WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned of cases in which patients taking Abilify have experienced compulsive behaviors, including urges to gamble, binge eat, shop and engage in sex.
The FDA said the uncontrollable urges reportedly stopped when the antipsychotic drug was stopped, or when the dose was lowered.
The warning comes less than a year after Canadian regulators suggested “a link between the use of aripiprazole and a possible risk of pathological gambling or hypersexuality” and found an increased risk of pathological gambling and hypersexuality with the use of Abilify.
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002, Abilify is a top-selling drug prescribed to treat depression and the symptoms of psychotic conditions, such as schizophrenia and manic depression.
The controversial drug is meant to decrease hallucinations and improve concentration, but has been linked to serious side effects, including suicidal thoughts, sexual dysfunction (hypersexuality) and compulsive gambling.
The new warnings will be added to the drug labels and the patient Medication Guides for all aripiprazole products, the agency announced.
“Although pathological gambling is listed as a reported side effect in the current aripiprazole drug labels, this description does not entirely reflect the nature of the impulse-control risk that we identified,” the FDA said in a statement.
Abilify Lawsuits Complications & Symptoms
Aripiprazole and other second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the world, largely because they target both serotonin and dopamine levels to achieve a chemical balance.
But the drug’s power also causes serious side effects in a number of patients, most notably compulsive behaviors, including:
- Compulsive Gambling: Excessive gambling, especially when it is done on credit, can cause serious problems in many areas of a person’s life.
- Compulsive Eating: Instead of feeding slot machines, some patients are quite literally unable to stop eating without outside assistance.
- Compulsive Spending: Excessive shopping may result in interpersonal, occupational, family, and financial problems in one’s life.
Other serious side effects include sexual dysfunction, constant nausea and vomiting that can cause dehydration and weight loss, as well as insomnia that leads to chronic fatigue, and painful headaches.
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