Abilify (aripiprazole) which is a prescription drug used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, just received a new FDA warning concerning the discovery of impulse-control problems. This could lead a patient to develop uncontrollable compulsive disorders such as compulsive gambling. One of the first documented cases took place back in 2010.
A 64-year-old woman had her prescription changed from pimozide to aripiprazole starting at 10mg and had the dose increased to 15mg over a 3 year period. She would occasionally spend a few dollars while playing video poker machines, but after her dose was increased to 15mg, she was unable to stop. Her gambling addictions would cause her to spend close to $700 each time she went to play video poker. The woman also developed a compulsive eating habit which may also be connected to the aripiprazole.
Compulsive gambling or gambling addiction is an uncontrollable urge to gamble despite the negative consequences or how it may affect a person’s life.
This could be going to a casino, playing video gambling machines, playing online poker, the lottery, scratch-offs, or betting on sport or races. There are other forms of gambling such as making personal bets which could also be considered an uncontrollable gambling addiction.
This kind of addiction is considered close to alcohol or substance abuse where a person does not have control over the urge to gamble.
· A person suddenly develops a constant need to gamble
· There is a need to spend more money each time or take larger gambling risks
· Gambling has become a way to escape reality to forget about problems
· Extra time is taken away from family, friends, and work to gamble
· Hiding gambling activities or lying about going out to gamble
· Borrowing money or stealing to continue gambling
· The person is unable to stop gambling, even when trying
· Increased irritability when not gambling
The first thing you should do is contact your doctor right away at the very first signs that your may have developed a gambling addiction. A gambling addiction can ruin lives, relationships, and a person’s employment. If it important to seek help right away.
Your doctor may recommend counseling or a step by step plan as part of treatment as there currently isn’t a method which is considered the best.
After speaking with your doctor, you should speak with an attorney right away to learn more about your legal rights to pursue an Abilify lawsuit.
The Abbott Law Group, P.A. is offering free Abilify lawsuit consultations for people who believe they may have developed a compulsive gambling addiction due to the use of Abilify. Contact us today to see if you may be eligible to join an Abilify lawsuit for financial compensation for damages related to a compulsive gambling habit.