Risperdal is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs to treat mental and mood disorders like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The drug, though is quite effective in treating the disorders, has its own set of side effects and sever reactions. Those cases are eligible for a legal lawsuit.
Risperdal is taken either orally or injected as approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat schizophrenia and to maintain Bipolar I Disorder. It is a drug developed by a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Risperdal is either prescribed on its own or in combination with other drugs like lithium and valproate. It operates by affecting chemical receptors in the brain, including Dopamine and Serotonin receptors.
The side effects of Risperdal are many and often severe and life threatening. The victims of Risperdal who have been affected with any or several of side effects of the medicine, are eligible to file Risperdal class action lawsuit.
- Risperdal side effects:
Many of the side effects of Risperdal cause long term damage. The patients taking the drug have suffered from many complications which have affected the emotional and physical health of those.
Serious side effects include:
- Movement disorders, such as restless muscle movements in the eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck.
- Heart problems, including changes in pulse, heart rate or blood pressure.
- Fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms.
- Blood problems, such as low numbers of white blood cells.
- Seizures, drooling, or uncontrolled tremors.
Common side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Cough or sore throat
- Fatigue or insomnia
- Headache or dizziness
- Weight gain
- Nausea, vomiting, constipation
- Risperdal Lawsuits
It has been since quite a few decades that studies have shown how Risperdal is a threat due to its dangerous side effects. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed which claim that the company failed to warn users of the possible side effects, complications and life risks.