As a parent, making the decision to put your child on any type of medication is always tough and a bit scary. As the mother of two sons myself, I have been faced with this type of decision. I know how important it is that you as the parent are able to have complete confidence in the medication you allow your children to take. Risperdal
is a drug that is widely prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADHD), bipolar disorder
, and autism
. It is meant to target the serotonin and dopamine receptors
to help your child have better control over his mind and decrease the risk of psychotic or aggressive behaviors. However, this drug has serious and damaging side effects that many parents are not adequately made aware of. Despite this, the manufacturers continue to market this dangerous drug.
Allowing your child to take the drug might not be worth the risk. The serious adverse side effects are often far worse than the symptom you’re trying to help your child with.
- There is an increased risk of gynecomastia in developing boys, a condition that enlarges the breast tissue of adolescent men.
- Risperdal increases the levels of prolactin, which is a hormone that increases the production of milk in pregnant women.
- Adolescent boys experienced enlarged and abnormal breast growth that can only be reversed with surgical intervention.
Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of Risperdal, knows about these risks. In fact, hundreds of lawsuits have already been filed against the company. Still, Johnson & Johnson continue to aggressively market Risperdal to teenagers and their parents. Are You One of The Many Parents Unaware of Risperdal’s Dangerous Side Effects? Many parents of male adolescents who have taken Risperdal say that they were not informed of this dangerous side effect. In fact, victims allege that Omnicare, the supply company, convinced doctors to prescribe Risperdal to patients even after they knew of the dangers of gynecomastia. This condition is humiliating emotionally and very painful and expensive to have reversed. If your child has experienced this you may be able to receive compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering. If you or your loved one developed gynecomastia as a result of taking Risperdal, we want to hear from you! Call our Risperdal attorneys today at 888-694-8093 for a free evaluation of your case.