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Abilify Gambling Lawsuit: Get Compensation for Debt & Injuries

The antipsychotic medication Abilify has been linked to compulsive behaviors such as gambling. If you or someone close to you has taken the drug and accumulated substantial gambling debts as a result, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer Bristol Myers-Squibb. Please complete our contact form to contact Baron & Budd online or call 866-520-2755X to schedule a confidential consultation.

The Problem with Abilify

Abilify, the brand name of the drug aripirazole, is prescribed to hundreds of thousands of people in the United States to treat depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other mental health issues. In many instances, however, many people taking Abilify who have never exhibited any type of gambling problem have developed a powerful addiction.

This addiction can become so overwhelming that someone will gamble even if he or she can’t afford to do so. A person may use credit cards, ask friends or family members for money, or do whatever else it may take in order to be able to gamble. This could not only lead to financial ruin, loss of reputation and possibly even the loss of a job, it could also lead to severe psychological issues and other adverse long-term effects.

If you are considering an Abilify gambling lawsuit against Bristol Myers-Squibb, contact our firm now to schedule a free consultation with our attorneys.

No Warning About Dangerous Side Effects

Abilify’s labeling does not carry any mention of the potential risk of compulsive gambling or other issues involving impulsive behavior. All drug manufacturers have an obligation to make sure healthcare providers and patients are completely informed regarding possible side effects, especially dangerous side effects like compulsive gambling. When they fail to do so, they may be liable for damages patients suffer as a result.

How Does Abilify Cause Compulsive Gambling & Gambling Addiction?

While researchers are not yet certain how exactly Abilify makes people gamble compulsively, there is definitely a link between Abilify and compulsive gambling. The drug affects brain receptors that control behavior and mood. These receptors are stimulated by chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine.

Dopamine is typically produced as a response to a certain type of activity, and results in a feeling of pleasure. When someone has a mental disorder, however, either too much dopamine is produced or not enough. Researchers believe the use of Abilify could result in an over-stimulation of the receptors that act on dopamine, thus leading to compulsive gambling and other impulsive behaviors.

JAMA Internal Medicinepublished a study in 2014 that linked Abilify with potential problems involving impulse control. Researchers studied nearly 1,600 adverse drug events involving impulsive behavior issues, finding a “significant” association between the medication and disorders such as compulsive gambling.

The March 2014 issue of the medical journal Addictive Behaviors contained a study conducted by French researchers that examined patients who were being treated for compulsive gambling. The researchers looked at eight patients who were taking Abilify and found that the drug directly led to gambling problems in seven of those patients. According to the study, when the use of Abilify was either discontinued or substantially reduced, those patients were able to once again control their impulsive behavior.

A 2011 study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry also showed a link between Abilify and an urge to gamble. It examined three patients who were on the drug and exhibited compulsive gambling behavior. One of the patients became so obsessed he committed crimes in order to get the money he needed. However, after his psychiatrist took him off of Abilify and moved him to another drug, he reported that he no longer had thoughts of gambling. A six-month follow-up visit showed that the patient had maintained this abstinence, according to the study. The other two patients also stopped gambling after they no longer took Abilify. One told the researchers that he was unable to “reflect on his behavior” when taking Abilify and suspected the drug had induced his urge to gamble.

How Baron & Budd Can Help

If you or someone close to you experienced compulsive gambling behavior after taking Abilify, you may be able to take legal action in order to obtain financial compensation. There is no mention of this risk on the medication’s warning label; many patients only learned of that risk after suffering terribly. If you would like more information regarding your potential legal options, please call the dangerous drug side effect lawyers at Baron & Budd at 866-520-2755 or get started online here.