If you are struggling with a mental health condition such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, your doctor will likely try a variety of medications to help improve your quality of life. One of the medications that he or she could suggest is Risperdal. While Risperdal does have a moderate level of success in treating various conditions, it can also lead to one or more of a large variety of side effects—some serious.
If you would benefit from speaking with a Risperdal lawyer, contact us. The Lamber Goodnow team works in coordination with co-counsel law firms to help consumers protect themselves from the negligence of pharmaceutical companies, among other entities. Part of being protected is being educated: You should take the time to learn about Risperdal and the way it can interact with your body.
What are the Uses of Risperdal?
Risperdal primarily is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and—to a lesser extent—irritability in children who are on the autism spectrum. It affects the level of certain chemicals in the brain. But because everyone’s biochemistry is unique, side effects can result from taking Risperdal.
In addition to causing some side effects directly, Risperdal also can interact adversely with other medications. This means that if you are taking other medications—or even supplements—for any reason whatsoever, you should alert your doctor to this fact.
The potential side effects from Risperdal are vast. To view a thorough list of side effects, as well as potential adverse interactions, you should view this website. When you start a new medication, be aware of anything unusual, whether it’s included on a list of side effects or not. If you experience something new, and it began after you started taking Risperdal, you should talk to your doctor about it.
Potential Side Effects You May Experience While Taking Risperdal
Some of Risperdal’s side effects are minor while others are more serious and can lead to dangerous and lasting consequences. If you are experiencing any side effects, it is critical that you talk to your doctor right away.
Risperdal’s minor side effects can be embarrassing and inconvenient, but typically pose little danger. As time passes and you adjust to the drug, it is likely that the minor side effects will decrease in their severity and frequency without any intervention.
Minor side effects of Risperdal include:
- Gastrointestinal problems, including diarrhea, nausea, constipation and an unpleasant feeling in the bowels
- Sleep issues, increased drowsiness, longer periods of sleeping, lethargy or listlessness, and increased activity in dreams
- Runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, coughing, headaches, dry mouth and heartburn
- Weight gain
While the above are inconvenient, they are not usually dangerous. However, the following and other serious side effects of Risperdal can be dangerous if you do not get help right away.
Some of the major side effects of Risperdal include:
- Emotional changes: mood swings, increased anxiety, confusion, suicidal thoughts and aggression
- Vision changes: blurred vision, an inability to move your eyes or other vision changes
- Mental side effects: inability to focus, challenges speaking correctly, memory problems and others
- Nervous system issues: muscle spasms, tics, trembling or shaking (especially in the limbs), difficulty walking correctly, sudden twisting in the body or restlessness
- Skin problems: rashes and itching
Keep in mind that Risperdal has a number of contraindications, or scenarios that could prevent you from using the medication. Take your time and read this page—as well as look at other resources—to learn more. If you have one or more contraindications, talk to your doctor.
Contact Us If You Need a Risperdal Attorney
If you have taken Risperdal, and as a result suffered from side effects, you may be entitled to compensation. In addition to paying your medical expenses, you may be able to recover for lost wages. In some cases, it might even be possible to be paid for your pain and suffering.
The Lamber Goodnow team, in coordination with our co-counsel firms, is here to help you. Contact us today at 800-283-2652, and let’s talk. We’re available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, and your consultation is free.