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Abilify Complications: Compulsive Behaviors

Abilify Compulsive Behaviors

A partial dopamine agonist, Abilify is linked to disturbing compulsive behavior side effects that can wreak havoc on the lives of patients and their families.

Abilify’s label warns of potentially harmful side effects, including suicidal thoughts and an increased risk of death in elderly patient with dementia. However, it fails to mention compulsive behavior.

Abilify Lawsuits & Compulsive Gambling

For many compulsive gamblers, betting isn’t as much about money as it is about the excitement. According to the Mayo Clinic, signs and symptoms of compulsive (pathologic) 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

Post-marketing reports of pathological gambling and other reward-seeking behaviors have been reported in patients treated with Abilify, regardless of whether these patients had a prior history of gambling.

Numerous studies have linked Abilify to compulsive gambling, and both European and Canadian regulatory agencies have required the manufacturers of Abilify to add warnings regarding the risk of pathological gambling.  In all of these cases, the gambling addiction reportedly ended when the patient stopped taking Abilify.

Abilify Lawsuits & Compulsive Spending

As with any other addiction, compulsive spending can lead to professional, marital and family problems. According to the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, signs and symptoms of compulsive shopping and spending include:

  • Shopping or spending money as result of feeling disappointed, angry, or scared
  • Shopping or spending habits causing emotional distress in one’s life
  • Having arguments with others about one’s shopping or spending habits
  • Feeling lost without credit cards
  • Buying items on credit that would not be bought with cash
  • Feeling a rush of euphoria and anxiety when spending money
  • Feeling guilty, ashamed, embarrassed, or confused after shopping or spending money
  • Lying to others about purchases made or how much money was spent
  • Thinking excessively about money
  • Spending a lot of time juggling accounts or bills to accommodate spending

Identification with four or more of the above behaviors indicates a possible problem with shopping or spending.

Abilify Lawsuits & Compulsive Eating

Most people with a binge-eating disorder are overweight or obese, but you may be at a normal weight. According to the Mayo Clinic, behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms of binge-eating disorder include:

  • Eating unusually large amounts of food in a specific amount of time, such as over a 2-hour period
  • Feeling that your eating behavior is out of control
  • Eating even when you’re full or not hungry
  • Eating rapidly during binge episodes
  • Eating until you’re uncomfortably full
  • Frequently eating alone or in secret
  • Feeling depressed, disgusted, ashamed, guilty or upset about your eating
  • Frequently dieting, possibly without weight loss

Abilify Lawsuits & Other Compulsive Behaviors

In some cases, compulsive spending caused by Abilify can escalate into stealing. For most patients, they have no history of problems with stealing prior to taking the drug.

Another compuslive behavior caused by Abilify is hypersexuality. Numerous studies have linked Abilify to hypersexuality, but there remains no warning of this complication on the product itself.

Our Abilify Lawyers Can Help

Our dangerous drug lawyers can help if you or someone you care has suffered from the development of a destructive compulsive behavior due to Abilify use. Compulsive behaviors could include:

  • Compulsive gambling
  • Compulsive spending
  • Compulsive eating, excessive weight gain
  • Hypersexuality
  • Stealing

If you developed any of the above compulsive behaviors after taking Abilify, and had no prior history of such behavior, you could have a case against the manufacturer. If you do have a history of compulsive behaviors, but taking Abilify intensified such actions, you may also have a case.

In most cases, the uncontrollable urges usually stop within days or weeks of discontinuing the use of Abilify. If you are still taking the drug, we can still evaluate your case.

Our top-rated lawyers are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new compulsive behavior cases in all 50 states.

Lawsuits have been filed against the drug manufacturers by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused. You may be entitled to a settlement.

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  1. Shopping Addiction – Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery
  2. Compulsive Gambling Symptoms – Mayo Clinic
  3. Binge-eating Disorders – Mayo Clinic