Abilify (aripiprazole) is a prescription antipsychotic medication that restores the balance of chemicals in the brain therefore helping to treat such conditions as manic depression and schizophrenia. You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to aripiprazole. If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take Abilify: When taking Abilify you will have to be very careful combining it with some other drugs you are taking or intend to take, as interactions are possible. Sometimes these interactions can actually affect the success of your treatment, while in other cases you will just experience worsened side effects. If you are taking other medicine that causes sleepiness - report any of them to your health care provider before taking Abilify. The following ones are supposed to be discussed: depression and anxiety medications, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, cold or allergy medicine, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures. Your health care provider needs to know as much as possible about your personal and family medial history - such health conditions as a history of a stroke, liver or kidney disease, heart disease, trouble swallowing, seizures, history of diabetes, a history of heart attack, high blood pressure, and a history of breast cancer are supposed to be reported first thing when you come for an appointment, as they may require a dose adjustment or your doctor will need to monitor you for side effects. Abilify is not supposed to be used for longer than 6 weeks unless otherwise recommended by your health care provider. You should avoid using Abilify for loner than prescribed, as you are not going to benefit more from it than you already did. Moreover, taking this drug more frequently, for longer than needed or in larger doses can cause an overdose. The following symptoms are possible if you happened to take too much of this medicine: lightheadedness, fast or slow heart rate, trouble breathing, confusion, seizure, fainting, drowsiness, aggression, and agitation. If you or someone else may have taken too much - seek emergency medical help and do not take any more of this drug until your doctor tell you it's okay. The following serious side effects are sometimes possible - and they will need to be reported to your health care provider as soon as you notice them: suicidal thoughts, fast or uneven heartbeats, yellowing of your skin or eyes, headache, seizure, confusion, stiff muscles, body aches, urinating less than usual, fever, and flu symptoms. In most cases, however, you will get just minor side effects, such as drowsiness, headache, stomach upset, anxiety, dizziness, sleep problems, constipation, trouble swallowing, and weakness. The mild side effects mentioned do not need to be reported, as they are most likely to go away on their own. Tell your health care provider if you develop any new symptoms while using this medicine, as every person may have individual reactions to the treatment and they all need to be taken in consideration.