Risperdal suits result in huge fines against Johnson & Johnson

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.


Side effects of Risperdal

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.


Guide to taking Risperdal tablets

The orally disintegrating Risperdal tablet (Risperdal M-Tabs) should only be taken as precisely prescribed by a physician. In conjuncture with doctor directions, follow those on the prescription label—do not take more or less than the recommended dose.

In taking the tablet, open the blister package, peel back the foil, remove the tablet, and place it in the mouth. Do not swallow or chew the full tablet. Let it dissolve, with water if preferable. If you missed a dose and you have a while until your next scheduled dose, you can take the dose then. Do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose. If you overdose, seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Risperdal has the chance to affect thinking or reaction time, so take extra caution before engaging in driving or anything that requires alertness. Avoid rising too fast to prevent dizziness. Try to move slower to prevent falling.

If you have been prescribed Risperdal for symptoms not pertaining to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or, occasionally, autism and have faced life-altering side effects, contact an attorney with Williams Kherkher at (888) 220-0640.


What is Risperidone used to treat?

Risperdal or Risperidone (generic) is a medication that works in the brain to treat schizophrenia. It is also known as a second generation antipsychotic (SGA) or atypical antipsychotic. Risperidone works to balance dopamine and serotonin to adjust behavior.

Risperidone may help some or all of the following symptoms of schizophrenia:

  • Hallucinations – imagined voices or images that seem real
  • Delusions – beliefs that are not true (e.g., other people are reading your thoughts)
  • Disorganized thinking or trouble organizing your thoughts and making sense
  • Little desire to be around other people
  • Trouble speaking clearly
  • Lack of motivation

Risperidone is also FDA approved for the following indications:

  • Acute treatment of manic or mixed episodes of bipolar disorder
  • Maintenance (long-term) treatment of bipolar disorder (Risperdal Consta only)
  • Irritability associated with autistic disorders

If you are planning on becoming pregnant, notify your healthcare provider to best manage your medications. Untreated schizophrenia has risks to the fetus, as well as the mother.

If you were treated with Risperdal for reasons other than those the drug is meant to treat and faced adverse side effects, you may be eligible for compensation. Call the attorneys at Williams Kherkher to speak with a representative. Our phone number is (888) 220-0640.


What is Risperdal?

Risperdal, or risperidone, is an antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia, some symptoms of bipolar disorder, and irritability in children with autism.

Risperidone is not approved for use when an individual has dementia because it may increase the risk of death in older adults. Doctor’s advice is also needed before giving the drug to a child. When taking Risperdal, individuals should drink plenty of fluids as it can cause overheating and dehydration. Risperdal may impair your thinking or reactions. Mild side effects are headache, fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, trouble swallowing, dry mouth, dizziness, or fainting. Other adverse effects may include gynecomastia (male breast tissue enhancement), diabetes, sexual dysfunction, heart attacks, suicidal thoughts, pancreatitis, and bone loss.

If you or a loved one has experienced side effects or complications after using Risperdal, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Contact the Risperdal attorneys of Williams Kherkher today at (888) 220-0640 to learn how we can help you.


Possible treatments for individuals with gynecomastia

When male individuals experience hormonal imbalances such that their estrogen level increases relative to their androgen hormone, their breasts may become unusually large. Though some cases of gynecomastia improve during puberty after several months, other men with this condition may consider the following treatments if the problem persists.

  • Patients may want to lessen breast volume by undergoing selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) therapy

  • Patients may be advised to take medications like Danazol or Clomiphene

  • Older patients, or those who have abnormal hormone levels, may be advised to undergo testosterone replacement

  • Individuals who have serious cases of gynecomastia are usually required to undergo mammoplasty surgery to reduce their breast size

Although men who develop gynecomastia only have a small chance of contracting breast cancer, they are likely to suffer from psychological problems from having unusually large breasts.

Gynecomastia, unfortunately, is one of the dangerous side effects of taking Risperdal for the treatment of conditions such as schizophrenia, autism, and bipolar disorder. If you think that taking Risperdal has caused your gynecomastia, the talented legal team at Williams Kherkher may be able to represent you. Call our offices at (888) 220-0640 to learn more about your legal options and discuss your situation.


Symptoms of Risperdal-Caused Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is the enlargement or swelling of the male breasts and is typically caused by a hormonal imbalance (estrogen and testosterone). Risperdal-caused enlargement has the possibility to develop in one or both breasts, and the formation of the breasts may also be asymmetrical or uneven. While gynecomastia does not necessarily endanger the health of those affected, it can have a psychological impact due to embarrassment of the child. In some cases, the trauma or psychological damage can continue into adulthood, which could pose more serious risks.

Some of the physical symptoms of Risperdal-caused gynecomastia include the following:

  • Noticeable growth in the breast area
  • Enlargement and swelling of the nipples
  • Unexplained discharge from the nipples
  • Pain and tenderness in the breast area

If your child was prescribed Risperdal and suffered from gynecomastia, discuss the legal options available to you with the experienced team at Williams Kherkher. Call our office at (888) 220-0640 to learn more about what we can do to help you and your family.


Causes of gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is a condition in which the male breast is enlarged due to a hormone imbalance. It may be due to the blocking of testosterone or the increase in estrogen levels. Several health conditions may cause the development of gynecomastia, according to the Mayo Clinic. They are:

  • Starvation/malnutrition – Levels of testosterone drop when the body does not get ample nutrition, while estrogen levels remain the same.
  • Hyperthyroidism — A condition in which the thyroid gland produces excessive thyroxine, throwing the body’s hormones into imbalance.
  • Hypogonadism – A condition that interrupts regular testosterone production.
  • Liver failure/cirrhosis
  • Tumors – Particularly those involving the testes, as they may impact the production of hormones.
  • Kidney failure – Hormonal imbalances are a common aspect of regular hemodialysis.
  • Aging – Hormonal changes are common results of aging, especially in overweight males.

Another cause of gynecomastia is the use of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The effects of this prescription medication have affected many men over the years, causing the physical condition that often leads to physical discomfort and embarrassment. If you have suffered as a result of the drug Risperdal, speak with our lawyers at Williams Kherkher today by calling our office at (888) 220-0640.


Janssen to pay $15.5 million in Kentucky Risperdal case

Kentucky New Era and SurfKY News reported that Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, agreed to a $15.5 million settlement on December 22. The case was a consumer protection lawsuit in Kentucky that accused Johnson & Johnson of falsely marketing the second-generation antipsychotic prescription drug Risperdal.

The Kentucky Consumer Protection lawsuit stated that the manufacturer of the antipsychotic drug did not inform consumers of its dangers and that the drug was marketed for purposes other than those ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Attorney General Conway said, “Janssen and Johnson & Johnson put patients at risk when they marketed Risperdal without disclosing the drug’s known side effects.”

According to reports, Janssen is not allowed to promote Risperdal for purposes not approved by the FDA or for populations in which it is not approved. Kentucky required Janssen to openly discuss the risks of the drug in advertisements.

Risperdal spawned male breast growth lawsuits all over the country, and there are still many cases on trial. If you have suffered any adverse side effects while taking Risperdal, contact our lawyers at Williams Kherkher by calling (888) 220-0640 today to learn how we can help you.


Johnson & Johnson to pay plaintiff in new Risperdal case

Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, was ordered to pay a plaintiff $500,000 by a Philadelphia jury on December 11, according to news sources. Plaintiff Timothy Stange, who started taking the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal when he was 11, was awarded in the verdict after he said that the pharmaceutical company did not warn him of the side effects associated with the drug.

Stange was prescribed Risperdal to control his Tourette syndrome, but he developed gynecomastia during the three years he spent on the medication. Gynecomastia is a condition in which male breasts become enlarged; it has been cited as a side effect in many Risperdal lawsuits throughout the country.

This is the first Risperdal case to result in a settlement of less than $1 million, and Stange’s lawyer stated that the effect of the gynecomastia was “modest,” as it mostly affected his social life by causing the young boy humiliation.

If you have developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal, please contact our qualified pharmaceutical defect attorneys at Williams Kherkher by calling us today at (888) 220-0640.


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