Risperdal is the trade name for risperidone, an antipsychotic medication used to treat the symptoms of psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Risperdal is used to treat other disorders as well.
The drug is manufactured and marketed by pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, and has approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As with any psychiatric drug, the risk of side effects is present and some side effects can be severe. If you suffered complications of the drug and wish to explore legal options that might be available to you, speak with the lawyers at Gacovino, Lake & Associates.
Possible Side Effects of Antipsychotic Drugs
The FDA has warned that certain side effects may be associated with antipsychotic drugs.
Some possible complications of Risperdal are listed below.
- Stroke in elderly patients: Patients with dementia-related conditions who are prescribed an antipsychotic might be at higher risk for stroke.
- Diabetes and high blood sugar: Risperdal might increase the risk of developing high blood sugar, prediabetes or diabetes.
- Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS): This is a nervous system disorder that can cause life-threatening complications.
- Tardive dyskinesia (TD): This condition causes movement problems.
- Death: The increased risk of death is mainly associated with elderly users.
These are just a few of the possible complications associated with antipsychotic drugs. If you believe your condition is related, our lawyers can help you investigate the link and establish your entitlement to damages. One of the most concerning complications associated with the drug for many users is gynecomastia.
Risperdal and Hyperprolactinemia/Gynecomastia
Some have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson as a result of this condition in boys and men. Gynecomastia is a condition in which boys or men develop abnormal breast tissue. This is different than fatty tissue development in overweight males, but rather involves growth of actual breast tissue, sometimes to the extent that surgical intervention is required to remove the excess tissue.
This condition is related to the overproduction of prolactin (hyperprolactinemia), the hormone that controls lactation in women and sex drive in men. Because Risperdal interferes with the natural production and activity of dopamine and its impact on the pituitary gland, it may raise prolactin levels, resulting in unnatural breast growth for males and interruption of menstruation in females.
Filing a Claim for Damages with Risperdal Lawyers
If you have been affected by side effects of Risperdal, you may need to enlist the help of our attorneys. You will first need to establish that you have a viable claim. Your attorney can provide guidance to start your case against Johnson & Johnson or other liable parties.
You must be able to prove that your injury or illness exists by providing documentation such as medical records to support your claim. You must also be able to link your condition back to the effects.
Further, you must establish liability of the manufacturer. Gacovino, Lake & Associates specializes in cases like this.
We can help you review the facts of your claim and develop a plan of action. Our focus is on ensuring victims of negligent pharmaceutical manufacturing or sales practices, or others harmed by medications, obtain reimbursement for their losses and damages. Call us today at (800) 550-0000 to set up a free case review. You can also complete the short and confidential form on our contact page to request a call back from our firm’s lawyers.