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Abilify Stroke and Hyperglycemia Lawsuit

As noted by the drug’s manufacturer—Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.—itself, “an increased risk of stroke and ministroke have been reported in clinical studies of elderly people with dementia-related psychosis” who take the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole—sold under the brand name Abilify (and, less commonly, as Aripiprex). Otsuka also acknowledges that “Increases in blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) can happen in some people who take ABILIFY.”

The Rottenstein Law Group compassionately advocates for those who have suffered  from side effects as a result of having taken dangerous drugs. If you’ve taken Abilify and believe it harmed you, contact RLG for a free, confidential legal consultation immediately.

What Is Abilify? When Is It Prescribed?

Abilify is a brand name for the drug aripiprazole. Developed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical in Japan and marketed jointly with Bristol-Myers Squibb in the United States, this prescription medication is used to treat  schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, tic disorders, and irritability associated with autism. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it in 2002 for the treatment of schizophrenia, in 2004 for the treatment of bipolar disorder, and in 2007 for for the treatment of major depressive disorder.

As an “atypical” antipsychotic, Abilify blocks dopamine receptors in the brain. It differs pharmacologically from similar drugs, and it’s less likely than some antipsychotic drugs to cause involuntary body movements.

Controversies have reportedly eroded consumer confidence in Abilify, however. In 2007, Bristol-Myers Squibb settled an Abilify lawsuit brought by whistleblowers and the Department of Justice by paying approximately $515 million. To encourage them to prescribe Abilify, Bristol-Myers Squibb had been giving doctors kickbacks in the form of consulting fees and paid luxury vacations.

Abilify Might Cause Life-Threatening Side Effects

Otsuka acknowledges that elderly patients with dementia can suffer strokes (transient ischemic attacks) when taking Abilify. The FDA has not approved Abilify for the treatment of dementia in the elderly. There is a “black box” Abilify warning on the product’s label informing users that that the drug carries an increased risk of death in elderly users. Like many antidepressants, the drug also carries a black box suicide warning for users under the age of 24. And since 2011 the “pregnancy” section of Abilify’s label has informed doctors and women who might become pregnant that Abilify causes withdrawal symptoms in infants in the form of abnormal muscle movements—called extrapyramidal signs (EPS).

In addition, as with other atypical antipsychotic drugs, there is concern that aripiprazole causes metabolic disorders, particularly hyperglycemia (excess sugar) and diabetes. Atypical antipsychotics cause the body to metabolize fat instead of carbohydrates, leading to insulin resistance to the excess carbohydrates. At the same time, they promote fat accumulation.

RLG’s Lawyers Will Make Things Easier

The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group believe that obtaining legal satisfaction from those who harmed you shouldn’t require more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file an Abilify lawsuit on your behalf if appropriate.

If you have taken Abilify and believe it harmed you, contact RLG today.

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  1. Guest
    on November 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Abilify has caused me considerable harm. I now suffer from spiking sugar levels or hyperglycemia.

  2. Guest
    on September 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I have taken abilify for the first time. On august 4 2012, the side effects were extreme. I continued the drug hoping side effects to subside. They didn't, they got worse and I was suicidal, body twitching off balance unable to walk without help. My tongue is swollen and I have difficulty speaking and I am drooling. I quit the abilify on Friday, August 31st. Last night I was in emergency at hospital the wait was too long, I had to leave because it was getting dark and we had a long way to drive home. Today I am still twitching and staggering when I tried to walk. I am more depressed than I have been in a long time. I am worried that this is permanent. Waiting now for call from my doctor. This is not fair to take away a month of my life so far and charge me 200.00 for the pills..

  3. Guest
    on August 28, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I was prescribed abilify as a addition to my regular medicine and developed type 2 diabetes. I also developed a massive infection causing me to be hospitalized for 40 days and having two surgeries. I was discharged from the hospital and had nurses at home every day for 3 months. The Dr. says my illness was life-threatening. I will never recover from the effects of this drug!

  4. Guest
    on August 4, 2012 at 12:15 am

    When I was 18 and on the street homeless, I found help through an agency called Outside In. They offered meals, counseling, testing, education and career help and some clinics for mental health. I went to a counselor there who told me I was "psychotic" and gave me a three month trial of Abilify. I had never taken any medication before except codeine when I broke my wrist at 16. I had an anaphylactic reaction to the codeine and was rushed to a hospital and have stayed away from all pharmaceuticals if I can. I began taking the Abilify and after about a week or so I started to kind of melt into the couch. I could hardly move and my muscles all went numb. I couldn't focus, my eyes were glazed and I felt like nothing was right. I fell into video games hard and couldn't keep up with conversations. I began having trouble sleeping and my mom began to get upset and ask me what was going on with me. I couldn't even answer her and she knew it was those pills so she took them away from me and demanded we look closer at the drug research and find out why this was happening. We saw potential side effects that were dangerous and it seemed I was showing signs of these symptoms that early into taking them.

    When I was sixteen before my dad kicked me out of the house, I held a job at the McDonalds in my neighborhood. I was lightning fast, kept up with drive through during peak hours and was getting lots of hours while hanging in there at school. After this Abilify incident at 18, I could barely move quick enough to hold any job, could barely remember things and had no concentration capabilities. Forget remembering people's names, or how I knew them. My brain was on pause and I couldn't explain to people what was wrong with me, in fact I forgot about the Abilify completely until my mother brought it up again recently. The worst part of all is my spine, it's my neck and it has muscle spasms so intense it shoots down my back and my legs and nothing works right. I feel unable to relax my jaw muscles, I have clenched it down without my meaning to, I cannot sometimes open my jaw up the muscles are so tight.

    So all this time and the symptoms haven't gone away and because of this horrible inability to concentrate, to sit up straight or to walk very far I have been unable to complete classes at school, have yet to find a job of anyt kind, so now what? Disability? Then tonight, my mom brought it up again, and she said she happened to see the ad for Abilify on TV when she was back east in Atlanta. She said lets watch this infomercial together and we youtubed it and watched it just now. It was like they were talking about me. Every symptom, every possible risk it was me... I was a young adult who within a couple weeks began experiencing these symptoms, and now has had an impossible time trying to start my life and have any kind of chance for survival. My mom has no money, we have no health insurance. What could I do? And the kicker? I was never on any kind of antidepressant while on this drug. It says it is a pill you take ALONG WITH the antidepressant. It just all makes sense now. I want my memory back. I want my legs and spine and neck to be strong. I have lost a ton of weight and I'm afraid to lift weights until I know I won't have a stroke or seizure because of it. I want to live a good life and have a good job and be able to remember my duties and be good at something.

  5. Guest
    on August 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Has anyone experienced a stroke after starting abilify?

    1. Guest
      on August 9, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Not sure if my 24 year old daughter suffered a minor stroke following aripiprazole, but whilst on it she became incredibly confused, a confusion which is still with her. 11 months later, her sleep pattern has never returned to normal either and now has a huge increase of anxiety, on top of everything else.

  6. Guest
    on July 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Abilify made me have a stroke & messed my liver, diabetes and metabolism up, thus a lot of my organs are inflamed.

  7. Guest
    on July 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Abilify caused me to become type 2 diabetic.

  8. Guest
    on July 3, 2012 at 3:12 am

    My wife took a new med called ABILIFY. Soon after she had a boost of energy and collapsed. I took her to the hospital and on the way she shook and passed out. Once they found an aneurism, they took her and did surgery. She is recovering right now but may never be the same.

  9. Guest
    on July 2, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    My 15 y/o Asperger son took 1 dose; collapsed next day. Orthostatic hypotension/dizziness. FD rescue needed transport to ER. NP improperly rx'd: BEFORE EKG performed, which, in ER, revealed abnormality! This drug noted in package insert/FDA guidelines to cause cardiovascular side effects! Started BEFORE hepatic profile. His panel drawn in ER revealed ALT levels >2x normal! Why do "pre-therapeutic labs/work up" if NOT going to await required/advocated/expert suggested protocols. Also: NO advised second opinion requested BEFORE initiating therapy!

    OUTCOME: drug stopped after emergency incident! WHY? I taught for BMS, the pharmaceutical maker! I "know" inside out of doctor-industry relationships. This "clinician" abandoned virtually all. If not MANY critical guidelines, traumatized my son/myself and, recognized her failure to "comply standards prescribing guidelines per FDA/APA/AMA/manufacturer package label inserts!

    I await direction! Drug was improperly/poorly prescribed, and commenced before essential diagnostic cardiac and hepatic mandated studies assessed! Why mandate these tests if NOT going to be complied with?

    Emotional trauma to my son, myself is crystal clear! My son fears her, meds, IV's, ambulances and afraid to say anything due "fear" being "drugged", when...."I feel better w/o the drugs"!

  10. Guest
    on June 19, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I never had problems with my muscles until I started to take this med. I now suffer from severe muscle cramps, sometimes they even lock up on me. I've been off it for awhile and am still having these symptoms.

  11. Guest
    on May 20, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    My brother was taking this drug when he died November of 2011. He had all the symptoms: memory lost, weight gain and abnormal behavior which could not be explained because the doctor who prescribed it to him did not make any other member of the family aware of it. He was 23 when he died.

  12. Guest
    on May 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I took just one pill. Within ten minutes, I started seeing multiple spots in front of my eyes. Ever since, whenever I am exposed to bright light, such as walking in sunshine, the problem recurs.

  13. Guest
    on May 17, 2012 at 2:12 am

    My daughter tried to kill herself on this medicine. It's documented on file.

  14. Guest
    on May 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    In 2009, I was prescribed with Abilify for possible schizophrenia/bipolar symptoms. The drug actually made me hallucinate while trying to get some sleep and dream bad dreams when I was sleep.

  15. Guest
    on April 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    My 16 year old daughter was prescribed Abilify and less than two months later, she committed suicide!

  16. Guest
    on March 20, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Ever since I took abilify back in 2005, I have had an increased heart rate and increasing muscle jerking or spasms. I have injured my back and have had multiple nerve problems that I believe was related to my use of abilify.

  17. Guest
    on March 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    My husband committed suicide shortly after starting Abilify.

  18. Guest
    on March 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Abilify caused me so many health problems and I am still climbing out of it. It shut down my kidneys, and I had major weight gain. Eventually I had to have my gallbladder removed. My depression increased and my mind became scrambled. I do have a family history in diabetes, however I feel very confident in the fact I could have controlled it with diet and exercise. Now I am full Type II Diabetic. I have more doctor bills than I can handle. All because of one little pill that said it could help me more than any other. I am willing to help take that pill off any shelf.

  19. Guest
    on March 5, 2012 at 3:00 am

    I was told that I tried to kill my girlfriend by strangulation. I didn't remember any of the incident. I woke up in jail with felony charges. I had been on Abilify for TWO days. My doctor concluded the one and only possibility was that the Abilify caused hypomania.

    1. Guest
      on August 29, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      My significant other took abilify and within 36 hours he hung himself. I need a law firm to represent me.

  20. Guest
    on March 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Abilify withdrawals gave me a mini stroke, so I had to continue the medication. I have taken Abilify off and on for six years. When I got taken off for akathesia I believe it caused permanent nerve damage.

  21. Guest
    on February 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

    My daughter has been on Abilify since 2008. Since being on Abilify, she has gained a significant amount of weight. She is 19 and now weighs 305 lbs. Is this a common side effect?

  22. Guest
    on February 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I took only one pill and I had hives all over, sweats, trimmers (still have them and never had a problem with it before). Couldn't sleep at all, and then went to wanting to sleep all the time. I hate that stuff. And most symptoms last 2 weeks other than the trimmers which I still have and it has been 2 months.

  23. Guest
    on January 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    My boyfriend started taking Abilify on Sept. 2011 for bipolar and skitsofrantic, and he said he didn’t like the way it made him feel.. He started acting weird so I was watching him close to see what was happening. He started craving sweets and having headaches.. He just didn’t like the way it was doing him.. And I didn’t like it because he wasn’t himself anymore.. He was only on it 2-3 weeks and was found dead in the woods.. I believe he became unaware of his surroundings and ended up not knowing where he was and either had a seizure because he had them or went into a comma due to his sugar levels being so high and laid in the woods for 2 weeks until they finally found him laying on his side..dead.. It just don’t make sense to me why he would go to the woods when he never did that before.. They really need to get that off the market if it does that cause. I sure don’t want nobody else's family have to go through what I went through.. Plus he is allergic to Depakote so I sure hope that doesn’t have the same kind of ingredients in it as it did.. Our loved one is gone but maybe we can help others. Be aware of what’s going on with these meds..

  24. Guest
    on January 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I was prescribed and taken this twice. Both times within 3 weeks had slurring and swelling of the tongue. After stopping the first time I recall having a mini stroke. I did not go to the hospital at that time but after words had caught labyrinthitis and had MRI done and there are three mini strokes detected on the MRI. This has been happening within the last 2 years and my mental stability is not the same as I was.

  25. Guest
    on January 16, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I was in a Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) in a DYFS facility and I did an interview for an independent living program that works closely with DYFS called cinnaminson, owned by a company named crossroads, and they said I had to talk to a psychiatrist and follow his recommendations if I ever wanted to get into the program. So I took abilify in the year 2010 for like a week or so and ever since I started taking it, my body shakes rapidly and it gets really hard for me to do everything with my body because it shakes so much and it gets really hard for me to talk and think ever since I took it.

  26. Guest
    on January 10, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    My 8 year old has been on this medication for sometime now, he has progressively gotten worse with his behavioral problems and has shown multiple self inflicting injuries, actions and suicidal tendencies. I've looked at every bit of information I could find on this medication and it "IS NOT FDA APPROVED CHILDREN UNDER 10 Years OF AGE".

  27. Guest
    on January 9, 2012 at 3:33 am

    I would be interested to hear about updates and be part of a class action suit if necessary. I have been having back muscle spasms for the past month and I have heard this could be a related side effect.

  28. Guest
    on December 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    My brother who was put on Abilify committed suicide within 2-3wks of starting the medication. He was a successful person, MBA, same job for 25yrs, investor, father..... He was separated from his wife, was depressed/anxious, sought help, was put on this med, could not sleep, and was not given a follow up appointment for over 3wks for date of starting medication; he did not make it to the second appointment, he died.

    I feel he was mishandled by health care professional. He should of had closer follow up if he was new to medications. He had never attempted suicide before. Now he is dead. I think the med is to blame.

  29. Guest
    on December 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    My son is only 5 years old, he has adhd, odd, bi-polar tends.. and a chromosome deletion. He has been placed on many medications, ritlin, metadate, concerta (lowest dosage) and finally concerta (36 mg 2x a day) not to mention he has been on respridone, respitol, abilify, congentin, clondine, atterax. His doctor gave me two other ones to give him if it didn't help, which were something called saphers ( sorry don't remember spelling) and depakote…

    Today I had to rush my son to the hospital, I work in the same school that my son goes to. We had been dealing with him literally chewing his tongue, god-awful movements with his body, not being able to sleep, twitching while he sleeps, not being able to sit still, lost all focus in his school work, became aggressive all over again. His teacher had to come get me and tell me to watch him, she was so scared that my son was going to mutilate his tongue. He was going 50 mph standing still. Not only was his teacher looking for me but the school nurse and a few others of the staff was frantic to find me. Once they met up with me, they all told me the same thing ”Your son is acting as if he is on speed!”

    Now come to find out my little boy is suffering from something called dystonic reaction…. (bilingual-something) lost it all when the doctor said that this can go on for months to years! I'm definitely looking to file a lawsuit against Abilify, because I was also told all this is traced back to him being placed on the abilify, and depokote is the same as abilify…..He is only 5! Please help.

  30. Guest
    on November 11, 2011 at 9:45 am

    My brother was taking abilify and it was said that he was depressed, but I did not observe any abnormal depression as he was a college student dealing with student loans and full time work. He worked out and was always loved by everyone who he came in contact with. This pass November the 6th at around 5:00AM, his body was found on a walkway in Miami beach. I've spoken to others who’s dealt with similar medication and all I’ve heard are horrific explanations of how they lost their loved ones, including one story where a young 25 year old almost just like my brother who was 24 walked into the ocean while under the same type of medication. Please help me with this matter. I don’t know what else to do. My brother is Gone and I don’t want him to be another statistic.

  31. Guest
    on November 5, 2011 at 4:03 am

    In 2008-2009, I took abilify and now have reactive hypoglycemia.

  32. Guest
    on July 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Abilify caused me to have diabetes, when it is not present in either side of the family, and the only connection to diabetes is abilify.

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