- August 22, 2016
- by WILL DAVIDSON LLP
Have you or a loved one recently used a drug called Abilify? Abilify is prescribed to people who are suffering from certain mental disorders. Many individuals taking Abilify begin to exhibit compulsive behaviour the reported behaviours include, compulsive gambling, binge eating, shopping, hyper sexuality.
Will Davidson LLP is currently representing clients who have been prescribed Abilify for the treatment of mental disorders and as a result are endangering themselves and others after taking this drug.
What is Abilify Prescribed For
Abilify, also known as Abilify Maintena, Aristada, and sold under the generic name of Aripiprazole, is an antipsychotic drug prescribed to treat certain mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, and irritability associated with autism. Some health professionals have also used the drug in combination with others to treat depression.
Are drug warnings being ignored
Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued warnings regarding the deleterious effects of the use of aripiprazole.
According to an article from the Wall Street Journal, the FDA has linked the use of the drug to a range of compulsive and uncontrollable behaviours. A number of patients being treated with Abilify and similar drugs have demonstrated compulsive behaviours after having no prior history of compulsive behaviours.
Previous studies revealed onset of compulsive behaviour
In 2011, the British Journal of Psychiatry published a study that looked at three patients being treated with Abilify who suffered from compulsive gambling. Each patient was taken off Abilify and moved to another anti-depressant. Six months later, all three of the patients reported that they had not resumed gambling.
JAMA Internal Medicine published a study in 2014 that linked Abilify use to impulse behaviour problems. Researchers analyzed the medical records of 1,580 patients reporting impulsive behaviour issues and identified a substantial connection between the drug and gambling problems.
A 2014 study published by the medical journal Additive Behaviours associated the use of Abilify with compulsive gambling. Researchers considered a focus group of individuals who had sought institutional help for their gambling addictions. Amongst the group, eight individuals were being treated with Abilify and researchers found that in seven of those individuals, the use of Abilify was the direct cause of compulsive gambling problems. Once those users had their Abilify dosage significantly reduced or were completely taken off the drug, they were once again able to control their gambling impulses.
In a Canadian case, one individual being treated with Abilify lost over $250,000 through compulsive gambling. After the individual stopped taking Abilify, the compulsive gambling ceased immediately.
How can Will Davidson LLP Help You
Users of Abilify who suffer from compulsive behaviour deserve compensation. Compulsive behaviour like gambling is classified as a legitimate psychiatric illness. These uncontrollable urges often lead to significant undue financial hardship as well as deleterious effects on your health, mental well-being, and social and family relationships.
If you or a loved one has been affected by Abilify, please contact our office to discuss your situation and how you may be entitled to compensation.