Abilify is an anti-psychotic drug which is used to treat conditions like agitation that come with mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or depression. Even though the medicine does a great job at tackling agitation, it has severe side effects that leads a patient to develop compulsive disorders such as gambling, overeating, splurging a significant amount of money, shopping, or becoming very sexually active. After these findings were highlighted, the Food and Drug Administration or FDA has asked the manufactures Otsuka and Bristol-Meyers to warn patients about these side effects and mention it so that none of the information is omitted from the consumers.How Does Abilify Work?
Abilify’s widespread use can be attributed to the different method it employs to treat conditions. While most medicines usually block dopamine and serotonin receptors in the brain to keep agitation away, Abilify actually flexes dopamine and serotonin level to create a balance of chemicals in the brain. Physicians often term it as a stabilizer and they prescribe it with other drugs to enhance its effectiveness.
Due to its ability to stabilize the chemicals, it is very commonly prescribed by doctors. However, it is not like any other drug in the market. The research available related to its effects is scant and to obtain more information, studies continue to happen to examine its impact.
In one study, it was found out that the drug modifies brain receptors by manipulating the brain signals to enhance the mood; it might actually be sending way amplified reward signals to the brain, leading to compulsive behavior.Compulsive Behavior Research and Studies
Plenty of studies are pointing out compulsive behaviors which become prevalent in people after consuming Abilify. The most common compulsive behavior that becomes highlighted is compulsive gambling.
It happens in people that in reality had no history of it but showed signs of it out of nowhere after getting accustomed to the drug. At times, the gambling addiction becomes so severe that it takes over the whole life of a patient. Some patients gamble regardless of whether they can afford it or not. In cases where patients can’t afford it, they end up betting their most valuable assets away and end up losing way too much.
In case they go short on cash, they resort to using credit cards, asking for loans from family members or friends, selling valuable items or taking other extreme measures to carry on with their addiction. Gambling addiction not only takes a toll on a person’s finances and jeopardizes his job, but it also leads to severe psychological issues. A person who was prescribed Abilify already had mental health issues in the first place, now add gambling addiction on top and the whole thing would wreak a havoc on the patient’s health.
Additionally, Abilify’s side effects aren’t just restricted to gambling. Abilify is known for encouraging impulsive behavior such as binge eating, compulsive shopping, extreme sexual behavior, etc. So, in 2016 the FDA released a warning after it took notice of the 184 cases which showed a connection of Abilify with compulsive behavior.
The cases depicted that as soon as a patient started taking Abilify, his compulsive behavior started and soon after he stopped taking the medicine, his compulsive behavior also stopped. By monitoring the data that was put forth by people, it was concluded that after taking Abilify, people would still continue to perform compulsive actions even if they harmed their reputation, health, finances or their performance at work.
The addictive behavior caused by Abilify is so strong that even if patients want to avoid it, they can’t. Abilify manipulates the dopamine levels of patients to such an extent that the feelings of pleasure are magnified in patients.Abilify’s No Warning
Abilify doesn’t come with any warning signs or any insinuation towards the side effects it is going to expose patients to. All drug production companies are liable to enable patients to take well-informed decisions and be aware of the potential risks associated with a medicine. When manufacturers fail to provide a disclaimer about such crucial information, they actually become obligated to pay for the damages their products cause and a patient can file for compensation for the mental and physical turmoil he goes through.Why Legal Action Against Abilify Will Help You
No one expects to face severe side effects after taking a medicine which was meant to cure them. Issues as severe as compulsive behaviors can be detrimental to all facets of a patient’s life. Consumers of Abilify were not well-informed enough to decide against taking the medicine which would jeopardize their health so extensively, which is why it is absolutely necessary to take legal action against the manufacturers. You can get an adequate compensation in order to restore your life and get it back on track after going through such turmoil.
The Jackman Law Firm has the resources to help you obtain money for your injuries. We have a long track record of success against the maker of Abilify.
Call us for a free consultation to discuss your case.