Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic drug used to treat depression and other symptoms of psychotic conditions that was FDA approved in 2002 and brought to market by Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
However, in recent years it has been discovered that the manufacturer was promoting the drug for unapproved uses while withholding important drug health risk information.
What Are Abilify Compulsive Gambling Complications?
While European agencies required that Abilify carry labels warning consumers about the risks of developing compulsive gambling as early as 2012 with Canadian agencies following in 2015, the FDA did not require these similar warnings until May 2016.
This is especially concerning as it suggests that the manufacturer knew of the dangers associated with their drug, but knowingly failed to adequately inform U.S. consumers.
A gambling compulsion is often emotionally driven by a need to experience the intense waves of excitement that gambling triggers.
In being emotionally, rather than financially driven, symptoms of this compulsion are typically changes in the emotional reactions or well-being of the consumer.
Some of the most prominent emotional signs of compulsive gambling include:
- Gaining a thrill from taking big gambling risks
- Taking increasingly bigger gambling risks
- Preoccupation with gambling
- Reliving past gambling experiences
- Gambling as a way to escape problems or feelings of helplessness, guilt or depression
- Taking time from work or family life to gamble
- Concealing or lying about gambling
- Feeling guilt or remorse after gambling
- Borrowing money or stealing to gamble
- Failed efforts to cut back on gambling
There is no single activity that indicates a gambling compulsion. Those who have reported the development of an Abilify compulsive gambling complication have indicated that behaviors can include sports betting, casino betting, and excessive purchase of lottery tickets among other endeavors.
How Dangerous Are Abilify Compulsive Gambling Complications?
If compulsive gambling is not addressed quickly, it has the potential to cause financial ruin as well as permanent damage to personal relationships.
Those who suffer from compulsive gambling often lose their financial awareness while engaged in the action as they obsess over pursuing the emotional high that comes with gambling activities.
Even when the afflicted remain aware of their deteriorating financial state, they are powerless to stop themselves – the urge to satisfy the emotional dependency is too strong.
When a compulsive gambler is aware of the damage their gambling is causing but is unable to stop it, they often rotate between the high associated with gambling and the shame associated with being powerless to stop the damaging behavior.
Shame and regret are two of the most prominent emotional reactions to reflecting on ones gambling compulsion. This emotional crisis leads to the deterioration of close relationships, including family and friends, as the gambler is unable to appropriately respond to their compulsion.
Deteriorating relationships and financial ruin are quick to take effect and if not identified immediately, can result in irreparable damage.
Staying vigilant of this complication is vital as Abilify related compulsive gambling is almost solely related with Abilify use. Abilify studies have indicated that Abilify has the ability to trigger compulsive gambling development even in those with no prior gambling history.
Once the compulsion is identified, discontinuing use of Abilify can lead to an immediate end to compulsive gambling urges.
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