About Risperdal® Consta®
Johnson & Johnson Janssen is a pharmaceutical company that creates many different drugs and medications. One of their popular medicines is an antipsychotic drug known as Risperdal® Consta®. This medication is used for the treatment of schizophrenia and for long-term treatment of Bipolar I Disorder. The medication is not approved for treatment of patients that have a dementia-related psychosis, and has been shown to increase the risk of death in elderly individuals.
Like other Risperidone medications, Risperdal® Consta® contains prolactin. This is the hormone that encourages breast growth and lactating in females during pregnancy and puberty. When the prolactin hormone enters the body at a heightened level, it can result in serious side effects. In fact, men who take Risperdal® Consta® are at a heightened risk to breast development. This is a condition medically diagnosed as gynecomastia. Men who suffer from gynecomastia may need breast reduction surgery or a mastectomy in order to solve the problem.
Side Effects of Ripserdal® Consta®
Risperdal® Consta® can successfully reduce the symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or other psychotic illnesses. Yet it can also produce side effects that can be dangerous or concerning. One of the most common dangers of this drug is Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome. This is a rare but potentially fatal side effect that produces a fever, stiff muscles, and shaking. The patient will typically have a change in pulse or heart rate, and will suffer from muscle pain or weakness.
Risperidone-based medications can also result in Tardive Dyskinesia (TD.) This is a serious and sometimes permanent side effect that will cause uncontrollable movements of the face, tongue, and other parts of the body. Oftentimes the condition can develop after a brief period of treatment and will persist permanently. There is no treatment for TD, so those that develop the condition will always struggle with their facial expression control.
The drug also carries cardiovascular risks. These include high blood sugar, diabetes, and other dangers. If your family has a history of diabetes, or if you already have this medical condition, it is important that you consult with a doctor about your Risperdal®Consta® treatments. The medication can also cause changes in cholesterol, and weight gain.
Johnson & Johnson also writes that the medication can make patients more sensitive to heat, can cause extrapyramidal symptoms like muscle disturbances and tremors, or can heighten a risk of seizures in some patients. Also, the medicine can affect a person's driving ability and may deal with sleepiness, a headache, aching limbs, dizziness, and restlessness. The most common side effects of Risperdal® Consta® are weight gain and tremors.
Another side-effect that is listed on the Risperdal® Consta® website involves the effects of prolactin on male patients. According to Janssen, the medicine can cause hyperprolactinemia which will result in breasts that will produce milk or the development of breasts by males. This can be an embarrassing condition, and men already struggling with psychotic illness may develop aggravated conditions as a result of gynecomastia. If you have experienced any of these side effects and believe that you were not properly warned of the possibilities, then you need to talk to a personal injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin today.
Should you hire an attorney for your Risperdal® Consta® lawsuit?
If you are suffering from one of the side effects of Risperdal® Consta®, or if you developed another condition that isn't even listed on the side effects possibilities, then you need an attorney to help you with your case. With the right lawyer there, you may be able to obtain the finances needed to correct your medical condition and compensate you for your pain and suffering. Attorneys can offer a professional opinion and an organized, calculated perspective on any lawsuit.
Contact someone at Arnold & Itkin LLP today for more information!