The antipsychotic drug Risperdal is prescribed to those who are on the onset of schizophrenia and having early symptoms of manic depression or bipolar disorder. Autistic Children can also get relief from symptoms of irritability by taking Risperdal. Because it can cause severe side effects, especially to those taking it for long periods and high dosages, Risperdal is a regulated and doctor-prescribed medication.
The drug Risperdal is manufactured by Janssen-Cilag Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of big company Johnson & Johnson. It was first made between 1988 and 1992, and it was an improved version of the typical antipsychotic medications. Over the years after it was approved by the FDA in 1994, it has gained in popularity and has become the widely-prescribed antipsychotic medication in the United States today.
In 2001, there have been reports particularly from The Miami Herald about the adolescents in Florida foster homes suffering from severe side effects of Risperdal. It was used as a medication restraint for the children’s unmanageable behaviors. A year later, in 2002, Janssen-Cilag released a warning to Canadian doctors regarding the possible risks of Risperdal to older patients who also experience senile dementia. It has been alleged to cause 37 stroke-like incidents and blood clots, and has been linked to 16 deaths.
The FDA then approved the use of Risperdal as treatment for manic depression in 2003, where they also gave additional warning letter to American doctors regarding the side effects of the drugs. The following year, doctors are still giving Risperdal to patients who are suffering from conditions not listed on the label, namely austism, ADD and Alzheimer’s. Until now, Risperdal is still the leading antipsychotic drug used by doctors for their patients.
Because of the health complications and side effects that patients can get from taking Risperdal, many doctors advice to get medical help in cases of allergic reactions such as difficulty breathing, swelling, and hives. If you believe you have developed side effects that have put your health in danger, you have the right to hire and attorney who can help you file a lawsuit to acquire compensation for the troubles and damages you have gone through.