Abilify® has been linked to Uncontrollable Gambling and other Compulsive Behavior.
MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (KMSP) - Denise Miley appeared to have a perfect life, a loving husband, four sons, a job as a CPA and a beautiful home in a northwest suburb of the Twin Cities. But she had a secret life--and it all started with a bike ride.
"At first I just tried to tell myself the kids are at school, it's my escape," she said. "I think I thought if I was doing exercise at the same time that it was okay to be going there."
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In 2009 Rita Perez started taking Abilify — an antipsychotic drug meant to help people with depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Instead, the Escambia County resident immediately developed a compulsive gambling habit, toting up more than $75,000 in losses, which made her mental and physical condition deteriorate, according to the lawsuit she filed against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceutical — the makers of Abilify.
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DENVER -- Imagine a prescription drug that makes you gamble, have sex, overeat or go binge shopping. Abilify has been blamed for all of it. It's one of the most profitable drugs in America. It's why some patients think the maker and the Food and Drug Administration were too slow to warn of potential side effects.
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Warning labels in Canada and Europe said Abilify could unleash destructive behaviors, but no one told Americans until thousands of them said it was too late.
A year after her father took hostages and committed suicide by cop, Lucy kept freezing in the supermarket aisle. “I couldn’t breathe, literally, my husband would often have to come pick me up from whatever aisle of the store I was stuck in and drive me home,” the traumatized daughter confided in a letter she wrote to her attorney that he provided to The Daily Beast.
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