If you were prescribed Abilify and later developed a gambling addiction that caused you to lose a significant amount of money, you are not alone. Abilify is the top-selling anti-psychotic drug in the United States, but it was recently linked to a development of an addiction to gambling. Patients affected may be eligible to file an Abilify lawsuit against the drug manufacturers, Otsuka and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Abilify Linked to Compulsive Gambling
Abilify is used to treat several mental disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. While the medication has shown promise in controlling symptoms and enabling those affected to continue to lead stable lives, Ability has also been medically linked to several disturbing compulsive behaviors. Compulsive gambling is one of those behaviors.
One reason why the link between Ability and compulsive gambling surprises the medical community is because the disorder is showing up in users who have never had a history of compulsive gambling. Compulsive gambling is extremely dangerous. Even in patients who had no previous issues with gambling, compulsive gambling takes professional help to treat. It can also cause a lifetime of consequences. Loss of money, property, family, and friends are some of the most severe consequences experienced by people who develop this issue due to taking Abilify.
Why Does Abilify Cause Compulsive Behavior?
Abilify works in a unique way. It acts on chemical receptors in the brain for both dopamine and serotonin. Many people with mental disorders have an imbalance in these receptors. They are often over stimulated or they receive virtually no stimulation. Abilify is meant to help balance this out, but in some instances Abilify appears to overstimulate the dopamine receptors and triggers compulsive behaviors.
What an Abilify Lawyer Can Do for You
If you took Abilify and then developed a problem as a compulsive gambler, you should call Goldwater Law Firm and speak with an Abilify lawyer. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Companies who make pharmaceuticals are held to strict legal standards and it is presumed that their products are safe for the intended market. The psychological distress caused by compulsive gambling and the monetary losses you experienced were not side effects openly discussed by the manufacturer. You may not have known about the potential until it was too late.
Because of this, you may be eligible to receive compensation for:
- The cost of treatment for your compulsive gambling
- Pain and suffering for your emotional turmoil caused by taking Abilify
- Punitive damages
- Compensation for the money you lost while gambling
Learn More About an Abilify Lawsuit
If you developed an addiction to gambling or other compulsive behavior after you were prescribed Abilify, you owe it to yourself and your family to learn more about whether you are eligible to file an Abilify lawsuit. Call Goldwater Law Firm and learn more about your legal options. Our experienced attorneys can walk you through your legal options and help you make an informed decision. Call us now to have your claim evaluated.