July 21st, 2016|
Mental disorders are difficult to deal with, even without the added stress of unexpected side effects from the medicine prescribed to treat them. These side effects are at the heart of a growing number of reported injuries and lawsuits attributed to the drug Abilify.
Designed for those suffering from bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and severe depression, Abilify is prescribed to balance hormones so these people can live a better, healthier life. Unfortunately, many people prescribed Abilify are reporting compulsive behavior such as pathological gambling, compulsive spending, and hypersexuality.
Pathological gambling is defined as being unable to resist the impulse to gamble. Researchers have stated that the way Abilify works is to stimulate the pleasure centers in the brain, which creates a chemical named dopamine. When dopamine is produced, it gives the feeling of excessive happiness and euphoria. When a person reaches that high, the brain craves the result and is left chasing the initial high, seeking ways to re-create it.
Abilify users have reported they began gambling in an effort to achieve that sense of satisfaction. It is the risk combined with the occasional reward that drives the impulse to continue gambling, and therefore continue losing. Many Abilify users report losing thousands of dollars, losing their jobs, and destroying important relationships due to this pathological urge to gamble.
Several studies have shown that people began to experience the impulse to gamble once they began taking Abilify. In one study, seven out of eight people reported they quit gambling once they stopped taking the drug. The Abilify manufacturers failed to mention the link between the drug and this compulsive behavior, in the warnings listed on the drug label.
The experienced and dedicated legal team at Cory Watson Attorneys are representing those who suffered significant losses after taking the drug Abilify. For a free consultation, call now at (877) 562-0000.