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Abilify Warning Describes Increased Risk of Diabetes

by admin on February 7, 2012 in Antipsychotics

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What is Abilify?

Abilify (aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic medication. It works by changing the actions of chemicals in the brain.

Abilify is used to treat psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression). It is also used with other medications to treat major depressive disorder in adults.

Abilify is also used to treat irritability and symptoms of aggression, mood swings, temper tantrums, and self-injury related to autistic disorder in children who are at least 6 years old.

Abilify is part of a class of drugs known as atypical antipsychotics. It is in the same class as Zyprexa, Risperdal and Seroquel.

Abilify was approved by the FDA for the treatment of schizophrenia on November 15, 2002.

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You may have an Abilify lawsuit if you have suffered the following types of injures:

  • Hyperglycemia and diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Birth defects
  • Abnormal Muscle movements
  • Tremors
  • Uncontrollable movements

Abilify FDA Warning

On April 13, 2004, the FDA instructed Bristol-Myers Squibb to notify healthcare providers of warning revisions to the labeling for Abilify (aripiprazole). The warning describes the potential increased risk of hyperglycemia and diabetes in patients taking the drug.

In a recent study, atypical antipsychotics similar to Abilify were found to cause diabetes 50 percent more often than older drugs.

The FDA has become concerned about the possibility that Ziprasidone, a drug similar to Abilify, and a number of other drugs might increase the possibility of a specific, and potentially fatal heart-rhythm irregularity called torsade de pointes.

Torsade de pointes is a French term which literally translates to “twisting of the points.” It refers to a specific, rare variety of ventricular tachycardia (fast heart rhythm, that originates in one of the ventricles of the heart) that exhibits distinct characteristics on the electrocardiogram (ECG).

Additional Abilify side effects include:

  • being unusually tired
  • nausea
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • restlessness
  • diarrhea
  • rash
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • abnormal muscle movements
  • tremors
  • uncontrollable movements

Abilify Lawsuit

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