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What are the dangers of Risperdal?

If one were to make a list of all the dangerous pharmaceutical medications that have left Pennsylvania residents severely injured, it would include page after page of drug descriptions. One of the pharmaceutical drugs that would surely be on this list is Risperdal -- an antipsychotic medication that doctors often use to treat schizophrenia. It may also be a part of the treatment protocol for some patients suffering from bipolar disorder.

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Risperdal -- which is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson -- in 1994, the medication comes with some very severe side effects in some patients. In fact, Johnson & Johnson paid more than $2.2 billion to settle legal claims relating to its failure to disclose these side effects. Johnson & Johnson pleaded guilty to allegations that it misbranded the drug for unapproved purposes. The drug maker also paid unlawful kickbacks and bonuses to medical professionals and a large pharmacy that supplies drugs to nursing homes.

Perhaps the saddest part of the Risperdal story is that Johnson & Johnson, motivated by its goal to make financial profits, placed everyday Americans at risk of serious injury through its unlawful and unconscionable drug promotion practices. Here are some of the dangers associated with Risperdal:

-- Diabetes and high blood pressure: High blood pressure can be an issue among diabetes patients who take Risperdal.

-- Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS): This potentially fatal nervous system condition can result in stiff muscles, high fever, irregular heartbeat, unpredictable blood pressure, confusion and sweating. If NMS causes problems for the kidneys in severe cases, emergency medical care could be required.

-- Tardive Dyskinesia (TD): This condition affects the muscles, resulting in uncontrollable movements.

As mentioned above, Risperdal is by no means the only potentially dangerous medication. If you have suffered a serious injury or illness as a result of any dangerous pharmaceutical drug, you might have a viable legal claim for financial damages. If successfully navigated, such a lawsuit could bring you money to pay for your medical care and other costs caused by the medication that hurt you.

Source: FindLaw, "Risperdal," accessed June 30, 2017

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