Antipsychotic Med May Cause Fun

A drug used to treat psychotic issues, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, has recently been found to have some rather unique side effects.  According to a recently released statement by the FDA, the drug potentially gives users some serious problems with impulse control:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that compulsive or uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop, and have sex have been reported with the use of the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada, and generics). These uncontrollable urges were reported to have stopped when the medicine was discontinued or the dose was reduced. These impulse-control problems are rare, but they may result in harm to the patient and others if not recognized.

Gambling, eating, shopping, and sex?  So, basically, aripiprazole makes you have fun?  I need to get me some of that.  I’ve been feeling a bit psychotic, lately!

The FDA went on to report that cases of problems with impulse control were rare.  Aripoprazole has been on the market for 13 years, and only 184 out of 1.6 million users have reported these side effects.  So it may not catch on as a party drug.  Still, talk to your doctor (or the voices in your head) about any drug’s potential side effects before taking them.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-05-03/fda-antipsychotic-drug-can-cause-urges-to-gamble-eat-shop-have-sex

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm498662.htm

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