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Risperdal Side Effects

Risperdal is an antipsychotic medication that has been prescribed to millions of people to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism and ADHD. Unfortunately, experts have identified serious Risperdal side effects that may affect children and require painful surgery.

Drug maker Janssen/J&J has advised patients of minor Risperdal side effects such as:

  • Fever or flu symptoms
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Restless muscle movements
  • Headaches, nosebleeds or dizziness
  • Lesions or sores in or around the mouth

However, recent studies have linked Risperdal to more severe side effects like abnormal breast growth and milk production in children and adult males, as well as childhood diabetes.

So far, the FDA has received thousands of reports of Risperdal side effects, but has not issued a recall. Recently, hundreds of victims have filed lawsuits against Janssen/J&J over abnormal breast growth and the company has now begun paying settlements.

If you or someone in your family developed abnormal breast growth, milk production or diabetes after using Risperdal, you may qualify for a lawsuit or settlement. Contact us today to speak directly with a lawyer about your legal options.

Risperdal has been linked to hyperprolactinemia, or an increase in the body’s production of the hormone prolactin. This hormone usually appears in high levels in new mothers who are breastfeeding, and promotes breast growth and milk production.

Prolactin spikes from Risperdal side effects have been known to cause gynecomastia, or abnormal breast growth, in adult males and children as young as 5 years old. It can also delay normal male sexual development in puberty and male reproductive function in adults.

Gynecomastia can not only cause abnormal breast growth as large as 38D cup sizes in adolescents, but the effects are non-reversible and often require surgery to correct.

This year, researchers from Vanderbilt University also discovered that antipsychotics like Risperdal may triple the risk of children developing type 2 diabetes. This added side effect can cause vision, hearing, skin and hypertension problems.

Records show J&J knew of these severe side effects but didn’t properly warn patients, as they were hidden deep in the precaution notes of the product, rather than in the general warning label.

So far, more than 400 patients injured by Risperdal have filed lawsuits. With the start of trials nearing, J&J chose to settle rather than face publicity about the risks of their drug.

Now, lawyers are continuing to help those affected file claims. If you or a loved one developed abnormal breasts or diabetes, it is important to learn your legal options as soon as possible.

Due to the complex nature of defective drug cases, however, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers that specialize in defective drug litigation and have already handled Risperdal lawsuits.

Contact us today for more information on the warnings, research, side effects and legal action related to Risperdal, or to speak directly with a lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day to help.