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Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug that has been known to cause gynecomastia and galactorrhea in patients. If you, or a loved one, have suffered while taking this drug, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the immediately by filling out the contact form on this page, or by calling . Personal injury lawyers are ready to do a free consultation to determine if you have a case.

The drug risperidone is an atypical antipsychotic drug that is marketed under the brand name Risperdal. It is used to help control both the dopamine, and the serotonin production and reception in the brain. The result is that those who suffer from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia will be able to think clearly and provides more “normal” thought patterns. While the drug is effective at providing those suffering from mental illness some relief, it is not without its downfalls. One of the major side effects from taking this drug is gynecomastia, the growth of breasts in young men. Along with several other potential downfalls, feels this drug is not safe for use. For those who have used the drug, there is comfort that you could be compensated.

Psychosis

The brain produces certain chemicals, such as dopamine and serotonin, to help transfer information throughout the body. These chemicals, and their receptors, allow a person to see and think clearly, maintain motor control of their extremities, and function in everyday life. When one, or more, of these chemicals is out of balance, then a person is diagnosed with a mental illness. Using an antipsychotic drug is how most people manage their psychosis. These mental illnesses are often given a negative stigma, however, they are very real illnesses. Risperdal is used by many people to treat the symptoms of the following disorders:

  • Schizophrenia, both in adults and juveniles
  • Bipolar Disorder (once called Manic Depression)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Irritability in autistic children

It should be noted, however, that even though some of these illnesses are treated with Risperdal, the FDA has not approved the drug for all of these uses.

Popularity of Risperdal

In 1993 Janssen Pharmaceuticals (parent company: Johnson & Johnson) earned FDA approval for their new drug Risperdal. Initially the drug was used to treat just schizophrenia, and only in adults. In just the first three years on the market the drug was hugely popular, with over 1 million prescriptions being filled. In 2003, the drug found approval for the treatment of bipolar disorder. By 2007, the FDA had approved the use of the drug in juveniles, ages 10 to 17. During the drug’s 20+ year course,it has been prescribed to over 10 million individuals.

Before the patent expired in 2010, making generics available, Risperdal was a huge money maker for Johnson & Johnson. In fact, during the year 2007 alone the drug brought in $4.5 billion. While sales have dropped dramatically with cheaper alternatives, Risperdal still managed to produce $358 million in revenue in 2012.

Side Effects

Just because the drug is popular does not mean it comes without side effects. Any time a new chemical is introduced to the body, the body will have a period of adjustment. During this time the patient may feel dizziness upon standing, being less alert, or having an overall detached feeling. As the body becomes accustomed to the new drug, these feelings should lessen. However, prolonged use of the drug can lead to some more serious, and much less desirable, side effects. These include:

  • Gynecomastia (young males growing breasts)
  • Galactorrhea (lactation)
  • Weight Gain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle pain
  • Sleeplessness
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes
  • Many more

Treatment of mental illness is just as important as treatment of any other physical ailment. However, if getting one’s mind under control means growing breasts, gaining weight, developing diabetes, or many other serious side effects, one must consider the costs versus the benefits of using the drug.

Contact Phillips Dayes

If you, or a loved one, have taken the dangerous drug Risperdal and suffered from gynecomastia (or other serious side effects), you may be entitled to compensation. Get in touch with a personal injury lawyer from the by filling out the contact form on this page, or by calling 1-800-917-4000.

A highly trained lawyer is ready to do a free initial consultation regardless of which state you live in.

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