Since the antipsychotic drug Abilify was first introduced, many have counted on it for treating conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The basic idea is that it targets dopamine receptors in the brain and then either increases or decreases the brain’s dopamine or serotonin levels if there is an imbalance.
However, even though Abilify has helped many patients, sadly, the lives of many others have been thrown into complete chaos due to some serious side effects.
What Are Abilify’s Side Effects? Compulsive Gambling For One.
While Abilify users have been known to experience several common side effects — including blurred vision, dizziness and nausea, among others — one of the most serious side effects users suffer is compulsive or pathological gambling.
Since the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) first approved Abilify in 2002, there have been nearly 200 submitted reports indicating a link between the prescribed drug and impulse-control problems. In 2016, the FDA issued a warning to patients that compulsive and uncontrollable urges to gamble had been reported with Abilify use.
Unfortunately, many Abilify users simply cannot resist this obsessive behavior, even when the gambling causes them personal and financial harm. In many instances, this compulsive behavior starts immediately after starting Abilify and doesn’t stop until the meds are discontinued or the dosage is reduced.
Abilify Victims May Have Legal Options Available
If you or a loved one has suffered from uncontrollable gambling after taking Abilify, you may have several legal options. For example, you may be able to file a civil suit seeking damages for:
- Gambling losses and other financial losses
- Physical injuries related to your Abilify use
- Emotional distress
However, it is important to point out that every situation is different — meaning your actual losses and compensation will depend on your specific circumstances.
Our attorneys are currently evaluating cases related to Abilify. If you took Abilify, please contact us through this simple form or our toll-free number, 800-598-0314. You might be entitled to compensation for medical bills associated with your condition, pain and suffering, and more.