Risperdal, an atypical antipsychotic medication, is the subject of growing litigation in Alabama and across the U.S. Filed by plaintiffs claiming serious complications, the most common injury allegedly caused by Risperdal is gynecomastia, or the development of enlarged breasts in males. Risperdal patients already face difficult health conditions including bipolar disorder, autism and schizophrenia; the development of gynecomastia in young men has been claimed to be especially devastating physically and emotionally.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with gynecomastia or you have experienced other adverse side effects while taking Risperdal, you may be eligible to file a Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit and recover damages for your injuries. Contact Attorney Group for Alabama today to learn more about your legal rights and take the first step in pursuing a claim.
Risperdal May Cause Complications
Risperdal is prescribed to patients living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, although some healthcare providers have allegedly given the medication to those with Tourette syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder and severe dementia. Although gynecomastia is the most commonly alleged side effect in Risperdal users, the medication may cause other adverse side effects such as:
- Restless muscle movements in the tongue, neck, eyes and jaw
- Sweating, chills
- Body aches
- Stiff muscles
- Irregular heartbeats
If you experience tenderness or pain in your breasts, nipple discharge in one or both breasts or swollen breast gland tissues, you may be suffering from gynecomastia as Risperdal is known to increase prolactin levels – the hormone responsible for lactation and breast growth in females. Seek medical help first, and then consider filing a lawsuit. If you feel you have a Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit, it is important to seek legal counsel to learn more about your rights and pursuing a claim in Alabama.
Johnson & Johnson Facing Lawsuits
Consumers in Alabama and states across the U.S. have allegedly been subjected to significant “off-label” marketing promotions of Risperdal and other similar medications. These tactics allegedly consist of efforts by the manufacturers to persuade physicians to prescribe Risperdal for uses for which it has not been tested nor approved. Although a physician may prescribe any drug in any manner they deem appropriate, drug makers may only market medications for uses approved by the FDA.
As a result, the U.S. government filed a Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, claiming that the companies illegally promoted Risperdal and several other medications for populations not approved by the FDA.
Other claims brought forth by patients include accusations that the manufacturers failed to warn the public and physicians of the potential risks of gynecomastia while taking Risperdal and that the companies did not conduct adequate research prior to releasing the drug for sale. If you feel as though you have a claim, you may be eligible to work with an attorney in Alabama and file your own Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit to seek compensation for your condition.
Consider Filing a Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuit in Alabama
If you or a man you love took Risperdal to treat the symptoms of a mood or personality disorder and you later developed gynecomastia or other serious condition, consider filing a Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit to hold the drug makers responsible for compensation for your condition. Attorney Group for Alabama can evaluate your case, free of charge, and help you determine if you are eligible to recover damages for your injuries. We can help answer your questions and connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file your Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit on your behalf.