Abilify Lawsuits – Compulsive Gambling

Current Abilify lawsuits being filed claim the manufacturers failed to warn doctors and patients that the drug could cause compulsive behaviors, such as gambling, shopping, eating and sex. The Dugan Law Firm is accepting clients who took Abilify and began experiencing pathological casino gambling.

The claims pending against the manufacturers of Abilify, Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Bristol-Myers Squibb, state the companies were negligent in the design of Abilify, and then hid evidence from the government and public of the increased risks of patients’ developing compulsive urges.

Court documents state the two drug makers failed to properly test Abilify, exaggerated the benefits of the drug, and encouraged physicians to use the medication for purposes not approved by the FDA.

Abilify has been linked to pathological gambling, shopping, eating and sex. This addictive behavior has been found to start almost immediately upon taking Abilify, and stop once the patient is switched to another medicine. The obsessive behavior caused by Abilify is such that the person develops an uncontrollable urge to perform an act (such as, gambling), and cannot resist the desire. The person will continue to do the act even if it’s causing him or her personal, social and financial injuries.

Side Effects

The most common side effects from Abilify include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Drooling
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weight gain