Abilify (Aripiprazole) Side Effects

Abilify, which is the brand name for aripiprazole, is an antipsychotic medication used to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, manic depression, major depression and now autism, and many others.  Abilify has been all over the news.  The side effects can be life threatening.  The FDA has issued warnings that Abilify can lead to Leukopenia, Neutropenia and agranulocytosis, (all abnormal lowering of the white blood cell count).  The list of adverse reactions and warnings keep mounting.

Abilify Side Effects include, but not limited to:

  • Confusion
  • Fast heart rate (tachycardia)
  • High fever Read the rest of this entry »
  • Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) Lawsuit

    Seroquel, manufactured by AstraZeneca, is an oral medication used to
    manage the symptoms associated with schizophrenia such as delusions, thought disorder, hallucinations, social withdrawal, lack of energy,
    apathy, and reduced ability to express emotion.

    The drug, which was approved by the FDA for marketing in 1997, affects
    a broad range of neurotransmitter receptors, including serotonin
    receptors.  It is  also sometimes used to treat the mania associated
    with bipolar disorder.

    News of Seroquel’s side effects and emerged as a result of observational
    data released at a medical conference in Philadelphia which showed that
    patients on Seroquel had 3.34 times as many cases of diabetes as those
    on older antipsychotics such as haldoperidol. Read the rest of this entry »

    Risperdal (Risperidone) Lawsuit

    Risperdal, which is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division
    of Johnson & Johnson, is another member of the family of drugs knows
    as  Atypical Antipsychotics.

    Risperdal has been linked to diabetes and, more specifically, Type 2
    diabetes. (Type 2 diabetes is sometimes called adult-onset diabetes.
    Type 2 diabetes is associated with an increased risk of heart disease
    and stroke)

    Other serious side effects, however, include Neuroleptic Malignant
    Syndrome (NMS), Tardive Dyskinesia, stroke or stroke-like events,
    and even death.  (NMS is a potentially fatal syndrome involving
    muscle rigidity, and irregular blood pressure and pulse).

    Tardive Dyskinesia is a central nervous system disorder, which results in
    involuntary movement of the limbs and twitching of the face and tongue.) Read the rest of this entry »

    Zyprexa Lawsuit

    Atypical Anti-Psychotic Drug Lawsuits

    Zyprexa (Olanzapine®) Lawsuit

    Zyprexa, like Risperdal and Seroquel, has been associated with serious
    side effects in patients, especially those who have already been
    diagnosed with diabetes.

    Knowledge of the potential dangers of Zyprexa were discovered as a
    result of a series of findings beginning in 2001 when the FDA was alerted
    to 19 case reports of diabetes associated with the drug.

    One of these cases resulted in a patient’s death due to necrotizing
    pancreatitis, a very serious condition in which cells in the pancreas
    die.

    An emergency report issued by the Japanese Health and Welfare Ministry
    in April of 2002 concerning the side effects of Zyprexa noted that there
    had been two deaths of patients who had diabetes prior to taking the
    anti-psychotic medication. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Written Testimony Needed – Florida Child Antipsychotic Drugging

    The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration is inviting the public to provide written testimony (until December 24) concerning the Medicaid coverage of atypical antipsychotics on children.    This is the official notice: http://ahca.myflorida.com/docs/AdHocWebCancellationMessagev2.pdf
     
    Atypical antipsychotics are the newest, most expensive high powered antipsychotic drugs – heavily marketed to state Medicaid programs. (Your tax dollars)
    “Evidence is mounting that they can cause rapid weight gain, diabetes, even death”. St. Petersburg Times, July 29, 2007 Read the rest of this entry »

    Bipolar Children, Antipsychotics, and Dr. Joseph Biederman

    “Papers reveal push on drug firm funds Prominent doctor tied to efforts”
     
    Newly disclosed court documents portray Dr. Joseph Biederman, a leading Harvard child psychiatrist, as courting drug company money by promising that his work at Massachusetts General Hospital would help promote the use of antipsychotic drugs for youngsters diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Read the rest of this entry »