Risperdal Side Effects: Antipsychotic drug linked
to serious and even fatal injuries
In 2007 more than 389,000 children and teenagers were prescribed Risperdal. What’s more alarming than that statistic is that from 1993-2008 1,207 of those children have suffered serious side effects, including 31 deaths.
FDA approved in 1993, Risperdal is one of the leading antipsychotic prescriptions. Risperdal is a potent antipsychotic drug manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutica, a parent company of Johnson & Johnson. Risperdal is used primarily among adolescents to treat Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Manic-Depression in addition to other conditions. Unfortunately, side effects of the drug have been troubling among young users, especially boys whose bodies are still young and developing. The most alarming side effect is one that is noticeable and has the possibility of severe damages. Numerous reported cases have stated that Risperdal triggers a hormone called prolactin to work inversely with lactation. The root cause results in the young boys taking the medication experience an abnormal growth. The condition is officially called Gynecomastia, where a young male experiences or had experienced an abnormal growth found in the pectoral region. This condition is usually permanent and Gynecomastia related problems typically have to be resolved through breast reduction surgery.
There has been widespread dispute over the legality of Risperdal and the threatening side effects it offers. The medical establishments and doctors are facing litigation for medical malpractice for failing to monitor the symptoms of their patient. The manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceutica has denied in several court documents that they hold responsibility for any “misrepresentations or “concealments” regarding the harsh side effects. Many users that experienced Gynecomastia and many of the other symptoms have sought out legal advice and been rewarded appropriately.
If you or a loved one took Risperdal and has suffered from sensitive tissue and/or growth in the chest or pectoral area then it is advised to seek action now, as you may be entitled to compensation.