As a result of the failure to provide adequate warnings and information for consumers and doctors in the United States about the potential link between Abilify and gambling, compulsive sexual activity and other impulsive behaviors, the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential product liability lawsuits against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.
Did You or a Loved One Suffer Gambling Losses or Other Damages from Abilify Impulsive Behaviors?
For years, information has been available to the drug makers that side effects of Abilify may lead to a number of destructive and impulsive behaviors, including:
- Compulsive Gambling
- Excessive Shopping
- Sex Addiction
These Abilify impulsivity problems can have a devastating impact on an individual’s financial stability, family and overall mental health.
In addition, the compulsive behaviors may place individuals at a risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, destroy families, cause loss of employment or other damages to the overall quality of life.
In many cases of impulsive behavior, it is hard for family members and loved ones to believe that an individual can’t “just stop” their behavior by trying really hard. It is often hard to conceptualize that a drug can cause psychological side effects that affect behavior.
Most people can accept that a drug can cause a rash, a headache, dry mouth or even cancer. However, it is much harder to understand that a prescription drug may also impact an individual’s brain and cause them to spend their money gambling, shopping or engaging in other reckless behavior. What’s more, individuals experiencing compulsive addictions often attempt to hide their behaviors or may even violate the law attempting to fill their irrational craving.
Compulsive gambling is a major psychiatric disorder, which is recognized in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, reflecting the clear evidence that gambling problems are activated by reward systems similar to those associated with drug abuse, producing behavior symptoms similar to those seen with substance abuse disorders.
Abilify gamblers may take out loans or spend savings meant for retirement. Compulsive shoppers on Abilify may resort to shoplifting, or run up massive credit card debts. Those with an Abilify sex addiction may engage in solicitation, commit infidelity, unwanted pregnancies and contract sexually transmitted disease, which they could then spread to other spouses and sexual partners.
Lawyers for Abilify Impulsive Behaviors
Although there is clear evidence that the drug makers knew or should have known about the link between Abilify and gambling since at least 2009, it appears that they placed their desire for profits before the safety of consumers and their families by withholding warnings and information from users of the drug in the United States.
Failure to ensure that users and the medical community were aware of the potential Abilify impulsivity risks prevented individuals and family members from recognizing the symptoms were caused by the prescription medication. In many cases, the behavior stops shortly after Abilify is no longer used, providing strong evidence of a causal connection, known as challenge-dechallenge.
The Abilify lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing lawsuits for individuals who have suffered compulsive behaviors, like gambling, shopping and sex addition, due to the impact of Abilify on the brain.
If you, a friend, or family member have suffered compulsive behavior due to Abilify use, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.