Abilify Lawsuit for Compulsive Gambling Addiction, Compulsive Spending, and Other Disorders.
Abilify, which is one of the more popular antipsychotic prescriptions, has recently been the target of an FDA investigation along with other major medical journals, and they warn of a newly discovered side effect, engaging in compulsive behaviors. If you or a loved one developed a compulsive behavior, and their life was seriously affected by it, then they may be eligible to join an Abilify lawsuit. Speak to our lawyers today for a free Abilify lawsuit consultation to receive more information and a free case review.
Abilify and the Development of Compulsive Behaviors
The FDA investigation first came out with a claim that people who take Abilify may experience a previously undisclosed side effect that causes a pathological or compulsive gambling need. Later, the FDA updated this warning to include additional compulsive behaviors or impulse-control problems. Developing a compulsive behavior or having impulse-control problems could greatly affect the choices a person makes.These choices could ultimately affect a person’s personal relationships, finances, health, or quality of life.
Compulsive Gambling Addiction named an Abilify side effect
The British Journal of Psychiatry has published a short report which contains information from three case studies.
In each instance, the impulse to gamble was diminished when the patient was taken off aripiprazole.
The study also mentions that the compulsive gambling addiction may not immediately develop after starting Abilify.
While there may not be any physical injury related to compulsive gambling, it still has the potential to cause serious damage to a person’s life.
Individuals who may be experiencing the compulsive gambling addiction from Abilify may spend through their saving or even go into debt to continue the behavior.
Compulsive Binge Eating
Binge eating is eating to excess or too much. This happens because the body has a constant need to eat to feel better. People who may have developed a compulsive eating disorder due to the use of Abilify may experience addition health consequences that come with putting on the extra weight or becoming obese. This could include type II diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension.
Compulsive Shopping or Impulse Spending
This compulsive disorder is characterized as a constant need to shop or spend money. This could have serious adverse consequences to a person’s finances if they experience an uncontrollable urge to spend due to the use of Abilify. A person could go through a large amount of money quickly depending on how strong the urges are.
Compulsive Sexual Behaviors
Sexual addiction or hypersexual disorder is another side effect the FDA mentioned in the May 3rd 2016 announcement. This disorder could affect a person in a number of ways including their health, personal relationships, their job, or other areas of their life.
Canadian and Europe Warnings about Abilify
Starting with November 2012, the drug regulatory organizations in the European country required from the makers of Abilify to display warnings about pathological gambling that the drug might produce. On the label, information was placed on the reports that users of the drug began to engage in gambling activities that were uncontrollable, along with a recommendation that the individuals who use the drug should be carefully monitored.
At the same time, both companies that continued to produce Abilify neglected to place any similar warnings to the doctors and the patients in the US. The companies did offer warnings that connected Abilify and uncontrollable gambling to the doctors in Canada from November 2015. This happened when regulators employed by the Canadian government found cases of patients that began engaging in hypersexuality behavior or compulsive and unstoppable gambling.
JAMA Investigates Potential Negative Impact of Abilify
A study conducted by JAMA Internal Medicine in October 2014 found that the Abilify influenced neurotransmitters called dopamine and serotonin in a way that also was connected to impulse control. The subsequent studies connected its side effects with pathological gambling, as well as hypersexuality and binge eating. All of these behaviors are triggered by the presence of neurotransmitters called serotonin and dopamine. Here, it is believed that when the dopamine system is in a stimulated state, people tend to feel pleasure, and the same state is then connected to a compulsive behavior.
FDA MedWatch Safety Alerts
In May 2016, FDA expanded on its previous warning that the Abilify may be linked to additional forms of compulsive behavior, including binge eating, sex, and gambling. They warned that the while patients took Abilify, there may be a higher chance for patients to demonstrate a range of uncontrollable urges, like those to eat shop, gamble and have sexual intercourse.
The FDA also included that the same behaviors stopped once the drug use was discontinued, which suggests a very close connection between the use of Abilify and compulsive behaviors.
Abilify Lawsuit Attorneys for addictive compulsive behavior
If you or a loved one believe they may have developed a compulsive behavior or habit while taking Abilify, then they may be eligible for financial compensation from the manufacturer. Our lawyers at the Abbott Law Group are currently investigating claims from individuals who may have been affected and wish to join an Abilify lawsuit.