Here are answers to frequently asked questions about dealing with Risperdal side effects and filing a Risperdal lawsuit.


1What does Risperdal treat?
Risperdal (risperidone) is prescribed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults and adolescents. The drug is also approved for the treatment of irritability in children ages 5 to 16 with autism. Some physicians prescribe Risperdal as an "off-label" treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
2When did the FDA approve the use of Risperdal?
In 1993, the FDA approved this antipsychotic drug for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. In 2001, the agency required the drug label to include safety and effectiveness information related to treatment in children. In 2007, Risperdal was approved to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in children.
3What are some of the increased health risks related to Risperdal?
Some of the complications include breast development in boys and young men, cardiac arrest in elderly patients with dementia, diabetes, stroke and even death.
4When do Risperdal side effects start to occur?
Some problems appear immediately, whereas others such as breast development may take years to become evident. Complications may continue even after patients stop taking the drug.
5Are physicians still prescribing Risperdal?
Yes, the drug is still on the market and has not been recalled recently.
6Can a minor who suffered Risperdal side effects file a lawsuit?
Parents or guardians may file a lawsuit on behalf of a child who has suffered Risperdal complications.
7What are the settlement amounts awarded in a Risperdal lawsuit?
Juries and judges have returned favorable verdicts including settlements that are millions or billions of dollars. This compensation is provided to cover medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress and long-term damages.
8Can I join a Risperdal class action lawsuit?
Most gynecomastia cases involve individual rather than class action lawsuits. In October 2012, J&J started to settle lawsuits that were part of a consolidated litigation pending in Pennsylvania State Court in Philadelphia.
9Has there been a recall of Risperdal?
In June 2011, particular lots of Risperdal 3 mg tablets and Risperidone 2 mg tablets were recalled. However, a recall has not been issued recently because of the drug's increased health risks.
10What is the cost of filing a Risperdal lawsuit?
Our lawyers are not paid until you receive a favorable verdict or settlement. We offer a free evaluation of your case.


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