Have you suffered financial trouble, family issues, or emotional injuries as a result of compulsive gambling while taking Abilify? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Studies suggest that Abilify may cause hidden side effects that negatively affect patients’ lives. That’s unacceptable.
At The Eichholz Law Firm, we understand the pain and anxiety that comes with unexpected side effects. That’s why we’re taking on cases related to Abilify and gambling addiction. Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience to get you the justice you deserve.
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Background of Abilify Lawsuits
Abilify is an antipsychotic medication commonly used to treat mood disorders like schizophrenia, Tourette’s syndrome, and bipolar disorder. Over the years, Abilify has also been prescribed for depression and outbursts related to autism.
The drug works by rebalancing dopamine and serotonin levels to improve behavior, mood, and thinking. This is particularly helpful in tackling delusions and hallucinations, antisocial behavior, trouble speaking, and a lack of motivation.
Abilify Side Effects
Abilify, sometimes known as its generic name aripiprazole, may cause some unwanted side effects. According to the official medication guide of Abilify, common side effects include nausea, vomiting, anxiety, insomnia, headache, blurred vision, restlessness, and more.
More serious side effects in the official guide include uncontrolled body movements, problems with metabolism, seizures, decreased blood pressure, neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), stroke in the elderly, and others.
These potential risks aren’t the only side effects users of Abilify have been encountering. Abilify has been linked to disturbing compulsive behavior like gambling addiction and hypersexuality. Yet none of these risks are in the official medication guide.
Abilify and Gambling Addiction
So how does an antipsychotic drug lead to gambling addiction?
Abilify works by regulating dopamine and serotonin levels. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in several functions, such as behavior, memory, sleep, mood, and learning. This is important when treating psychotic disorders. However, dopamine also mediates pleasure reward in the brain.
Researchers believe that Abilify may be affecting the dopamine reward receptors in the brain that trigger compulsive behavior. This could be why some patients who take Abilify have developed a severe gambling addiction.
Studies Linking Abilify to Compulsive Behavior
Evidence linking Abilify to compulsive behavior and gambling addiction dates back several years. In 2011, the British Journal of Psychiatry detailed three cases of patients whose behavior was modified following treatment with Abilify.
The patient in the third case study was a 26-year-old man being treated for schizophrenia. Here’s an excerpt from the report:
“S reported no history of gambling prior to starting aripiprazole in summer 2006. In summer 2007, he began experiencing strong urges to gamble in the form of a euphoric feeling when thinking about gambling. In the following 2 years he incurred debts of around £25 000 on internet betting sites.”
Also in 2011, a different study reported three more cases of people with pathological gambling induced by Abilify. This study was even more revealing by the fact that the three patients had no prior history of gambling and all three saw a disappearance in compulsive behavior after medication was ended.
Then, In 2014, a study conducted by JAMA Internal Medicine found that dopamine receptor agonist drugs (like Abilify) had a strong signal associated with impulse control disorders like pathological gambling, hypersexuality, and compulsive shopping.
The mounting evidence pointing to a link between Abilify and gambling is impossible to ignore.
What is an Abilify Lawsuit?
Not only is Abilify one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States but it is also one of the highest selling drugs in the world. It’s clear that the manufacturers will do anything to keep this multi-billion dollar industry thriving, even if it means not revealing disturbing side effects like compulsive gambling.
Even though the evidence is impossible to ignore, that’s exactly what the manufacturers of Abilify are doing.
Drug companies have a moral and ethical obligation to inform the general public about any harmful side effects. Otsuka and Bristol-Myers Squibb have consistently failed to warn the public about potential risks.
Along with a failure to warn of side effects, the manufacturers may also be at fault for selling a defective drug, concealing health risks, and improper marketing.
The lawsuits will not only provide financial compensation for your suffering but also help warn future patients of these disturbing risks.
Do I Have a Case Against Abilify?
If you or a loved one suffered from gambling addiction as a result of Abilify, you may have a case against the manufacturers. Compulsive gambling is a serious side effect with serious ramifications.
Even though compulsive gambling does not cause physical harm, it can leave people with crippling debt, legal trouble, and psychological distress.
If Abilify caused you financial and emotional suffering, you may be able to recover money lost to gambling, pay for treatment of gambling addiction, and receive compensation for emotional injuries.
Why You Should Let Us Handle Your Abilify Lawsuit
We have the skills and experience needed to take on large drug companies like Otsuka and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Our firm works hard to ensure our clients see the results they deserve.
But our relationship with clients doesn’t just end there. We guide you through the legal process to make sure you feel informed and supported the whole way.
We also work on a 100% contingency basis. That means we don’t get paid unless you win.
Contact The Eichholz Law Firm Today
Give us a call at (866) 947-7449 for a free consultation with no obligations to find out whether you have a case. It’s time to get your life back on track.