Risky Business

August 31st, 2018

Thousands of people across the US have bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and/or depression. Treating these illnesses is serious stuff. Many people have been pharmaceutically treated for these illnesses with Ariprazole (brand name – Abilify) or its successor drug, Brexpriprazole (brand name – Rexulti).

Taking a medicine always involves a risk. For example, these medicines don’t interact well with citrus. But taking a medicine shouldn’t make you more prone to taking risks.

Yet these medicines may drive people to give into their more compulsive urges. That could be gambling, binge eating, sex, or shopping. Yet the first mention of this connection was made in Abilify’s warning label in 2016.  Abilify became available in 2002.

Occasional compulsive behavior is problematic. But if it goes on for fourteen years, that can cause some serious damage.  And that might require some serious legal help. 

If you’ve developed compulsive behavior and were taking one of these drugs, the drug may be a big part of the problem. If that’s the case, come talk with us. It’s a gamble you can’t afford to lose.



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