Risperidone (marketed as Risperdal) is an oral antipsychotic medication commonly prescribed for treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and certain behaviors of autism. In 2007, Risperdal was the only schizophrenia drug approved for youths age 13 to 17, and it was likewise approved for children and adolescents age 10 to 17 to control the mixed and manic states of bipolar.
Unfortunately, countless young males experienced devastating side effects of Risperdal, most notably the abnormal (and irreversible) development of breasts. Meanwhile, off-label use of Risperdal proliferated, from treatment of dementia in older people to irritability in autistic children. Today risperidone is linked to numerous severe side effects, from an incurable neurological disorder to heart failure and death.
If you, your child or a family member was seriously harmed by Risperdal or generic risperidone, the product liability attorneys of Shaw Cowart LLP will pursue compensation for your losses and suffering. Call 512-499-8900 for a free case evaluation or fill out our online form.
Risperdal And Gynecomastia
Risperdal often triggers an increase in the hormone prolactin. The adverse side effects for young women include unwanted production of breast milk, interrupted menstruation and inability to get pregnant. Teenage boys and young men may develop gynecomastia, an enlargement or uneven development of their breasts, often accompanied by discharge and swollen or tender nipples. Discontinuing the medication does not reverse the condition, leaving those youths to suffer profound humiliation or undergo removal and reconstructive surgery.
Drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson settled a gynecomastia lawsuit in 2012 involving hundreds of plaintiffs, and many more claims are pending.
Other Common And Known Side Effects Of Risperidone
Johnson & Johnson has been investigated, fined and sued by the federal government in relation to Risperdal for illegal marketing, promotion of its off-label use and overmedication of children. The experienced trial lawyers of Shaw Cowart LLP can pursue your legal remedies for any of the following documented adverse effects of risperidone:
- Enlargement of male breasts
- Tardive dyskinesia (involuntary body movements)
- Impaired vision
- Chronic restlessness or insomnia
- Diminished sex drive or sexual dysfunction
- Discharge of milk (men or women)
- Chest pains, throbbing or heart attack
- Abnormally low blood pressure
- Pneumonia or sudden death in dementia patients
Attorneys Experienced With Dangerous Drug Litigation
The Austin firm of Shaw Cowart LLP represents individuals in Texas and nationwide in holding pharmaceutical companies and medical providers accountable, with notable recoveries in past and ongoing drug litigation cases. For a free consultation, call 512-499-8900.