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Compulsive Urges After Taking Abilify?

Did you take Abilify and subsequently develop compulsive behaviors? The FDA has recognized a correlation between the use of the antipsychotic drug, Abilify, and the development of compulsions including gambling and compulsive spending. If you or a loved one suffered these side effects as a result of taking Abilify, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call 1-800-LAW-FIRM or fill out the form on this page for a free, confidential case evaluation.

What is Abilify?

Abilify is an antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and Tourette syndrome. Other uses include treatment as an add-on for major depressive disorder, tic disorders and irritability associated with autism.

FDA Warning

In May 2016, the FDA issued a formal warning that the use of the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada) has been linked to compulsive urges which can lead to uncontrollable gambling and other addictions. These rare but serious impulse-control problems reportedly stop when the medicine is discontinued or markedly reduced in dosage.

Behavioral Side Effects

The following behavioral side effects have been reported in some Abilify users:

  • Compulsive Gambling
  • Compulsive Spending
  • Binge Eating
  • Hypersexuality

Compulsive gambling, also known as a gambling disorder, is the uncontrollable urge to continue gambling, despite the dangers it poses and the impact on your life. Stimulating the reward centers of your brain, gambling can become an addiction similar to that of alcohol or drugs.

Compulsive spending, or compulsive buying disorder, is a disorder that involves an obsession with spending money. Compulsive buying disorder is generally recognized by making purchases beyond one’s financial means. Other symptoms can also include long shopping excursions as well as just obsessing over the thought of making purchases.

Binge eating, or compulsive eating disorder, is when one is driven to frequently consume large amounts of food with the inability to stop. Not only can this disorder have devastating effects on one’s quality of life, it can lead to other health issues including obesity and heart disease.

Hypersexuality, or compulsive sexual behavior, is a disorder that is characterized by an obsession of sexual thoughts and uncontrollable urges. Compulsions of this nature may cause people to obsess over and seek out sexual experiences beyond the boundaries of acceptable conduct. These can include extramarital affairs or paying for sex.

Understand Your Legal Options

If you take Abilify and are experiencing any of the behavioral symptoms mentioned above, your actions may not be coincidental. There have been significant correlations between taking Abilify and developing a gambling and other compulsive disorders. Find out if you qualify for possible financial compensation by contacting the experts at 1-800-LAW-FIRM today. Call 1-800-529-3476 or complete the form on this page.

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