Risperdone is the generic Risperdal
If you have been prescribed the non-generic Risperdone (Risperdal) you may be entitled to compensation if you have experienced serious side effects.
Risperidone is the generic version of the popular antipsychotic medication Risperdal, which was introduced in the United States by Johnson & Johnson in 1993. Once J&J lost patent protection for Risperdal in mid-2008, generic risperidone was introduced and the antipsychotic drug became available to a broader spectrum of American consumers. Unfortunately, current and former users of the antipsychotic risperidone may now be at risk of devastating side effects that mounting research has linked to the medication. According to recent studies and warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), risperidone may be associated with a series of major side effects like heart attack, stroke and diabetes. In light of this potential risk, product liability attorneys across the country are investigating claims filed on behalf of risperidone users who believe they have been adversely affected by the antipsychotic drug.
Initially approved as a treatment for schizophrenia – a mental disorder that makes it difficult for a person to thick clearly, have normal emotional responses, and tell the difference between what is real and what is not real – the antipsychotic risperidone was later indicated to treat other psychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder – a condition characterized by periods of depression followed by periods of extreme happiness or irritability. In some cases, risperidone may be used as a treatment for other conditions, including autism, Tourette syndrome or dementia, although studies have suggested that risperidone treatment in older adults with dementia-related conditions may actually result in side effects like pneumonia, heart failure or sudden death.
Possible Risperidone Side Effects
Despite that fact that risperidone is one of the most popular antipsychotic medications on the market, recent studies examining the possible risks of risperidone use have identified a number of major side effects that may be linked to the prescription drug. According to this research, risperidone users may have an increased risk of suffering the following side effects:
- Male breast growth (gynecomastia)
- Heart attack
- Tardive dyskinesia
- Hyperosmolar coma
Risperidone Claims and Settlements
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1.1% of the adult population in the United States suffers from schizophrenia, and 2.6% of U.S. adults struggle with symptoms of bipolar disorder. The prevalence of mental illness across the country has resulted in antipsychotic medications like risperidone becoming some of the most widely used drugs on the market. However, as more information comes to light about the risk of life-altering side effects potentially associated with risperidone use, individuals across the country are filing product liability lawsuits claiming that the antipsychotic medication caused them harm.
As of September 2012, as many as 420 complaints had already been filed against Johnson & Johnson alleging personal injuries caused by Risperdal, with roughly 130 of the lawsuits involving gynecomastia side effects. That same month, J&J settled the first Risperdal lawsuit to go to trial, involving a 21-year-old who claimed that he experienced abnormal breast growth while taking the antipsychotic drug from 2000 to 2004. Since that time, the drug company has settled a number of other Risperdal lawsuits, agreeing to pay $6.7 million in 2000, to a woman who alleged that she suffered tardive dyskinesia side effects caused by the medication. Risperidone users who believe they have been adversely affected by the antipsychotic may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries and medical bills, which they can pursue with the help of a qualified attorney.