Abilify in Court – July 2017 Update


It’s been five years since I wrote, Success! I’ve Quit Abilify.  Since then, the post has received over 3500 views.  And all told, views for posts (linked below) related to the BS I endured while taking Abilify total over 49,000.

The struggle is real.

I haven’t posted for over a year but a private email about the horrors of Abilify made me think it’s time for a follow-up.

Before we get started, everyone please note that Abilify is the brand name for the drug aripiprazole.  So when searching for information, make sure you use both Abilify and aripiprazole in your search criteria.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of info, but hopefully it will help some and vindicate others.

Oh, and Big Pharma?  Don’t even think about getting smarmy over this blog.  These are personal accounts with your product and news stories in the public domain.  Deal with it.

As of February 2017, there were at least 115 product liability lawsuits pending against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals throughout the federal court system1.

Does Abilify cause compulsive behavior? Abilify Drug Blamed for Excessive Gambling, Eating, Shopping and Sex

Well, apparently it does, if you consider settling out of court an admission of guilt.  Bristol Myers to Pay 20M Settlement 

But, it’s not over yet.  Abilify Lawsuits Moving Toward Trial in Federal MDL (Multi-district Litigation) and New Jersey State Court May 31, 2017

While the outcome of these early trial dates in New Jersey state court and the federal MDL will not be binding on other cases in the litigation, the verdicts may have a substantial impact on eventual Abilify settlement negotiations to avoid the need for large numbers of individual cases to be set for trial nationwide.

For those if you into legalese you can download the case management order (which pools several cases into one) here.

And, so we are au currant – the Northern District of Florida is holding the General Causation Hearing in Abilify Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2734 Master Docket: 3:16-md-2734 this coming Monday, July 31, 2017 at 9:00am Eastern.

The Master Long Form Complaint can be downloaded here.

But do take a look at the whole site.  If the current state of American politics doesn’t make your blood boil this will.

So, for all of you or your friends or members of your families who’ve had horrible experiences with this drug, you’re definitely not alone.

Going forward I’ll try to do a better job keeping up with this.


Final thoughts: I did successfully quit Abilify / aripiprazole.  It was a very long, hard struggle but I did it.  I’m not a doctor, don’t play one on television and never advocate going against the advice of your doctor.  I’m just a lucky soul who got out before it was too late.


Other posts related to my experiences with Abilify / aripiprazole:
Is There Now Evidence Withdrawal From Antipsychotics Can Induce Psychosis?
Abilify Withdrawal – Round 3: Abilify Wins and Antipsychotic Dependence
Abilify Withdrawal – Round 2
Abilify Withdrawal – Round 1
Abilify – the Culprit After AllPedaling Into the Wind – Abilify and Weakness
Abilify and Agoraphobia?

Be sure to read the comments, too.  There are some amazing, supportive people stopping by this blog.  Thank you all for sharing.

My name is Melissa and I too successfully tapered off Abilify about 2 1/2 years ago. I used the liquid and decreased my dose by 10% every 2 weeks. It took me approximately 9 months to taper off and I still had symptoms such as dizziness, mild anxiety and seeing an auora or wavy lines in front of my face occasionally as well as sweating. I currently am working with a functional medicine doctor for chronic fatigue and I just recently found out that I have h. pylori. I still take sertraline (zoloft), which eventually I will attempt to taper off after treating my h. pylori.

Hi, Melissa – I was tinkering with the site when I saw your comment. I’m so happy you’re off Abilify! Congrats 🙂 Hope the treatment for the h. pylori goes well. Best wishes!

I also sent in comments to your site while I was tapering off and you gave me such encouragement! Thanks so much for reaching out because everyone on the Abilify journey needs encouragement!


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