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Abilify Linked to Compulsive Gambling

Abilify and Compulsive Gambling – What They Knew, When They Knew It

Life is hard enough when you or a loved one is struggling with a mental illness such as schizophrenia, depression or bipolar disorder. Sometimes medication is the only option to provide hope and help towards living a healthy, happy life. Unfortunately, many times medications that seems like a solution can cause more problems for innocent patients. If you took Abilify (aripiprazole) and battled with compulsive gambling, then you may be able to make a claim against Bristol-Myers Squibb, the makers of Abilify.

What They Knew

The FDA approved Abilify in 2002. In May 2015, the FDA published a safety announcement stating that Abilify is linked to several “compulsive or uncontrollable urges” including compulsive gambling. On May 4, 2016, the FDA required that Abilify have a new warning label listing the potential for these hazardous behaviors.

When They Knew It

In the early stages of testing Abilify, doctors recognized that hypersexuality, a form of compulsive behavior, was an adverse effect of patients who took this medication. However, the warning label never alerted patients to this potential problem. Additionally disconcerting is that in October 2012, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – which is like our FDA – added a warning label to Abilify to reflect the potential for pathological gambling. Even Canada added this warning to Abilify labels before the United States in November 2015.

Countless patients around the world have been reporting that after taking Abilify, they had an uncontrollable urge to gamble.

  • In March 2010, a 64-year-old women who was taking 15 mg of Abilify reported that she couldn’t stop gambling or over-eating.
  • In December 2010, a study was published that found a link between how mutant HTR2B (a receptor that Abilify effects) increases impulsive behaviors.
  • In January 2016, Nicholas T. Meyer filed a lawsuit against Bristol-Myers Squibb which caused him, “harmful compulsive behaviors including compulsive gambling [and resulted] in substantial, financial, mental, and physical damages.”

What Can You Do

If you took Abilify and had a gambling problem after taking this medication, you may be able to receive compensation. You and your family may have experienced stress and suffering as a result of this destructive compulsive behavior and have accumulated bills or were forced to take time off of work because of it. There was a minimum of 3 ½ years where Bristol-Myers Squibb knew that their drug could cause uncontrollable urges, and yet they never warned doctors or patients of these horrible adverse effects. Contact us today to see if you qualify to make a claim.

Abilify Warnings In The News

5/3/16: FDA warns about new impulse-control problems associated with mental health drug aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that compulsive or uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop, and have sex have been reported with the use of the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada, and generics). These uncontrollable urges were reported to have stopped when the medicine was discontinued or the dose was reduced. These impulse-control problems are rare, but they may result in harm to the patient and others if not recognized.

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2/17/17: Revealed: the Prescription Drug for Depression That 'Drives Users to Binge on Sex, Gambling, Shopping and Food'

It’s one of the most profitable drugs in America that is supposed to treat depression.But hundreds of users claim it has driven them to binge on gambling, sex, food and shopping. Abilify, the antipsychotic drug, has been accused in hundreds of lawsuits for causing compulsive behavior, especially gambling. And now patients are demanding answers from the makers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), accusing them of hiding the ‘life-ruining’ side effects.

A woman, who spoke to FOX31 on the condition of anonymity, was prescribed Abilify for depression in 2008. She said things took a downward spiral soon afterwards. ‘Eventually, I was asked to leave my parents’ house because I couldn’t stop gambling,’ she said. The mother-of-two ended up losing custody of her kids and possession of her house to her gambling habit. Living in Las Vegas at the time, the woman said she never was tempted to gamble until she started taking the drug.

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2/17/17: Revealed: the Prescription Drug for Depression That 'Drives Users to Binge on Sex, Gambling, Shopping and Food'

It’s one of the most profitable drugs in America that is supposed to treat depression.But hundreds of users claim it has driven them to binge on gambling, sex, food and shopping. Abilify, the antipsychotic drug, has been accused in hundreds of lawsuits for causing compulsive behavior, especially gambling. And now patients are demanding answers from the makers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), accusing them of hiding the ‘life-ruining’ side effects.

A woman, who spoke to FOX31 on the condition of anonymity, was prescribed Abilify for depression in 2008. She said things took a downward spiral soon afterwards. ‘Eventually, I was asked to leave my parents’ house because I couldn’t stop gambling,’ she said. The mother-of-two ended up losing custody of her kids and possession of her house to her gambling habit. Living in Las Vegas at the time, the woman said she never was tempted to gamble until she started taking the drug.

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5/4/16: FDA Issues New Abilify® Warning

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new warning that links the use of Aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada) with compulsive or uncontrollable urges such as binge eating, excessive shopping, gambling, and an increase in sex drive. Abilify® users reported that these behaviors stopped when the medicine was discontinued or the dose was reduced. Cory Watson Attorneys is representing hundreds of Abilify® victims nationwide.

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Filed Abilify Complaints & Damages

1/25/16: Meyer V. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Defendants’ drug Abilify harmed Plaintiff, having caused harmful compulsive behaviors including compulsive gambling, resulting in substantial financial, mental, and physical damages. Defendants knew or should have known that Abilify, when taken as prescribed and intended, causes and contributes to an increased risk of serious and dangerous side effects including, without limitation, uncontrollable compulsive behaviors such as compulsive gambling.

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