Abilify (aripiprazole) is a prescription antipsychotic medication used to treat such conditions as schizophrenia and manic depression (bipolar disorder). Your health care provider may recommend taking it for some major depressive disorder in combination with other drugs. Abilify is not for use in psychotic conditions that are related to dementia. Abilify may cause heart failure, sudden death, or pneumonia in older adults with dementia-related conditions. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydrated, as this is a lot more possible if you are taking Abilify. Do not exceed the dose recommended and take this drug as prescribed. You can take Abilify with some food or without, and always make sure you are using a special measuring device if you have been prescribed the liquid form of this medicine. The following health conditions must be reported in advance for your doctor to be able to prescribe the lowest dose you will benefit from most: trouble swallowing, a history of breast cancer, high blood pressure, seizures, a history of a stroke, heart disease, liver or kidney disease, history of diabetes, a history of heart attack, and any other ones you think may be of importance. Your health care provider may want to check your progress regularly to make sure the treatment is safe and efficient. If you have taken too much of Abilify the following symptoms of an overdose are possible: seizure, confusion, fast or slow heart rate, trouble breathing, fainting, aggression, agitation, drowsiness, and lightheadedness. Seek emergency medical help if you get any of those. This drug has been reported to cause interactions with the following medicines: phenytoin, paroxetine, quinidine, ketoconazole, high blood pressure medications, fluoxetine, itraconazole, rifabutin, rifampin, carbamazepine, and phenobarbital. Make sure your health care provider is aware of the fact you are taking any of them and will prescribe a dose of Abilify high enough for you to benefit, at the same time low enough for you not to suffer from any serious health consequences. Certain drugs can also add to the sleepiness you may experience, and shod therefore not be combined with Abilify. These include narcotic pain medicines, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, cold or allergy medicine, depression and anxiety medications, and medicines for seizures. Never start new drugs without your doctor's knowledge and consent.