Medication/Drug: Abilify (Aripiprazole)
Abilify is used to treat certain mental disorders and works by changing the actions of chemicals in the brain. It can be used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Tourette syndrome and irritability associated with Autism. The drug can also be used in conjunction with other anti-depressant medications to treat depression.
Typically, patients using Abilify experience a decrease in hallucinations, disorganized thinking and other psychotic symptoms, stabilized mood and a decrease in tics caused by Tourette syndrome.
Abilify is classified as an atypical antipsychotic. However, unlike most atypical antipsychotic medications that completely block the dopamine receptors in the brain, Abilify only partially blocks the receptors.
In 2015, American doctors prescribed Abilify to more than 1.6 million patients.
Use of Abilify has been connected to an increase in uncontrollable urges. Among these urges, the most common include compulsive gambling or shopping, binge eating and increased sexual urges. These compulsive behaviors stopped once patients went off the medication, suggesting a correlation between use of Abilify and the increase in urges.
The consequences of pathological behaviors can cause damage that can last a lifetime. Possible negative outcomes of such behaviors include:
- Financial troubles or bankruptcy
- Property foreclosure
- Problems at work or unemployment
- Damaged reputation
- Emotional distress
- Muscle spasms
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ABILIFY CASE EVALUATION
Nevada Abilify Product Liability Case
The Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm is handling Abilify lawsuits for individuals who have experienced an increase in uncontrollable urges, including compulsive gambling, following use of the medication. If you or a loved one have developed compulsive behaviors and believe it could be linked to the use of Abilify, we want to evaluate your potential case. Please call us for a no-cost consultation at (702) 444-4444, or complete our online Free Case Review Form.