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The Dangerous Problems Abilify Is Causing

Imagine having your depression or bipolar disorder treated, but develop other serious problems in the process.

That’s exactly what Abilify is doing.

The FDA reported in 2015 that 1.6 million Americans used Abilify or any other related aripiprazole drug. It’s caused a lot of trouble for the people prescribed to it.

The Side Effects of Abilify

The anti-psychotic drug is meant to help out with depression and bipolar, but lawsuits nationwide are placing blame on its compulsive behavior effects, especially pertaining to gambling. Other side effects include hypersexuality, overeating and binge shopping.  It is believed that Abilify acts on the brain’s dopamine receptors, which craves pleasure.

The FDA issued a safety warning and announced the following in May of 2016:

“Compulsive or uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop and have sex have been reported with the use of the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada, and generics). These uncontrollable urges were reported to have stopped when the medicine was discontinued or the dose was reduced. These impulse-control problems are rare, but they may result in harm to the patient and others if not recognized.”

What They Say About the Side Effects of Abilify

Thomas J. Moore, a senior scientist at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, has studied over 1,580 cases during the last decade that have included several impulsive behaviors. He explained some of his findings to The Daily Beast last November.

“The drug triggers a pathological urge to gamble constantly,” he said.

Gary Wilson is a Minneapolis-based attorney with Abilify clients nationwide and he pointed out in an AOL article about the drug that Europe issued compulsive behavior warnings about Abilify in 2012, four years before American patients knew about it.

“If it ruins your life, that’s a pretty bad side effect,” he said.

If you’re one of the patients who takes Abilify and are noticing you’re doing too much casino gambling in Atlantic City or off-track wagering at Favorites, perhaps you might need some counseling. The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ) is here to help with problematic off-track wagering in Hillborough and other disordered gambling behaviors in New Jersey. If you’d like more information, call our 24/7 hotline, 1-800-GAMBLER or visit us online at