Posted by Sarah Showard | May 09, 2016 | 0 Comments

While this may sound like a joke it is not.  The FDA issued a warning on May 6, 2016 that Abilify, a commonly prescribed antipsychotic drug, may cause patients to have uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop and have sex.  The warning can be found at 

The drug is used to treat schizophrenia and can also be used in combination with other drugs to treat depression.  There have been a number of lawsuits against Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, the manufacturer of Abilify, alleging that the company did not provide adequate warning of the possible impulse-control issues. Compulsive gambling was previously listed as a side effect and is the most common side effect seen in the reports to the FDA.  1.6 Million patients were prescribed Abilify in the U.S. last year.  Patients taking Abilify should keep a close eye on excessive urges they might experience while taking the medication. 

The FDA will add new warnings about the compulsive behaviors to the drug labels and medication guides given to patients.   

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Sarah Showard

Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.


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