Abilify Addiction Lawsuit
Abilify addiction linked to compulsive gambling & more
Abilify (aripiprazole) has 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
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.
Contact an Abilify Attorney at Matthews & Associates Law Firm for a free legal consultation regarding a potential Abilify Addiction Lawsuit.