Risperdal (risperidone) is an antipsychotic medication that is used to treat manic depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and even behavioral problems in autistic children ages five through 16. However, the side effects of Risperdal have led to thousands of lawsuits across the U.S. If you have taken Risperdal and experienced adverse health effects as a direct result, you need to contact a pharmaceutical litigation attorney immediately to discuss your right to file a defective drug lawsuit.
What Are the Dangers of Taking Risperdal?
The side effects and risks of taking Risperdal are severe for patients both young and old. Some of the most shocking of these side effects include:
- Increased risk of death in elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis;
- Birth defects and fetal harm; and
- Gynecomastia (male breast tissue enlargement).
Additionally, Risperdal can also cause decreased libido, gastrointestinal complications, weight gain, problems sleeping, muscle and joint pain, difficulty urinating, painful erections, confusion, and more.
Risperdal’s Maker Tried to Conceal Risks
Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. manufacture Risperdal. Lawsuits pending against these companies allege that the companies:
- Illegally marketed Risperdal to children prior to FDA approval;
- Did not fully make known the full extent of the dangers of taking Risperdal; and
- Misrepresented the risks, as well as the benefits, of children taking the drug.
Should You File a Lawsuit?
Many young boys have been humiliated, embarrassed, and have had to undergo medical surgeries (mastectomies for breast removal) as a result of taking Risperdal. These boys, and other victims of Risperdal, have suffered:
- Mental anguish;
- Pain and suffering;
- Medical expenses; and
Filing a lawsuit can not only help you or your loved one recover damages for the harm listed above, but can also help to bring awareness to the dangers of taking Risperdal, and hold pharmaceutical manufacturers liable for their negligent action.
Take Action Today!
The sooner that you pick up the phone and call the experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, the sooner that we can get to work on your claim. For a case consultation, call us today or schedule an appointment online.