July 21st, 2016|
Mental disorders can be hard enough to deal with without the added stress of unexpected side effects of the medicine prescribed to treat them. Side effects are at the heart of a growing number of reported injuries and lawsuits attributed to the drug Abilify.
Prescribed to people with bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder (schizophrenia and mood disorder), and severe depression, Abilify was supposed to balance hormones so people could live a better, healthier life. Unfortunately, many people prescribed Abilify are reporting compulsive behavior such as pathological gambling, compulsive spending and hyper-sexuality.
Pathologic 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 the dopamine is produced, it gives the feeling of excessive happiness, 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 a sense of satisfaction. It is the risk combined with the occasional reward that drives the impulse continue gambling, and 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. Bristol-Myers Squibb, the makers of Abilify failed to mention the link between the drug and this compulsive behavior, in the warnings listed on the drug label. Cory Watson attorneys are representing people who suffered significant losses after taking the drug Abilify. For a free consultation call us toll free at (877) 562-0000.