Risperidone is an anti-psychotic medication marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. Sold under the trade name Risperdal, this medication is used to treat a number of disorders, including schizophrenia, autism and bipolar disorder. Risperidone has recently received a great deal of negative publicity, as users are claiming it causes unwanted side effects that were not completely disclosed to them. Here are some things Wilson Kehoe Winingham, as Indianapolis drug injury lawyers, would like you to know:
Possible Risperdal Side Effects
Among some of the more serious side effects noticed by users are sleep disturbances, blurred vision and gynecomastia, which involves the development of breast tissue in males. This drug has also been linked to galactorrhea, or a spontaneous flow of milk from the breasts, in both males and females. Patients who have taken Risperdal have also reported pancreatitis, diabetic ketoacidosis, seizures and strokes.
Risperdal can cause serious side effects in men and women.
Risperidone is known to cause a number of less serious side effects, which can include:
- Weight gain
- Oral rash
- Excessive salivation
- Increased appetite
Risperdal can also interact with a number of medications, particularly barbiturates and antidepressant drugs that contain Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).
Ongoing Legal Battles with Risperdal
Risperdal has recently been the target of a number of lawsuits, with patients claiming Johnson and Johnson downplayed the risks, promoted off-label usage, encouraged the overmedication of children, and provided misleading advertising. In all, more than 420 lawsuits have been filed to date against Johnson and Johnson. A few of the judgments being rendered thus far include a $181 million settlement spread among 36 states for promoting off-label uses, and a $1.2 billion judgment from an Arkansas judge for committing Medicaid fraud and downplaying the risks associated with this medication.
If you or a loved one has suffered severe side effects after taking Risperdal, you could be entitled to recover your damages. For a free consultation of your case, contact Wilson Kehoe Winingham.