What are the side effects of Risperdal?
There are several side effects associated with Risperdal, including type 2 diabetes, bone loss, involuntary movement disorders, and the development of pituitary tumors in addition to a range of other conditions. The neurological disorder called neuroleptic malignant syndrome is another possible resulting condition, although the most controversial side effects include gynecomastia in the case of young male patients and stroke leading to death in the case of older patients suffering from dementia.
Why did my doctor prescribe Risperdal if it has these side effects?
The arrival of Risperdal to the market marked a compelling frontline treatment option for schizophrenia and psychotic disorders with its capability of managing both positive and negative symptoms — from hallucinations and delusions to social withdrawal and inability to experience pleasure. Its effectiveness in managing an array of symptoms along with its promise of fewer side effects than older antipsychotic drugs made it a popular treatment option.
For older patients with Alzheimer’s disease or a similar dementia condition, Risperdal has traditionally been prescribed in response to acute psychosis, or periods of time in which patients are disturbed and out of touch with reality.
What places me at a higher risk of adverse effects in taking Risperdal?
Patients who have a history of liver disease, seizures, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, or dementia may be at greater risk in taking Risperdal. The same is true of any other disorder that affects metabolism.
Has any legal action been taken against Risperdal based on these findings?
More than 420 lawsuits have been filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. as a result of adverse effects of Risperdal. A majority of cases have been filed on behalf of young males who have suffered from gynecomastia, with a landmark lawsuit being settled for an undisclosed amount in September 2012. Several other lawsuits related to diabetes, stroke, and other side effects have also been filed.
How do I know if I have a viable case in the Risperdal lawsuit?
If you or your child has developed gynecomastia, if you or an elderly family member with dementia has suffered a stroke, or if you have presented with other serious side effects or conditions resulting from the use of Risperdal, you may have a case for filing a claim against Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.
What should I do if I want to pursue legal action?
If you believe you have developed and suffered from one of the serious conditions linked to the use of Risperdal, first see a qualified health care professional. You should also report the incident to your physician and the FDA.
To find out if you are eligible to file a claim in the Risperdal lawsuit, contact McDivitt Law Firm at 877-846-4878 or click here for a free and confidential case evaluation.