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Side effects of Abilify have been linked to serious and potentially devastating risks, including impulse control problems for adults that may lead to substantial gambling losses. In addition, use of the medication among children has been linked to a potential risk of childhood diabetes from Abilify.

ABILIFY LAWSUIT STATUS: Product liability lawyers are investigation potential Abilify gambling lawsuits and Abilify childhood diabetes lawsuits for individuals throughout the United States. Cases are handled under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are no attorney fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained. Global settlement negotiations began in May 2018.


MANUFACTURERS: Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka American Pharmaceutical Inc.

OVERVIEW: Abilify (aripiprazole) was approved by the FDA in 2002 for the treatment of a number of psychological disorders. It is now approved for use among both adults and children, and is commonly prescribed to treat schizophrenia, autism, bipolar disorder and depression.

Known as a partial dopamine receptor agonist, Abilify works in a manner different from other antipsychotics.

Amid aggressive marketing and advertisements, Abilify has grown to become one of the top-selling brand name medications in the United States, generating more than $6 billion in worldwide sales in 2013. However, it appears that inadequate and insufficient warnings were provided for users and the medical community.

ABILIFY GAMBLING LOSSES: Research has linked Abilify and other dopamine receptor agonists (which are typically used for treatment of Parkinson’s disease, restless leg syndrome and related condition) to potential impulse control problems. This may cause users to engage in compulsive gambling, and other compulsive behavior, such as sex addictions or shopping addictions.

As early as 2009, researchers warned that dopamine receptor agonists used for treatment of Parkinson’s disease may lead to compulsive disorders.

In a study published in October 2014, which further examined this risk, researchers pointed out that there are also safety signals suggesting a link between a lack of impulse control and Abilify side effects.

In May 2016, the FDA issued a drug safety communication announcing it was requiring Abilify to carry new warnings of the risks of compulsive behavior. In addition, a study published in July 2017 found that Abilify only provided modest benefits for the treatment of depression.

As a result of the failure to warn about the potential Abilify gambling risks, patients and the medical community were deprived of the opportunity to recognize early signs and symptoms, which may have prevented the addictive gamblers from suffering substantial losses, incurring debt, destroying families, losing employment and suffering damage to their overall quality of life.

ABILIFY CHILDHOOD DIABETES SIDE EFFECTS: Weight gain is another potential risk associated with the atypical antipsychotic medication, but it appears that inadequate warnings were provided about the risk that children on Abilify may develop diabetes.

A study published in November 2011 in the medical journal Pediatrics, found that antipsychotics like Abilify may increase a child’s risk of diabetes four-fold.

A study published in October 2013 found that Abilify increased the risk of diabetes in children by a factor of seven (supplemental content, purchase required).

Diabetes is a chronic condition that can have devestating health consequences for a child over the remainder of their life. This may require adherence to a diabetes diet and various medications or insulin therapy, posing an increased risk of complications associated with diabetes, such as:

  • Heart and Blood Vessel Disease
  • Kidney Damage
  • Nerve Damage
  • Foot Injury or Amputation Risk
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Eye Problems
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Skin Problems
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Premature Death

FIND OUT IF YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR AN ABILIFY LAWSUIT: Lawsuits allege that Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka knew or should have known about this potential Abilify side effects and failed to provide adequate warning to patients, parents or the medical community about the potential for severe impulse control disorders and childhood diabetes.

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  1. Kevin Reply

    been taking abilify for about 10 yrs. I’ve gained weight, and other compulsive behavior. Lost at gambiling, and so on. Got to quit taking it or something like that. Hope I can get away from it, but damage done…….

  2. Mary Reply

    I was on geodon and abilify for quite awhile. I now have type two diebetes. My doctor said abilify contributed to me getting diebetes geodon caused excessive eye batting. And i have had tardivedyskinecia and still have the uncontrollable wrist and ankle movements excessive spending. I have spent $100,000’s of dollars for years unable to pay off credit cards. I am still on abilify it helps my depression i have had bladder oroblems wetting by pants

  3. Michelle Reply

    I have been on abilify for I don’t know got to be close to a year now and I have been trapped in downworkd spiral of destruction and and compulsive was I just can’t get my self together and I have lost everything I worked so hard for my whole life I have always been independent and the one that was that could walk away from or take control of any situation at hand I don’t even know who I am anymore I have become a very mean hurtful person it like I have lost my compassion for human empathy and I am homeless I just went through almost ten grand in less then a month I can’t stop myself from blowing the money I gamble I even have a drug problem now I’ve never had an addictive personality and now it’s almost like im outside my own body watching my whole life go up in smoke plz help me before the flames ignite and I crash and burn ….

  4. Willie Reply

    I took abilify for almost a year. I lost everything. I gambled up my money lost my big rig because I couldn’t work. I got addicted to porn lost my wife and family. Gained weight from eating sweets all day every day. Started stealing and lieing. Starting having thoughts of killing myself and seeing things that wasn’t there. I ended up filling bankruptcy but that was after I had lost my car and got out out of my house. Had debt coming out of my ears.. After I stop taking it I slowly started to stop all I was doing. It was to late the damage had been done.

  5. Robert Reply

    I am bipolar and a addict. I was prescribed Abilify and immediately things went sideways. I couldn’t control myself and went hyper sexual. I lost everything my marriage, my finances are a mess. I’ve had to submit a consumer proposal. I’ve lost the love of my life and the trust of my family and friends. I they knew what it would do to us all in the name of money

  6. Darlin Reply

    I was prescribed Primidone for restless legs. It made me less my correctional officer job of 9 yrs. and made me gamble, or changed my judgment. I was hallucinating, became so depressed and developed a horrible gambling habit.
    Its the worst…it ruined me.

  7. Kim Reply

    My nephew was in a lawsuit with ability. Lost his wife, got addicted to gambling, lost house etc. abilify settled and he only got a couple thousand after the attorneys get their share. Was promised thousands but at the end changed everything.

  8. Kelly Reply

    Children getting diabetes would be Type 1 diabetes. It is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks their pancreas. However, there is an error w/ these statements. Adults, though rare, can get Type 1 diabetes also. Therefore, a lawsuit should include adults who were diagnosed with it later in life. Evidence points to these adults were not exposed to a trigger that would cause onset until their adulthood by some miracle. Type 1 can happen to anyone. I was diagnosed in 2006 at 42. All the doctors treated it as Type 2. I was not overweight nor did I have any Type 2 symptoms except hyperglycemia. I didn’t fit the Type 1 profile the doctors said because I was an adult and very skinny. I was skinny because I was wasting, a typical undiagnosed Type 1 symptom for anyone. I had every symptom for Type 1 but all the doctors said no way! Becoming sicker and glucose over 400-to off the glucometers capabilities, I sought an endocrinologist specializing in Type 1. He presumed Type 1, but there were many labs needed to confirm. No other doctor ordered these labs. When they came back, I indeed was Type 1 diabetic. Damages were done to my mind and body. Today, I am still very ill with severe Type 1. I wear a pump but it failed 2 years ago. I became unconscious and in a coma. I had DKA with over 1,000 glucose (100 is normal) a heart attack, kidney failure, a torn esophagus and more. I do not remember much. Now I have to wear a continuous monitor w/ all the bells and whistles, gives glucose, stops glucose, wakes me in the middle of the night for highs and lows. YES!!! Adults get “childhood diabetes Type 1”. Thankfully, they were spared as children.

  9. Altus Reply

    Why didn’t the attorneys at Napoli shkolnik try to obtain all the legal information plaintiffs needed to support their claims or consistently keep their clients informed of deadline dates or proceedings in each individual case

  10. Lisa Reply

    What happened? Did he not have enough evidence? I’m very curious.

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