Am I suffering from galactorrhea?

Galactorrhea refers to the spontaneous production of milk in one or both breasts unassociated with breast feeding. Although galactorrhea largely affects women, some cases have been recorded to affect males and children. Galactorrhea is a result of an increased level of prolactin, a hormone responsible for initiating and maintaining milk production in nursing mothers.

Apart from milky discharge in the nipples, galactorrhea may also be accompanied by headaches or problems with vision. Such symptoms may indicate the development of benign growths in the pituitary gland, causing it to produce too much prolactin (prolactinoma). As the benign tumors grow, the pressure inside the skull increases, causing headaches and vision problems.

Risperdal is an atypical anti-psychotic drug well-associated with different adverse effects, including benign growths in the pituitary gland and galactorrhea. To learn more about taking legal action after being hurt by this drug, speak with an attorney at Williams Kherkher by calling (888) 220-0640 today.

Study found one less sugary beverage a day reduces diabetes risk

A U.K. study of more than 25,000 respondents found that cutting just one sugary beverage a day might reduce your risk of diabetes by up to a quarter percent, Medical News Today stated on May 2.

According to the study, replacing one serving of soft drink with water, tea, or coffee may cut down the risk of diabetes by 14%. On the other hand, replacing one serving of sweetened milk beverage may reduce diabetes risk by up to 25%. The study further revealed that your risk of diabetes may increase up to 18% for every 5% increase in daily energy intake of sugary beverages.

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that may significantly reduce one’s quality of life. Unfortunately, sugary beverages are not the only cause of diabetes. The atypical antipsychotic drug Risperdal, for instance, has also been associated with the development of this disease. To learn more about how to take legal action after being hurt by this drug, speak with an attorney at Williams Kherkher by calling (888) 220-0640 today.

How Risperdal causes male breast enlargement

Risperdal is an atypical anti-psychotic drug known to treat different psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and symptoms of autism. However, study after study reveals the many different side-effects associated with this drug, including gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement.

Although studies are still underway to further understand Risperdal as causative to gynecomastia, two possible reasons have been identified to explain the link between them:

  1. Risperidone (Risperdal) works by blocking dopamine, a neurotransmitter that counteracts the effects of milk-producing hormone prolactin. A higher level of prolactin among males may cause gynecomastia, or even male galactorrhea (spontaneous flow of milk).
  2. Risperdal may cause tumors to develop in the pituitary gland, also known as pituitary adenomas. Some cases of male breast growth have been associated with prolactinoma, a tumor in the pituitary gland that causes the hormone to produces more prolactin.

If you believe you or your loved one has suffered from gynecomastia after taking Risperdal, you might have a chance to hold the manufacturer accountable for all your losses. Speak with an attorney at Williams Kherkher by calling (888) 220-0640 today.

The dangers of diabetes

Several studies have found a strong correlation between the atypical antipsychotic drug Risperdal and the development of diabetes. Different mechanisms, such as an increased risk of hyperglycemia and weight gain, have been determined by several studies to be the cause of diabetes among patients taking this drug.

Patients suffering from Risperdal-induced diabetes are at risk of several other health conditions, including:

  • Nerve damage – too much glucose in the blood may destroy the inside linings of the capillaries that nourish the nerves
  • Kidney damage – because diabetes affects blood vessel walls, the clusters of tiny blood vessels in the kidneys might be adversely affected
  • Cardiovascular disease – diabetes may increase your risk of several cardiovascular illnesses, including heart attack and narrowing of arteries
  • Eye damage – diabetes may compromise the health of the blood vessels that supply blood to the retina

To learn more about pursuing a legal claim after being unduly harmed by Risperdal, speak with an attorney at Williams Kherkher by calling (888) 220-0640 today.

Jury ruled J&J failed to warn about Risperdal’s gynecomastia risk

In a 10 out of 12 vote, a jury in Philadelphia asserted that Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to warn patients and prescribers about the possible risk of gynecomastia among young males taking the atypical antipsychotic drug Risperdal, Market Watch reported on Friday, March 20.

The jury decision came after a three week trial over a case filed by a 19-year-old plaintiff who claimed that taking the antipsychotic drug from age six to ten led him to develop breasts, a condition know as gynecomastia. The company, however, concealed the risk from prescribers. According to the report, the patient stopped using the drug in 2006, the year when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Risperdal approval for limited use in children and adolescents.

Since its FDA approval in 1993 and prior to 2006, Risperdal was only allowed for use in adults and was prescribed off-label to young patients.

If you believe Risperdal has caused your loved one to suffer from any adverse health condition, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher might be able to represent you in seeking justice and compensation. Call us at (888) 220-0640 to learn more about taking legal action today.

J&J to pay millions of dollars in fine due to deceptive marketing

South Carolina’s high court ordered Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay a fine of $136 million for deceptively marketing its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal and concealing its hazards, Reuters reported on Thursday, February 26.

Justice John Kittredge’s ruling stated that J&J’s desire for greater market share and revenue compelled the company to grievously violate South Carolina law. However, the Supreme Court’s decision has cut the fine from $327 million to more than half, citing a three-year statute of limitations.

In 2007, the state filed a complaint against the Risperdal maker after learning about the misleading information contained in its inserts since 1994, and its reportedly misleading letters to prescribing physicians in 2003.

Dangerous pharmaceuticals such as Risperdal are considered an enormous safety threat for an already vulnerable population. If you or someone you know has suffered unduly because of this drug, we at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you seek remunerations. Call us at (888) 220-0640 and tell us about your circumstances today.

The many possible causes of pancreatitis

Pancreatitis, or the inflammation of the pancreas, happens when the pancreatic juices are activated before being released by the organ to aid in digestion. Individuals with an inflamed pancreas are at risk of different health complications, such as poor digestion, abnormal sugar levels, infection, and kidney problems.

There are many different factors that can influence the development of pancreatitis, including:

  • Surgery
  • Cigarette smoking, excessive drinking
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Infection
  • Gallstones

In some cases, atypical antipsychotic drugs, such as Risperdal, can cause the thyroid gland to become overactive. This may eventually increase the level of calcium in the bloodstream, which may in turn heighten the risk of pancreatitis. If you or someone close to you has suffered from the medical complications brought about by Rispedal, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher may help you file a case against the manufacturers involved. Call us at (888) 220-0640 to learn more today.

Treating Risperdal-induced gynecomastia

Gynecomastia, or the abnormal growth of breast tissue among adolescent males, has been linked to the use of atypical anti-psychotic drug Risperdal. Over many years, more and more have been filing legal claims against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, saying that the companies failed to warn physicians and consumers about the risk of gynecomastia.

Because Risperdal-induced gynecomastia could be a result of the drug’s adverse effect on the pituitary gland, doctors may suggest treating the abnormality in the pituitary gland through medications or surgery. Furthermore, doctors may also suggest one of these surgical options in removing excess breast tissue:

  • Mastectomy – The removal of the breast tissue and the breast gland itself
  • Liposuction – This involves the removal of the breast tissues, but not the breast gland

Having a Risperdal-induced gynecomastia is financially costly and medically risky, and could have been prevented if the drug manufacturers have not failed to warn physicians about its dangers. If your loved one has suffered due to Risperdal, our legal team at Williams Kherkher might be of help. Call us at (888) 220-0640 for advice on how to take legal action.

Atypical antipsychotic Risperdal kills libido, studies suggest

Atypical antipsychotic drug Risperdal is a second-generation anti-psychotic drug designed to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism. This type of drug is different from the first generation antipsychotics, as they not only block the brain chemical dopamine but also alter serotonin levels in the body.

However, Risperdal’s effect on dopamine and serotonin has been proven by several studies to have a negative effect on sexual functions. In a comparative study of different antipsychotic medications in 2009, 80% of those treated with risperidone (Risperdal) suffered from an impaired libido. Other sexual dysfunctions have also been recorded to have occurred among the risperidone group. Erectile dysfunction, for instance, affected 40% in the group, while 32% suffered orgasmic dysfunction.

Sexual dysfunction is not the only adverse effect associated with Risperdal. If you have harmed by this dangerous drug in any way, speak with an attorney at Williams Kherkher to understand the best legal action to take to seek justice and compensation. Call us at (888) 220-0640 today.

The life-threatening complications of neuroleptic malignant syndrome

Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a potentially fatal side-effect of certain atypical antipsychotic medications, such as Risperdal. Studies suggest that this reaction could be triggered by the impairment of dopamine receptors.  Because antipsychotic medications work by altering the levels of brain chemicals like dopamine, drugs such as Risperdal may increase the risk of NMS.

NMS is accompanied by symptoms affecting the autonomic nervous system, which means that severe and life-threatening complications might occur. These complications include heart attack, infection, seizure, renal failure, and dramatic changes in blood pressure. If any of these complications were left untreated, the patient may suffer from debilitating physical injuries and sometimes even death.

If your loved one has suffered from any of Risperdal’s side-effects, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher may assess your situation to determine whether you have a case for legal action against the drug maker involved. To learn more about gaining recourse during this difficult time, call our offices at (888) 220-0640 today.

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