The Risks of Risperdal Use for Males – and How to Fight Back

Have you or someone in your family been prescribed Risperdal to combat symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or autism? Have complications from use of that drug – including diabetes, weight gain, sexual dysfunction or gynecomastia (breast enlargement in males) – caused undue pain and suffering?

Then you may be entitled to a settlement from the manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson.

Evidence that Risperdal is a dangerous drug abounds. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, has linked it to increased levels of prolactin. This is a hormone that stimulates milk production and breast enlargement.

What concerns researchers about this particular finding is that the long-term effects of this hormonal imbalance – especially in children and adolescents and especially with regard to such issues as infertility, low mineral density in bones and pubertal delay – is not well-documented. These unknowns have caused them to conclude that Risperdal should be prescribed “with caution” to the young.

Another recent study from the University of British Columbia has shown that an undeniable link between Risperdal use and breast enlargement in adult men. Researchers found that those taking Risperdal had a 7 in 10 chance of developing this condition than those who did not. They based their conclusion on a study of data retrieved from a US health claims database that contained information on about 1 million adult males.

The Food and Drug Administration has also issued numerous warnings regarding Risperdal. And to date, over 400 lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer, which has spent billions of dollars already to quell allegations that it illegally marketed Risperdal, along with several other dangerous drugs.

Some of the other side effects of Risperdal include:

  • Production of milk from breasts (galactorrhea)
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Heart problems/attacks and irregular heart rhythm
  • Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)
  • Involuntary movement disorder (tardive dyskinesia)
  • Increased risk of death among elderly people with dementia
  • Pancreatitis

Stapleton & Barrera is committed to fighting for its clients’ rights. Our experienced legal team will review your claim at no cost. If we believe your case qualifies, we will work with you to ensure that you receive the settlement you deserve. Don’t let Risperdal destroy your life or the lives of your loved ones any further: contact us today!

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