If you or someone close to you has experienced any of the dangerous side effects of Risperdal, then you maybe the right person to contact a Risperdal lawyer right away. Don’t worry. You are not alone in this.
The Medication Risperdal (risperidone) is a highly profitable yet highly controversial medication that is made and marketed by Johnson and Johnson through its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. It is an anti-psychotic drug that is used in the treatment of schizophrenia in adults and in adolescents, schizo affective disorders and acute mania. It is also being prescribed for other conditions like Dementia in elders, Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD in children and to fight depression.
Although Risperdal has been found effective in the treatment of these conditions, it has also been found to be linked with serious and life altering side effects.
Risperdal Problems and Side Effects
Risperdal is found to increase the secretion of a hormone called Prolactin significantly. Prolactin also called the lactogenic hormone is the hormone that triggers lactation in our bodies. Simply put, your body secretes more of this hormone to trigger breast growth and milk production. In females, this significant increase results in spontaneous milk production while in a male, it stimulates the growth of the breast which is called as Gynecomastia.
Although in males this growth is non-cancerous in nature, it can bring huge discomfort and mortification which, in the long run, could prove to be life altering.
Other harmful side effects include
- · Stroke
- · Pancreatitis or inflammation of Pancreas
- · Diabetes or Hyperglycemia
- · Suicidal thoughts and in some cases suicides
- · Bone loss or Demineralization
- · Cellulitis or bacterial infection of the deep layer of skin (dermis) and subcutaneous fat tissues under the skin
- · Neutropenia or the disorder when there is a deficiency of a type of white blood cells in the blood
- · Tumors in Pituitary which results in the disturbance in production of hormones in the pituitary gland
- · Galactorrhea which is a condition in which the person suffers from production of milk from breasts
- · Severe weight gain
- · Tardive dyskinesia or involuntary movement disorder
- · Sexual Dysfunction
- · Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome is a neurological disorder
Risperdal Class Action Lawsuits
While the Risperdal Lawyers have been busy preparing individual lawsuits, The state of Arkansas filed a lawsuit as a result of which Johnson and Johnson was made to pay $1.1 billion over claims of the company hiding risks with the usage of Risperdal from the public and consumers of the drug. Other states to file lawsuits accusing the company of hiding the serious side effects were South Carolina, Texas and Louisiana. All these cases resulted in fines against Johnson and Johnson.
Risperdal Lawsuits and Risperdal Lawyers
A lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 21 year old individual in September 2012 in Philadelphia, in which he claimed that he had developed the medical condition of Gynecomastia due to his prolonged treatment with Risperdal. The suit was settled on the first day the terms of which have been kept private.
How Risperdal Lawyers Can Help
If you or someone known to you has been affected by Risperdal, You are not alone. Don’t hesitate to fill our online form and contact us for a free evaluation of your case and to know further on how we can help you to get the compensation that you are entitled to. You would be in safe hands with our Risperdal Lawyers.