Risperdal adverse effects give rise to lawsuits

Though many people have hailed the antipsychotic drug Risperdal as beneficial, there is a dark side to the drug, from unfortunate side effects to the people who covered them up.

Risperdal has been marketed to aid in three main disorders: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism in children. The drug’s hidden side effects, though, put manufacturers in hot water. Risperdal is effective in treating the symptoms of the three conditions mentioned but at the cost of increased prolactin hormone levels in the brain, which controls milk production. The increase of this hormone results in gynecomastia, which causes breast enlargement in men.

The long-term use of Risperdal puts male autistic teenagers (anyone aged from 10 to 20) at an increased risk for developing breast tissue and those that do will experience a nearly 15% increased risk of sexual dysfunction. An autistic man from Alabama who had been taking Risperdal for 12 years, since he was eight, had developed 44D-size breasts and decided to sue Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, winning $2.5 million.

A lot of the resounding criticism came from how Janssen had chosen to market the drug. Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of Janssen, faced a slew of lawsuits concerning Medicaid fraud and marketing the drug for off-label use. The company had to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice over the matter in 2013, paying $2.2 billion.

If you’ve faced significant amounts of stress or emotional anguish due to the side effects of Risperdal, you may have legal recourse through the attorneys of Williams Kherkher. Contact us at (888) 220-0640 to learn how we may be able to help you.

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