The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that use of Abilify and other aripiprazole-containing antipsychotic medications may increase compulsive or uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop and have sex.
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What’s the Problem?
May 3, 2016 – The FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) has identified at least 184 cases (167 in the U.S.) linking aripiprazole to impulse-control problems. The most commonly reported problem associated with the drug was pathological gambling, which was cited in 164 cases. Other issues included compulsive sexual behaviors (n=9), spending/shopping (n=4), multiple impulse-control problems (n=4) and compulsive eating (n=3).
In all cases, patients experienced the new urges only after beginning treatment with aripiprazole; however, the urges resolved after reducing the dosage or quitting the drug. None of the patients had substance abuse problems, manic symptoms or a history of compulsive behavior. Four cases reported a return of compulsive behaviors when aripiprazole was restarted.
Pathological gambling was added to aripiprazole labels in January 2016; however, this description does not accurately encompass the full nature of impulse-control risk associated with the medication, nor does it include the other compulsive behaviors reported to FAERS. The agency warned that the impulsive behaviors, though rare, may cause harm to the patient or others if not identified. FDA is requiring the addition of new warnings to include these behaviors in the drug labels and Medication Guides for all aripiprazole-containing medications.
Healthcare professionals should inform patients about these risks when prescribing, and also inquire about any new or increasing urges during treatment with aripiprazole. Patients at increased risk for impulse-control problems include those with a history of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), impulse-control disorder, bipolar disorder, impulsive personality, alcoholism, drug abuse or other addictive tendencies. If such urges arise, physicians should consider reducing the dose or discontinuing treatment in favor of another antipsychotic medication.
Do I Have an Abilify Lawsuit?
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