Consult your physician before taking Abilify if you have ever experienced issues such as the following: liver or kidney disease, low white blood cell numbers, blood pressure issues, hearth rhythm irregularities, heart disease, high cholesterol and/or triglycerides, trouble swallowing, seizures, epilepsy, heart attacks, stroke, diabetes or family history of diabetes, OCD, addictive behaviours, or impulse-control disorder. Take all medications, including Abilify, exactly as directed to by your doctor and the prescription label.
If you think that you may be experiencing an overdose, call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose symptoms can include the following: vomiting, fast or slow heart rate, fainting, drowsiness, aggression, confusion, breathing problems, or seizures.
There is not enough information to determine whether or not Abilify is safe to use children under 10 years of age with bipolar disorder, or in schizophrenia patients 13 years of age or younger. Abilify is not approved for use in dementia related psychotic disorders, and may increase mortality risk in older adults with conditions related to dementia.
Young patients may experience suicidal thoughts when being treated with medications for psychiatric disorders. Doctors, family and/or caregivers should monitor changes in these patients’ mood.
Abilify may cause high blood pressure in some patients. If you are diabetic, be sure to check your blood sugar levels regularly while on Abilify.
During the last trimester of pregnancy, Abilify may cause issues with the newborn such as limp or stiff muscles, withdrawal symptoms, tremors, and more. If you become pregnant while on Abilify, consult with your doctor before considering stopping your treatment as you may experience withdrawal symptoms and other issues. You should not take this medication while breast-feeding as it can pass through breast milk and potentially harm your child.
Exercise caution while operating cars or machinery as Abilify may affect judgement skills and cause sedation.
Do not stop taking Abilify suddenly, as doing so may cause your condition to worsen and you may experience withdrawal symptoms.