Risperdal, also known by the name of its active ingredient, risperidone, is an anti-psychotic medication approved to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism in some individuals. Unfortunately, doctors have also prescribed Risperdal for unapproved uses, and some users have experienced serious and unexpected side effects. In addition to other serious side effects, the use of Risperdal has been linked to a condition called gynecomastia, or the enlargement of male breast tissue. Gynecomastia has been especially devastating for young boys who have taken the drug. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued several warnings related to the drug, emphasizing the dangers it may pose to users.
If you or a loved one has experienced side effects or complications after using Risperdal, you may be eligible to file a claim against Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of this medication. The attorneys at Williams Kherkher are investigating claims that Johnson & Johnson — and specifically the Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit — concealed serious risks when marketing Risperdal. Contact the Risperdal attorneys of Williams Kherkher today at (888) 220-0640 to learn how we can help you.
Dangers of Side Effects of Risperdal
Although it received approval for use in treating schizophrenia (including adolescent schizophrenia), bipolar disorder, and irritability in people with autism, Risperdal may cause a variety of unintended health problems beyond the typically mild side-effects. Some of the problems related to Risperdal use include:
- Diabetes, high blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Pituitary tumors
- Tardive dyskinesia (involuntary movement)
- Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)
- Heart attacks
- Suicide or thoughts of suicide
- Increased risk of death among elderly people with dementia
- Bone loss (demineralization)
These side effects range in severity from mild to potentially life-threatening, and as a result, many individuals who have suffered after Risperdal use are now taking legal action against Johnson & Johnson to pursue compensation for their resulting losses.
How We Can Help with a Risperdal Lawsuit
At Williams Kherkher, we have years of experience taking on some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, and we are ready to put this experience to work for you. If you or someone you know has been affected by Risperdal and would like to know more about how Williams Kherkher can represent you, please don’t hesitate to contact us to review your case and submit a claim. A case review costs nothing and carries no obligation. Call an experienced Risperdal lawyer today at (888) 220-0640.
Contact a Risperdal Side Effects Attorney to Learn More
The side effects of Risperdal can create a significant burden for you and your loved ones, but you don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. To learn more about the damages that can result from Risperdal use and your legal options, contact a Risperdal lawyer from Williams Kherkher today by calling (888) 220-0640.
Recent Risperdal Blog Posts
Monday, November 7th, 2016 at 2:12 pm
For the past three years, pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has been shelling out huge amounts of money in over 1,500 Risperdal lawsuits.
Risperdal is an antidepressant prescribed by health practitioners for bipolar and schizophrenia disorders. The downside of the drug is that it may cause an increased level of prolactin, which could result in breast enlargement among male patients. The FDA released advisory related to the risk of death in elderly patients, and uncontrollable abnormal movements around the shoulder, face, and limbs of patients.
Among the damages incurred are three trials for not sufficiently cautioning patients about the risks of taking the drug. In November 2013, Johnson & Johnson was fined $2.2 billion because of civil and criminal claims. The company also suffered marketing claims settlements amounting to $158 million, $124 million, and $180 million in Texas, South Carolina, and D.C., respectively.
At Williams Kherkher, we recognize the dangers of pharmaceuticals, especially Risperdal. Contact us at (888) 220-0640 to learn more about your legal options.
Monday, October 10th, 2016 at 4:27 pm
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.
Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 10:04 am
Common side effects of the drug Risperdal are varied and may include:
- Nausea, movement disorder, rhinitis, muscle contractions, dizziness, anxiety, drowsiness, agitation, constipation, and weight gain.
If any of the following side effects occur while you are taking Risperdal, alternatively known as risperidone, consult a physician immediately:
- Anxiety; aggressive behavior; blurry vision; difficulty concentrating or memory problems; difficulty speaking and swallowing; difficulty to move the eyes; increased urination; imbalance; muscle spasms of the face, neck, and back; weakness; shuffling walk; stiffness of arms and legs; twitching movements; shaking of the fingers and hands; sleeplessness
Minor side effects not needing medical attention include:
- Constipation, cough, diarrhea, dry mouth, headache, heartburn, increased dreams, nausea, sleepiness, sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, unusual tiredness, and weight gain
To learn more about the damages that Risperdal can cause, contact a compassionate and experienced Risperdal lawyer from Williams Kherkher. If you suffered through serious symptoms as the result of Risperdal, you may be eligible for some compensation. Discuss your situation with us today by calling (888) 220-0640.