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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Does Abilify Cause Sleep Paralysis?

Question: Hello, I'm taking 30 mg of Abilify per day for my anger and 0.5 mg of Sedoxil (Mexazolam) per day so that Abilify doesn't cause me sleep paralysis. I'm taking this medication for many years now and I can't study. Can you suggest other medication for me?

Answer: I don't think the abilify would cause sleep paralysis. If anything, abilify may cause insomnia, or difficulty sleeping and it has actually been prescribed to treat sleep paralysis with good effect. There have been several studies that reported zero patients taking abilify experienced sleep paralysis. Mexazolam is a benzodiazepine and is used to treat anxiety in some countries. You don't say what symptoms are causing you trouble studying. Is it that you can't focus, can't sit still? If that is the case, abilify may be causing the restlessness. There are many medication options and I encourage you to see the professional who is currently prescribing your abilify so that you can explain what's going on for you.