Risperdal has been linked to increased risks of Tardive Dyskinesia (TD). Tardive Dyskinesia is a muscular disorder characterized by involuntary movement, particularly in the lower half of the face (tongue, jaw, lips). Examples of these abnormal movements can include:
• Grimacing of the face
• Thrusting of the tongue
• Involuntary movement of the fingers
• Swinging of the jaw
• Repeated chewing motions
The only known cause of this troubling condition is the prolonged use of a number of prescription antipsychotics, including Risperdal. Some Risperdal patients will experience TD sooner than others, and it is unknown how many people this disorder currently afflicts. Currently, the only treatment for tardive dyskinesia is to cease use of the medication, but this remedy only works if the Risperdal tardive dyskenisia is discovered quickly.
Risperidone, also known by its trade name Risperdal is a prescription atypical antipsychotic medication manufactured in marketed by pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson.
This drug is approved for the treatment of the following conditions: • Schizophrenia (in adults and adolescents aged 13-17) • Mania/Mixed Episodes of Bipolar I (in adults and children/adolescents aged 10-17 years) • Irritability Associated with Autistic Disorder (in children/adolescents aged 5-16).
However, J&J has been the subject of lawsuits that claim the company has promoted the sale and use of Risperdal for non FDA-approved uses including: anxiety, dementia related psychosis, and anger management. In 2012, Johnson & Johnson paid $180 million in an attempt to settle these claims.
Tardive Dyskinesia (also known as TD) is a well publicized side effect of many antipsychotic drugs, including Risperdal (risperidone). Risperdal Tardive Dyskinesia occurs as the body’s response to the chronic long-term blockage of dopamine (D2) receptors, which increases the number of dopamine receptors in the region of the brain controlling muscle coordination. This drug has also been linked to Parkinson-like symptoms and other muscle disorders for the same reason.
If you or a loved one has experienced tardive dyskinesia or other serious complications following use of the atypical antipsychotic Risperdal, contact the Willis Law firm today for a free Risperdal case consultation. Our firm specializes in the claims of innocent people who are the victims of defective and dangerous drugs like Risperdal. All of our clients are represented on a contingency fee basis. Call us today to find out how we can help you and your family obtain a settlement for the emotional, physical, and financial damage caused by Risperdal.
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