Risperdal (generically known as risperdone) is an antipsychotic drug that is used to treat delusional psychoses. Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter that the brain uses which allows a person to experience pleasure and desire. Risperdal acts to reduce the amount of dopamine the brain produces so that a natural balance of chemicals in the brain. This can reduce or eliminate many psychotic episodes that people experience.
Unfortunately the use of Risperdal is known to cause several harmful side effects for its users. Dangerous side effects of Risperdal are similar to those of many other antipsychotic medications. Potential fatal side effects include tardive, dyskinesia, extraphyramidal disorders and serious neuroleptic malignant disorders. Non-fatal, short term side effects of Risperdal nausea, anxiety, dizziness, insomnia, low blood pressure, muscle stiffness, fatigue and weight gain.
There are also very serious risks of Risperdal being taken in pregnant women. If you become pregnant while taking the drug, it is strongly advised that you consult your physician immediately. In certain studies it was shown that rat pups with Risperdal in their systems had a higher rate of fatalities than the others. If these studies are duplicated in humans it could mean that children with Risperdal in their systems could face a higher death rate.
If you or someone you know has been affected by Risperdal side effects, it is important that you contact a qualified Risperdal lawyer today. Filing a lawsuit can be a very powerful way to take a stand against the pharmaceutical companies and secure financial compensation for your ongoing struggles.