Abilify (Aripiprazole): Lawsuit Settlement – Serious Side Effects – NOT FDA Approved in Children and Seniors

43 States have received millions of dollars in settlements from Bristol-Myers Squibb for the questionable marketing and pricing of certain prescription drugs for the poor.

Bristol-Meyers Squibb and its former subsidiary, Apothecon Inc., agreed in September to pay a total of $499 million, according to a spokeswoman for the company. The payments to the individual states, like Georgia’s Medicaid program went out in July 2008.

“The allegations were that these companies not only engaged in a pattern of kickbacks and false reporting to drive up both the sales and prices for its drugs, they also encouraged health care providers to prescribe a potent drug to both children and seniors for uses that had not been approved by the FDA,” Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker said in a prepared statement. “The drive to make certain that the bottom-line meets Wall Street expectations can never justify defrauding the taxpayers or putting our most vulnerable citizens at risk.”

Bristol-Myers Squibb and Apothecon were accused of reporting inflated prices to get higher reimbursements from government health care programs and of paying doctors, health care providers and pharmacies to push their products.

One medication at the center of the complaints was Abilify, an antipsychotic drug prescribed for children and for dementia-related psychosis. The federal Food and Drug Administration had not approved Abilify for those uses.

The drug company also was accused of misreproting prices for Serzone, an antidepressant, so consequently rebates to Medicaid were less.

Federal law requires pharmaceutical companies give their lowest prices to Medicaid programs and that was the basis of complaints that led to the settlement.

A spokeswoman for the company, when asked for comment Tuesday, referred to a statement released in September when the matter was resolved. “Bristol-Myers is pleased to have resolved these matters from the past and is proud of its commitment to conduct business with the highest standards of integrity in its mission to extend and enhance human life.”

Source: “The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Published on 07/15/08″

Below you will find additional state settlements:

Alabama – Not Participating

Alaska – Not Participating

Arizona – ?

Arkansas $1.3 million

California – $23 million

Connecticut – $1.9 million

Delaware – $1.1 million

District of Columbia – $923, 685.85

Florida $21.5 million

Georgia $12.1 million

Hawaii – ?

Idaho $1.7 million

Illinois $10 million

Indiana – $2.2 million

Iowa – $1.9 million

Kansas $3 million

Kentucky – $3 million

Louisiana -$9.6 million

Maine – $829,862

Maryland – $2.3 million

Massachusetts – $9.2 million

Michigan -$10,990,484

Minnesota – $2.35 million

Mississippi – Not Participating

Missouri $11 million

Montana – $295,091.26

Nebraska $3.2 million

Nevada – ?

New Hampshire $1.2 million

New Jersey – ?

New Mexico – $1.3 million

New York $40 million

North Carolina $14.8

North Dakota – $194,873.36

New York City $7.5 million

Ohio $6.5 million

Oklahoma – $1.37 million

Oregon – $3 million

Pennsylvania – Not Participating

Rhode Island – ?

South Carolina – Not Participating

South Dakota – $700,000

Tennessee – $3.5 million

Texas $15.7 million

Utah – $2 million

Vermont $218,963

Virginia – $7.1 million

Washington – $6.8 million

West Virginia – ?

Wisconsin – Not Participating

Wyoming – $554,320

If your state is not listed above you may go to http://naaq.org/attorneys_general.php and ask for the Media Relations person and request a press release for the Bristol-Myers settlement amount for your state or check back for updates.

Below you will find some of the “new” information about the devastating side effect of ABILIFY® found on their website. The question is – why would our government allow such dangerous drugs to be on the market?

If you wish to stop taking any antidepressant or antipsychotic medication it has been my experience that doctors and psychiatrist tend to give out additional medication to address any side effects, thus drugging you more and adding additional side effects. If you really wish to stop taking such drugs demand it from your doctor. Since these drugs often have withdrawal symptoms which are often just as bad as the drug side effect itself, you should not stop taking the medication cold (abruptly). For alternative help in stopping or tapering off such medications visit http://www.theroadback.org/book.aspx or send an e-mail to books@theroadback.org and put in the subject line, “Free E-Book Book” and we they send you a complete copy of How to Get Off Psychoactive Drugs Safely for free. The Road Back is a non-profit organization.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ON SERIOUS ABILIFY® (Aripiprazole) SIDE EFFECTS:

Elderly people with psychosis related to dementia (for example, an inability to perform daily activities as a result of increased memory loss), treated with atypical antipsychotic medicines, are at an increased risk of death compared to placebo. ABILIFY is not approved for the treatment of people with dementia-related psychosis (see Boxed WARNING). Antidepressants may increase suicidal thoughts or behaviors in some children, teenagers, and young adults, especially within the first few months of treatment or when the dose is changed. Depression and other serious mental illnesses are themselves associated with an increase in the risk of suicide. Patients on antidepressants and their families or caregivers should watch for new or worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in behavior, or thoughts of suicide. Such symptoms should be reported to the patient’s healthcare professional right away, especially if they are sever or occur suddenly. ABILFY is not approved for us in pediatric patients with depression (see Boxed WARNING).”

“Patients should not use ABILIFY if they are allergic to aripiprazole or any of the ingredients in ABILIFY. Allergic reactions have ranged from rash, hives and itching to anaphylaxis, which may include difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue.

Serious side effects can occur with any antipsychotic medicine, including ABILIFY. Tell your healthcare professional right away if you have any condition or side effects, including the following:

  • An increased risk of stroke and ministroke has been reported in clinical studies of elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis
  • Very high fever, rigid muscles, shaking, confusion, sweating, or increased heart rate and blood pressure. These may be signs of a condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), (a life-threatening neurological disorder most often caused by an adverse reaction to neuroleptic or antipsychotic drugs) a rare but serious side effect which could be fatal
  • Abnormal or uncontrollable movements. These may be signs of a serious condition called tardive dyskinesia (TD), which may be permanent”. (Per other sources, this is a permanent condition.)
  • “Diabetes, risk factors for diabetes (for example, obesity, family history of diabetes), or unexpected increases in thirst, urination, or hunger. Increases in blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia), in some cases serious and associated with coma or death, have been reported in patients taking ABILIFY and medicines like it. Ask your healthcare professional about the need to monitor your blood sugar level before and during treatment.

Lightheadedness or faintness caused by a sudden change in heart rate and blood pressure when rising quickly from a sitting or lying position (orthostatic hypotension) has been reported with ABILIFY.

Medicines like ABILIFY can effect your judgment, thinking, or motor skills. You should not drive or operate hazardous machinery until you know how ABILIFY affects you.

Since medicines like ABILIFY can impact your body’s ability to reduce body temperature, you should avoid overheating and dehydration.

If you have suicidal thoughts, you should tell your healthcare professional right away.

Medicines like ABILIFY have been associated with swallowing problems (dysphagia). If you had or have swallowing problems, you should tell your healthcare professional.

Tell your healthcare professional if you have a history of seizures, or are pregnant or intent to become pregnant, and about all prescription and non-prescription medicines you are taking or plan to take.

Most common side effects (greater than 10%) from all clinical trials involving adults or pediatrics include:

ADULTS: Nausea, vomiting, consitipation, headache, dizziness, an inner sense of restlessness or need to move (akathisia), anxiety and insomia.

PEDIATRICS: (10-17 years): Uncontrolled movements, headache, sleepiness and nausea.

While taking ABILIFY, avoid:

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Breast-feeding an infant

It is important to contact your healthcare professional if you experience prolonged, abnormal muscle spasm or contraction which may be signs of a condition called dystonia.

For patients who must limit their sugar intake, ABILIFY Oral Solution contains sugar.

For patients with phenylketonuria or PKU, ABILIFY® DISCMELTTM (aripiprazole) contains phenylalanine.”

Source: http://www.abilify.com/abilify/home/index.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=Yes

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122 Responses to “Abilify (Aripiprazole): Lawsuit Settlement – Serious Side Effects – NOT FDA Approved in Children and Seniors”

  1. Pat Says:

    Yeah! I think California will be getting about $23Million back.

    • Maxx Says:

      I was taking Ability for a long time. It put me almost in a coma with diabetes and a sugar count in my blood as high as 600. It caused me to be hospitalized and I have some other health condition due to taking Ability. I did not know about this law suit and I believe I should also be part of it. Can you tell me please whom can I contact to participate on this law suit?

      • Anonymous Says:

        Hello Maxx- I lost my mother and I am sure it was the Abilify that did this to her. Did you get any reply on who to notify to get in on the settlement. I could just strangle the FDA. I lost the most precious person in my life. If you could answer me, you can do so at Bobilnk@aol.com

  2. John Pavlik Says:

    I have recently been prescribed Abilify for Bipolar disorder. I am a 45 year old male and have been suffering all the side effects such as nausa, the feeling of the need to move. The most startling side effect is a serious increase in my blood sugar level. I was at the level to come off insulin but now will need to increase it. My doctor new I had type 2 diabetes. Will comming off it eliminate the increase in my glucose levels? I am from California. Has there been a class action for increase in glucose or impact to Diabetes? I am taking myself off this medication.

  3. Tom Says:

    John, there is a product available called Xango, a natural juice, that has shown to be effective in treating type 2 diabetes. My motherinlaw went from 2 shots/day to none using this. According to research Xango is the only mangosteen product that delivers these results. As far as the bipolar disorder and Abilify, I suggest you consult a (different) doctor before just taking yourself off this drug. I think someone who specializes in natural healing using vitamins and minerals and such is what you really need.

  4. Leah Says:

    John, I so understand how you are feeling. I highly suggest contacting Label Me Sane here in S. Cali. They so would be able to help you! : )))

    Here’s their contact data:

    POINT OF RETURN
    a division of LABEL ME SANE, INC.
    30765 Pacific Coast Hwy Suite 266
    Malibu, CA 90265
    866.605.2333

    http://www.labelmesane.com/

    There really is light at the end of this tunnel!

  5. Leah Says:

    Also, John, there is a very amazing YAHOO GROUP that I’m a member of called: ATYPICAL ANTIPSYCHOTICS. To join them all you have to do is send an e~mail to: Atypical_Antipsychotics-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. It’s a PHENOMENAL GROUP! : ))) And, would be a magical place to post your request and get some amazing support.

  6. Greg Says:

    my mother just passed away 09-26-2008 a week after suffering a massive stroke….she was 83 years old and an alzheimer’s patient of 7 years who was recently put on high blood pressure medication….she was prescribed Abilify by a psychiatrist who had begun seeing and treating her at a local university hospital…now we are finding that she should never have been prescribed this drug

  7. Your Friend Says:

    Greg,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My mother also was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and passed away under a psychiatric medication, Zyprexa. It’s just a shame more people are not educated in what these drugs do to our seniors, children and adults. You should report this abuse to Citizens Commission for Human Rights (CCHR) at http://www.cchr.com. This is what they are all about. They might be able to point you in the right direction.

    You can see my story at http://psychdrugs.wordpress.com/2008/06/29/hello-world/

    • louis Says:

      I am presently going through the same thing as most of these comments. In my case my mother lives with my sister that has been told numerous times by me and my other sister that she shoudl not be giving our mother that has dementia Abilify. I have done all the research and it says everywhere it should not be given to those patients. I had my mother in the summer od 2008 and I took her off of the Abilify and she was perfect. Unfortunately, my sister keeps her on it as a way to keep my mom out of hair because she is busy all day with her daughter and her activities. I had a power of attorney on my mom to be her health surrogate and control these things. Unfortunately, my sister did a new power of attorney and voided mine. My mom has had a mini stroke since the abilify. She looks like she HIGH the entire time and I am just trying to make her last 2 or 3 years where she is more aware than HIGH! I need to know about any class action law suits for the Abilify or more importantly for Doctors that prescribe incorrectly? From the beginning I would want it know that any monies from a lawsuit would go to the dementia foundation or maybe any foundation that makes senior citizens aware of these things. But it is my last resort to try and get my mom a better quality of living for her last few years. I am also willing to pay for an attorney to charge the doctor and my sister if I have to in order to save my mom. I have run out of answers. Who can I see? We live in Florida! Thanks!

      • Your Friend Says:

        Hi Louis!

        Oh my! I understand your frustration. You are not alone in this situation, as I have heard this story before. I have requested that CCHR Florida (Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida) contact you to help you with this matter. They will inform you of your and your mother’s rights. Let me know when they contact you.

        Your Friend

  8. Jorge Says:

    my son has been taking abilify for the past 4 months; his behavior has changed tremendously, his body always aches, he has develop extrange body movements and he has gained over 25 pounds, which has increased his depression even worse. What should we do?

    • Jessica Says:

      Jorge-

      My son was also taking abilify from jan-april 09. He is 11 years old. He is ADHD and Bipolar. He gained over 20 pounds and he literally was compulsive eating. He would cry because he swore he was hungry even after a full meal. Then he started getting arthritis in his legs, ankles, and feet. He would complain about the pain and cry at night with pain shooting in his legs. We would soak his legs everynight. I thought it was a growth spurt till I mentioned it to the nurse at the psychiatrist’s office. She immediately called the Dr and told him what was happening. They took him off and put him on Depakote. Within 3 weeks the pain wore off from the “cogwheeling” which is what the nurse called the arthritis. He even started crying and throwing tantrums like he was 2 again. If someone has information on the lawsuit please let me know. I am in Ohio.

      • Nicole Says:

        Jorge,
        I have gained over 50lbs since being on abilfy and have extreme pain in my joints and muscles especially my right hip. Did they specifically tell you it was the abilify?

      • Kathy Miller Says:

        Please help me, my son was put on Abilify and Seroquel and sufferd huge weight gain and muscle pain and some strange body movements. I have taken him off this medication but the weight gain persists. Who do I talk to about the damage that has been done. He is now at risk for Diabetes. He has also developed hypo-ventilation problems and has to be on a Bi-pap at night.

        Please reply

        Worried mom!!!

      • Jamie Says:

        All of you surprise me…lawsuit…did you not read about this medication before allowing your child to be on it? All the warnings are listed! Then once on it and your child experiences some of these, you want to sue. Don’t be a hypocrite…be a responsible parent, read and research medications before allowing your child to take it. Weigh the risk with his/her behavior to see if it’ll be worth it. Then, if he/she doesn’t respond well, contact the doctor and try something different. Some people will find any excuse for trying to get money out of people…this is why so many people have no insurance! Because people want to sue for reasons they were already aware of before the fact.

      • Your Friend Says:

        Jamie,

        Thank you for all of your comments. I never had the need to not allow multiple comments on the same post before, but I limited you to 4. Thank you again for your contributions. I am sure you will help many!

      • Francine Garcia Says:

        Please have your son checked my daughter was on this medication for years. She has gained about 30 pounds and I have kept her from all the bad foods it made no difference. The bad thing is now she has liver problems and she had to have her galbladder removed in Oct.2010 side effects of the medications. She to is Bipolar and ADHD. I have the same problems.

  9. Your Friend Says:

    Jorge,

    I am sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I have been out of town.

    First, never stop taking these medicines cold turkey. You need to cut back on them very slowly or it can add more or stronger withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your doctor or obtain a new doctor such as an alternative medical doctor. There are a number of websites to the right of this blog’s pages under “Detox” that explain how to stop taking such medicines on your own. There are supplements that you can take that will help with the withdrawal symptoms and one side The Road Back has a schedule of how to cut back on certain drugs.

    Another excellent resource is CCHR (Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights).

    Best of luck with your son.

    Your Friend

  10. Leigh S. Says:

    My son was put on Abilify by his doctor, even after I had told him we had negative results 2 times before. He put him on it anyway and I listened (he is suppose to be the doctor, right?). After a week I told the doctor my son had become very weepy, he just added Tenex instead of removing the Abilify. Within a month I told the doctor my son was having sucidal thoughts. He told my son that was a cop out and to knock it off. It wasn’t until my son went to the 2nd story of a building a said he was going to jump that we got a new doctor. My son has now been taken off the Abilfy, Tenex, and Tegratol, and is only on an ADHD medication, and doing well (with both his new doctor & the one medication). Since the class action lawsuit is already done, does that mean I can’t do a lawsuit too? If anyone knows I would appreciate a post so that I can either just drop it, or go after the company that didn’t tell me Abilfy wasn’t meant for kids. Thank you.

    • Dana W. Says:

      Hi .
      Wow i was just reading this post and what the symptoms of this 11 year old was dealing with and realized that those symptoms sound exactly like what my 13 year old is dealing with and has been dealing with now for about 2 1/2 years, he constantly complains that he is hungry and it can be a half hour after just eating a filling meal and if i tell him No because he has had enough he gets upset sometime and will yell and cry that his stomach is “burning he needs to eat something”, I have had to go as far as locking my cabnets with locks and Keys because it is become compulsive, My Son is Also Ad/Hd and Bipolar and a Mild Case of Aspergers Syndrom. I have also Noticed that if he runs out of his Abilify for a day or 2 that he will experience BAD heachaches and will have Bad Dizzy Spells… he also has been complaining about His ankles and feet hurting him to the point where if we are on a long walk it will make him cry because of the pain, we thought that it was possibly just because of his weight issues and because of the weight that he has put on from the Abilify sense he has been on it, but now sense reading this I am not sure if i want to continue even giving my son this medication!…. Shouldn”t the Doctors who prescribe this medication to the children Know Better? , sense it has not been Approved by the FDA for use in Children??????

  11. Angela Says:

    I was prescribed Abilify in April 2008 to take along with Prozac. I had a very adverse reaction to the drug, and believe that I may have Tardive Dyskinesia that this website talks about. I believe this to be true as I continue to suffer from involuntary facial twitching movements that were not present until after being on Abilify for about a week or so. I read on this website that “Bristol-Meyers Squibb and its former subsidiary, Apothecon Inc., agreed in September to pay a total of $499 million”, of which, $6.5 million was given to the state of Ohio. I would greatly appreciate it if someone can tell me any options that I may have.

    Thank you in advance for your time and help.

    Angela

  12. carolina riley Says:

    daughter has taken this medicine and has some side effects live in colorado 4473 so Robb st Littleton colo 80127 Kimberley Asher

  13. Manuela Says:

    I was given Abilify in conjunction with Effexor. I started to develop the involuntary twitching of the jaw and mouth muscles. Although I have stopped using Abilify I still suffer from this twitching side effect. It can be embarrassing at times, since I am not always aware of it. What are my options as far as some kind of monetary compensation?

    Manuela

  14. jessica Says:

    My 11 year old takes abilify, concerta, and trileotal. He has bipolar disorder. adhd, high function autism. Now all of a sudden he has uncontrolable movement with his head,eyes, and voice. How come he is dignosed with tourett sysdrom why it dont run in the family?

    • Anonymous Says:

      That is all the same thing that my son has had he is 7 have you found any thing that has helped with the strange movements????? i took him off every thing in june but he still has the same movement problems and it is getting worse let me know Abby……..

  15. John Kenny Says:

    Abilify – Class Action Law Suit. Is anyone aware of a Class Action against the makers of Abilify? My mother died when she was prescribed ABILIFY. Her Medical Records said “Never Give her Abilify” but the doctors failed to read her medical records and she died. Cause of Death: ABILIFY – Side Effects: Trembling, Loss of Mobility and worse: Loss of ability to swallow food or water. End result: Starvation and soon Death.

    • Jamie Says:

      I’m sorry for your loss, however, was your mother or caregiver not aware of the fact that she shouldn’t be prescribed this medication? It isn’t just up to the doctors to make sure their decision is the correct one for the treatment of us, it’s up to us as well to keep tract of medications we were told not to take.

      • kerrie Says:

        WOW, (Jamie) you [REMOVED CONTENT FOR IMPOLITE BEHAVIOR] Every drug has side effects. The point is people trust doctors to give out meds knowing everything too. My son was put on this med due to behavior problems in school. The med was still new and I was given samples to start with no side effect information. This uncontrollable tic was never mentioned until later.. It was too late and my son has suffered ever since. You don’t understand because you don’t sit and watch your child twitch so much he doesn’t want to be in public. you [REMOVED CONTENT FOR IMPOLITE BEHAVIOR]

      • Sande L. Says:

        I am so sad and heart broken to read those of you that have posted about losing a parent due to Abilify. This drug is dangerous to begin with and should never be given to patients suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. I won’t post my story with this drug again, it’s back there somewhere in 2009 I think but I almost died from it.

        In 2008 they told me I had a hour to live, the effects of Rhabdomylosis caused by Abilify dosage being increased to quickly. My life and health have never and will never be the same, I am now disabled as the Rhabdo left so many after effects and damage to most of the muscles in my body, even ones you don’t often think about.

        Please if you, a parent or a friend has dementia or Alzheimer’s, lives on their own, with you or in a home under the guidance of 24 hour care giver, do not let them put those people your love and cherish on this medication. Make a huge note in bright paper and have it lamented to their file. I have one on every doctor’s file I go to.

        I had one thing I did want to share with those of you that have had severe reactions to Abilify or know somebody that has. They should be very aware of taking Lipitor as it can cause Rhabo, also. In addition, which I just found out the day, do not take Clarinex. If you can’t medical tolerate or have a have a reaction to Abilify do not take these drugs.

        All medication that try to help us mentally have side effects, its up to each and every one of us to monitor ourselves. Our doctor writes a scripts and says, I’ll see you in 3 months. Alot can happen in that time, things we might not be aware of. My luck, I took Seroquel after getting off the Abilify and gained 60 pounds….which I did not need or want. If your taking or starting a new drug…monitor yourself closely. If you feel even the strangest bit different or somebody mentions your acting or doing something differently, go to the ER. Give them really good details of what is going on. Don’t go cold turkey off your meds and then go to the ER…they will say, and I’ve been there…”oh here’s a few pills, your just have a anxiety attack from going off the meds”. That happened to me and I got sent home like nothing was wrong.

        And sadly we believe everything these doctors tell us. We shouldn’t. Remember you have the right and should question everything they say, do or order. It’s your right and your paying them, not them paying you.

  16. Lou Seale Says:

    I had lost 2 grandchildren and was depressed, was taking Klonipen, my Dr. added Abilify. I am 78. When I went to my PCP I was retaining 23 pounds of fluid, I was very swelled-feet, legs, stomach, hands, etc. I went through testing for kidneys, heart failure, and pulmonary as I was having so much trouble breathing. Also couldn’t sleep. My PCP discovered it was from the abilify and slowly stopped it. It has now been 2 months and I am still having some breathing and swelling problems. Needless to say I am very angry and have been wanting to report this.

  17. Your Friend Says:

    Lou,

    Glad you are feeling better and off of Abilify. Did you know that Klonipon can also cause difficulty breathing? I do not know of any psychiatric drug that is not dangerous. Check out the warnings for Klonipon: http://epilepsy.emedtv.com/klonopin/klonopin-warnings-and-precautions.html

    Your Friend

  18. Big Pharma’s damaging drugs, a history of deceit « Bipolar Recovery Says:

    […] Abilify law suit settlement. “The allegations were that these companies not only engaged in a pattern of kickbacks and false reporting to drive up both the sales and prices for its drugs, they also encouraged health care providers to prescribe a potent drug to both children and seniors for uses that had not been approved by the FDA,” Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker said in a prepared statement. “The drive to make certain that the bottom-line meets Wall Street expectations can never justify defrauding the taxpayers or putting our most vulnerable citizens at risk.” […]

  19. michelle eis Says:

    my son is six years he has been diagnosed with adhd since he was three he has been on several drugs now we are on adderall rx and clonidine he told his dr a story and now she says that he is bipolar and has prescribed him abilify i am not sure if i want to give it to him i am trying to help him not hurt him

  20. Your Friend Says:

    Hi Michelle,

    In just doing a quick search online, on Depakote, I found the article below (see link) and posted an excerpt:

    “In rare cases, Depakote has caused life-threatening liver failure, especially in children younger than 2 years old. Children may be at even greater risk for liver problems if they use more than one seizure medication, if they have a metabolic disorder, or if they have a brain disease causing mental impairment (such as Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, Huntington disease, multiple sclerosis, or a brain injury or infection). Seek emergency medical attention if the person taking this medicine has nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, or loss of appetite, low fever, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes). These symptoms may be early signs of liver damage. Some of these symptoms may also be early signs of pancreatitis. Depakote can cause birth defects. Do not use this medication without your doctor’s consent if you are pregnant. Use an effective form of birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

    You may have thoughts about suicide while taking Depakote. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

    Call your doctor at once if you have any new or worsening symptoms such as: mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, or if you feel agitated, hostile, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.”

    http://www.drugs.com/depakote.html

    Depakote does not appear to be any safer!

    It is great that he is off the Abilify though. I hope someone can help you on the legal aspect of your comment.

    Your Friend

  21. seeking help Says:

    Does someone out there know who is entitled to the money that was settled in the different State cases, or if this was the overall settlement amount awarded to specific individuals? Also, can anyone one tell me if someone has started a class action lawsuit against them yet?

  22. Sunshyn Says:

    I just learned my grandson, ten, has been prescribed strattera, tenex, AND abilify. This replaced risperdal and an amphetamine-based ADHD drug. He is diagnosed ADHD and Post-traumatic stress disorder, but his true diagnosis should be ADHD and autism spectrum disorder, maybe bipolar, other emotional disturbances. All are masked by meds. I’ve never heard of so many drugs for one kid! He has had strange tics and mannerisms. I don’t know how well controlled they are. Also aggression, which seems to be under control now. I worry about side effects and cross-side effects between the three drugs…

    • Jessica Says:

      Hi my name is Jessica and i understand your concern about your grandson. I am 18 years old and I have just lost my mother 2 weeks ago… she was also taking abilify… if he is showing aggression and strange tics I would voice my concerns ASAP to his parents because my mother went through these same signs before she passed away…

  23. alan Says:

    I took 30 mg of Abilify for over five years. I have developed abnormal movements that my neurologist has diagnosed as tardive dyskinesia caused by long term use of Abilify. My head is in constant movement floating in all directions or tightly pressing my chin against chest. My lips are also in constant movement in either a pouting, puckering or poofing position.

    As a result of this and symptoms of depression I have applied for Social Security Disability Benefits because I can no longer work. The benefits are about 24% of my usual salary and although my wife works full time, my family will suffer financially because of this.

    My question is … Is there a class action lawsuit underway and if not do I have any options as far as some kind of monetary compensation?

    • Jamie Says:

      I’m sorry that this side effect has happened to you, however, did you not read that all anti psychotics have this side effect before taking it? Also, the longer one’s on it, the more chance they’ll have of it happening.

      • Alan Says:

        I read the warnings on all the medication I take. There is always something listed that sounds worse than the ailment you’re treating. Your comment sounds like there is a direct cause and effect relationship. If a person takes Abilify they will certainly get tardive dyskinesia. If that were true with a significant percentage of people taking it, they should be more upfront about it and not just mention it as a rare side effect. This warning is from their website.

        “Most common side effects (≥10%) from all clinical trials involving adults include:

        * ADULTS: Nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, dizziness, an inner sense of restlessness or need to move (akathisia), anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness”

  24. Sarah Says:

    My sister passed away yesterday from the effects of this drug. A month ago her blood sugar spiked to 998 and was rushed to the hospital in a coma. The hospital was able to save her then, but she last night it spiked again and her heart gave out from the effects of this drug. Please, please if you are currently taking this medicine, talk to your doctor. I have lost my beautiful 35 year old sister to this and if we can prevent someone else from this fate…

  25. tosha best Says:

    i am on abilify and make me stiff throughout my jonts.and i have diabete iam afraid to take this med.

  26. Sarah Says:

    Dear Tosha Best:

    My sister’s reactions started with joint stiffness, then she lost the ability to move at all. She was in and out of rehabs and nursing homes for the last few months of her life. Please read the Black Box warning for diabetics on this medicine and show it to your physician.

  27. Cindy Says:

    Dear Alan,
    I know what you are going through as I am also a victim of tardive dyskinesia and dystonia after taking abilify. I took just three days of the abilify back in November 2005,
    and a month later I had involuntary neck muscle contractions with neck and shoulder pain and stiffness. There has been a constant tremor involving my head and neck which prevents me from writing, reading a book and even cooking. There is no way I can drive as car because of this disability. I have a limited range of movements: looking down and also looking at a computer screeen when I type. I type with my head going all the way back and I am looking at the ceiling as I type. I have had botox and it is admiunistered every 3 months. I have not had it in 6 months and I have paid the price. My pain is excruciating and it leaves me practically home bound. I am due for another injection at the Duke Diagnostic Pain Clinic in Durham, NC Dr. Alan Stacy is EXCELLENT. He does not hurt you when he administers the botox. It is a 400 mile roundtrip for me, but it is worth it. It does lessen my pain to the degree where I can do some normal task. I would love to know who is doing a class action on abilify. This drug should be totally banned. Yoiu can get tardive dyskinesia within a short period of time during treatment of abilify taking a low dose. That is a fact. This condition is a living hell!!!!!

    • Ogei Says:

      Hi Cindy

      That sounds awful – what other symptoms did you have? I took it for about 3 months altogether in 2009 – at behest of a doctor. It definitely made me gain weight – but I have had such hormonal changes afterward – my period is almost nonexistent, I have dry skin, I have had hair changes, I couldn’t sleep for months – just recently better – just feel all around like a different person….

    • Laura Oudinot Says:

      OMG! I took Abilify in 2008 along with numerous other meds I was prescribed at a psychitric hospital after suffering from a nervous breakdown. My jaw thrusts outward and sideways, I cannot close my mouth without concentrating really hard. I twitch, my neck and shoulders ache terribly, as does my face from my mouth contorting all day/every day. People think I am ‘tweaking’ from methamphetamines! My neck thrusts forward, and mouth hangs open. When sitting still, my head bobs.
      I look like a fricking’ idiot! I am so embarrased to go anywhere that I have become a hermit to my home and often go in my room when people come over. I’ve been to two dentists requesting to have my jaw wired shut to no avail. My shrink thought it was a reaction to all the stress I am undergoing in my life and said he thinks it will reside once my troubles are resolved.
      > I had no idea it was a side effect of Abilify! I am LIVID! Is this IRREVERSIBLE? Everyone thinks it is a Habit and tells me I can Stop it if I try hard enough. I CAN’T! Please let me know if you have found any help to releive your symptoms. This IS Hell!

      • Anonymous Says:

        Just wanted to post an update … My first post was in September 2009. I’ve been diagnosed with Tardive Dyskinesia. I’ve not taken Abilify since April 2009. I continue to have uncontrolled head and body movements. My facial movements/twitching have significantly increased. I have to concentrate very hard to stop my lips from pouting and puffing and rubbing together. Sometimes I almost forget I look like a ridiculous twitching mess to others but there are always reminders that slap me back to awareness. The pictures from my son’s wedding in September were humiliating to me and they reminded me how much of an embarrassment I must be for my wife and children.

        Within the last few months the constant, constricting pain in my neck and across my chest started increasing in intensity. My shoulders feel numb causing tingling down my arms to the fingers.

        It’s just not fair we have to live the rest of our lives in this condition. With the pharmaceutical industry having profits well into the billions of dollars, there should be some consideration for compensating “collateral damage”. They know this happens to people and they continue the advertising of dangerous drugs like this and it increase weekly. Thanks for letting me vent.

        Laura, sorry for the bad news but this is a neurological disorder not a mental illness. At least in my case the damage seems to be not only permanent but proliferating. I’m trying not to be a hermit but it’s very tempting. I’m starting to become very vocal about Abilify and not blaming myself.

        Alan

  28. Anonymous Says:

    I have a 7 year old son that just had 2 really bad days last week, he had been on respidol and when we started seeing more defiance and aggression the Dr upped his dose well things got worse, his doctor then put him on abilify he had been on it since July along with 100 mg of Vyvanse and 80 mg of Ritalin.his aggression got so bad I wanted him off abilify. but the Dr wanted to up his dose another 5 mg so he would have been on 15 mg of abilify I then found out that it had not been approved for children and requested he be taken off the drug the doctor agreed but wanted me to start Gideon as my son was being taken off abilify, I just could not put him on another ANTIPSYCHOTIC drug, well after I followed the doctors advice on how to wean him off he seemed OK for a couple of days then all of a sudden last Monday he talked non stop all day, then Tuesday he seemed hyper and talkative but seemed OK went to school and later in the morning the teacher called to tell us how active and talkative he was we ask if we should come to the school to pick him up and she thought he would be OK, well when he got home that afternoon he had tics all over there was not a part of his little body that wasn’t moving so I took him to Kosairs ER and was told he was over medicated and they could not help me, I just cried. here was my little 7 year old talking about bugs in his spine and that the other kids wanted to cut his head off and he just wanted to go to heaven , broke my heart not to mention terrified me, what was I to do not one doctor would help me or advise me on what to do I had to call the doctor that made my son like this and ask him to get my son off the medication only to have him first off not be the one to speak to me but I had to talk to his assistant . and then I ask what might have cause this and her come back was it could have been because I did not listen to the Dr and put him on the Gideon? I could not believe my ears. the doctors at the ER said” had I put him on it it would have knocked him out “, I cant even think what would have happen to him had I given that drug to him. I then found out the dose of Vyvanse that he had my son on was higher then the approved dose for and adult not only was the dose high he was giving him the medication 2 times a day , it is a once a day medication he had him on as high as 130 mg of vyvanse , but I took him off 30 mg of the vyvanse during the summer . every doctor I have spoken to since this started is shocked that a Dr would put so much medication in to a child. right now he still has some tics and I never know when he will just go off , he gets so violent I have to hold him until he settles down. we have found another Dr and hopefully will get straightened out and I just pray he has no permanent damage. what I want is for parents to educate themselves and not to be afraid to speak up , I wish I had, I did try a couple of times and got the insinuation that he was going to drop my son , they said I needed to hospitalize him and detox him , as they had tried everything they could. he put my son on all of this medication. it breaks my heart to think of all the children out there this man is medicating. or I should say Over medicating. I hope someone reads this and gets something from what my son has been through and it helps them. I never want another parent to feel as hopeless as I did for over 48 hours and 3 hospitals.but I see a light at the end of this very long dark tunnel .

    • Your Friend Says:

      Hi Annonymous,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am sure that many parents will be able to learn from you and your son’s experience. From what I have read I found that many doctors take patients off of drugs, but do not cut them back slowly enough, which presents horrific withdrawal symptoms. There is a site that frequent often that has a book on how to cut back safely: http://www.theroadback.org/. I have a link to their free online book on the right side of my website, too. I emailed the owner who has been in this field for decades. He has a supplement program that has helped individuals. I believe it can be tailored for each person. If you wish additional help there are detox programs also listed on the right side panel that have come very highly recommended.

  29. grandmother Says:

    My daughter would be in prison if it were not for Abilify. She has been diagnosed as schizophrenia, bi-polar, and severe depression at time. Ability is the mildest of any of the psychotic medications that she has been on. She is experiencing fewer and milder side effects than when she was prescribed other medications. The side effects she has experienced are better than the “episodes” she was having when not on medication. I beleive in as much natural healing as possible. But I would be dead right now if it was not for abilify. She was becoming more and more violent prior to being on medication. Her dosage is only 5mg and at times, she seems a little unstable but that behavior soon passes. It does seem strange that a medicine that is supposed to help an illness will have the same side effects as the illness. (Depression)

  30. Your Friend Says:

    Hi Grandmother,

    I understand your frustration about the side effects of Abilify. You are right. It does not make any sense. I always suggest to find a medical doctor that is willing to explore a medical reason for unwanted behavior. Often the medication can worsen what was mild depression to begin with. Many medical conditions cause such symptoms as anxiety, nervousness and other unwanted behavior. I just read an article by a nurse stating that she sees this sort of thing all of the time. Another site suggested that metabolic and endocrine disorders also may cause mental health problems. Others have glycemic issues. It is a safe avenue to explore, but should be done until exhausted.

    ***Remember, never stop psychiatric drugs cold turkey! A patient must be slowly weaned from them with the help of doctor.***

    And do not forget to take care of yourself, too!

  31. cicely mckinney Says:

    To the makers of Abilify my daughter was taking abilify and she is blind now after taking it. How can she get help and who can help her with her law suite. Thanks.

  32. suggar leija Says:

    my son is six years old and was taking abilify 10 mg daily for a whole year.he recently had some behavior problems at school and was removed to an acute -partial program.i was told to stop all his medsfrom his previous dr.(concerta 27mg,abilify 10 mg and trazadone 50mg at nighttime for sleep)and he was put on strattera 25mg am and seroquel 50 mg for sleep. he was ok in this program for almost two weeks(minor behaviors).but recently in the past week he has crazy in his mind he has assaulted his teachers biting, scratching,punching,screaming for long periods of timehe has also been trying to hurt himself(banging head on floors and walls.throwing himself into objects to hurt himself(he has scratches on his back from throwing himself into a dresser.i had to hospitalize him today,he flipped out so bad he bit one staff member and was already put in the safe room.please anyone out there please help me understand this.also he was diagnosed with adhd,and recently diagnosed with child-onset bipolar disorder.did these meds make him like this?

  33. Dustin Henry Says:

    I started taking abiliry a couple years ago and have now been off the medication for a year now. After about a year of taking the medication I started having serious muscle twitching problems. I have now been off of the medication for a year now and the muscle twitching still continues even worse than when i was taking it. Is there anything i can do about this?

    • Your Friend Says:

      Hi Dustin!

      I did a quick search and see found: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1984052/abilify_and_its_side_effects.html?cat=5, which lists the side effects and states that some are long-term. Have you consulted with an MD? If no help there, I would suggest that you see an alternative doctor who specializes in withdrawal symptoms of psychiatric drugs. Some chiropractors are nutritionists, as well, who might be able to be of some assitance, too.

      You poor thing! If you can, keep productive for now! Productivity is the basis of morale!

  34. Susan Says:

    I need to know how I can get in on the class action law suit of abilify. Have had Tardiv Dyskonesia for five years now and my doctor didn’t do anything about it! Though I told him I wanted this major tremble to go Getting off Abilify now with a new doctor but still have the Dyskonesia. Help! Please send me an e-mail. At above address Thanks

    • Your Friend Says:

      Hello Susan,

      I have no knowledge on which attorneys are involved in the Class Action law suit, but I am sure if you do a Google search for “Abilify Attorney” or “Abilify Lawyer” it should bring someone up for you to contact. I just stopped and did it myself and it looks like there are more than one result.

      Go get ‘em!

      Your Friend

  35. Ellen Says:

    My 33 year old girlfriend took her first dose of Abilify this past Wed. morning the 3rd of March. At 1pm the same day, while grocery shopping she had a seizure and died within 3 minutes. I am convinced this drug killed her. I have passed this info on to her Mother. PLEASE if you have been prescribed this drug, find a safer alternative. It’s too risky to try it considering all the horrible things it does!!!!!

    • Jamie Says:

      All anti psychotics have horrible side effects…believe it or not, abilify is one of the milder ones. I’m sorry for your loss

  36. Sandie Says:

    My 29 year old daughter was prescibed Abilify as a booster for prozac. Several days after taking it, while she was visiting us from out of town –one night before she went to bed – she was talking strangely. She had no idea where she was, and was totally incoherent. I thank G-d that she was staying at my house for the evening. SHe was like this for about 5-6 hours. When she went home and spoke to her doc he told her to cut the dosage in half. ONce again she had disastrous results of driving around for hours not knowing where she was. Has this happened to anyone else?

  37. Jacalyn Carlson Says:

    I was prescribed Abiliify 3 years ago…Shortly after being on Abilify for a period of time (1 month) I started to notice not having control of my neck muscles…Not knowing it was the Abilify I continued to take it..Now I have a severe case of Cervical neck Dystonia, 1 of the worse cases my Dr.’s have dealt with…Is there anyone out there that knows of the Abilify lawsuit phone number???

  38. Your Friend Says:

    Jacalyn,

    Try doing a Google search for “abilify attorney” or “abilify lawyer”. In cases of Class Action law suits any attorney can add you to the case or can represent you in your individual case.

    Good luck!

  39. CPR Says:

    Jamie,
    Why don’t you walk in the shoes of a bipolar person. A doctor back in 2005 gave me abilify instead of lithium. After 4 weeks my neck muscles got all knotted up and I had the worst cramps. That damn drug gave me tardive (cervical dysonia) because I was not aware of the possiblility of getting this condition. It used to be have trust in your doctors. Why in they practicing medicine if they are goint o hurt their patient. Jamie, you try living with cerviacl dystonia on a day to day basis. And also have to live with thje fact that with this condition, your insurance pays our $1400 every three months. It does some good but my life is ruined. Good psychiatrists do not give out antipsychotics. Only the bad ones. I am seeing a good one, but it is too late. That incompetent psychiatrist gave me abilify back in 2005 and it is plowed ground now. I should have ran out of his office when he wanted to give me abilify, but I did not have a doctor at that time and I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was never told of the side effects but it is the responsibility of the doctor to give you the right drugs. They went to school for it, I didn’t. He wrote me the prescription. I do not write them. I have given my swtory to the medical board in NC and complained loudly. That is my way of getting back at him. I hope they take his liscence away from him. Sometimes, Jamie, things happen. Hine sight is 20/20. Just walk in my shoes and you will understand how people like me got caught up in the antipsychotic trap.

  40. Dawn Says:

    I took abilify for less than a month and developed a sever tremor in my right hand which has not gone away even though I am no longer on the medication. I am worried this will not go away since it has now been 3 months or so since I have quit taking the abilify.

  41. catherine Says:

    abilify made me gain more than 100 pounds, put me at the hospital for more than a month with pancreatitis, pancrea inflamation, pseudo cyst, diabetis to much suffering. if i suE bristol-myers squibbb where is the money going to. thanks

  42. catherine Says:

    i gained over 100 pounds, i stayed at the hospital for a month and a half just recently last october 2009, with pancreatitis, inflamation of the pancreas, pseudo cyst, i developed diabitis. i’m sick all over because i was prescribe ABILIFY and i was taking it for 9 years. i need your help. tks.

  43. Stanley White Says:

    Physically I was in good shape, just a few minor problems. Until my doctor perscribed Abilify to take on a regular basis. I never equated my recent conditions to this medication. I have a very bad nerves now where I shake and cannot hold things in the left hand. I perspire profusely and can barely walk because of a nerve condition in my leg.
    Most important of all I have developed Diabetes. My readings are off the hook. It was well over 600!! I live in Pennsylvania and I’m hearing they don’t participate!!! There are so many poor people here that this drug has been thrown to them without knowing the consequence.
    It seems like from the list that I saw that most poor cities have been left out. We weren’t warned about this and something should be done for us.

  44. Your Friend Says:

    Thank you all for your comments! Make sure you that you report and adverse reactions to medications to the FDA. Here’s the report link:

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/default.htm

    An organization that investigates and exposes psychiatric harm is http://www.cchrint.org.

    Best,
    Your Friend

  45. **** ******* Says:

    I am having difficulty with prozac klonopin the side affect

  46. **** ******* Says:

    I have been taking prozac and klonopin witch have side effect
    that are very unhealty for me and make me tired and short of
    breathing, and weak and others things of side effect.

  47. Andrea Says:

    I took Abilify for 2 years, I was weined off of it a few months ago. It made me gain over 60 pounds. I have also been recently diagnosed with Diabetes. This is a dangerous drug, they never mentioned that it may cause diabetes when I was taking it, and now I have to suffer the consequences. I have Diabetes from taking Abilify. I want to be added to this class action suit.

    • Your Friend Says:

      Gee, Andrea, no one should experience what you have! Please be sure to report your adverse side effects to the FDA’s MedWatch. They have a form online. You will need to find an attorney that handles Abilify cases to be included in any law suit.

  48. Tammy Killebrew Says:

    I have been taking abilify for over 2mths and 3 days ago, I had 3 mild strokes. my doctor says that the abilify did not have anything to do with it. I not sure what to think. I wish someone could help me. Cause i plan on sueing somebody over this i’m only 46 years old. If someone can help me please email me.

    • Your Friend Says:

      Tammy, I suggest you contact an attorney that specializes in Abilfy class action law suits.

    • Your Friend Says:

      Tammy, I am so sorry to hear this! I suggest you contact an attorney that specializes in Abilfy class action law suits.

  49. Karin Lundgren Says:

    Hi, my name is Karin and I live in Stockholm, Sweden. I wonder if I can report the drug Abilify to some organisation in USA that will sue the company producing this drug.
    I eat Abilify 2006 – 2007 and during this time the negative reactions were still unknown. This period I made several suicide attempts and the last one was very serious and almost succeded. As I am a christan its against God to commit suicide especially as a mother – I am not allowed to leave my child this way. And I have never done any suicide attempts before,
    It took several years of menthally suffering before I by accident read that there were new reports about the negative effects of Abilify – and that was suicide thoughts, suicide attempts and suicides.
    As a christian I sufferd a lot because I couldnt understand why I did this attempts and broke Gods holy law.
    I want to sue the responsible company. But in Sweden its
    not possible. I am allowed to report this effects, but without any futher actions from this authorithy.
    I wonder – can I get help from some organisation or authority in the USA???
    Warm regards
    Karin

    • Your Friend Says:

      Hi Karin,

      I am so sorry to hear about the devastating effect Abilify had on your life, and I am sure that of your family and friends.

      I have no idea what the laws are in regards to lawsuits in the US by non-US citizens. You should search for an Abilify attorney and ask them. There are class action lawsuits and individual ones I am sure.

      Good luck,
      Your Friend

  50. Sande Says:

    How would I go about filing a lawsuit or being part of this lawsuit. I was prescribed both Abilify and Celexa at the same time both of these are known to cause Rhabdomyolysis. To keep this story short. Every muscle in my body froze one night while I was home alone, it was midnight and I laid on the floor screaming for help for 7 hours. By the time somebody heard me, I was close to death. They said, I could have died within a hour. The kidney had already started to shut down. My urine was black. I couldn’t even move my fingers. I was raced to a hospital in the city where I underwent every test known to mankind as they were 100% sure what was wrong. At first they thought it was a heart attack, my blood pressure was high (it’s normally low) and my thyroid gland was enlarged on the sides of my neck. I was put into Intensive Care for days. At this point, they told my daughter, if I survived they weren’t sure if I would walk again. Five weeks in the hospital, two months learning how to walk, a month with a walker, 5 months with a cane. And I still have some left over effects. Muscle weakness, heart damage, etc.

    Better yet, when I was able to get back to the doctor that prescribed the medication, she said to me, “how about we try you on Abilify again.” I filed a complaint against her.

    I can no longer work. I live on Social Security Disability which barely is enough to get by and was left with almost $20,000 in hospital that I have to pay. I didn’t have insurance and Charity Care picked up the hospital bill but I have to pay all the doctors.

    I need help and suggestions. Time is running out as I was told any action must be taken before two years. This happened November of 2008.
    Thanks

  51. Artillia Wright Says:

    HI MY SON GARRET WAS PRECRIBE ABILIFY AND START HAVING SIEZURES IN HIS SLEEP… HE NEVER HAD SIEZURES UNTIL HE START TAKING ABILIFY… NOW HE ON SEIZURE MEDICATION RIGHT NOW AND I WAS WONDERING DO I HAVE A LAWSUIT WITH ABILIFY.. HE HAS ADHD AND NVER CAN STAY STILL HE ALWAYS ON THE GO… HIS MIND HAVING BEEN FUNCTION LIKE IT WAS BEFORE HE GOT ON ABILIFY IM FROM PICKENSVILLE,ALA AND I NEED A LAWYER THAT CAN HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!! EVERY LAWYER I CALL TURN ME DOWN SO PLEASE HELP ME AND GARRET WITH THIS MEDICATION (ABILIFY)

  52. Jerri Says:

    I was on Abilify before it was even FDA reg. I live in Ga, and still 8 yrs after coming off the meds I still have tremors. Does anyone in the Georgia area know how I would go about the lawsuit? I didnt find out until recently that I could get something for my pain and suffering. It took months before the tremors calmed enough to feed myself again. My mom had to hand feed me. And know Im coming to find that my disablities have hinder me in many aspects of my life. If anyone could help it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Jerri ps Feel free to email me at ashrose2003@yahoo.com Thank you yet again

  53. Dawn Says:

    I took Ailify for in excess of three years. I have since changed doctors and am taking anothger RX for my bipolar disorder. I live in PA and have been recently diagnosed with polyneropathy a diabetic related illnes by no diabetes. This has caused me to loose feeling in my hands and feet. A former division 1 soccer player, this is rather scary. Are these two conditions related? Pa is not paricipating, if they are related what course of action do I take? BTW I am 39 years old.

    • Sande Says:

      Dawn

      So sorry to hear this…so many people affected by this drug.

      I can’t answer your question but it now has me thinking and questioning the final results of some tests last summer. I kept experiencing constant tingling in my hands from the elbow down and my legs will “fall asleep” as soon as I sat down, some that didn’t happen before taking Abilify and nearly dying from Rhabdomylosis. A battery of tests were done and the specialist said that I had nerve damage which could have been from slamming to the floor the night I was stricken and that the Rhabdomylosis left considerable muscle damage/weakness in the arms and especially the legs from the knees down and he would safely say it’s from the Rhabdomylosis, especially because I had never experienced this before. He really didn’t put a name to it and sent me on my way and the reports to my primary doctor.

      I just did some reading on Polyneropathy and now wonder if this should have been the correct diagnoses. I will be calling him today and setting up an appointment, as this has not gone away and I suspect will not or might even get worse.

      Good luck with your course of action. I would think if Pa is not participating you still can file a law suit through a lawyer. I’m still working on my case and it’s now been two years.

  54. larry Says:

    My wife went into the hospital about six months ago, she was prescribed abilify for depression. She within two weeks started having seizures, strokes and uncontrolled muscle movement. Due to this and living in New Mexico we have lost about everything, cant find help anywhere. She is (was) a certified medical assistant and lost her income, I have spent it all trying to help. She can’t even get a local doctor to see her. because we have no insurance. We are just on the borderline of being totally destroyed. If anyone out there has an idea please contact me. Climber1966@hotmail.com

  55. Ashlee Says:

    I was wondering if there was a way that I can get in on the lawsuit that was already passed in Connecticut. I was on Abilify when I was 12 years old. I need to know what I can do because I have severe medical problems that can be directly linked to abilify. PLease help me.

  56. Jen Says:

    I have developed a voice disorder (muscle tension dysphonia) due to Abilify. I am a teacher and an amateur singer. Can I get compensation?

    • Your Friend Says:

      This is not a blog about lawsuits. I suggest you do a Google search for “abilify class action law suit”. Then research that particular attorney by visiting whatever Bar Association they belong to.

  57. antoine rainey Says:

    i am having problems with abilify and i want to get more information about it

  58. jasmine Says:

    i have been on every medication known and i already know the side effects so its nothing new except when i took paxil it made me worse than the bipolar and they took it off the market and then i took abilify and had a few seizures the doctor claims its panic attacks but panic attacks don’t cause memory loss, muscle movement, eyes rolling back, foaming of the mouth and can’t speak due to teeth tightening. now i’m stuck with seizure and bipolar medicine that i’m not sure if i should take cause i’m pregnant and scared of side effects what should i do? doctors keep telling me my brain is fine but i know different

    • Your Friend Says:

      Hi Jasmine,

      Please visit some of the links in the left hand side bar of this site. And definitely seek out a medical professional who is willing to test you until they get to the bottom of your problem. It is often physical: thyroid, vitamin deficiency, etc. Have you tried alternative supplements yet?

      I am not a doctor, but I swear by B vitamins. Some people get Vitamin B shots and it helps many!

  59. sheryl Says:

    My son was misdiagnoised bi-polar in the early part of 2009 and put on lamictil. After many complaints that he didn’t feel right and that he was always angry and having his meds up in dosage the doctor ordered Abilify for him. He was 16 at the time. after taking the abilify for about 6 weeks on July 29th 2009 my son tried to kill himself. He took 60 of his lamictil pills. He tried immediately to throw them up but ended up going to the hospital. He was given charcoal but threw it up and ended up aspiratiing. He ended up being vented for a week, having violent seizure like tremors. Finally he came to and was taken off the vent. I know that the abilify is what caused the suicide attempt before that he was interested in trying to get the doctor to see the medication was not right after being on abilify he just gave up. He actually was not bi-polar and finished high school last year, has a good job and medication free. People really need to know more about that drug. Our outcome was almost a different one. we thought the doctor should know what she was doing

  60. Cindy Says:

    My 10 yr old daughter was prescribed Abilify and 6 days later ended up at the pediatric emergency room for torticollis. Her poor body was in so much pain from being twisted around by her muscles being affected. She was nauseas, blurred vision, drooling, and had a ‘frozen’ smile on her face like the joker. Luckily we were at her pediatricians office for something else to do with another family member when it hit and he was able to identify the side effect and send us to the ER. That was yesterday and today all she has done is sleep. She is still nauseas, drooling and has tremors.

  61. cassandra Says:

    my daughter started taking abilify at age 7 within 6 months of starting she gained 20lbs by 12 months she gained another 20 by 24 months she gained another 20 after 2 1/2 years on it she had gained a total of 65lbs she went from being a healthy 65lb 7 year old to a 125lbs 9 year old once we stopped the abilify she immediately quit gaining weight and it has no stabilized at 120 at the age of 10. we had to ween her off it it was the worst 2 months she was crazy and was violent it was so scary! if i knew that there was a side effect with weight gain i would have never let them prescribe that to her! she is now 10 and is scared for life with stretch marks she hates them and is self conscience about her body she should have never have to feel this way!

  62. mary prefontaine Says:

    i have recently been diagnosed with diabetes and i realized after doing some research that abilify can cause diabetes if taken for a long period og time so i of course came off it, then my next blood work showed it had decreased quite a bit, now the drs are saying my blood sugar levels are back up and re-diagnosing me with diabetes. i also have had a cyst removed from my pancreas back in 1977 and was diagnosed with hyperglycemia when i was about 20 or so and im 54 now. so im not sure if those things also would have an affect, but i thought i would ask you if its possible that it could be the abilify as i was on it for 12 years

    • Your Friend Says:

      Mary,

      There is a potential increased risk of hyperglycemia and diabetes in patients taking the drug.

  63. kimberly painter Says:

    my daughter got put in the hospital because of this medication

  64. Michelle A. Says:

    I am a 26 year old female and have been taking abilify for 10 years straight up to 30mg. I am currently taking 15mg of abilify due to pregnancy and I am getting off of lithium and lamictal as well. I pray our unborn child is healthy and okay. I am scared to death!! I was put on abilify by my parents when I was 16 due to being bullied in highschool because I was very depressed. I forgot to take my one pill which I’m sure was abilify and I started hallucinatind and was dillusional and I couldn’t sleep. To this day I have been under a doctors care and everythime I go off abilify I end up in the psycward for at least a month!!! This has been going on for 10 years!!! It took me 1 entire year to get completely off of 30mg of abilify and I still got mentally ill. I NEVER EVER had psychiatric problems until I w as introduced to abilify for just depression alone. It’s very sad and disturbing because abilify along with other medications such as lamictal can be prescribed for more than one illness. Abilify is an anti-depressant, anti-psycotic and used for manic depression and bipolar disorder. I was diagnosed that I am bipolar 1 and then 2 and then both! Seriously I don’t think these sp called psychiatrists know anything and need to wake up and realize people are being hurt and their lives destroyed due to psycotropic drugs. My question is will I EVER be able to get off abilify along with everything else? Or am I stuck with this outrageously, expensive, dangerous, addictive drug FOREVER!!!??? I read that it is near to impossible to get completely off these drugs after being on it for so many years. Is this true?

    • Your Friend Says:

      Hi Michelle, My goodness! And you’re pregnant, now? The best website I refer to people who wish to get off of psychiatric drugs is http://theroadback.org/. Contact them. They can help you without additional drugs. They come with excellent references and decades of experience. Good luck!

  65. Susan Says:

    my son (age 8) started taking Abilify and within 1 month started having encopresis (uncontrolable bowel movements). he stopped taking it 5 months ago and is still having constant problems with this. he has had numerous tests done and there is nothing medical that is causing it. has anyone else had this problem come up after taking Abilify? it’s not listed as a side effect, but his doctor said she’s had 3 other patients with this problem and they all took Abilify.

  66. Jesse Cole Quick Says:

    Wanted an attorney to sue Abilify resperdal and cogentin for side effect monetary compensation forced to consume thes drugs since 1999

    • Mary Hill Says:

      Hello Jesse, i know there has been some time since you have been on here, but my son is on the same thing now.. we were just in the hospital tonight, and all linked back to the ablilfy.. but they uped his dosage of congentin.. they told me he has dystonic reaction, and it can last from months to years, my baby is only 5 yrs old

  67. Rebekah Says:

    Are there any lawsuits going on right now , My son Josh is diabetic and was given the meds at age 7. He is now 13

  68. Anonymous Says:

    i am a mother of a 8 yr old child she has a mood diorder,her dr put her on abilify and with in one week of taking the abilify she was running high fevers and having vision problums she had gained 12 pound in less then a month and started talking about killing herself and her family i took her off the abilify aginced the doctors wishes and has sence had a few problums with her eyes and here stomic i only hope that this drug is band from the market as soon as posabale that way there wont be any more unnessasary deaths.

  69. ella Says:

    my husband is due to start take/switch to ablifiy 15 ml today after bad reaction to the side effects on risperidone 6 mg even tho effect on mh was looking promising. also he is on lithium 100mg per day.
    so 15mg abifily today and 1000mg lithium (priadel). we will keep you posted as to reaction to this drug in combination with lithium…diagnosis is bipolar type 1 with pyschosis. he is 33. fingers crossed none of the above side effects become unbearable…and worrying in my mind about twitches, seizures and TD that can be irreversible after ceasing treatment. will keep updated..ps we are based in uk x

  70. T.Jackson Says:

    My child is 7 yrs old and he has been taking abilify for awhile now off and on. At first his dose was 2 ml for the longest, and just a week and a half ago his doctor upped his dose to 5 ml. Well just last night i had to rush him to the hospital because he was having a problem straightening out his neck. 3hrs at the hospital. They ran some test on him, and it all came back normal, but then she said to me, that by the info i have given her, it seems like he had a small seizure, but then a neurologist called her, she went out in the hall to talk with him. 30min later she comes back in saying something different about it wasn’t a seizure, it was (and excuse me,if i don’t remember the name she gave me about the neck pain). but it had to do with the abiilify. ever since last night, he has been slobbering on him self, and he has never done that, I come on here reading the top of the page and see that kids aren’t suppose to be taking it. So now i’m trying to find a lawyer in indianapolis, Help please.

    • Andrew Says:

      I want to sue the $#!+ out of these pill pushers! I was prescribed this drug by a doctor in the health center at my college to treat the morbid depression I was describing to him. In this state I was desperate for relief so after being told a side effect is muscle spasms or whatever I filled the prescription within the hour and hastily downed my first dose. Mind you, I was just about ready to give up on things so I would’ve eaten dog turds if someone told me I could feel a glimpse of neutrality for just that moment. Needless to say the drug was very ineffective in curing my depression so I went on untreated for another few months of agonizing physically crippling pain and sadness. Surprisingly I held in there… All the while I took my medicine and developed spams and a total loss of gate, that’s a given, also I noticed that my once boasted, iron stomach began getting chronic heartburn. So I used all the standard otc remedies and watched my diet and they seemed to work but if I wasn’t careful the burn would return. My insurance did not cover the medicine so this year when the price per bottle jumped from a mere 217.00 to 323.00 dollars, I finally convinced my new doctor to ween me off the stuff. Over half a year later I sit here, propped up by pillows in my bed sipping pepto, I’m almost ready to go back to sleep, I hope. (I have never dreamed of attempting to procure financial compensation for any hardship I have endured, the prospect embarrasses me, but when 4 months after completely stopping a drug I confidently attribute to my malady, I begin vomiting bright red gobs of blood, two endoscopies and ultrasound later I am ready to swallow my pride. Not to mention I am out 5 or 6 grand off hand.)

      Thanks,
      Embittered and now litigious 23 year old

  71. Akathisia Says:

    Thank you for the “Dual Diagnosis medication” information on alcoholism treatment.

  72. Mary Hill Says:

    My son is only 5 years old, he has adhd, odd, bi-polar tends.. and a chromosone 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 didnt help, which were something called saphers ( sorry dont 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 litterally chewing his tounge, god-awful movments 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 tounge, 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…. (billingual-something) lost it all when the doctor said that this can go on for mnths to years! im definetly looking to file a lawsuit against Abilify, bc also was told all this is traced back to him being placed on the abilfy, and depokote is the same as abilify…..He is only 5! please help

  73. Josh Orr Says:

    could some one please contact me my father passed away at the age of 53 and he showed all the side affects of abilify which he was prescribed, he was the most important person in my life and now he is gone, if someone could please help, my name is josh and my email is jdorr88@hotmail.com

  74. vanessa Says:

    how do i get info on how to get my cut

  75. Anonymous Says:

    Does any one knows if the law suit against Abilify is already clossed?
    Does any one knows a firm or a lawyer that is working with this case?

  76. Linda Notovitz Says:

    I used Abilify for 7 years from 2004 to November 2011 at a low dosage of 7.5 mg/day. In September or October I have experienced either non-stop biting of my mouth or movements of my tongue going to the areas that were bitten. My doctor stopped the medication. It is the end of April and the mouth movements have not stopped. It is a daily and perpetual condition. I am very sad about this as it is constant and noticeable. I would like to know how I can sue Abilify for this disability.
    Linda N.

  77. stephanie fonseca Says:

    I started taking abilify in 2009 and had constant headaches n sleepiness, also on nov 30, 2010, I tried to kill myself by jumping off a bridge o culver rd in rochester, they had put my dose up to 40mg a month bfor..I was 17 at. That time….should I file a lawsuit cuz I just got off abilify in july of 2011. I was still under 18…. I was a constant cutter and stuff, they just kept labeling me with deifferent problems but I was taking abilify….I was also in fostercare (hillside childrens center) what should I do?

  78. Anonymous Says:

    My mother age 83 while being treated for dementia at a americare onwed facility was given abilif without family consent n within three weeks went from talking walkin an eating to being a bed an chair patients suffering from muscle spasms swining of the arms running constat vever pheumonia an eventualyy dieing we were told by the staff nurse she was stage three alzheimer but our family knows my mother was not diagn otise with azlheimer but with dementia and after being givien this medication she quickly passed, what right does a dr have in prescribing these type of drugs whe they are not approved an without giving the family knowledge, she shwowed all the side effects for at least 3 months before i happened across an advertisement stating they were not recommend for this type of patient they imediately took her off of it but she died shorlty there after who is accountable an how as a society can we aloow drs an nursing home to continute these shady pratices . this cannot be allowed to happen to someone elses mother tom schaaf 2810- firelight drive st ouos mo 63129

  79. Anonymous Says:

    My mother was just recently prescibed abilify while at a care center my mom had dementia after notifying the home my mothers money was getting low they contacted hospice had her evaluated she was turned down till after she was started on abilify within 3 to 4 weeks her health slipped away rapidly we were told that it was stage 3 alheimerz by thye care center after coming across an article about the hazards in aarp i demnaded she be takin off of it but having been on it 3 months it was to late she passed away this passed march i contacted the home in feburary i cant belive the side effects were so evident the muscle jerking the sweting flew like sytems a fever that lasted nearly a month sores in her mouth but no one i mean on one caught it not her dr not her nurse p[ractitioner not the physcoligist an the home who cared for her didnt day a word i watched my mother die from this drug i live in missouri an something needs to be done an done now before this happens again

  80. Cheryl Says:

    I took Abilify for approximately 3 months. I liked the way that it helped with depression but I began noticing that I could not stop clenching my jaw. When I brought this up to my doctor she immediately told me that I probably should not take the drug any longer and that I have (tardive dyskinesia) could become permanent. Sadly it has become permanent which in turn gives me headaches. I also have difficulty swallowing and also I had weight gain during the time I took the drug. I feel that those of us who took Abilify or have relatives who have had serious side affects or died should be able to get some kind of judgement and compensation for the problems this drug has caused.

  81. Anonymous Says:

    I went to jail for 75 days due to the side effect of Ambillify (Aggression), and lost my home busness, all my tools, have a misdomener on my record and the total monitary cost to me was over $9,700.00 out of a $12,664.00 yearly income. Now life is very difficult for me because I refussed to take medication that the Doctor, Dr. Pernie of the John D. Dingle V.A. Medical Center said I had to take so now I am Homeless sleeping ing the rain and eating out of garbage cans. Who should pay, who do I contact, and how do I get compensated? My name is Mr. Stephen John Schomer, and my mailing address is 123 N. 6th St. Suite 200 Fort Smith, Ar. 72901. my email address is mr.sjschomer@gmail.com

  82. Anonymous Says:

    I was on abilify for awhile and i decided to quit cold turkey. its been a few days but my heart rate is higher than normal, my legs are very shaky, so are my hands, and i feel like im having anxiety attacks over and over again. will this go away? im kinda concerned.


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