On May 23, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Abilify (aripiprazole) has been linked to compulsive behaviors and uncontrollable urges. Specifically, this drug can potentially cause excessive shopping, overeating, compulsive gambling and hypersexual activity.
Bristol-Myers Squibb added the compulsive gambling risk to the U.S. side-effect labeling for Abilify in January 2016. The May 2016 Abilify FDA Drug Safety Alert was issued following reports of other compulsive behavior side effects.
In response to the reports of compulsive behavior among Abilify users, the FDA also updated medication guides to include the additional compulsive behavior side effects.
These compulsive behaviors, while rare, can affect anyone taking Abilify. These compulsions can result in dangerous behavior, and as such, patients should be monitored while on the drug. Caregivers and family members should be especially alert for symptoms of compulsive behaviors associated with Abilify use.
If you believe that you or a loved one may have an Abilify Gambling Lawsuit claim, call the lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP now for a free and confidential consultation. Call us now at 1-800-718-4658. Again, the call is free and the consultation is 100% confidential. Our law firm is investigating Abilify Gambling Lawsuit claims throughout the country.
What Does Abilify Treat?
Abilify, an antipsychotic drug, was originally approved by the FDA on November 15, 2002, to help manage schizophrenia. Since then, it has been approved to treat other conditions such as bipolar disorder, depression and some autism symptoms. Many doctors have also prescribed Abilify for off-label conditions such as anxiety and insomnia. However, the drug has not been approved by the FDA for these medical conditions.
Serious Side Effects
Abilify was once one of the most popular drugs on the market. However, things changed in 2015, when the drug became linked to compulsive behavior related to shopping, gambling, sex and eating.
Of the 1.6 million people using Abilify, there have been 184 cases of compulsive behavior linked to Abilify use. Of those, 164 cases involved compulsive gambling issues. It’s worth noting that statistics of this sort are often underreported, so the number of actual Abilify compulsive behavior side effect cases could be much higher.
A Health Canada Abilify study concluded that the compulsive behavior lessened or stopped when patients reduced their Abilify dosage or stopped using the drug altogether. Among patients who reported experiencing compulsive gambling issues while taking Abilify, 14 of the 18 affected patients reported that the compulsive gambling behavior lessened or stopped after cessation of Abilify use or a reduction in Abilify dosage.
How Does Abilify Cause Compulsion?
Abilify mimics dopamine in the brain. Dopamine allows us to feel pleasure when the brain is being rewarded with something it likes. That’s how addictions form.
Abilify, therefore, affects the brain in two ways. It stimulates the brain and at the same time, reduces the ability to make sound decisions, thereby causing impulsive decision-making which can lead to compulsive repetition of behaviors such as gambling, shopping, eating, etc;
Your Legal Rights
The drug was developed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., which is marketing Abilify in conjunction with Bristol-Myers Squibb. We believe that Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb knew about the compulsive behavior side effect, but failed to let patients know. More than 1 million people use Abilify. Patients who have developed these compulsive behaviors have suffered financial loss and much more.
If you or a loved one took Abilify and developed a compulsive behavior while using the drug, contact the Abilify Gambling Lawsuit Attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP, for a free and confidential consultation.
Our attorneys are currently investigating claims where Abilify users have lost large sums of money due to a compulsive gambling habit. There are strict time limitations for making an Abilify Gambling Lawsuit claim. Therefore, call us today at 1-800-718-4658.
We handle Abilify Gambling Lawsuit claims nationwide.