dose after one day, a 25mg dose after two days, and so on. The rule of thumb is: multiply the half-life by five and you get how long it is for the dose you took to be cleared from your bloodstream2, so there’s nothing swimming around to attach itself to your brain and start doing stuff. That’s called “plasma clearance.” Complete clearance is a complex equation based on a lot of factors which may or may not: be published in the PI sheet, include personal data like your weight, or even completely figured out by corporate and independent researchers. It usually winds up being 2–5 days after plasma clearance no matter what3, but can take weeks. Sometimes a drug will clear from your brain and other organs before it clears from your blood.

Steady state is the flipside of half-life. This is when you can expect to get over side effects caused by fluctuating amounts of a medication in your bloodstream. Often, but not always the same amount of time as the plasma clearance above.

Return to Table of Contents

How aripiprazole Works

the current best guess at any rate

According to Otsuka:

12.1 Mechanism of Action
The mechanism of action of aripiprazole, as with other drugs having efficacy in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, irritability associated with autistic disorder, and agitation associated with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, is unknown. However, it has been proposed that the efficacy of aripiprazole is mediated through a combination of partial agonist activity at D2 and 5-HT1A receptors and antagonist activity at 5-HT2A receptors. Actions at receptors other than D2, 5-HT1A, and 5-HT2A may explain some of the other clinical effects of aripiprazole (eg, the orthostatic hypotension observed with aripiprazole may be explained by its antagonist activity at adrenergic alpha1 receptors).

12.2 Pharmacodynamics
Aripiprazole exhibits high affinity for dopamine D2 and D3, serotonin 5-HT1A and 5-HT2A receptors (Ki values of 0.34 nM, 0.8 nM, 1.7 nM, and 3.4 nM, respectively), moderate affinity for dopamine D4, serotonin 5-HT2C and 5-HT7, alpha1-adrenergic and histamine H1 receptors (Ki values of 44 nM, 15 nM, 39 nM, 57 nM, and 61 nM, respectively), and moderate affinity for the serotonin reuptake site (Ki=98 nM). Aripiprazole has no appreciable affinity for cholinergic muscarinic receptors (IC50>1000 nM). Aripiprazole functions as a partial agonist at the dopamine D2 and the serotonin 5-HT1A receptors, and as an antagonist at serotonin 5-HT2A receptor. Abilify PI sheet

Based upon my research Aripiprazole is a moderate antagonist at the dopamine D3 receptor and a potent antagonist at the serotonin 5-HT2A receptors. Like quetiapine, ziprasidone, and clozapine, aripiprazole is a partial agonist at serotonin 5-HT1A receptors, but what makes it special (in the US, for now) is also being a partial agonist at the dopamine D2 receptors. Blocking 5-HT2A, and having a positive effect on 5-HT1A and D2 are responsible for fewer movement disorder and prolactin problems, and all those agitating/antsy/activating side effects. Excluding akathisia.

“Positive” isn’t quite the right word. As a partial agonist, aripiprazole fine tunes 5-HT1A and D2, which are happy brain juice receptors.

One thing that does makes aripiprazole unique, it’s the first crazy med I’ve written about where I think it actually does fewer things than are published in the PI sheet! Although I may have to re-evaluate the effect on H1, and make it wildly variable from person to person.

Return to Table of Contents

Active Ingredient


The active ingredient is usually the same as the generic name, but more often than not it’s a chemical salt of the substance identified as the generic. E.g. Fluoxetine is the generic for Prozac, but the active ingredient is fluoxetine hydrochloride (or HCl). It usually doesn’t make much of a difference outside of the more esoteric aspects of a drug’s pharmacology, but not always.

Return to Table of Contents

Shelf Life

Tablets & ODT - 3 years. Oral solution - 3 years (6 months after opening). IM Injection- 18 months. Return to Table of Contents

Abilify’s Noted Drug-Drug, Drug-Food & Drug-Supplement Interactions

Check for Other Drug-Drug, Drug-Food & Drug-Supplement Interactions Abilify may have at

Drugs.com’s drug-drug and drug-food interaction checker

It’s always a good idea to check for drug-drug interactions yourself. Just because most people in the crazy meds business know about really important interactions (e.g. MAOIs and a lot of stuff, warfarin and everything on the planet) doesn’t mean the person who prescribed your meds told you about them, or the pharmacist has all the meds you take at their fingertips like they’re supposed to. Or they have the time to do their jobs properly when not dealing with complete idiots or playing Angry Farmers on teh Faecesbooks.
Learn more about drug-everything interactions on our page of tips about taking crazy meds.

Name, Address, Serial Number (Generic and Overseas Availability)

Available in the US as a generic? Pending

Other Trade Names and Overseas Availability

Not including controlled/extended/sustained release suffixes (Efexor ER, Trevilor retard e.g.) or branded generics that are a hyphenate of the generic name and the drug company name (Apo-Citalopram e.g.).

Available as Abilify in These Countries

Argentina, Australia, Canada, EU, India, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, UK

Available as Generic Aripiprazole in These Countries


Transliterated, Overseas Trade and Branded Generic Names

  • エビリファイ: Japan
  • Arip
  • Aripiprex
  • Asprito
  • aripiprazol

Return to Table of Contents

Shapes & Sizes (How Supplied)

  • 2 mg tablets green with “A-006” and “2” imprinted
  • 5 mg tablets blue with “A-007” and “5” imprinted
  • 10 mg tablets pink with “A-008” and “10” imprinted
  • 15 mg tablets yellow with “A-009” and “15” imprinted
  • 20 mg tablets white with “A-010” and “20” imprinted
  • 30 mg tablets pink with “A-011” and “30” imprinted
  • Orally Disintegrating Tablets (ODT)
    • 10 mg pink & scattered specks with “A 640” and “10” imprinted
    • 15 mg yellow & scattered specks with “A 641” and “15” imprinted
  • Oral Solution: 1 mg/mL
  • Intramuscular Injection: 9.75 mg/1.3 mL single-dose vial
  • 1% Powder for DIY oral solution (In Japan only, so far as I’ve found.)
Abilify 2 mg tablets
Abilify 2 mg Tablets

Return to Table of Contents

Comments, PI Sheet, Ratings, Reviews and More


A is for Abilify. A is also for:

  • Antidepressant add-on
  • Activating
  • Agitation
  • Acidic burping
  • Anxiety
  • Akathisia
  • Agonist, dopamine

In case you don’t watch enough TV, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) is pushing Abilify as an add-on for your antidepressant (AD). Depression is a far more socially acceptable form of brain cooties than bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, so it’s no surprise that you’ll see way more ads about ADs than mood stabilizers. And recent approvals are always heavily advertized. In any event, there’s way more money in depression than there is in bipolar and schizophrenia combined, so expect Abilify to be marketed as a med that fills a common niche - as an add-on to ADs that are pretty close to working - and is a part of a proven strategy - combining an AAP with an AD. Abilify’s big advantage is being the only AAP currently approved by the FDA for that application. Not counting Zyprexa, which only has the approval when mixed with Prozac in prepackaged form under the name Symbyax.

As with most APs, I liked Abilify. It really helped me with the stupids, giving me more clarity of thought than Zyprexa. And, like most APs, Abilify didn’t like me. After a week on a dosage of 2mg every other day I was waking up with a seizure hangover every morning. After ten days I was waking up with a seizure hangover and then having an aura. The occasional nocturnal seizure I could live with; two seizures a day, every day, was beyond unacceptable.

Return to Table of Contents

Rate Abilify

Give your overall impression of Abilify on a scale of 0 to 5.

Get all critical about Abilify

3.5 stars Rating 3.1 out of 5 from 248 criticisms.
Vote Distribution: 43 – 17 – 27 – 23 – 69 – 69

Rate this article

If you’re still feeling judgmental as well as just mental4, please boost or destroy my self-confidence by honestly (and anonymously) rating this article on a scale of 0 to 5. The more value-judgments the better, even if you can criticize my work only once.

Get all judgmental about the Abilify (aripiprazole) Synopsis

4 stars Rates 3.8 out of 5 from 147 value judgments.
Vote Distribution: 13 – 6 – 3 – 9 – 58 – 58

Return to Table of Contents

Pages and Forum Topics Google Thinks are Relevant to Your Mental Health

Full US PI sheet, Global SPCs & PILs, Other Consumer Review & Rating Sites, and Other Sites that may be of Interest

Abilify’s Full US Prescribing Information / PI Sheet

Official Sites

PI Sheets from Around the World

Abilify is the first med I’ve come across where most of the overseas product information is more detailed than what we get in the US. I’ve come to expect the EMA to publish more info, but not ten times as much. Oh, wait, they’ve got the same damn info repeated for every frickin’ dosage. Still, when Health Canada has a PM over 3 times as long as the US PI sheet, and Australia’s is twice as long, and there are fewer approvals in each country, you’ve got to wonder what the hell BMS doesn’t want you to know.

Rating & Review Sites

Other Sites of Interest

DrugsDB.com’s Abilify Page Return to Table of Contents

Discussion board

If you have any questions not answered here, please see the Crazymeds Abilify discussion board. Return to Table of Contents

Enable Crazymeds to keep spreading our knowledge. Donate some spare e-currency you have floating around The Cloud.


  1. Full US Abilify PI Sheet
  2. Stahl, Stephen M. Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications (Essential Psychopharmacology Series) Third edition
  3. Stahl, Stephen M. The Prescriber’s Guide (Essential Psychopharmacology Series) Third edition Cambridge University Press 2009. ISBN:978–0521743990
  4. The Efficacy and Safety of Lower Doses of Aripiprazole for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Exacerbation of Schizophrenia
  5. Aripiprazole in the Maintenance Treatment of Bipolar Disorder: A Critical Review of the Evidence and Its Dissemination into the Scientific Literature
  6. Population pharmacokinetic modelling of aripiprazole and its active metabolite, dehydroaripiprazole, in psychiatric patients
  7. Chronic Treatment With Aripiprazole Prevents Development of Dopamine Supersensitivity and Potentially Supersensitivity Psychosis
  8. Aripiprazole in the Maintenance Treatment of Bipolar Disorder: A Critical Review of the Evidence and Its Dissemination into the Scientific Literature

Return to Table of Contents

1 As well as being an indication of half of said conditions.

2 Based on Julien's calculations from A Primer of Drug Action, the half-life multiplied by five is the generally accepted estimate of how long it takes a single dose of any given drug to be eliminated from the blood stream/plasma of someone with a normal metabolism. That's also the rough estimate for steady state if they can't get, or won't provide a number for that.

3 For crazy meds. I have no idea what the average complete clearance is for other types of medications. For all I know there are drugs that utterly vanish from your system in under five passes, and others that won't let go of your squishy bits for years after you stop taking them.

4 Thank you! I'll be here all weak. Be sure to tip your content provider. And don't try the veal, it's cruelicious!

If you have any questions not answered here, please see the Crazymeds Abilify discussion board. We welcome criticisms of the articles, notifications of bad links, site problems, consumer experiences with medications, etc. I’m not always able to write back. Hence I never answer questions about meds via e-mail that are answered by this or other articles. Especially if they have been repeatedly asked on the forum. That’s why we write these damn things. Questions about which meds are best for your condition should also be asked on the forum; because this is a free site, so the price of admission is making things easier for somebody else searching for the same answer. We don’t deal with children on the forum or in private because after doing this for ten years I don’t have the emotional stamina to deal with kids who have brain cooties. How to contact Crazymeds. — Jerod Poore, CME, Publisher Crazymeds (crazymeds.us)

Last modified on Wednesday, 04 May, 2016 at 16:32:50 by JerodPoorePage Author Date created Tuesday, 29 November 2011 at 11:57:45
“Abilify (aripiprazole): a Review for the Educated Consumer.” by Jerod Poore is copyright © 2011 Jerod Poore Published online 2011/11/29
Citation options to copy & paste into your article:
Plain text:Poore, Jerod. “Abilify (aripiprazole): a Review for the Educated Consumer.” Crazymeds (crazymeds.us). (2011).
with Microdata: <span itemprop='citation'>Poore, Jerod. "Abilify (aripiprazole)." <em>Crazymeds (crazymeds.us)</em>.(2011).</span>
Linked:<a href="http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=5rkux7sAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra">Poore, Jerod</a>. <a href='https://www.crazymeds.us/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Meds/Abilify'>"Abilify (aripiprazole): a Review for the Educated Consumer."</a>. <a href="https://www.crazymeds.us/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HomePage"> <em>Crazymeds (crazymeds.us)</em></a>. (2011).
with Microdata:<span itemprop='citation'> <a href="http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=5rkux7sAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra">Poore, Jerod</a>. <a href='https://www.crazymeds.us/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Meds/Abilify'>"Abilify (aripiprazole): a Review for the Educated Consumer."</a>. <a href="https://www.crazymeds.us/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HomePage"> <em>Crazymeds (crazymeds.us)</em></a>. (2011).</span>

Abilify, and all other drug names on this page and used throughout the site, are a trademark of someone else. Abilify’s PI Sheet will probably have the name of the manufacturer and trademark owner (they’re not always the same company) at or near the very bottom. Or ask Google who the owner is. The way pharmaceutical companies buy each other and swap products like Monopoly™ real estate, the ownership of the trademark may have changed without my noticing. It may of changed hands by the time you finished reading this article.

Page design and explanatory material by Jerod Poore, copyright © 2003 - 2016. All rights reserved.
Keep up with Crazymeds and and/or my slow descent into irreparable madness boring life. Pick your preferred social media target(s):

Almost all of the material on this site is by Jerod Poore and is copyright © 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Jerod Poore. Except, of course, the PI sheets - those are the property of the drug companies who developed the drugs the sheets are about - and any documents that are written by other people which may be posted to this site will remain the property of the original authors. You cannot reproduce this page or any other material on this site outside of the boundaries of fair use copying without the express permission of the copyright holder. That’s usually me, so just ask first. That means if want to print out a few pages to take to your doctor, therapist, counselor, support group, non-understanding family members or something like that - then that’s OK to just do. Go for it! Please. As long as you include this copyright notice and something along the lines of following disclaimer, I’m usually cool with it.

All rights reserved. No warranty is expressed or implied in this information. Consult one or more doctors and/or pharmacists before taking, or changing how you take any neurological and/or psychiatric medication. Your mileage may vary. What happened to us won’t necessarily happen to you. If you still have questions about a medication or condition that were not answered on any of the pages you read, please ask them on Crazy Talk: the Crazymeds Forum.
The information on Crazymeds pertains to and is intended for adults. While some information about children and adolescents is occasionally presented (e.g. US FDA approvals), pediatric-specific data such as dosages, side effects, off-label applications, etc. are rarely included in the articles on drugs or discussed on the forum. If you are looking for information regarding meds for children you’ll have to go somewhere else. Plus we are big pottymouths and talk about S-E-X a lot.
Know your sources!
Nobody on this site is a doctor, a therapist, or a pharmacist. We don’t portray them either here or on TV. Only doctors can diagnose and treat an illness. While it’s not as bad as it used to be, some doctors still get pissed off by patients who know too much about medications, so tread lightly when and where appropriate. Diagnosing yourself from a website is like defending yourself in court, you suddenly have a fool for a doctor. Don’t be a cyberchondriac, thinking you have every disease you see a website about, or that you’ll get every side effect from every medication1. Self-prescribing is as dangerous as buying meds from fraudulent online pharmacies that promise you medications without prescriptions.
All information on this site has been obtained from the medications’ product information / summary of product characteristic (PI/SPC) sheets and/or medication guides - which is all you get from sites like WebMD, RxList, NAMBLA NAMI, etc., the sources that are referenced throughout the site, our personal experience and the experiences family, friends, and what people have reported on various reputable sites all over teh intergoogles. As such the information presented here is not intended as a substitute for real medical advice from your real doctor, just a compliment to it. You should never, ever, replace what a real doctor tells you with something from a website on the Internet. The farthest you should ever take it is getting a second opinion from another real doctor. Educate yourself - always read the PI/SPC sheet or medication guide/patient information leaflet (PIL) that comes with your medications and never ever throw them away. OK, you can throw away duplicate copies, but keep at least one, as that’s your proof of purchase of having taken a med in case a doctor doubts your medical history. Plus they take up less space than a bottle, although keeping one inside of a pill bottle is even better.
Crazymeds is not responsible for the content of sites we provide links to. We like them, or they’re paid advertisements, or they’re something else we think you should read to help you make an informed decision about a particular med. Sometimes they’re more than one of those things. But what’s on those sites is their business, not ours.
Very little information about visitors to this site is collected or saved. From time to time I look at search terms used and which pages they bring up in an effort to make the information I present more relevant. And the country of origin, just because I’m geeky like that. That’s about it. Depending on how you feel about Schrodinger, our privacy policy should either assuage or exacerbate your paranoia.
Crazymeds is optimized for ridiculously large screens and browsers that don’t block ads. I use Firefox and Chrome, running under Windows 72. On a computer that sits on top of my desk. With a 23 inch monitor. Hey, at least you can make the text larger or smaller by clicking on the + or - buttons in the upper right hand corner. If you have Java enabled. Like 99% of the websites on the planet, Crazymeds is hosted on domain running an open source operating system with a variety of open source applications, including the software used to display what you’ve been reading. As such Crazymeds is not responsible for whatever weird shit your browser does or does not do when you read this site3.
Crazymeds now uses a secure server, but it is not so secure that you can discuss anything having to do with nuclear power facilities, air traffic control systems, aircraft navigation systems, weapons control systems, or any other system requiring failsafe operation whose failure could lead to injury, death or environmental damage. Just so you know. So if you’re mentally interesting and have a job that deals with that sort of thing, talk about said job elsewhere. Otherwise feel free to discuss your meds and brain cooties.
No neurologists, psychiatrists, therapists or pharmacists were harmed in the production of this website. Use only as directed. Void where prohibited. Contains nuts. Certain restrictions may apply. All data are subject to availability. Not available on all mobile devices, in the 12 Galaxies Guiltied to a Zegnatronic Rocket Society, or in all dimensions of reality. Hail Xenu!

‘Everything is true, nothing is permitted.’ - Jerod Poore

1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.

2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.

3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?* I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion as anonymity on teh Intergoogles. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.

* Yes, I know I’m using open source browsers. I also test the site using the now-defunct IE and Safari browsers. Their popularity - and superiority - killed IE and Safari, so that’s why I rely on the open source browsers. It’s like brand vs. generic meds. Sometimes the generic is better than the brand.

Enable Crazymeds’ Financial Solvency!

Enable Crazymeds to keep spreading our knowledge. Donate some spare e-currency you have floating around The Cloud.

Improve Your Social Media Skills


Follow our Highly Irregular Updates and Paranoid Rants Other News


Square this Circle

For Site News and NeuroPsych Research


Show us teh like™

Crazymeds: The Blog

For Site News and Crap that Distracts me from my Fucked-up Life

Crazymeds’ Tumblr

Mentally Interesting Advocacy

OpEd News

Daily Kos

Sites That Probably Suck Less Than Crazymeds

Crazymeds Merchandise

Available at Straitjacket T-Shirts

Vaccines Cause Immunity bumpersticker at Straitjacket T-Shirts

Stuck Up
All stickers $5. Now Available in Packs of 10 & 50

Mentally Interesting button at Straitjacket T-Shirts

Button It!
2.25″ $4 & 3.5″ $4.50. Now Available in Packs of 10 & 100

Medicated for your Protection hoodie at Straitjacket T-Shirts

Clothes Hoist
T-Shirts, Hoodies & More $14-$55

Team Manic! mug at Straitjacket T-Shirts

Get Mugged
11oz $13 & 15oz $14

Mentally Interesting tote at Straitjacket T-Shirts

Emotional Baggage
Assorted Totes & Bags $18 - $35

Meds Help framed tile at Straitjacket T-Shirts

Psychological Hang-Ups
Posters, Prints & Framed Tiles $12 - $40

Brain Cooties Aren't Contagious Magnet at Straitjacket T-Shirts

Magnetic Personality Disorders
2.25″ $4, Larger Sizes $4.50. Some Designs in Packs of 10 & 100

Burning Mind Books

Psychopharmacology tomes at Burning Mind Books

Books & Other Media for the Mentally Interesting

Use this link for your manic Amazonian shopping sprees
It won’t cost you anything extra, and I’ll get a kickback.