Risperdal® Side Effects
Risperdal® side effects are serious and potentially deadly. The concern with the growing power large pharmaceutical companies have has been a concern because of the influence exercised over safety regulations in pursuit of financial gain instead of patient safety.
The use of Risperdal® is connected to the possible cause of Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, characterized by muscle stiffness, fast or irregular heartbeat, increased sweating, high fever, blood pressure problems, and death if left untreated.
Most commonly, Risperdal® side effects can include:
- Abdominal pain
- Abnormal walk
- Chest pain
- Decreased activity
- Decreased sexual desires
- Dry skin
- Difficulty urinating
- Heavy menstruation
- Weight gain
- Lethargic feelings
- Dry mouth
- Joint pain
- Lack of coordination
- Difficulty ejaculating
- Involuntary movements
- Nasal inflammation
- Respiratory infection
- Sore throat
Clinical trials testing Risperdal® in Alzheimer patients heightened concerns that the occurrence of serious side effects is higher than previously thought. Among the 764 Risperdal® study 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 deeper examine if younger aged schizophrenia patients are also more prone to experiencing Risperdal® stroke and other side effects.
The use of Risperdal® is dangerous not only because of the serious and deadly side effects linked to the antipsychotic medication, but because Risperdal® may disguise signs and symptoms of other conditions.
Risperdal® use can cover the presence of an overdose, intestinal obstruction, brain tumor, and Reyes syndrome. Safety implications have not yet been established for Risperdal® use in pregnant women and with children.
Risperdal® is considered a new antipsychotic drug that has been approved for adult use but the safety of Risperdal® in children has not yet been established. The well-known side effect of antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal® can include tardive dyskenisia.
Despite the lack of known safety indication in children, a growing number of psychiatrists are prescribing the drug to treat conduct disorders. There has been a growing debate in whether or not health professionals are over prescribing psychotropic medications over counseling.
In January 2003, the medical journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine reported that the number of children taking psychiatric drugs nationwide has at least doubled in the past decade. The drug Risperdal® is a favored prescription medication of child psychiatrists and the report re-ignited the debate of the use of potentially very dangerous medications in children.
Speak With A Risperdal® Lawyer
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.