Risperdal Dangerous Side Effects

Risperdal, or Risperidone as it is also known, is an atypical antipsychotic medication used to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and in some cases autism. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, developed and distributes the drug, which has generated billions for the company.

General Side Effects of Risperdal

For the general population, there are a number of serious side effects that, while uncommon, may affect a sizeable minority of Risperdal users. Among these adverse effects are:

  • Drowsiness, vertigo, lightheadedness, and impaired vision (these side effects in particular can make driving and operating heavy machinery more dangerous)
  • DroolingsAnxiety
  • augmented weight gain

In addition to being dangerous, some of the aforementioned side effects may also be embarrassing. Risperdal is associated with humiliating and perilous side effects.

Additionally, the drug can induce a variety of involuntary movements. Dystonia is characterised by involuntary, repetitive muscle contractions, whereas Tardive Dyskinesia frequently manifests as facial twitches.

Side Effects of Risperdal in Children 

Originally intended for adult use, Risperdal has since been approved for use in children. The development of breasts is one of the most humiliating side effects experienced by boys who have taken Risperdal.

This is due to the drug’s introduction of the hormone prolactin into the system. This hormone causes breast development in boys as young as four years old. Those affected by gynecomastia will have permanent breasts if they do not undergo surgery.

Risperdal side effects in females are similarly disturbing. Girls who take the drug experience early breast development and even lactation as a result of the prolactin introduced into their bodies. In addition to being embarrassing, early lactation in girls can be dangerous and disrupt their natural menstrual cycles.

Side Effects of Risperdal in the Elderly

Risperdal can be fatal for elderly patients, especially those with dementia, who take the medication. According to studies, elderly patients who take Risperdal have an increased risk of dying from a variety of common illnesses and conditions, including:

  • Arrest of the heart Stroke Pneumonia

Even younger individuals who take Risperdal and other atypical antipsychotic drugs are more likely to die from heart problems than those who do not take these medications.

Other Drugs that Increase the Likelihood of Serious Side Effects

In addition to Risperdal’s own list of harmful side effects, there is an even longer list of drugs that can increase the likelihood that these side effects will occur if both drugs are taken together. Although it would be impractical to provide an exhaustive list here, reputable websites such as the Mayo Clinic and others maintain an up-to-date list of drugs that interact with Risperdal.

What to do if You Have Been Negatively Impacted By Risperdal Side Effects

If you have experienced any side effects of Risperdal, it may be time to consider legal action. Janssen and its parent company Johnson & Johnson are aware that they are marketing a dangerous drug to patients who are merely attempting to recover.

Instead, the drug that is intended to help these individuals is harming them. With the assistance of a qualified attorney, you may be able to seek compensation to aid in your recovery from Risperdal’s side effects.

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