Adolescence can be a difficult period of life for many people, especially when they’re suffering from mental and mood disorders like bipolar disorder or irritability associated with autism. An antipsychotic drug called Risperdal® is prescribed to adolescent boys who suffer from these conditions, but it’s also linked to severe side effects.
At Ferrer Poirot Feller Daniel, we’ve helped families whose sons were affected by the drug and its life-altering side effects, which can include:
- Gynecomastia – A 2006 study showed that Risperdal is linked to the development of abnormally large breast tissue in adolescent boys due to its effects on hormones.
- Neurological problems – Risperdal is also linked to severe neurological side effects including anxiety, dizziness, restless muscle movements in the face, seizures and convulsions, and tremors.
Despite the risk of serious and life-changing side effects, doctors are still prescribing Risperdal to adolescents, and it has not been recalled by the Food and Drug Administration or its manufacturer Johnson & Johnson.
If you or your child developed physical or neurological side effects after taking this medication, our Risperdal drug injury lawyers want to speak with you. Contact us any time for a free consultation to discuss your options.