Risperdal and the risk of depression
Risperdal is a type of atypical antipsychotic drug designed to manage disruptive behaviors, bipolar disorder, psychoses and schizophrenia. It works by decreasing the elevated levels of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine among patients with these disorders. In some cases, Risperdal may even block the effects of these neurochemicals.
However, medications that directly affect brain chemicals are well-associated with suicide and suicidal ideation. For instance, several studies have shown low levels of dopamine and serotonin increase the likelihood of depression. Furthermore, a decreased level of serotonin increases the risk of emotional disorders, such as anxiety and negative thinking, while a low dopamine level is associated with loss of memory, concentration and focus, among other cognitive effects.
If taking Risperdal has caused you or your loved one harm, a Risperdal side-effect attorney at Williams Kherkher can assess whether your situation qualifies for a claim. Call us at 800-220-9341 today to learn more.