Drug company Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay a settlement of more than $2.2 billion in response to accusations of improper and illegal marketing of Risperdal, the company’s bestselling antipsychotic drug. According to The New York Times, the agreement, which includes both criminal and … Full Story
Risperdal® - Side Effects, Injuries & Lawsuit Information
Risperdal® (Risperidone) was approved by the FDA to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, though doctors have been prescribing Risperdal® to control behavioral disorders in elderly patients afflicted with dementia and Alzheimers disease, including delusions, aggression, and anxiety.
Risperdal® works by interfering with the communication among nerves in the brain. By releasing chemicals known as neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters attach to receptors of neighboring nerves, causing changes in the cells that have receptors. The use of Risperdal® allows several receptors on nerves to be blocked so that communication among nerves does not occur.
Extreme caution should be taken when prescribing Risperdal® due to the many unpleasant, as well as reported serious side effects that can occur with its use. There are certain individuals that will have traits and factors that increase the likelihood of suffering serious side effects. A physician should thoroughly evaluate each patient to determine if the benefits of Risperdal® use will outweigh the risks.
Patients with increased risk of serious side effects include anyone that has kidney, liver, or heart disease. Anyone that has been affected by seizures, thyroid disorders, and breast cancer, in addition to metabolism diseases may want to look into Risperdal® alternatives.
Understanding the full risks as well as the benefits of Risperdal® or any other medication is necessary in preventing unnecessary health complications. Since Risperdal® has been known to disguise signs and symptoms of overdose, intestinal obstruction, Reyes syndrome, and brain tumor, there are special precautions all Risperdal® patients should take.
Clinical trials testing Risperdal® in Alzheimer patients heightened concerns that the occurrence of serious Risperdal® side effects is higher than previously thought. Among 764 Risperdal® patients, 29 cases of stroke and stroke-related events were seen, in addition to four deaths.
A Public Citizen consumer watchdog group pharmacist and research analyst thinks that the recent Risperdal® studies should push U.S. regulators to examine more deeply if younger aged schizophrenia patients are also more prone to experiencing stroke and other side effects.
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If you or a loved one suffered serious side effects associated with Risperdal®, including heart disease, stroke and Gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue), you may be entitled to compensation through filing a Risperdal® lawsuit. Contact us to speak with a lawyer. Don't delay, your right to compensation may expire if you don't act soon.
Johnson & Johnson (J&J), under investigation for its marketing practices of the anti-psychotic medication Risperdal®, said it will pay up to $2 billion to settle the inquiry. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) carried the news story Thursday. The article said a $400 million criminal fine … Full Story