Abilify is a popular antipsychotic that patients all over the world take to treat disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression in adults and occasionally Tourette syndrome in younger people. Unfortunately, patients taking Abilify have experienced serious and life-altering side effects that were not fully disclosed to them. Patients taking Abilify are experiencing compulsive gambling behaviors that subside when they switch to other types of antipsychotic medications.
What Is Abilify?
Abilify or Aripiprazole was brought to the market by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. and is marketed in the U.S. by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Abilify was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 and is considered a “second generation” atypical antipsychotic medication (SGA). Abilify works by blocking certain receptors in the brain, which in turn helps reduce hyperactivity, moodiness, and other aggressive behaviors. Specifically, Abilify blocks receptors in the brain’s dopamine pathways. Dopamine is a chemical associated with an individual’s reward behaviors.
Troubles With Abilify
Until 2016, Abilify’s manufacturers and distributors did not adequately warn consumers that in some patients the drugs could cause compulsive behaviors such as gambling. In May 2016, the FDA issued a black box warning for Abilify because of patient reports of compulsive behaviors. A black box warning is the most serious type of warning issued by the FDA. The FDA required the black box warning after receiving reports of 184 cases of patients experiencing pathological gambling, compulsive eating, shopping or spending, and compulsive sexual behaviors. The FDA goes on to state, “In the majority of cases, patients with no prior history of the compulsive behaviors experienced uncontrollable urges only after starting aripiprazole (Abilify) treatment. Within days to weeks of reducing the dose or discontinuing aripiprazole (Abilify) , these uncontrollable urges stopped.”
Compulsive Behaviors Caused By Abilify
Compulsive behaviors caused many patients taking Abilify to gamble away thousands of dollars, putting them and their families in serious financial distress. Patients had no idea Abilify could cause such serious side effects. Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. and Bristol-Myers Squibb had a responsibility to warn patients of all risks associated with Abilify.
File An Abilify Lawsuit Today
Patients that took Abilify and experienced compulsive gambling may be able to recover compensation from the manufacturers. The experienced Abilify lawyers at Blizzard Law PLLC can explain your legal options and file an Abilify lawsuit to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our dedicated pharmaceutical attorneys.