May 3, 2016: FDA Warns About New Impulse-control Problems with Abilify

Abilify Lawsuit

On Tuesday May 3, 2016, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned patients and doctors of a newly acknowledged side effect of Abilify (Aripiprazole). Aripiprazole is also sold under the brand names are Maintena, and Aristada. The FDA warned of rare cases in which patients taking this antipsychotic medication have experienced uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop and engage in sex.

In recognition of this risk, the FDA is adding new warnings about all of these compulsive behaviors to the drug labels and the patient Medication Guides for all aripiprazole products.

Information on Abilify (Aripiprazole)

Abilify is used to treat certain mental disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Tourette’s disorder, and irritability associated with autistic disorder. It may also be used in combination with antidepressants to treat depression. Abilify can decrease hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms such as disorganized thinking.

It can stabilize mood, improve depression, and decrease the tics of Tourette’s disorder.
Approximately 1.6 million patients got a prescription for the drug from U.S. outpatient retail pharmacies during 2015.

Abilify May Cause Pathologically Compulsive Behaviors

While pathological gambling is already listed as a side effect on current aripiprazole drug labels, the agency said the labels don’t adequately describe the risk of other behaviors such as compulsive eating, shopping and sexual actions.

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Despite Drug Regulation, Consumers Are Vulnerable

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