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The drug aripiprazole (also called Abilify and Aristada) is an antipsychotic drug prescribed to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Tourette’s syndrome and some forms of autism. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has linked aripiprazole to compulsive gambling, compulsive sex, binge eating and compulsive shopping in some patients.
If you or someone you love has experienced difficulty with impulse control while taking this drug, you may be entitled to compensation through an Abilify lawsuit. Our team of defective medical device lawyers are accomplished in handling these types of cases and can help you determine if you have a case. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about your legal options. We do not get paid unless you do.
Physicians prescribe Abilify to treat symptoms related to psychiatric disorders, such as:
- Decrease hallucinations
- Improve mood
- Treat disorganized thinking
- Treat tics associated with Tourette’s syndrome
- Reduce depression (when combined with antidepressants)
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Abilify and Compulsive Gambling
The FDA collects adverse event information for prescription drugs, including Ability. The FDA has identified 184 case reports of people taking aripiprazole who experienced impulse control problems. The most prevalent report was uncontrolled gambling – even people who have had no such prior inclinations reported experiencing uncontrollable urges.
How can this happen? In effect, the drug affects the reward center of a user’s brain. This prompts them to take part in stimulating activities without regard to the consequences of their actions. When the dosage was reduced or stopped altogether, the compulsive behavior also stopped. This led FDA scientists to recognize the link between the compulsive behavior and the drug.
Other compulsive activities may also result from taking this drug, such as compulsive sexual behavior, overeating and excessive shopping. These side effects might occur in addition to or instead of compulsive gambling.
Because the drug’s manufacturers, Otsuka and Bristol-Myers Squibb, failed to warn about these risks, many individuals have filed lawsuits seeking compensation for the damages they have experienced. Our team can help you determine if you are entitled to join an Abilify lawsuit based on your experiences.
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The defective medical device lawyers at Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC are national leaders in the field of dangerous drug litigation. The attorneys at Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC have been recognized as some of the nation’s top mass tort lawyers. If you were prescribed Abilify, our attorneys can review your case and offer guidance. You may be entitled to join an Abilify lawsuit and help prevent others from being harmed by unsafe drugs.
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