Suing for Abilify (Aripirazole) Related Suicides and Attempts at Suicide

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Posted: September 16, 2016
  • Abilify is an antipsychotic drug used to treat people suffering from disorders such as bipolar I disorder and schizophrenia.
  • Abilify has been linked to various side effects, such as thoughts and attempts at suicide, and compulsive behavior such as compulsive gambling.
  • Those who have been harmed by Abilify, or whose loved ones have been harmed, may be able to seek just compensation in a court of law.

Abilify (aripirazole) is a powerful drug which is prescribed to help those suffering from disorders such as bipolar I disorder and schizophrenia. In select users the drug can cause serious consequences which can result in the user harming him or herself. According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) the antipsychotic drug can cause some users to suffer from suicidal thoughts and actions.

In this publication, the FDA says that antidepressant medications have the propensity to cause suicidal thoughts and actions in children, teens and young adults, usually within the first few months of taking them. Those most at risk of depression and suicidal thoughts while taking Abilify, according to the FDA, are those who are currently suffering from, or have a family history of, bipolar illness and/or suicidal thoughts.

The warning signs that a person taking antidepressants, including Abilify, may be contemplating suicide are varied. Some of the signs you can look for include:

  • New or worsening anxiety
  • New or worsening depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Aggressive or violent behavior
  • Sudden mood or behavior changes
  • Expression of thoughts of suicide
  • Attempts at suicide

Abilify is known to be associated with a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Suicidal thoughts and actions
  • Seizures
  • Uncontrollable compulsive urges to eat, shop, have sex, or gamble

Those who have suffered injury as a result of suicidal thoughts and actions prompted by Abilify, and survivors who have lost a loved one due to an Abilify related suicide, may seek compensation in court. With the help of a competent attorney you may recover for a wide variety of damages, depending on the situation, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.