Texas Risperdol lawyer

January 23, 2012 @ 02:18 PM -- by

As a Texas Risperdol lawyer, I am aware of the numerous problems with the side effects of this medication. Risperdal is a drug prescribed for bipolar mania and schizophrenia. Risperdal interferes with the communication of nerves in the brain. Risperdol releases neurotransmitters in the brain which helps the nerves to communicate with each other. These neurotransmitters attach to the receptors of nearby nerves, which causes changes in the cells which have receptors.

Risperdal was originally made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (owned by Johnson & Johnson) as an antipsychotic medication which was prescribed to reduce the various mania symptoms of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. It was also used to help with the irritability of autistic children.

"Risperidone" (Risperdol) was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in 1993 for the treatment of schizophrenia. In 2007, Risperdol was approved for use in children between the ages of thirteen and seventeen a treatment for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It has also been used with success in the treatment of tourette syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorders ("OCD"), and some eating disorders. When Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s patent expired, other pharmaceutical companies began producing generics of the medication.

As the use of Risperdal has increased over the years, more harmful side effects have been seen. Risperdol has been linked to very serious and sometimes permanent side effects, like:

1. Diabetes;

2. Tardive Dyskinesia – uncontrollable movements of the face, mouth and tongue;

3. Heart attacks and heart problems;

4. Gynecomastia – boys developing breasts; and

5. Sexual disfunction, sometimes irreversible.

On January 19, 2011, Johnson & Johnson, the owners of Risperdol, said that it would pay $158,000,000 to settle a Texas lawsuit which accused J&J of improperly marketing Risperdal to state residents on the Medicaid health program the poor and needy, including children.  Earlier, a South Carolina judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $327,000,000 for deceptive marketing practices, while a jury in Louisiana ordered J&J to pay $257,700,000 in damages for making various misleading safety statements. 

Contact Corpus Christi and Texas Risperdol lawyer Scott Nelson if you or a loved one needs help with a Risperdol case.