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Can Abilify Cause Compulsive Gambling and Shopping? Austin Personal-Injury Lawyer Investigates

By Luke Dow on July 07, 2016

Medications that contain aripiprazole have been linked to addictive behaviors such as compulsive gambling, shopping, eating and sex. These effects can have tragic consequences for patients, compromising their relationships, careers, health and finances.

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According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there are at least 184 reported cases of Abilify and other drugs that contain aripiprazole causing compulsive behavior. Research indicates that discontinuing Abilify or lowering its dosage can relieve these side effects.

For many patients, however, the relief does not come soon enough. They have maxed out their credit cards, committed crimes and even refinanced their mortgages to support their addictive behaviors. As a result, many face extensive legal worries and financial disaster.

If you suffered from a compulsive addiction while taking Abilify, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is a personal-injury attorney in Austin who will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.

Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation. You can also learn more about medical malpractice in Texas by visiting USAttorneys.com.

How does aripiprazole affect impulse control?

Aripiprazole affects dopamine levels in the brain. Known as the “feel good” hormone, dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays an active role in stimulating the brain’s “reward center.” As Tufts University explains, a dopamine imbalance can contribute to compulsive behavior.

Reports have linked Abilify to addictive gambling, shopping and other compulsive behaviors. Many of these reports involve patients who had no history of impulse-control problems before taking Abilify.

Do I have grounds for a lawsuit?

No two cases are the same. The best way to determine if you have grounds for a claim is to contact a medical malpractice lawyer.

The majority of pharmaceutical claims happen because of flaws in the creation, production or distribution of medications. Patients must receive sufficient warning of possible side effects included with their drugs, usually within a paper leaflet. Many plaintiffs allege that Abilify’s manufacturers neglected to warn doctors and patients about the drug’s potential to interfere with impulse control.

What damages might be available to victims?

Several factors can influence the type of damages in a drug defect case. Depending on your specific circumstances, you may be eligible for lost benefits or wages, past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, and even debts accrued due to a gambling addiction that Abilify caused.

Do I have grounds for a claim if a defective drug killed a member of my family?

If your family member died due to an unexpected side effect of a medication, then you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. However, these proceedings are legally complex, and your best source of guidance is a personal-injury attorney.

If you suffered from a compulsive addiction while taking Abilify, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an Austin personal-injury lawyer who will assess your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

 

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