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Study Highlights Side Effect Risk from Antipsychotic Use in Pregnancy

Study Highlights Side Effect Risk from Antipsychotic Use in Pregnancy

Study Highlights Side Effect Risk from Antipsychotic Use in Pregnancy

According to the findings of a new study, while pregnant women who take atypical antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal, Abilify and Seroquel do not experience higher rates of certain birth complications, they do face an increased risk of labor induction and other complications that should raise concerns among doctors and potential users. If you took the antipsychotic drug Risperdal while pregnant, and you or your child have suffered serious complications as a result, consult a reputable Risperdal attorney today to explore your possible compensation options.

Potential Side Effects of Risperdal Treatment

In the study, published in the British Medical Journal on May 13, scientist and assistant professor at the University of Toronto in Canada, Simone N. Vigod, and her fellow researchers analyzed the outcomes of 1,021 women who used antipsychotic medications while pregnant, compared to 1,021 non-users who had other similar risk factors. According to their findings, antipsychotic drug use during pregnancy does not appear to impact rates of preterm birth, gestational diabetes, blood clots or hypertension, but it was associated with an increased risk of other adverse events that resulted in the need for operative vaginal delivery.

Adverse Outcomes Tied to Risperdal Use in Pregnancy

Researchers involved in the antipsychotic study examined data on women who gave birth to a child in Ontario, Canada between 2003 and 2012, and found that the risk of labor induction and operative vaginal delivery was roughly 70% higher among women who took an antipsychotic drug while pregnant. “Antipsychotic drug use in pregnancy had minimal evident impact on important maternal medication and short-term perinatal outcomes,” the researchers wrote. “However, the rate of adverse outcomes is high enough to warrant careful assessment of maternal and fetal well-being among women prescribed an antipsychotic drug in pregnancy.”

Risperdal FDA Warning

The BMJ study was inspired in part by a 2011 warning by the FDA, which indicated that atypical antipsychotics like Risperdal may increase the risk of abnormal muscle movements and withdrawal symptoms in newborns, when taken by pregnant women. According to the FDA warning, there was a seven-fold increased risk of such adverse events among antipsychotic drug users. This latest study found this risk to be statistically insignificant, and also contradicts a study published in March, which found that expecting mothers who took Risperdal and similar antipsychotics faced a 74% increased risk of neonatal hospitalization.

A Qualified Risperdal Attorney Can Help

The research conducted by Vigod et al joins a growing number of studies published in recent years that have examined the potential risk of complications associated with Risperdal, and use of the antipsychotic medication among pregnant women. If you or a loved one has been adversely affected by alleged side effects of Risperdal, contact an experienced Risperdal lawyer today for legal help. You may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.


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