In the midst of concerns regarding the alleged increased risk of male breast growth and other adverse effects potentially associated with antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal, new research suggests that side effects of antipsychotic drug use may also include a weakened immune system and chronic fatigue. Studies have shown that certain medications, including antipsychotic drugs, can depress the central nervous system, or deplete the vitamins and minerals the body uses for energy production, resulting in symptoms of chronic fatigue. If you or a loved one has been adversely affected by a side effect of Risperdal, contact a knowledgeable Risperdal attorney today to discuss your legal options.
According to the findings of a study published online recently in the Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, use of second-generation or atypical antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal, in combination with other medications, is growing rapidly among youths who are less impaired. In the study, Swedish and American researchers examined Medicaid data from 2004-2008, and found that, while overall use of atypical antipsychotics among youths increased by 22%, about 85% of these individuals were taking multiple psychiatric medications at once. The researchers also found that the most significant increases in the use of multiple psychiatric medications were actually occurring among youths experiencing less serious psychiatric problems.
According to the findings of a new study, taking the atypical antipsychotic drug Risperdal significantly increases the risk of breast growth in boys and young men – a condition known as gynecomastia. In the study, outlined in a Letter to the Editor published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology on August 6, researchers from the University of British Columbia found an elevated risk of breast growth side effects in males taking Risperdal, compared to both men taking other antipsychotic drugs, and men taking no antipsychotics at all. If you have suffered gynecomastia or another serious side effect, and you believe Risperdal to be the cause, consult a knowledgeable Risperdal attorney for legal help.