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Abilify (aripiprazole) is a heavily marketed and widely prescribed antipsychotic medication which has been approved for treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.
In fact, Abilify is one of the most frequently prescribed antipsychotic medications in the country. Shockingly, Abilify users have not been warned that compulsive gambling is one of the potential side effects of this drug.
Abilify works on the dopamine levels in the users brain which interferes with the pleasure seeking receptors. Although warnings are required in other countries, the United States does not require such a warning.
In October of 2012, Europe demanded an additional warning be added to Abilify due to the European Medicines Agency report showing a positive link between aripiprazole and possible pathological gambling. Health Canada also found a link between aripiprazole usage and a possible risk of pathological gambling.
Despite this knowledge, in the United States, Otsuka and Bristol Meyers Squibb have failed to provide a warning about Abilify and possible pathological gambling.
Fortunately, on May 3, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required that a warning be added to the Abilify label directing patients and caregivers to monitor experiences of uncontrollable behavior while taking Abilify. The warning also specifies that doctors must notify patients of these additional risks and ask patients about any new or increased urges they experience while taking Abilify.
Contact an Iowa personal injury lawyer today if you believe you have been injured by compulsive behavior brought on by Abilify.
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