Understanding the treatment options for pituitary tumors

Pituitary tumors, sometimes called pituitary adenomas, are benign growths that form in the pituitary gland. Because the pituitary gland controls other hormone-producing glands in the body, abnormal growths in the organ may negatively affect several body functions and metabolism. Sadly, some studies have shown an increasing number of pituitary tumor cases are associated with Risperdal, an atypical antipsychotic drug designed for individuals with behavioral disorders.

Because pituitary tumors oftentimes put pressure in the brain, treatment is usually necessary. Among the treatment options available for pituitary tumors are:

  • Surgery – Tumors can be extracted through a cross-sectional incision on the upper area of the skull, or through the sinuses and the nose
  • Radiation – Involves the use of powerful radiation beam to directly or incrementally destroy pituitary tumors

If taking Risperdal has caused you to develop any physically and financially damaging disease, such as a pituitary tumor, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you seek the compensation you believe you deserve. Call us at (888) 220-0640 today.


How doctors detect pituitary tumors

Found below the base of the brain, the pituitary gland is considered the “master gland,” as it can control the hormonal production of other glands throughout the body. As such, any disorder involving the pituitary gland may result in metabolic and developmental defects, and may decrease a person’s overall quality of life.

Among the most common pituitary gland disorder is pituitary tumors, or benign growths that develop in the organ. Individuals experiencing signs and symptoms of pituitary tumors should get tested for diagnosis:

  • Brain imaging – Computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to obtain an image of the brain
  • Urine and blood tests – These tests are conducted to check for abnormal hormone levels, which may indicate the presence of a pituitary tumor
  • Vision testing – Pituitary tumors may press against the nerves that affect eyesight

Unfortunately, a diagnosis of a pituitary tumor can sometimes result from using Risperdal, an anti-psychotic medication that has also been associated with other serious side-effects, such as heart attacks and pancreatitis. If you believe your health condition has stemmed from using this dangerous drug, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher might be able to determine the possibility of financial restitution. Call us at (888) 220-0640 for help.


The dangers of pancreatitis

Pancreatitis, or the inflammation of the pancreas, happens when the digestive enzymes inside your pancreas become activated before being released into the small intestine to aid in digestion. The activated enzymes will then irritate the cells and the tissues of the pancreas, causing the organ to be inflamed.

If pancreatitis is left untreated, serious medical complications may occur. These may include:

  • Infection – The inflamed organ makes it vulnerable to infectious agents
  • Pancreatic cancer – Persistent pancreatitis is considered one of pancreatic cancer’s risk factors
  • Diabetes – Disorders of the pancreas may result in a compromised production of insulin, a hormone important in regulating the levels of sugar in the blood
  • Malnutrition – Pancreatitis may lead to lower production of pancreatic juice necessary in digesting fats, proteins and carbohydrates

Unfortunately, the risk of pancreatitis is higher among individuals who are taking the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal. If taking this drug has compromised your health in any way, learn about your options to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer involved. Consult with an attorney at Williams Kherkher by calling (888) 220-0640 today.


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 (888) 220-0640 today to learn more.


Risperdal-induced priapism may lead to sexual dysfunction

In 2009, The Primary Care Companion to The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry presented a case study involving a 31-year old African-American man who suffered 10 days of priapism, or prolonged and painful penile erection without sexual stimulation, after taking the atypical antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

According to the case report, 15% to 26% of cases of priapism have been associated with the use of antipsychotic drugs, including Risperdal. Antipsychotics are well-recognized to have direct effects on the mechanism that preserves the flaccidity of the penis. If left untreated, Risperdal-induced priapism may lead to other male sexual dysfunctions, such as penile disfigurement and failure to get and maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction).

Unfortunately, Risperdal has also been associated with many different, some even life-threatening medical complications, such as neuroleptic malignant syndrome and heart attacks. If taking Risperdal has compromised you or your loved one’s health, consider filing a legal claim by speaking with our team at Williams Kherkher. You may reach us at (888) 220-0640.


How Risperdal can cause cardiac arrest

On October 29, 2009, The U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health stated that patients using atypical antipsychotic drugs, such as Risperdal, have a dose-related increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

Atypical antipsychotics are a second-generation class of drugs designed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This type of drug was promoted as a safer substitute for the first-generation antipsychotics, which were known to cause a myriad of motor control disabilities. However, both types of antipsychotics are associated with heart disorders, including cardiac arrest. This is because antipsychotics were found to affect the electrical activities of the heart, which may result in heart rhythm abnormalities (arrhythmias) that may ultimately lead to SCA.

If you or your loved one has been harmed after using this drug, a qualified and assertive product liability attorney at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you file a private action against the drug company involved. To see if your situation qualifies for such action, call our office at (888) 220-0640 today.


Neuroleptic malignant syndrome and Risperdal

Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug prescribed to treat schizophrenia, autism, and manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. Antipsychotic drugs are sometimes called neuroleptic agents, which act as a major tranquilizer by suppressing nerve activities.

However, the use of neuroleptics such as Risperdal increases the risk of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), a possibly fatal condition characterized with unstable blood pressure, high body temperature, sweating, muscle rigidity and dysfunction of the autonomic (involuntary) muscles. Because of its life-threatening medical complications, NMS is considered a medical emergency and usually requires intensive medical care.

A toxic amount of neuroleptic agents found in medications such as Risperdal can cause more harm than good. If taking this drug has caused your loved one to suffer from great health risks, including NMS, a product liability attorney at Williams Kherkher will be more than willing to assess your case. Call us at (888) 220-0640 to learn more about your situation and the possibility of seeking financial compensation from the drug company involved.


Risperdal and the risk of pancreatitis

Although Risperdal has been approved to treat symptoms of autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, several clinical studies have suggested the drug may cause severe side-effects. In fact, a 2003 article published in Pharmacotherapy noted an increased incidence of pancreatitis among various atypical antipsychotics, including Risperdal.

Pancreatitis, or the inflammation of the pancreas, occurs when digestive enzymes are activated in the pancreas instead of the small intestine. Characteristic symptoms are abdominal pain that may radiate to the back, nausea and vomiting. Due to its many life-threatening complications, such as kidney failure, severe lung dysfunction, dehydration, and shock, pancreatitis is regarded a medical emergency that requires immediate hospitalization and monitored care.

Our dedicated team of pharmaceutical defect attorneys at Williams Kherkher have been helping Risperdal victims file claims against the drug manufacturer if they suffer from complications caused by this potentially harmful medication. To see if we can put our experience to work for you, call our offices at (888) 220-0640 today.


Understanding neuroleptic malignant syndrome brought on by Risperdal

Antipsychotic medications like Risperdal can cause neuroleptic malignant syndrome, a rare but potentially life-threatening  reaction. This reaction most often occurs following either the start or increase of antipsychotic medication and usually within the first 10 days of treatment.

Signs of neuroleptic malignant syndrome include the following:

  • Always apparent muscular rigidity
  • Altered mental state (confusion, agitation)
  • Hyperthermia
  • Fluctuating blood pressure
  • Excessive sweating/salivation

It is imperative to keep complications like neuroleptic malignant syndrome in mind when starting on antipsychotic medications like Risperdal. Awareness of this rare but life-threatening condition is key to early diagnosis and improved prognosis.

If Risperdal has caused severe adverse health effects on you or your loved one, our attorneys Williams Kherkher/a> have the experience necessary to get you your well-deserved compensation as well as justice. Call our offices today at (888) 220-0640 if you would like to speak with a Risperdal side effects lawyer today.


Complications of Pituitary Tumors

The pituitary gland is a very small gland, about the size of a pea, located at the center of the skull. It is responsible for releasing hormones that affect growth, human reproduction, sexual development, and metabolism.

However, there are instances when tumors may develop in the pituitary gland. Although usually non-cancerous, these tumors negatively affect the pituitary gland’s function, causing the gland to produce too much or too few hormones. Some of the complications commonly associated with pituitary tumors are:

  • Loss of body hair
  • Sexual disorders/dysfunction
  • Unintended weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Frequent urination

Unfortunately, pituitary tumors are listed as one of the many side-effects observed during the postmarketing evaluation of Risperdal, a drug designed to deal with the symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar mania. If you are one of those adversely affected by this drug, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you file a product liability claim. Call us at (888) 220-0640 for more information.


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