Patients that have been prescribed Abilify (aripiprazole) by a physician have more than likely been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or depression. Aripiprazole is an atypical type antipsychotic which works to balance certain natural chemicals, or neurotransmitters, in the brain. The side-effects that are listed on the label list the following:
- Runny nose
While these side-effects are listed, some patients are experiencing side effects that can cause uncontrollable compulsive disorders.
Abilify was created by Bristol-Myers Squibb to regulate mood and behavior in patients that by balancing levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. While this may assist those with either schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, it can have a devastating side effect of causing some patients to develop a compulsive disorder that can include the following:
- Pathological gambling
- Compulsive shopping
- Other compulsive disorders
The psychological effect Abilify can have on the brain is an intensified sensation of reward that can often be found while gambling or while part-taking in the other activities listed above.
Those who have developed a compulsive disorder while taking Abilify should contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Roberts & Roberts as soon as possible. With injury cases like these, there are limits for the amount of time you have to file your claim, so you may not be able file a claim if you wait too long. If you or a loved one has experienced psychological side-effects that could be related to taking the prescribed drug Abilify, call us anytime, day or night. The call will cost you nothing, it can mean everything.