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Risperdal, also known as Risperidone, is an atypical antipsychotic used to treat certain mental/mood disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the irritability associated with autistic disorder. It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain. However, it has been shown to be a dangerous drug, especially to teens and seniors with dementia.

What Are The Side Effects of Risperdal?

As with any medication, side effects can happen. Normal after effects of taking Risperdal include drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, drooling, nausea, weight gain, or tiredness. However, there are also dangerous side effects that have been linked to the drug that can cause serious injury or even death. A few of the more serious effects of taking the drug include:

Death in people with dementia

  • Death in people with dementia
  • Fast/irregular heartbeat
  • Gynecomastia, an enlargement of breast tissue in males
  • Heart failure
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), a life-threatening neurological disorder
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke
  • Tardive dyskinesia, an often incurable disorder resulting in involuntary, repetitive body movements marked by muscle rigidity, fever, and autonomic instability
  • QT prolongation, a condition that affects the heart rhythm

Are There Risperdal Lawsuits?

The first of many Risperdal lawsuits happened back in 2012 when an Arkansas judge fined Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. $1.2 billion, citing that the companies had downplayed multiple risks associated with the drug. The courts also found numerous violations of the state’s Medicaid fraud law and more than 4,500 violations of the state’s deceptive practices laws. This was the third largest pharmaceutical settlement in United States history, and the first involving the marketing of antipsychotic and anti-seizure drugs to older dementia patients, despite the increased risk to their health.

Later that year, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $181 million to 36 different U.S. states for the purpose of settling claims that it had promoted Risperdal for off-label uses including for dementia, anger management and anxiety.

Also in 2012, Johnson & Johnson settled a lawsuit concerning male patients who took the drug and began developing breast tissue. Adolescent males are most susceptible to this side effect, and even some teen girls have been shown to lactate after taking Risperdal.

Risperdal Lawsuits

Even though some Risperdal lawsuits have been filed and settled, it does not mean that patients who experience adverse effects of the drug in the past, present, or future do not have recourse. However, there is usually a statute of limitations with any legal claim, so patients have limited a time to act.

If you or someone you know has experienced unwanted side effects as a result of taking Risperdal, contact a Ripserdal attorney at The Potts Law Firm to discuss your case at no charge.