Abilify is an antipsychotic drug approved to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, irritability with autistic disorder, Tourette’s disorder, and episodes of mania or mixed episodes with bipolar disorder. Researchers now point to Abilify compulsive gambling as a side effect. It may seem far-fetched, but science doesn’t lie.
Abilify (Aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic used to treat agitation from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression. The drug is effective at controlling symptoms of these mental disorders; however, it comes with a dangerous, side effect that many never see coming compulsive behaviors such as gambling, binge eating, excessive shopping, and hypersexuality.
The FDA now has mandated manufacturers, Otsuka and Bristol-Meyers to change the labeling to warn about compulsive behaviors. Those taking Abilify should monitor their behavior and if any excess urges become present to stop taking the drug immediately.
How Abilify Causes Compulsive Gambling
Abilify works differently than many other drugs in its class. Other drugs block chemical receptors in the brain for dopamine or serotonin to control symptoms. Aripiprazole works by either enhancing or inhibiting dopamine and serotonin levels to keep a balance. Many doctors call it a stabilizer, which is why they prescribed it with other medications in an effort to enhance effectiveness.
This stabilizer effect is one reason doctors prescribe the drug so often, even for off-label use. However, dopamine is significant in motivation and reward. When a patient has too much dopamine this overstimulates the reward signals in the brain. Then, they can suffer from compulsive behaviors. In Abilify users, this has led to self-destructive behaviors like compulsive gambling, overactive sex drive, and excessive shopping.
We Want to Help Abilify Victims
Undeniably, pharmaceutical companies should inform you about the long-term risks associated with their medications. If Abilify caused you to develop a compulsive behavior, you should demand accountability. Why didn’t they tell you? We want to also help send a message that this is not acceptable. We are advocates for consumers harmed by dangerous products, and we have the experience necessary to successfully litigate these cases.
Contact the Michael Brady Lynch Firm today for a free consultation to learn more about seeking justice. You could receive compensation for any medical expenses, as well as for your physical and emotional suffering. There is no obligation.