Taking Risperdal? Know the Possible Harm this Drug May Cause You

May 25, 2016 by

In 1994, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the prescription oral drug Risperdal by children with symptoms of irritability due to autism, and by those suffering from bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia. Risperdal was developed in 1992 by Janssen-Cilag Limited, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

The drug, which is also known under the (brand) names Risperdal Consta and Risperdal M-Tab, or under the (generic) name Risperidone, contains an atypical or second-generation anti-psychotic element called risperidone (same as the drug’s generic ID). It works by blocking the nerve receptors in the brain to alter incidences of abnormal brain communication (these incidences are what actually cause psychotic attacks).

Due to its effectivity (as well as safety, as claimed by its developer), Risperdal immediately became popular so that, by the end of October 2011, more than 10 million patients were already prescribed with it by doctors all across the U.S.

In 2003, however, studies made of Risperdal showed that the drug could cause severe and, sometimes, fatal side-effects. In fact, 16 deaths and as many as 37 stroke-related occurrences were linked to the drug, plus a list of other side-effects, which includes: increased death rate in the elderly suffering from dementia; heart attack; pituitary tumors (the abnormal growth of cells in the pituitary gland); arrhythmia (irregular or abnormal heart beat); galactorrhea (inappropriate or excessive production of milk); neuroleptic malignant syndrome or NMS (a deadly neurological disorder that is caused by an adverse reaction to antipsychotic drugs); pancreatitis (or inflammation of the pancreas); hyperglycemia or high blood sugar; diabetes; suicide or suicidal thoughts; cellulitis; neutropenia; rapid and extreme weight gain; and, sexual dysfunction.

On the website of Williams Kherkher, it is mentioned that doctors have also prescribed Risperdal for unapproved uses, with some users having experienced serious and unexpected side effects. For male patients, specifically, besides the risk of suffering any of the other side-effects mentioned above, they are also in danger of developing a condition called gynecomastia, which is the enlargement of the male breast tissue.

The health risks resulting from the use of Risperdal, which could very well be a case of negligence, continues to threaten the safety of every individual in the U.S. Though no harm may be intended by the drug’s developer, the potentially life-threatening effects that the drug can cause is more than enough reason for affected patients to pursue legal action for the possible compensation they can claim due to all the harm and losses they have been made to suffer.

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