Sadly, many Americans have been put at risk by their use of the antipsychotic and antidepressant drug known as Abilify. Abilify lawsuits have been filed as a result of complaints and medical findings that state that the drug could cause diabetes, a stroke, or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). Due to the traumatic effects of this defective drug, you may need to file an Abilify lawsuit. Diabetes, stroke, and high blood sugar are only some of the possible side effects that can happen, and lawsuits may be warranted in efforts to protect victims’ legal rights as well as to receive financial compensation.
Containing aripiprazole, which also is sold under the brand name Aripiprex, Abilify is an unusual antipsychotic. This is because it blocks dopamine receptors in the brain and is less likely to cause involuntary body movements than other drugs of its classification. Such drugs raise a concern for metabolic disorders, notably diabetes and hyperglycemia, or excess sugar.
Abilify and its key component, aripiprazole, can be especially dangerous for children who take it. Children who take this drug may later face an increased risk of diabetes, and because of this, an Abilify diabetes lawsuit may be filed on behalf of the children. Signs of diabetes as a result of taking Abilify may include weight gain, increased thirst, frequent urination, high blood sugar, and extreme hunger after taking the medication. If you believe that your child may be suffering from diabetes after taking Abilify, contact a physician immediately.
Manufactured, marketed, and sold by Bristol-Myers Squibb, Abilify was approved for use in 2002 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating schizophrenia. It was approved in 2004 for treating bipolar disorder and approved once again in 2007 for treatment of major depressive disorders. Although Abilify is FDA-approved for treatment of these particular disorders, the drug also may cause harmful and damaging side effects. These side effects can include strokes for elderly patients using Abilify as a treatment for dementia, for which the FDA has not approved this drug’s use.
An Abilify lawsuit may be warranted if you or an elderly loved one suffered from a stroke as a result of taking this drug. Indeed, Abilify includes a so-called “black-box” warning on its label to alert potential users that it brings a heightened danger of death in elderly persons using the antipsychotic drug. As with many other antidepressants, Abilify also has a black-box warning of a heightened risk of suicide for users under age 24.
Bristol-Myers Squibb settled a 2007 Abilify lawsuit initiated by the Department of Justice and whistleblowers for $515 million. As a result of this Abilify suit, it was discovered that the company reportedly had been paying kickbacks to physicians in efforts to encourage them to prescribe Abilify. This makes it clear that the public should be updated on all FDA Abilify warnings, possible future Abilify recalls by the FDA, current Abilify lawsuits, and possible future Abilify class-action lawsuits.
You or your family may need an experienced defective drug lawyer to bring lawsuits against Abilify’s manufacturer on your family’s behalf. If so, notify our Texas-based law firm of your intent to file an Abilify lawsuit or to have us perform a case review on an existing personal injury claim today. We can provide you with a professional, skilled, and knowledgeable defective drug attorney who has experience with Abilify lawsuits. Whether you or a loved one are seeking economic compensation for pain, suffering, lost wages, or medical expenses due to the defective drug Abilify, the Texas Hammer® will be aggressive in fighting for your legal rights!