risperdal is an antipsychotic medication intended to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia, psychotic bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. Its generic name is Risperidone. It has some extremely serious side effects while rating as the second biggest selling medicine for its manufacturer Johnson and Johnson. Risperdal is not just prescribed for treatment of schizophrenia, it is prescribed for many mental illnesses and behavior disorders of especially young children and elderly patients claimed to be suffering from with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease including delusions, aggression and related anxiety. The dangerous side effects of Risperdal include strokes and stroke- like events, such as blood clots and hemorrhages especially with elderly Risperdal patients. Among the 764 Risperdal patients studied, there were 29 cases of stroke and stroke-related events seen, in addition to four Risperdal related deaths.
Known Dangers of Risperdal Use
The most significant dangers or risk associated with Risperdal use are stroke related incidents but there are many other dangerous conditions whose signs and symptoms are hidden due to the use of Risperdal itself such as drug overdose, intestinal obstruction, brain tumor, a dangerous neurological condition called Reye’s syndrome, as well as other risky effects of Risperdal use itself which are often not observed due to the ability for the drug to mask signs and symptoms of certain conditions. Mental patients are unfairly asked to be especially aware of dangerous health conditions in order to prevent the adverse effects of the Risperdal use from worsening to deadly results. Tardive dyskinesia (a movement disorder) may occur and may never go away after cessation of this medicine. Signs of tardive dyskinesia include fine, worm-like movements of the tongue, or other uncontrolled movements of the mouth, tongue, cheeks, jaw, or arms and legs.
Side Effects and Symptoms of an Adverse Reaction
Other dangerous side effects of Risperdal use requires that patients be cautious about difficulty swallowing which can cause a type of pneumonia to develop. A potentially fatal condition, Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome adversely affects Risperdal patients if left untreated. The condition is characterized by muscle stiffness or rigidity, irregular pulse, fast heartbeat, increased sweating, high or low blood pressure, and high fever. The use of Risperdal will significantly add to the pain and suffering in the lives of patients suffering from a mental illness. It is essential that potential side effects of Risperdal use be weighed prior to beginning any kind of Risperdal treatment.
There is a huge list of common and rare adverse effects arising from this drug, a list to large to reproduce in here but the following is a incomplete version of some of the possible debilitating adverse conditions:
Convulsions (seizures); difficult or fast breathing; fast heartbeat or irregular pulse; fever (high); high or low blood pressure; increased sweating; loss of bladder control; muscle stiffness (severe); unusually pale skin; unusual tiredness or weakness (severe), high body temperature (dizziness; fast, shallow breathing; fast, weak heartbeat; headache; muscle cramps; pale, clammy skin; increased thirst); lip smacking or puckering; low body temperature (confusion, drowsiness, poor coordination, shivering); prolonged, painful, inappropriate erection of the penis; puffing of cheeks; rapid or worm-like movements of tongue; uncontrolled chewing movements; uncontrolled movements of arms and legs, extreme thirst; increased blinking or spasms of eyelid; loss of appetite; talking, feeling, and acting with excitement and activity that cannot be controlled; uncontrolled twisting movements of neck, trunk, arms, or legs; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual facial expressions or body positions
Filing a Risperdal Lawsuit
If you believe that you or one of your family members has suffered a physical or mental injury due to the use of the drug Risperdal it is important to consult with a product liability attorney as soon as possible in order to protect your right and interest and prevent any additional harm or injury from occurring or continuing. You or your family member may have a cause of action in strict liability in connection with a defective pharmaceutical product manufactured by a pharmaceutical provider. A products liability attorney can assist you in filing a claim against that drug manufacturer or retail supplier and help the injured patient to recover the costs of additional treatments to correct or improve any injury and emotional distress and humiliation arising due to adverse reactions to this drug.