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FDA Warns Antipsychotic Drug Can Cause Compulsive Behaviors

NBC Nightly News | Published on May 6, 2016

The use of aripiprazole, which is found in medications like Abilify, may lead to “uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop, and have sex,” the FDA is warning.

Have You Sustained Gambling Losses From Taking Abilify?
Read Below Why You May Have a Claim.

What is Abilify?

Abilify pillsAbilify, otherwise known as aripiprazole, is an antipsychotic medication used to treat patients who suffer from mental illness. It helps to decrease the symptoms associated with disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder by changing the levels of certain chemicals that occur naturally in the brain. Specifically, Abilify works by increasing the levels of dopamine, a chemical responsible for regulating behavior and emotional responses in the body. Scientific studies have closely associated dopamine with a desire to engage in reward based behavior, gambling for example.

How Can Abilify Cause Compulsive Behavior?

the use of the anti-psychotic medication Abilify can cause compulsive behaviors such as gamblingIt is alleged that Dopamine is the reason. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is located in the central nervous system that helps regulate emotion and associated behavior. It plays an active role in happiness and desire. An increase in the level of dopamine in the brain can influence compulsive behaviors such as compulsive gambling. Abilify works by increasing the levels of dopamine in the brain, and thus can have an impact on compulsive behaviors such as compulsive gambling, shopping, spending, and eating disorders. Reports published on the effects of Abilify have noted the development of gambling habits in patients. In the cases reported, the compulsive behaviors stopped once the patient stopped taking Abilify.

What is the FDA Doing About Abilify Side Effects?

From the time that Abilify was put on the market, there have been many safety warnings issued by the FDA in connection with dangerous side effects that can be caused by the drug.

Abilify and The FDA

  • In 2004 – Abilify linked to diabetes and hyperglycemia. The FDA required that the manufacturers add warnings to the medication labels noting the increased the risk of diabetes and hyperglycemia.
  • In 2007 – Abilify linked to suicide in younger patients. The FDA required the addition of a black box warning stating that Abilify increased the risk of suicide in patients under the age of 24.
  • In 2008 – Abilify linked to increased risk of death in elderly patients. The FDA required the manufacturer to include a black box warning regarding the increased risk to older patients.
  • In 2011 – Abilify linked to problems in newborn babies. The FDA required that woman who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant be aware that Abilify may cause abnormal muscle movement and withdrawal symptoms in infants exposed to the drug during the third trimester.
  • In 2016 – Abilify linked to compulsive behavior. FDA posts a warning stating that Abilify can lead to compulsive gambling, binge eating, compulsive shopping, and urges to have sex. These symptoms were noted to stop once a patient stops taking Abilify.

Common Symptoms of Compulsive Behavior

  • Sudden/racing thoughts
  • Acting on impulse
  • Changes in spending habits
  • Compulsive shopping
  • Compulsive gambling
  • Weight gain/over eating

Have You Developed a Compulsive Gambling Behavior After Taking Abilify?

Worker on Abilify who is now a compulsive gamblerPeople who are suffering from this compulsion adjust their lives to support it including their finances, and time. They are preoccupied with gambling and the money they need to gamble. If they are not gambling they are thinking about the next time they will be able to gamble, it is completely life consuming. Things that were once priorities in these patients’ lives such as family, friends, and work now take a second place to gambling. This can have serious personal as well as financial consequences and lead to large amounts of debt and/or loss of income. If you have developed a compulsive gambling habit or any other compulsive behaviors after being treated with Abilify, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to contact a lawyer who is familiar with the issues Abilify can cause.

Contact an Experienced Abilify Lawyer

Abilify LawyerIf you or a loved one has suffered side effects after taking Abilify, you may be entitled to compensation for gambling losses, medical bills, pain and suffering, among other losses. We are working with experienced Abilify lawyers across the country, who are investigating these claims. They may be able to file a lawsuit on your behalf and charge no fee unless you get an award or settlement. Contact us toll free at 1-800-992-6878, or fill out a contact form online for a free, no obligation case evaluation.