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One of the most popular anti-depressants in the United States is alleged to cause major problems for its users. We have all seen the ads for the drug, Abilify and the wonders it is supposed to perform for those who suffer from depression.

But now the very profitable drug is claimed by users to have caused them to binge on sex, gambling and shopping. The anti-psychotic drug is the focus of hundreds of lawsuits for causing compulsive behavior, in particular, gambling.

Needless to say, patients are none too happy and are demanding answers from the Food and Drug Administration, the agency that approves drugs for the market. Patients claim that the drug’s side effects are ruining their lives.

Whenever you hear a television ad for a particular medication, the list of side effects often may scare you away from wanting to try a particular drug. Oftentimes, the side effects may be worse than the condition you are attempting to treat.

One patient says she began taking Abilify for her depression in 2008. Before that time she had never gambled. After taking the drug for a short time, she quickly developed a gambling problem and eventually lost custody of her children.

In 2002, the FDA originally approved the use of Abilify for the treatment of schizophrenia. Over time, its use was expanded to treat major depression, bipolar disorder, irritability associated with autism and Tourette’s syndrome.

One attorney is representing 200 clients in cases against Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and Bristol Myers-Squibb, the makers of Abilify.

It wasn’t until 2016 that the FDA issued a warning that the use of Abilify could cause “compulsive or uncontrollable urges to gamble, have sex, binge eat and shop.” According to the FDA “these uncontrollable urges were reported to have stopped when the medicine was stopped or the dosage reduced.”

If you take the drug Abilify and suffer any of these side effects, consult our Online Legal Directory to find an attorney in your area.

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