Plenty of normal, healthy people enjoy playing “the slots” for fun or catching up with friends over a regular poker game. Even a weekend in Las Vegas or Atlantic City can be great for people who like to unwind at a grand resort hotel where fine meals and Broadway-quality shows are steps away from their hotel room ─ not to mention the electric energy of a casino.
Gaming can be dangerous, however, for people with a compulsive gambling addiction. This is a diagnosable illness that leads the afflicted to lose everything including their job, family, home, and financial security. Imagine how much more complicated that addiction becomes when the addict in question never experienced the compulsive gambling impulse prior to taking a prescribed medication for what may have seemed like an unrelated health care issue.
Abilify may be creating this new brand of a gambling addict.
There were already serious side effects linked to this popular antipsychotic drug, which also is called aripiprazole, before a recent study indicated that Abilify may spur some users to develop a pathological gambling addiction. The reported side effects include:
- Weight gain
The experienced attorneys at GoldenbergLaw who litigate dangerous drug lawsuits believe there is solid evidence that Abilify may cause pathological gambling, a disease that wreaks financial and emotional havoc on individuals and families.
If you or a loved one took Abilify and developed a gambling habit, here are five signs from the Mayo Clinic that the impulse is a compulsive addiction:
- The afflicted take a morbid thrill in excessive risk.
- Crisis behavior snowballs into even larger gambling risks.
- The person in question talks and thinks about little else but gambling.
- Feelings of euphoria are interspersed with depression, guilt, and hopelessness.
- The afflicted lies about gambling, and is unable to control his/her gambling behavior.
Members of Gambling Anonymous® add that gambling addiction can be spotted when an individual misses work or school to gamble or must borrow money to cover gambling debts.
If you or a member of your family took Abilify and then exhibited compulsive gambling behavior that resulted in a serious financial loss, please call one of the personal injury attorneys at GoldenbergLaw today for a free case consultation: (800) 504-0281.