Abilify & Compulsive Behavior Claims
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Abilify is an antipsychotic medicine known to cause compulsive behaviors—including overeating, hypersexuality, and gambling—in some patients. If you or a loved one was prescribed Abilify and suffered debt, addiction, or other consequences of uncontrolled impulses, you could be eligible for compensation.
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Abilify & Gambling Lawsuits
Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic medication manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Designed to treat mental disorders such as bipolar disorder, severe depression, autistic symptoms, and schizophrenia, Abilify is also linked to uncontrollable and dangerous behavior. This is because Abilify acts on the dopamine pathway, which plays a major role in sensations of motivation, pleasure, compulsion and reward.
These behaviors may include:
- Binge eating
- Sex addiction
- Pathological gambling
- Uncontrollable shopping
These actions often manifest in people with no prior histories of such behavior. Addictions to sex, gambling or shopping can profoundly affect a patient’s life, with major financial, familial, and health repercussions. Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to warn patients and doctors of the risks associated with medications. Any failure to do so opens the drugmaker to liability to any consequences of those risks, such as financial ruin from Abilify-related gambling.
What Are My Legal Options?
In May 2016, the FDA issued a Safety Communication warning the public about impulse control problems from Abilify. The FDA took this action after several medical studies linked Abilify – one of the country’s top-selling drugs – to compulsive urges to gamble, shop, binge eat, and have sex.
These urges can devastate patients and their families, causing a range of problems from massive debt to obesity to sexually transmitted disease or unplanned pregnancy. Although this drug may not cause immediate physical harm, the psychological impacts are enormous. People and families left with crippling debt or consequences of high-risk sex may have legal recourse against Abilify’s manufacturers.
Drug makers did not warn about Abilify’s potential to cause impulse control problems as they were legally required to do. This failure allows patients seriously harmed by the drug to file lawsuits against the manufacturer. Only through a lawsuit will patients regain the damage done to them and hold these companies responsible.
If You Don’t Win, You Don’t Pay
The first Abilify gambling lawsuits were filed in January 2016. We are currently representing clients who suffered severe psychiatric and financial harm from Abilify.
We encourage you to speak with one of our Chicago dangerous drug attorneys for a free, confidential case review. We do not charge our clients anything out-of-pocket, and we only get paid if we’re successful in your case.
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