Risperdal Side Effects Lawsuit Filed by California Man
A California resident has filed a Risperdal side effects lawsuit after taking the medication and developing serious injuries as a result.
Some of the most serious side effects stipulated in this legal claim, include “permanent bodily injury, severe and rapid weight gain, enlarged breasts, pain and suffering, disability, mental anguish and loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, and the expense of medical and nursing care.”
According to the Risperdal side effects lawsuit, the manufacturers of Risperdal fraudulently conveyed misleading and false information associated with the efficiency and safety of Risperdal and Invega to minimize the risks of adverse events, such as the side effects stipulated above.
Both Risperdal and Invega are anti-psychotic medications, which are referred to as second generation or a typical anti-psychotics and Risperdal was originally developed for the treatment of adult schizophrenia.
Neither Invega nor Risperdal cure schizophrenia or other mental health conditions. Both of these medications, however, increase the level of prolactin in the blood, causing a side effect known as hyper prolactinoma.
Prolactin stimulates milk secretion and breast growth, two symptoms that are common during pregnancy and lactation.
However, in male patients, as argued in the Risperdal side effects lawsuit, this can lead to the development of a male breast, an irreversible condition also referred to as gynecomastia.
Other serious and occasionally fatal injuries may occur, according to the plaintiff’s allegations in the Risperdal side effects lawsuit. For example, the problems can impact neurologic, metabolic, cerebrovascular and endocrine systems in the body as well as organs such as the pancreas, liver and brain.
Hypertension, diabetes mellitus, decreased bone mineral density, breast cancer, osteoporosis, pancreatitis, dystonia, parkinsonism, and involuntary movement disorders may also be developed.
What is Risperdal Used For?
Risperdal is a drug that has been increasingly prescribed to adults with mental issues such as autism and bipolar disorder. It was first approved by the FDA for the treatment of schizophrenia, but that use was later expanded to incorporate treatment of children with a broad range of issues.
Whether for its intended use or as a drug recommended “off-label” (those uses that were not supported by clinical trials or after FDA approval), serious side effects may apply for affected patients.
These patients learn after they start using the drug about dangers and painful or difficult side effects. Some of these patients have taken action to file a Risperdal side effects lawsuit in an effort to hold the manufacturer liable and prevent other people from dealing with these unexpected issues.
If you have been subjected to severe symptoms such as those named in this most recent Risperdal side effects lawsuit, you may be entitled to recover compensation with the help of the attorneys at McDonald Worley. Call today to learn more.