Abilify (aripiprazole), an antipsychotic medication used in treating a number of mental conditions, has come under fire in recent months. Several class action lawsuits have been filed against Bristol-Myers Squibb, the company marketing Abilify. These lawsuits allege that Abilify causes damaging compulsive behaviors, which the drug maker did not warn the plaintiffs of.
What is Abilify Used to Treat?
Abilify is used to treat a variety of mental health conditions that respond to antipsychotic medications, including:
- Bipolar disorder
- Tourette’s syndrome
It is prescribed to manage the symptoms of these conditions and help individuals who are taking the medication to function more comfortably. It reduces visual and auditory hallucinations, mood swings, depression, suicidal thoughts, and other symptoms.
The Side Effects of Abilify
As with nearly any medication, there are potential side effects. Some of these can be much more harmful than others, and can lead to a decreased quality of life, injury, and even death.
Abilify’s side effects include:
- Suicidal tendencies
- Blurred vision
- Weight gain
- High blood sugar
- Pregnancy complications
Is Abilify Dangerous?
Some consider Abilify to be dangerous. The drug has been the cause of several lawsuits because it has been alleged to cause compulsive behaviors in users, as well as potentially deadly side effects.
In addition to the side effects listed above, common compulsive behaviors associated with the use of Abilify include:
- Excessive shopping
- Binge eating
- Sexual activity
An overdose of Abilify may also be fatal. If you or someone you are with is experiencing symptoms of overdose, including widening pupils, nausea and/or vomiting, confusion, weakness, changes in heartbeat, seizures, drowsiness, or loss of consciousness, call the Poison Help Line (1-800-222-1222) immediately.
Prior to taking Abilify, the plaintiffs allege that they never struggled with these compulsions, and that the urges are uncontrollable. They also have claimed that the compulsions ended as soon as they stopped taking the medication. Unfortunately, many plaintiffs suffered damages as a result of these compulsive behaviors, and are seeking compensation.
Are Drug Companies Liable for Abilify?
Drug companies are obligated to inform consumers of all the side effects of a medication once they are discovered. This is a federal regulation in place to protect consumers from dangerous drugs. The makers of Abilify didn’t inform consumers of the hazards of the drug until many patients had already been affected.
When taking on Bristol-Myers Squibb, the maker of Abilify, it will be necessary to determine whether the company was aware of the risk of compulsive behavior without warning consumers of the risks. Our Abilify attorneys are prepared to fully evaluate the evidence and uncover whether or not Bristol-Myers Squibb can be held liable for the damages sustained by patients like you.
Harmed by Abilify? Consult a Lawyer Today
If you were prescribed Abilify and experienced compulsive behaviors, we’re ready to fight for you. Our experienced Kansas City product liability attorneys have the knowledge to help you prevail in your defective drug case. Discuss your case with our team at Bertram & Graf, L.L.C. when you schedule a free consultation today.
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