Risperdal (risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic medication that is used for the treatment of schizophrenia. It is also used to treat symptoms of bipolar disorderand irritability in autistic children.
What are the side effects of Risperdal?
The most common side effects include:
- Abdominal pain
More serious side effects of Risperdal that should be reported right away include:
- Allergic reaction(severe rash; itching; swelling of the face, tongue and throat); difficulty swallowing; severe dizziness, difficulty breathing
- High blood sugar(unusual increased thirst and urination)
- Increase in prolactin which may cause the development of gynecomastia in males and unwanted production of breast milk in women
Elderly patients with dementiashould not take Risperdal as it could increase the risk for fatal side effects such as heart failure and stroke.
What to discuss with your doctor
Before taking Risperdal you should discuss your medical history with your doctor and tell him or her if you have a history of liver disease, seizures, low blood pressure, memory problems, dementia, stroke, breast cancer or low white blood cell count. You should also discuss what other medications and herbal supplements you are taking.
Risperdal and gynecomastia
Among the possible side effects of Risperdal and other drugs in its class is gynecomastia, the swelling of breast tissue in males. This condition is not life-threatening, but may result in damaging emotional and psychological problems, particularly in young boys. To learn more about this condition, browse our site. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with gynecomastia after being treated with Risperdal, you should consider talking to an attorney about the possibility of pursuing compensation.
To learn more about the link between Risperdal and gynecomastia or to inquire about your rights, contact our gynecomastia attorneys today.