According to manufacturer Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, ABILIFY may cause a weight gain of at least 7 percent of a patient's baseline weight. The makers of ABILIFY conducted several six-week studies that demonstrated that patients gained approximately 3.7 pounds while taking ABILIFY and another antidepressant.
Patients can avoid the weight gain by adding a healthy diet and exercise routine to their lifestyles. In addition to weight gain, patients taking ABILIFY may experience restlessness, insomnia, fatigue, constipation and blurred vision, notes Otsuka America Pharmaceutical. Four percent of patients experience a sedated state while on the medication. ABILIFY increases serious side effects of other medication; it is important to talk to a doctor before taking ABILIFY.