After years of study and various Canadian and European agencies determining that Abilify can frequently lead to compulsive behaviors including gambling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced in May 2016 that they were now warning of an Abilify-compulsive gambling link.
In addition to multiple agencies worldwide now acknowledging the link between Abilify and the development of compulsive gambling disorders, extensive studies have been published confirming that Abilify can trigger the development of these compulsive disorders.
Are There Abilify Side Effect Studies?
Prior to the Abilify compulsive gambling acknowledgment that are now coming from major government agencies, dozens of studies detailed the effects of Abilify on consumers and were finding that compulsive gambling was a frequently developing side effect.
One of these studies was published by the British Journal of Psychiatry in 2011 and was on observation study covering three Abilify users. These users suffered from the development of a compulsive gambling behavior throughout their time using Abilify.
However, in the study the three subjects had their anti-depressant switched from Abilify to another class drug and uniformly halted all compulsive gambling behaviors.
Another study published by JAMA Internal Medicine in 2014 came to the conclusion that “Our findings confirm and extend the evidence that dopamine receptor antagonist drugs are associated with these specific impulse control disorders.”
During their study, they discovered 1580 cases in which compulsive behavior disorders were developed in Abilify users. They used the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System to gather data on subjects and control groups.
One of the most well known cases was published by NCBI – PubMed in 2014 and was cited as a major Abilify discovery for Europe. The study covered 166 pathological gamblers of which 8 were being treated with Abilify.
When studying the eight Abilify users the study determined that “The probability that pathological gambling is actually due to aripiprazole is actually ‘possible’ in 7 cases out of 8.”
With these studies only constituting a few of the growing number of cases in which Abilify and compulsive behavior connections are being discovered, little doubt is left as to whether or not the connection is legitimate.
What Is Compulsive Gambling?
Compulsive gambling is frequently characterized by one being unable to control the frequency or amount of time spent gambling, in addition to the amount of money.
However, contrary to popular belief, compulsive gambling typically isn’t about money or the idea of gambling. In most cases, compulsive gambling revolves around a persons need for excitement and a reaction of dopamine and serotonin in the brain that makes the act addicting to a sufferer.
Frequently exhibited signs and symptoms of a compulsive gambling development 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
If let unaddressed, compulsive gambling can often lead to the financial ruin of an individual and their dependents. Additionally, as the compulsion progresses the likelihood of the severing of personal relationships increases due to deceit, financial issues, and other effects of compulsive gambling.
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