My 13 year old is on Abilify(low dose) and recently (2 months or so ago) the doctor added zoloft. The combo seemed to work well but the weight gain has been HUGE. She is a taller child but 150 at 5'6 is too high and obesity is only going to add to the social issues she already has. The doctor said the zoloft increases the side effects of the abilify. This was a child who was a picky eater and now eats EVERYTHING. The doctor said diet and exercise, not that simple believe me! If there are four pears in in the fruit bowl she will eat two at a time. She cannot help herself and worse yet she talks about food constantly in an obsessive manner.. I'm currently taking Lamictal and Zoloft but I haven't experienced any weight gain at all. Hale, I am an IBCLC working with a mother who is presently undelivered. She is taking Abilify 10 mg daily and Zoloft 100 mg daily. If she needs further treatment for depression after the birth she will be taking Wellbutrin and Provigil as well.
INDICATIONS Zoloft is used for treating depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It may be used to treat panic disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It may also be used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD; a severe form of premenstrual syndrome) or social anxiety disorder. Zoloft is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It works by restoring the balance of serotonin, a natural substance in the brain, which helps to improve certain mood problems. Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Zoloft. STORAGEStore Zoloft at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Keep Zoloft out of the reach of children and away from pets. Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. MORE INFO: Active Ingredient: Sertraline hydrochloride. All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Sertraline may increase the blood levels of ARIPiprazole. This can increase the risk and/or severity of side effects such as drowsiness, seizure, Parkinson-like symptoms, abnormal muscle movements, and low blood pressure. You may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring by your doctor to safely use both medications. Contact your doctor if you experience agitation, aggression, confusion, convulsions, muscle spasm, or movements that you can't stop or control such as lip smacking, chewing, puckering, frowning or scowling, tongue thrusting, teeth clenching, jaw twitching, blinking, eye rolling, shaking or jerking of arms and legs, tremor, jitteriness, restlessness, pacing, and foot tapping. Also be alert to symptoms of low blood pressure such as dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, and/or increased pulse or heart rate. Avoid driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how these medications affect you, and use caution when getting up from a sitting or lying position, especially at the beginning of treatment or after an increase in dose of ARIPiprazole. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs.
Thank you both. I'm on 2.5mg of abilify, but it's going to be upped next week. My pdoc wanted to start me off slowly. I'm also on 50mgI think of Zoloftwhich will be upped ton 100mg next week. My pdoc told me to take the Abilify in the morning, and to take the Zoloft whenever it worked best for me. Im currently taking 2 mg abilify to augment my 50 mg zoloft because of severe anxiety and depression. Ive been on this regimen for about six weeks now and taking the zoloft for several months.