Risperidone is used to treat certain mental/mood disorders (such as schizophrenia,bipolar disorder, irritability associated with autistic disorder). This medication can help you to think clearly and take part in everyday life. Risperidone belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics.
Risperidone has some notable side effects that could affect any user of the medication. These include, but are not limited to: weight gain, the development of metabolic problems like type 2 diabetes, and the development of conditions like tardive dyskinesia or neuroleptic malignant syndrome. While all of these side effects have the potential to affect users’ lives in significant ways, unfortunately, there are additional serious side effects that can affect elderly people and children who are prescribed this medication. In addition to marketing Risperdal to elderly patients before securing FDA approval, Johnson & Johnson also marketed Risperdal to children before they were allowed to do so by the FDA, and some users, specifically male children, suffered as a result of using this drug.
Because use of Risperdal increases the hormone prolactin in users, young boys who used this medication experienced male breast growth, or gynecomastia. While gynecomastia involves the benign grown of male breast tissue, the process of countering the effects of gynecomastia can be invasive. While some boys who suffer from male breast growth may have the effects reversed through liposuction, others will have to undergo a mastectomy in order to reverse the effects.
If you or a loved one has experienced a side effect as a result of the use of Risperdal you may be entitled to compensation. There are typically time limits that affected consumers have to file a claim, and there’s no cost to see if you’re one of the thousands of people eligible to participate.