If you took Abilify and suffer from compulsive gambling behavior, call The Goldwater Law Firm right now.
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When you visit with a mental health professional, you expect that the doctor has done his due diligence in determining which medications may be most appropriate for your condition. This includes a careful evaluation of all potential side effects and a review of your symptoms and conditions in order arrive at a final decision about the medication to be prescribed.
One of the most common drugs prescribed for mental health disorders like depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder is called Abilify. Some patients who have taken Abilify, however, report sudden and severe side effects, including the urge to gamble.
Discovering that a drug you thought would help with your symptoms has only caused you greater harm in the form of serious side effects can be devastating, but you may have recourse. In order to learn whether or not you have been impacted by these negative side effects, read on. If you have lost significant money as a result of uncontrollable gambling urges, you may need to consult with the Goldwater Law Firm to determine the appropriate next steps.
Ability Connected to Compulsive Gambling
Unfortunately, Abilify has recently been linked to numerous forms of serious and compulsive behavior including compulsive gambling. Some patients have reported sudden and uncontrollable urges to gamble away their entire life savings to get into serious debt situations or to max out all of their credit cards.
Currently, lawsuits are being pursued against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka. These companies may ultimately be held responsible for failing to warn patients about the potential issues associated with Abilify and compulsive gambling.
Help! What Should I Do If I’ve Been Impacted?
If you believe that you may have been impacted, you need to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Abilify is the top selling anti-psychotic drug in the United States. However, numerous medical studies have linked its use to compulsive eating and gambling.
Many patients don’t realize the serious impacts of a side effect like this until it’s far too late, but numerous medical research studies have linked Abilify to several different kinds of compulsive behavior including hypersexual activity, pathological gambling or binge eating. The urges to engage in this behavior have been significant even for patients who have expressed no interest in these behaviors prior to taking the medication.
Who May Be Able to Pursue a Claim?
People suffering in the form of crippling debt or other negative consequences as a result of taking Abilify may have grounds for a legal claim against the manufacturer. It is in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable attorney if this applies to your situation. When doctors or patients are not properly warned about detrimental side effects like compulsive behavior, the drug can be on the market for months or years before future patients have access to adequate warning labels. In the meantime, others may continue to suffer consequences that will impact their life long after they have stopped taking the medication.
Why Consulting with a Lawyer is Essential
You can do your part to stop this kind of behavior by consulting with a knowledgeable attorney at the Goldwater Law Firm as soon possible. Although there is no way to turn back the clock and erase the compulsive behavior from which you have already suffered as a result of taking this medication, filing a lawsuit may help to hold these companies responsible and to demonstrate that these kinds of unacceptable marketing strategies will not be tolerated. You can help prevent other patients from suffering a similar fate and hold these companies liable in court.
If you believe that Abilify has caused you to suffer from compulsive gambling behavior or other serious side effects not mentioned on the warning label, you need the insight of an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Reach out to the Goldwater Law Firm to learn more about your rights if you believe that Abilify’s side effects have had a negative impact on your life.