The depression drug Abilify has been recently linked to an increased risk of compulsive gambling problems from patients who have been prescribed the drug. Abilify has been sold by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, which was approved by the FDA in 2002. The drug is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Abilify is prescribed to balance the levels of dopamine and serotonin, however when dopamine is released during activities like gambling one can become addicted to the sensation or feeling that it provides. With the growing ways to legally gamble in the United States, including the explosion of daily fantasy sports contests, the number of Abilify victims may continue to grow. Combined with the mass hysteria of the recent Powerball craze, compulsive gambling issues continue to plague thousands of people around the United States. If you have suffered from gambling addiction is important to contact your doctor and/or some sort of support system as soon as possible. Compulsive gambling can lead to thousands of dollars of debt, loss of property, divorce and bankruptcy. In dire situations, serious compulsive gambling issues have led to tragic suicides.
In 2014, two studies were released that linked Abilify to an increased risk of compulsive gambling. The JAMA Internal Medicine published a study that tied 37 cases of compulsive gambling to Abilify use, while Addictive Behavior later released a study detailing 7 more disturbing cases. Bristol-Myers Squibb was also the subject of a lawsuit in which it was claimed that Abilify causes a 7x's increase in the risk of Type 2 diabetes in children. A 15 year old woman claims she put on 30 pounds after being prescribed with Abilify and then developed diabetes. That Abilify diabetes lawsuit was filed in the summer of 2014.
This comes after researchers learned about the link between Abilify was identified in a study as early 2001, when 3 cases of severe gambling problems arose from Abilify users were were published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. To read the initial study between Gambling and Abilify risks click here.
That initial study that links Abilify to gambling problems reads in part, "This paper details three case reports that suggest that pathological gambling activity may have been adversely modified following treatment for psychosis with the anti psychotic aripiprazole."
The types of gambling issues that Abilify could possible cause includes:
If you or a loved one developed a Gambling problem after taking Abilify you may be entitled to compensation. Complete the form to the right for a free Abilify Lawsuit Evaluation. Our Abilify Gambling addition litigation teams works on a contingency basis which means there is no out of pocket costs to you to file an Abilify lawsuit. The Abilify gambling problem attorneys only receive compensation if they can obtain a recovery for you. The statue of limitations is different for different states, so you are advised to contact an Abilify lawyer as soon as possible. If you have lost over $50,000 dollars due to wagering and have been prescribed Abilify you should contact our Abilify lawyers as soon as possible to learn if you qualify for a Abilify lawsuit.
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