The Abilify lawsuit claims the makers of Abilify failed to warn doctors and patients that the drug could cause compulsive gambling, shopping, eating, and sex. As of May 2018, more than 800 lawsuits are filed in federal court against the Abilify manufacturers.
Our law firm is accepting clients who became addicted to gambling and lost more than $50,000 while taking Abilify.
Why Are Abilify Lawsuits Being Filed?
The Abilify lawsuit claims the makers of Abilify failed to warn doctors and patients that the drug could cause compulsive gambling, shopping, eating, and sex. As of May 2018, more than 800 lawsuits are filed in federal court against the Abilify manufacturers. Our law firm is accepting clients who became addicted to gambling and lost more than $50,000 while taking Abilify.
The Key Legal Issues
- The Abilify makers failed to warn doctors and patients of the connection between Abilify and compulsive behaviors.
- The Abilify makers hid evidence from the government when they got FDA approval.
- The Abilify makers convinced doctors to prescribe Abilify for conditions not approved by the FDA.
Lawyers argue that if doctors had known the real risks from taking Abilify, then doctors would have prescribed a different medication to treat a patient. The doctors definitely would have used a different medication if the patient started experiencing obsessive behavior.
Abilify Injuries & Side Effects
In 2016, the FDA issued a warning that it had reviewed 184 cases connecting Abilify to compulsive behaviors, such as gambling, sexual behavior, shopping, eating, and impulse-control issues.
The addictive behavior began soon after the patient began taking Abilify, and stopped after the patient switched to different medicine.
The patient develops an uncontrollable urge to perform an action (such as, gambling), and cannot stop from doing it. The patient will perform the action even if it’s causing him or her personal, social, and financial injuries.
The Most Severe Injury
Abilify can cause addictive behavior. Patients can’t stop performing these actions even though they desperately want to stop, and the actions are causing harm. It appears that Abilify affects a patient’s dopamine level, which then influences the individual’s feelings of pleasure.
The most common side effects caused by Abilify are anxiety; blurred vision; constipation; dizziness; drooling; drowsiness; headache; lightheadedness; nausea; restlessness; trouble sleeping; and weight gain.
Some patients experience high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) when taking Abilify. Diabetics should check their blood sugar levels on a regular basis.
Pre-teens sometimes experience suicidal thoughts when taking this type of medication. Family members should carefully monitor children who take Abilify.
Taking Abilify during pregnancy may cause harm to the newborn, such as withdrawal symptoms, breathing difficulties, and feeding problems. However, you should not stop taking Abilify without first speaking with your treating doctor.
Compensation in an Abilify Lawsuit
If you have experienced more than $50,000 in gambling losses caused by Abilify, then we will pursue the following damages for you:
Past and future medical expenses to treat your addiction.
Past and future mental pain and suffering caused by your addiction, such as losing family, friends, employment, and finances.
Other economic losses you sustained because of your compulsive behavior.
Punitive damages, if appropriate.
As of May 2018, more than 800 lawsuits were filed in federal court against the makers of Abilify by individuals who claim to have experienced compulsive behaviors because of the drug. The cases are being heard by Chief Judge M. Casey Rodgers in the Northern District of Florida.