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Risperdal – known generically as Risperidone – is an antipsychotic medication used to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and certain symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorders.

It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1993, and in 2007 its approval was extended for the treatment of schizophrenic, autistic, and bipolar symptoms in children as young as 10 years old.

In 2012, the makers of Risperdal, Johnson & Johnson, were fined by a judge who found that the drug manufacturers had downplayed or failed to disclose the risks associated with the drug, and this prompted a U.S. Justice Department investigation.

No matter why you were prescribed Risperdal, our Winston-Salem dangerous drugs attorneys can help you hold the drug makers responsible if you or your child experienced the growth of abnormal breast tissue.

What are the Effects of Taking Risperdal

While many people taking Risperdal have experienced improvement in their symptoms, the drug has a lot of unwanted side effects including movement disorders, drowsiness, constipation, weight gain, vision problems, high blood sugar, and even suicide.

One of the most troubling side effects is gynecomastia, or the overgrowth of breast tissue. Thousands of men and boys have suffered from the effects of gynecomastia as a result of taking the medication Risperdal, and in most cases, the risk of breast tissue overgrowth was not disclosed to patients.

If you or your son have developed abnormal breast tissue after taking Risperdal, one of our experienced Winston-Salem Risperdal attorneys can help you pursue the compensation you likely need to pay related expenses, including medical bills, restorative surgery, lost wages, and therapy. You may even be eligible for compensation for any emotional damage you have suffered.

Lawsuits Against Makers of Risperdal

Lawsuits currently pending against the makers of Risperdal, Johnson & Johnson number in the thousands, and many victims have received substantial damage awards. In 2015, the first trial related to Risperdal took place in Philadelphia, where the jury awarded a 20-year-old man $2.5 million in compensation for the damages he incurred after taking Risperdal for autism as a child.

Two other Pennsylvania trials related to the effects of Risperdal that took place last year also resulted in high verdicts, awarding $1.75 million and $500,000. The largest jury verdict for a Risperdal victim reached $70 million, in July of 2016.

The makers of Risperdal have also doled out millions of dollars to settle claims that its marketing practices promoted off-label uses for treatment of anxiety, rage, and dementia, among others, and many of these patients suffered gynecomastia as well.

Consult an Experienced Dangerous Drug Lawyer

The effects of gynecomastia are far-reaching and extend beyond the repair of breast tissue. Though any necessary surgical treatment can be expensive, the long-term treatment for psychological trauma can be just as costly, if not more so.

Our Risperdal lawyers will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve in order to move past your negative experience with Risperdal and the damage its undisclosed risks have caused in your life in Winston-Salem.