Abilify Addiction Lawsuit

Abilify addiction linked to compulsive gambling & more

Abilify (aripiprazole) Abilify_bottlehas been linked to compulsive gambling, binge eating, shopping addiction and uncontrollable sexual urges. Abilify is an anti-psychotic drug used to treat mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. The journal Current Drug Safety reported a case study that examined several cases of compulsive gambling in people who took Abilify. According to that study, none of the patients suffered a prior history of compulsive gambling habits or addictions, which ceased once they stopped taking Abilify. Our law firm is consequently investigating Abilify Addiction Lawsuits.

Abilify triggers Compulsive Behaviors

Abilify acts on the same brain nerves that are activated by dopamine, which stimulates certain of the brain’s  pleasure centers. As a result, compulsive behaviors have been reported by patients taking Abilify and similar medications. In addition to compulsive gambling, other “side effects” (which are, of course, actual effects) may include excessive eating, shopping, and/or hypersexual behavior.

FDA Warning on Abilify Addiction

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned on May 3, 2016 that Abilify may lead to “compulsive or uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop, and have sex.” The agency reported that all of these potentially harmful activities have been reported with the use of the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole, which is contained in Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada, and generic versions of the drug.

The FDA said these uncontrollable urges were reported to have ceased when Abilify or similar meds were discontinued or the dose was reduced. The agency reported: “These impulse-control problems are rare, but they may result in harm to the patient and others if not recognized.”

FDA  Warning May 3, 2016:

“Although pathological gambling is listed as a reported side effect in the current aripiprazole drug labels, this description does not entirely reflect the nature of the impulse-control risk that we identified. In addition, we have become aware of other compulsive behaviors associated with aripiprazole, such as compulsive eating, shopping, and sexual actions. These compulsive behaviors can affect anyone who is taking the medicine. As a result, we are adding new warnings about all of these compulsive behaviors to the drug labels and the patient Medication Guides for all aripiprazole products.”

More FDA Warnings

•   FDA had previously warned that Abilify could cause increased mortality in elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis. FDA also notes that Abilify is not approved for the treatment of patients with dementia-related psychosis.
•   Antidepressants such as Abilify are known to increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults in short-term studies, which the FDA says did not show an increase in the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior with antidepressant use in patients over age 24. There was, says FDA, a reduction in risk with antidepressant use in patients aged 65 and older.
•   FDA further cautions that patients of all ages started on antidepressant therapy should be monitored closely for worsening, and for suicidal thoughts and behaviors.  Families and caregivers should be advised of the need for close observation and communication with the prescriber.

Are You in Serious Debt After Taking Abilify?

Some people taking Abilify have gambled compulsively and found themselves tens of thousands of dollars in gambling debt. Severe debt can have a terribly negative impact on one’s credit rating history. The negative consequences of excessive debt and poor credit include several debilitating problems:

  • Denials of employment
  • Inability or difficulty obtaining a mortgage, car loan, cell phone service, more
  • High credit card interest rates
  • Harassing, threatening, intimidating calls from debt collectors

Do I have an Abilify Lawsuit?

Anyone who one took Abilify and developed a damaging gambling addiction, or a binge eating, shopping or sexual addiction,  may be eligible for financial compensation.  Time to file most drug lawsuit claims is limited by statutes of limitations, so call or email an Abilify Attorney today. Our law firm is standing by to see if we can help you or a loved one.

Abilify-Attorney

Contact an Abilify Attorney at Matthews & Associates Law Firm for a free legal consultation regarding a potential Abilify Addiction Lawsuit.

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