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Abilify (known generically as aripiprazole) is in a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics and is used to treat schizophrenia. Abilify side effects reportedly include an increased risk of diabetes and other blood sugar disorders, including hyperglycemia. Other aripiprazole side effects could include tremors and uncontrollable movements.
Abilify is an atypical antipsychotic that is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and irritability associated with autistic disorder. Antipsychotic medications have reportedly been linked to serious side effects including an increased risk of diabetes and other blood sugar disorders. They are also linked to a risk of harm to newborns.
The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in February 2011 alerting patients to a risk of harm to a newborn when women who are pregnant or planning on becoming take medications such as Abilify. According to the warning, the medications could cause abnormal muscle movements and withdrawal symptoms when the infants were exposed to the medications during the third trimester.
Abilify and Pregnancy
According to the medication guide, elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis may be at an increased risk of death when taking Abilify. In 2008, the FDA requested that antipsychotic drugs, including Abilify, update their warnings to include the increased risk of death when Abilify is used to treat dementia in older patients. Furthermore, young patients with depression who take Abilify may be at an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or actions.
Aripiprazole Side Effects
Patients who take atypical antipsychotic medications may also be at an increased risk of developing hyperglycemia or diabetes. A 2009 study published in Psychopharmacology Bulletin found that patients taking an atypical antipsychotic medication were at a higher risk for developing diabetes. Researchers recommended that patients taking an antipsychotic medication be monitored for diabetes.
A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that antipsychotic medications such as Abilify may be no more effective than placebos at treating severe post-traumatic stress symptoms and may come with serious side effects. According to an article in The New York Times (08/02/11), the study focused on Risperdal but the results could extend to other drugs in the same class, including Seroquel and Abilify.
Abilify and Veterans
Researchers found that patients who were given Risperdal to treat post-traumatic stress had the same rate of recovery—approximately five percent—as those treated with a placebo. Between 10 and 20 percent of patients in both groups reported some improvement. The concern is that patients might not receive any benefit from taking the antipsychotic medications but are still being put at risk of serious side effects.
Abilify patients in California and across the US do not necessarily have to have suffered Abilify side effects to speak to a lawyer. If you used Abilify and it did not work for you, speak to a lawyer about your legal options.
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Last updated on Aug-27-11
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