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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new warning on May 3 that links the use of Aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada) with compulsive or uncontrollable urges such as binge eating, excessive shopping, gambling, and an increase in sex drive. Abilify users reported that these behaviors stopped when the medicine was discontinued or the dose was reduced.
According to the FDA safety announcement, “pathological gambling is listed as a reported side effect in the current aripiprazole drug labels, this description does not entirely reflect the nature of the impulse-control risk FDA identified. In addition, FDA has become aware of other compulsive behaviors associated with aripiprazole, such as compulsive eating, shopping, and sexual actions. These compulsive behaviors can affect anyone who is taking the medicine. As a result, FDA is adding new warnings about all of these compulsive behaviors to the drug labels and the patient Medication Guides for all aripiprazole products.”
This is the strongest FDA warning to date about the risks associated with the popular drug Abilify, prescribed to treat certain mental disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Tourette’s disorder, and irritability associated with autistic disorder.
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