Neuroleptic malignant syndrome and Risperdal
Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug prescribed to treat schizophrenia, autism, and manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. Antipsychotic drugs are sometimes called neuroleptic agents, which act as a major tranquilizer by suppressing nerve activities.
However, the use of neuroleptics such as Risperdal increases the risk of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), a possibly fatal condition characterized with unstable blood pressure, high body temperature, sweating, muscle rigidity and dysfunction of the autonomic (involuntary) muscles. Because of its life-threatening medical complications, NMS is considered a medical emergency and usually requires intensive medical care.
A toxic amount of neuroleptic agents found in medications such as Risperdal can cause more harm than good. If taking this drug has caused your loved one to suffer from great health risks, including NMS, a product liability attorney at Williams Kherkher will be more than willing to assess your case. Call us at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about your situation and the possibility of seeking financial compensation from the drug company involved.