Risperdal is a powerful antipsychotic drug prescribed to treat several disorders in both adolescents and adults including autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. In addition, Risperdal is prescribed “off-label” for purposes not specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) such as depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or sleep disorders. While properly treating serious mental conditions is extremely important, Risperdal and related pharmaceuticals have been linked to serious complications that can be emotionally damaging and may require extensive medical treatment. In fact, the FDA requires that the label on Risperdal include several different warnings of potentially adverse side effects and include a “black box warning.”
Many sufferers of the serious side effects of Risperdal have filed legal claims against manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. These lawsuits claim that the corporation falsely marketed the drug as safe and effective despite knowing of the various risks and side effects. If you have taken Risperdal and have experienced serious medical effects, please discuss a possible case with an experienced Denver Risperdal lawyer as soon as possible.
Most cases involving Risperdal are centered around a condition that develops in young males called gynecomastia, which causes the breast tissue to become significantly enlarged. As you can imagine, developing breasts can cause severe social and emotional issues for young males and, often, victims of the disorder will need to have a mastectomy to remove the excess breast tissue. In addition to surgery, many sufferers of gynecomastia will require psychotherapy and other treatment for emotional injuries.
In addition to gynecomastia, Risperdal is commonly associated with the following dangerous side effects:
The above are in addition to more common side effects including sleep disruption, anxiety, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, tremors, and drooling.
Many people contend that had they known of the many serious risks of Risperdal, they would have sought an alternate course of treatment for themselves or their child. Pharmaceutical manufacturers have a legal duty to sell safe and effective drugs and to fully warn of the possible effects so that consumers can make an educated decision. Lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson failed to do so and, therefore, should be held liable for the losses of victims. Johnson & Johnson has admitted that it wrongfully marketed Risperdal and has paid billions of dollars in civil and criminal penalties related to Risperdal cases.
At Zaner Harden Law in Denver, our Risperdal attorneys believe that anyone harmed by the drug deserves full compensation for their financial losses, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. If you took Risperdal and have suffered injuries, please do not delay in contacting our office for a free consultation today.