Are You Using This Prescription Drug? It Might Explain Your Compulsive Shopping

Are you taking Aristada or Abilify?

Have you begun to shop compulsively, or has your compulsive shopping gotten more pronounced?

Both of these medications, sold under the generic name aripiprazole, have been associated with compulsive shopping and spending, as well as other compulsive behaviors such as binge eating, gambling, and sex. Until now the only side effect listed on the drug’s label was compulsive gambling, which according to the FDA, does not sufficiently convey the scope of what users could experience from using the drug. ¬†Additionally, a class action suit has recently been launched on behalf of Canadian Abilify users. ¬†While none of these compulsive behaviors are a frequent side effect and they cease when the medication is stopped or the dose is lowered, beginning now, the drug’s packaging and patient guides will add new warnings about these other potential side effects.

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By Carrie Rattle

Carrie Rattle is a Principal at, a website for women focused on mind and money behaviors. She has worked in the financial services industry for 20+ years and hopes to inspire women to better prepare themselves for financial independence. Read More