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Were you prescribed Risperdal or Risperidone for mental health or autism issues? If so, developing severe and unexpected side effects might prompt you to file a lawsuit.
As a patient, you expect that any medications you take have been properly tested and that you have been informed appropriately of all potential side effects, this helps doctors and patients make informed decisions about the most appropriate medications to use.
However, when unexpected side effects occur as a result of a medication, this may form the basis of a defective drug lawsuit. Unfortunately, many people have recently come forward with allegations of adverse events and dangerous side effects occurring as the result of taking Risperdal. Risperdal injuries can be serious and traumatic.
Gynecomastia and Risperdal Injuries: What You Must Know
According to patients filing Risperdal lawsuits, one of the primary problems with Risperdal is that it causes men and teenage boys to develop breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia. While it is not uncommon for teen boys to develop a small amount of breast tissue over the course of puberty, the issues associated with patients coming forward in these cases indicate severe side effects and noticeable breasts that can make it difficult or humiliating for male patients to endure.
Risperdal went on the market in 1994, from Johnson & Johnson, but consumers now allege undisclosed side effects associated with the primary use of Risperdal, which is to treat mental health concerns.
Although the drug has been found to be relatively effective in treating those mental health issues, patients and doctors who gave individuals the prescription claim they were never informed about the risks of developing breasts. Many men realized the negative impacts too late and now want to hold the manufacturer responsible for their Risperdal injuries.
Risperidone and Serious Side Effects: What Patients Should Know
The drug Risperidone was the first medicine approved for children with autism, and is most widely used with children who have received this diagnosis. While it can improve the behavior of some of these children it can also lead to severe side effects, such as aggressive and explosive behavior, like self-injury or tantrums.
Although the medication has been linked to reducing repetitive behaviors and hyperactivity, the Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved this medication for those purposes. One of the biggest challenges with Risperidone, is that not all people respond effectively to it, and symptoms often come back when the drug has been discontinued. Furthermore, it does not improve many of the core behavioral challenges associated with autism.
If you or someone you know has suffered Risperdal injuries, consult with an experienced defective drug attorney as soon as possible to protect yourself. The lawyers at McDonald Worley are committed to working on your behalf. Fill out the form on this page to receive a FREE consultation.