Abilify and Abilify Maintena are prescription drugs manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. and prescribed by doctors in Canada to treat Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar I Disorder, Schizophrenia, and other mental health issues. This antipsychotic drug has been linked to compulsive gambling, binge eating, uncontrollable shopping and hypersexual behaviour. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against this drug's manufacturers claiming that they failed to warn the public of the serious side effects associated with Abilify.
Did you or your family member take Abilify
and were subsequently injured? you may be eligible for compensation.

Common Side Effects

Scientific studies have linked Abilify to the onset of obsessive-compulsive behaviours, including compulsive gambling, hypersexuality, compulsive spending, binge eating and other impulse disorders.

Scientific Studies:

  • In 2010, the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychology published a case study featuring a woman suffering from Schizophrenia who developed uncharacteristic behaviours such as compulsive gambling and binge eating while she was taking Abilify. Over the course of 6 months, she gained 20 pounds and gambled thousands of dollars.
  • In 2011, the British Journal of Pyschiatry published a study that examined three patients who used Abilify and began gambling compulsively. All of the patients stopped gambling after they stopped using the drug.
  • In 2012, the European Medicines Agency established a connection between Abilify use and compulsive gambling, resulting in changes to how the drug is labeled in Europe.
  • In 2014, the JAMA Internal Medicine journal published a study that analyzed the medical records of 1,580 patients who had reported adverse drug effects involving compulsive behaviours such as gambling. The researchers conducting the study reported that they found a "significant" link between use of Abilify and compulsive gambling.

Other Potential Side Effects

Other less common side effects of Abilify have been documented including, but not limited to the following:

  • Cognitive and motor impairment
  • Diabetes
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual dysfunction

Abilify and Compulsive Gambling

One of the most troubling documented side effects of Abilify is compulsive gambling. Compulsive gamblers find it nearly impossible to resist the urge to gamble even if they don't have the money to lose.

Patients who take Abilify have reported that they continue to gamble on slot machines and lotteries, and bet on sporting events and casino games even if they are losing, and sometimes go as far as borrowing money to be able to satisfy the uncontrollable urge to gamble.

This out-of-control and compulsive behaviour often has devastating consequences. Patients taking Abilify have reported that gambling has consumed their lives – even driving some of them into serious debt. Losing the support of family and friends and even losing one's job is not uncommon as Abilify users begin to neglect their responsibilities.

Abilify Lawsuits

In 2015, Health Canada confirmed the link between the use of Abilify and an increased risk of compulsive gambling and hypersexuality.

Due to the devastating consequences of compulsive behaviours caused by Abilify, plaintiffs are arguing that the drug's manufacturers should compensate them for the financial hardship they have suffered through no fault of their own and the emotional trauma they've experienced.

Class action lawsuits filed against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. are claiming that the companies knowingly misrepresented the safety and effectiveness of the drug. Furthermore, it is being alleged that the manufacturers knew that the drug increased the risk of developing compulsive behaviours, yet concealed or failed to disclose said risk.

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Taking Abilify is linked to the onset of compulsive behaviours such as gambling, binge eating and hypersexuality. The manufacturers' failure to warn Canadians of these increased risks result in significant harm patients. If you or a family member took Abilify and were subsequently injured, you may be eligible for compensation.

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