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Risperidone, commonly known as Risperdal, is an antipsychotic drug which can be prescribed by your doctor. It is a strong drug that affects the chemicals in your brain.
There are possible side effects of taking this medication (like enlarged breast tissue, known as gynecomastia). Taking a higher dosage than your doctor prescribed can increase the chances of you having a reaction or side effects to Risperidone.
What is Risperidone used for?
Risperidone is used for people with mental illnesses like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. It has also been prescribed to young children who have autism.
Risperidone is available in tablet form and can be received by injections. Tablets are taken on a daily basis while injections are given by your doctor every two weeks.
Dosage of Risperidone tablets
These are the common tablet dosages:
- 0.5 mg
- 1 mg
- 2 mg
- 3 mg
- 4 mg
- 6 mg
When you first start taking Risperdal, your doctor may recommend starting you on 0.5 mg to see how you react to the new medication.
As with starting any new drug, there is the risk of having an allergic reaction. If you have rashes or itchy skin after taking Risperdal, it could be an allergic response. If you’re concerned by any changes then you should see your doctor.
What is the correct dosage?
If your doctor has prescribed you with Risperidone/Risperdal, it is highly advised to follow the dosage on the prescription.
When taking Risperidone you should avoid operating machinery or driving vehicles because the drug can reduce your reaction times. Your doctor should explain all the precautions and potential risks of taking the medication.
Risperdal is a strong antipsychotic drug and having a higher dose has a greater effect on the chemicals in your brain.
Taking a higher dose can cause:
- Faster heart rate
- Muscle spasms in the tongue, jaw, neck or eyes
If you’re feeling any of these symptoms after taking an overdose of Risperidone you should see a doctor.
Risperidone causing large breasts in men
There have been cases where boys and men have taken Risperdal and have developed gynecomastia. Taking medication that increases your breast size can by upsetting. You can reverse the effects by not taking Risperidone anymore, but in some cases, men have had to have surgery to remove the increased breast tissue.
In most of these cases, the victims had been taking Risperidone over a long time period.
Have you or a loved one been affected by gynecomastia from Risperidone?
Your doctor should inform you of the potential side effects from taking any type of medication. If you or a loved one have been affected by Risperdal/Risperidone then you could make a compensation claim.
Johnson & Johnson has had to pay millions in Risperdal Lawsuits to victims of Risperidone who suffered from gynecomastia. Our personal injury attorneys at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, are experienced with personal injury compensation claims. Talk to us today about your case by giving us a call on 877-231-1600.