Complications of RISPERDAL

After the patent for Risperidone expired in 2004, Teva Pharmaceuticals started selling a generic equivalent of the medication in the United States in 2008. A warning on the label for this medication states that scientists have not clearly identified the way the drug works. Nonetheless, Risperdal is sold in various forms including tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, solutions taken by mouth and intramuscular injections.

Side Effects of Risperidone

Risperidone side effects may include:

  • Agitation
  • Blood disorders
  • Cognitive decline
  • Diabetes
  • Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing
  • Fat accumulation
  • Heart problems
  • Hypertonia (excessive muscle rigidity)
  • Hypotonia (excessive muscle elasticity)
  • Increased risk of falls and fractures
  • Parkinsonism
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Respiratory distress
  • Somnolence (sleep disturbances)
  • Stroke
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Tremors

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    Additional Risperdal Complications

    The following are some additional Risperdal health risks:

  • Breast growth in young men:
  • Although Risperdal wasn’t approved for treating young boys between 2000 and 2004, some physicians prescribed the medication. At first, breast development was thought to result from weight gain rather than the drug, which actually caused an excess of the hormone prolactin. Other problems may include milky, nipple discharge; puffy or enlarged nipples, which may grow larger in one breast; delayed overall body growth and maturation; and surgery for removal of excess tissue. If a mastectomy, or breast removal, is needed, additional risks include surgical infections, different breast sizes, altered sensation, visible and painful scarring or other deformities.

  • Heart Problems:
  • Studies have shown that all antipsychotic drugs place patients at increased risk of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. In some cases, sudden cardiac arrest may occur.

  • Increased risk of death in seniors with dementia:
  • The FDA does not sanction the use of this drug to treat dementia and requires warning on the label about the increased risk of death. Seniors taking Risperdal for dementia were 1.6 to 1.7 times more likely to die from health problems including heart disease and pneumonia.

  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome:
  • Risperdal is a potential cause of this potentially fatal disorder. Symptoms include hyperpyrexia, muscle rigidity, altered mental status, irregular heartbeat or blood pressure and excessive sweating.

  • Tardive dyskinesia:
  • This potentially irreversible condition involves involuntary movements, which may worsen when patients are stressed or agitated. Some of these include puckering and pursing of the lips, tongue protrusion, grimacing, lip smacking and rapid eye blinking. Other uncontrolled quick, jerky and repetitive movements may occur during sleep.

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