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Individuals who suffer from mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression are often prescribed Abilify, a medication that was considered the top-selling drug in the United States in 2013. When a person suffers from a chemical imbalance, the drug increases or decreases the serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain. Unfortunately, the drug has also been linked to disturbing compulsive behavior side effects.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
While medical professionals have not concluded why the drug may lead to such side effects, many patients who have used Abilify develop compulsive habits such as:
- Pathological gambling
- Compulsive eating
- Compulsive shopping
- Sex addiction
Many researchers believe that this drug may act on the receptors of the brain that regulate behavior and mood. When the dopamine system in stimulated by a particular activity, the person may feel pleasure or a high as a result of performing the activity. This acts as a reward system and can cause the person to believe they continue the activity in order to survive.
Suffered Negative Effects After Using a Dangerous Drug?
If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects or compulsive behavior after using Abilify, we urge you to get in contact with our Atlanta dangerous drug attorneys at Schneider Hammers as soon as possible. When you entrust your case with our team of personal injury lawyers, we will examine all the details associated with your condition and determine which legal strategies can help you pursue maximum compensation.