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Adverse effects of Risperdal in children

Posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014 at 9:57 am by Williams Hart    

Risperdal is an anti-psychotic drug used to treat symptoms of psychiatric and behavioral disorders by altering the effects of certain chemicals in the brain. The drug is designed to treat schizophrenia and several symptoms of bipolar disorder and autism.

In November last year, however, its maker Johnson & Johnson agreed to a multi-billion dollar settlement over accusations that it had deceptively sold the drug for pediatric use from January 1999 to December 2005, which by then was not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Several adverse effects of Risperdal have been recorded among children, some of which the most common include:

  • Decreased motor skills
  • Inability to sleep
  • Unintended and rapid weight gain
  • Difficulty in focusing
  • Breast enlargement in boys
  • Risks of diabetes and heart diseases in later life

If you believe your child has been put at risk because of Risperdal, do not delay taking legal action. Our lawyers from Williams Hart can help families affected by this drug determine the possibility of filing legal claim. Call us at (713) 352-7071 for a free assessment of your situation.

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