Abilify is a prescription drug to treat mental and mood disorders such as Tourette’s, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and depression. It is an antipsychotic drug that works by correcting imbalances of natural chemicals in the brain. Although shown to improve concentration and reduce symptoms of many disorders, Abilify may also cause dangerous side effects.
If Abilify has negatively affected you or a loved one, call our attorneys today. The Dickerson Oxton Law Firm aims to help patients who have suffered serious side effects after taking drugs marketed as safe for consumers. We may be able to help you seek damages from Abilify’s manufacturer, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., or marketer, Bristol-Myers Squibb.
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What Is Abilify? What Are the Issues?
Abilify, or aripiprazole, is a drug that physicians most often prescribed to adults for psychological disorders, or young adults for Tourette’s syndrome. In Canada and Europe, Abilify must come with warnings on the label and marketing materials of the drug’s potential risks. In the U.S., however, this is not a requirement – leading many consumers to claim that the manufacturing company and marketer failed to adequately warn patients of known side effects.
The side effects of Abilify that have led to lawsuits include addictive behaviors (e.g., gambling, drinking, substance abuse), compulsive behaviors, and lack of impulse control. Patients have alleged that shortly after taking Abilify, they experienced uncontrollable urges to do certain things that could have negative personal, financial, or social effects.
Studies into Abilify’s side effects have found that the drug may alter the brain’s dopamine levels, impacting the patient’s reward center and feelings of pleasure. This, in turn, can cause addictive or compulsive behaviors, as well as physical effects such as weight gain, restlessness, drowsiness, blurred vision, anxiety, dizziness, drooling, headache, and nausea. Despite most likely knowing the risks of taking Abilify, its manufacturer and marketer failed to warn consumers in the U.S.
Potential Compensation Options
You could suffer significant personal and financial losses if Abilify alters your dopamine levels and results in an addiction to gambling, substances, sex, or other vices. You may have to attend counseling to overcome your addiction, as well as potentially losing money during your addiction. You could also experience a neuropsychiatric or physical injury, especially to the brain. Abilify could also cause substantial emotional pain and suffering, as well as a spouse’s loss of consortium. As a victim of this defective drug, the law may entitle you to recover all these damages and others in the form of an insurance settlement or jury verdict.
Contact Us Today
If you believe you have grounds for a lawsuit regarding the antipsychotic drug Abilify, contact the lawyers at the Dickerson Oxton Law Firm. We can listen to your story, review the elements of your case, and let you know if we think your claim has merit. We may then be able to file your case with the state or federal courts.
You may have grounds for an individual lawsuit or a class action in pursuit of financial damages. Contact us today to learn your rights after taking Abilify, under the guidance of one of our attorneys in Kansas City.