Mental disorders of both high low intensities have their own medications and treatments. For those suffering with schizophrenia, one such medication is Risperdal. Risperdal is an anti-psychotic drug developed by Johnson & Johnson. Aside from schizophrenia, it can also be used to treat bipolar disorder and help manage autism spectrum disorders. Risperdal works by altering levels of dopamine and seratonin in the brain.
Unfortunately, this same change in brain chemistry causes a collection of unwanted side effects. First, in males, the medication can cause gynecomastia which increases the size of breast tissue. Even more dire, the drug can cause movement disorders, such as Extrapyramidal symptoms and tardive dyskinesia. It can even cause type 2 diabetes.
Awareness and treatment for mental illness continues to progress. However, many people were unaware of the potential for health risks or humiliation before deciding to take Risperdal or giving it to children. So if you or anyone you love has suffered side effects from taking Risperdal, please contact a lawyer today.