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The popular drug Abilify could cause some very bad side effects

Millions of Americans struggle with depression and either take medication or go to therapy as a result. There is a broad range of antidepressants on the market, ranging from standard prescription medications to derivatives of ketamine for those with intractable depression.

While there is no shame in seeking the treatment that you need to address your mental health concerns, you need to be an informed consumer or risk serious damage. One antidepressant medication, recently touted as an ideal solution for those not getting the effects they need from standard antidepressants, has been correlated with severe negative side effects.

If you or someone you love has taken the drug Abilify and had medical issues as a result, you may be able to take legal action against the manufacturer responsible for this dangerous drug.

Abilify causes a wide range of serious side effects

The drug Abilify, generically known as aripiprazole, was once believed to be a promising treatment for individuals struggling with depression symptoms. The drug's maker specifically touted how it could help those not responding to other antidepressant treatments by adding it to an existing drug regimen. Over time, it has become apparent that the drug causes just as many issues as it solves.

One of the most concerning side effects that people report is dramatic and uncontrollable weight gain. Individuals with depression may already struggle with self-care, and a sudden and disappointing change in their appearance could make it even harder for them to take care of themselves and feel good about themselves. Weight gain can affect your overall health. It can change the trajectory of your career, and it can complicate your already problematic mental health situation.

As if that weren't bad enough, Abilify is also associated with akathisia. For those unfamiliar with the term, it refers to a state of constant elevated emotional or mental anxiety. Some individuals who experience the side effect will become homicidal or suicidal despite having no previous history of violence. It also makes people sleepy all day and can cause other unpleasant side effects.

Patients who take bad drugs have legal rights

No one deserves to suffer irreparable harm because of a prescription medication. Sadly, that experience is still the reality for thousands of people in the United States every year. If you or someone you love has experienced the horrific side effects associated with the drug Abilify, you likely have the right to take action.

Holding the company that created and patented the drug responsible for the damage they caused could be an option. Discussing the specifics of your situation with a California attorney is a good first step toward connecting with the compensation you deserve after harm cause by a defective drug.

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