Abilify is a anti-psychotic drug prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. It is considered a powerful medication and can result in some severe side-effects.
Some patients taking Abilify have experienced restlessness, vomiting, rash, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and constipation. Serious, but rare side effects include tardive dyskinesia and neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Symptoms of tardive dyskinesia include loss of control of limb movements. NMS symptoms include sweating, high fever, muscle tightness and changes in heart rate and blood pressure. NMS can lead to kidney failure and muscle breakdown.
At the moment, the Federal Drug Administration has recognized the link between these adverse reactions and the drug and has recently advocated a change in the warning label addressing the increased risk of diabetes and hyperglycemia with use of this drug.
In addition to the physical side effects associated with Abilify, there have been a number of behavior and mental side effects associated with the drug. In particular, the drug has been linked to addictive behaviors that begin almost immediately when a person starts using the drug. These include repetitive behaviors that include pathological eating, gambling, sex and other types of conduct. The pathological behavior is found to stop once the patient stops using Abilify.
In many cases, the manufacturer of Abilify products can be held liable for injuries or severe side effects caused by the product. In particular, there may be evidence that the manufacturer of the drug knew about the potential side effects, yet failed to provide proper warnings. This may be evidenced by the fact that warning labels appeared in Canada and Europe, but not the U.S.
In other cases, a doctor or pharmacist may be held liable for malpractice if they commit a prescription error with regards to the drug. An example of this is if they prescribe the drug to the wrong patient, or if they make an error regarding the drug’s dosage.
Legal remedies for Abilify injuries can include a monetary damages award, which may compensate the injured party for medical expenses, additional treatment costs, loss of income, and other losses.
See your doctor if you have taken Abilify and have experienced serious health problems. You may also wish to contact a personal injury law attorney who can help protect your legal rights and get compensation for your injuries.