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Risperdal Side Effects

Risperdal is a prescription anti-psychotic drug that blocks dopamine activity in the brain. While meant to lessen the symptoms commonly associated with schizophrenia, acute mania, and bipolar I disorder, the drug was also prescribed for treating autistic disorders in children, and a number of off-label uses including treatment for OCD, anxiety disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, depression, PTSD and conduct disorder. While the drug may have worked for its prescribed purpose, there have been reported instances of a number of side effects that were not adequately disclosed by Risperdal’s manufacturer and marketer, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen. If you or a loved one has suffered harm as a direct result of taking Risperdal, you must take action to legally preserve your rights within the statute of limitations. Contact a defective pharmaceutical lawyer near you as soon as possible.

Risks of Taking Risperdal

The risks of taking Risperdal have been underrepresented to the public. The National Institute of Health has indicated that taking Risperdal has been associated with the following side effects and health risks, including:

  • Excessive weight gain
  • Male breast tissue enlargement
  • Puffy or swollen nipples or breasts
  • Pain in the nipples and/or breasts
  • Nipple discharge
  • Enlarged nipples
  • Development of type-2 diabetes
  • Risk of stroke and transient ischemic attack
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Heart problems

A study conducted in 2015 published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology revealed that young men who use the drug Risperdal are up to four times more likely to develop enlarged female-like breasts, and male children and adolescents who used Risperdal are up to five times more likely to develop enlarged breast tissue.

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There Is Help Available

When doctors prescribe medication for the treatment of an illness of condition, they need to weigh the benefits of the treatment versus the health risks associated with that course of treatment. If the doctor does not have complete information about the harm a particular drug can do, people can get hurt. If a drug causes undue harm to those who take it due to the design of the drug, a manufacturing defect of the drug, or because the drug’s manufacturer(s) failed to fully discloses the known health risks associated with a particular drug, then the manufacturer(s) can be held liable for the harm that use of the drug produces.

If you need to file a civil action in order to recover damages for the harm you’ve suffered by taking Risperdal, the task can seem overwhelming. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping victims like you to hold major pharmaceutical companies liable for the harm they have caused. If you would like to know more, please contact one of our experienced Risperdal lawyers today.