ST. LOUIS — According to a November study released by the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, Risperdal may not treat autism symptoms as effectively as previously believed.
The study followed nearly 200 autistic children over a period of 10 years and showed that, although Risperdal may reduce anxiety, aggression and irritability, symptoms of autism such as repetitive behaviors or social and communication difficulties were not improved while patients took the drug.
Other studies have also linked the use of Risperdal to an increase in the production of prolactin, which can result in increased breast growth in males. The drug has also been linked to other side effects such diabetes and heart problems.
What is Risperdal?
Risperdal (non-generic name risperidone) is an FDA-approved anti-psychotic medication. Risperdal works by assisting serotonin and dopamine receptors in the brain to control happiness.
Although Risperdal was approved by the FDA in 1993 for use as an antipsychotic medication, it has also been prescribed to treat patients who have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or ADHD. It has also been used to try to treat autism symptoms.
The drug is usually prescribed for teenagers and children between the ages of 5 and 17. Unfortunately, there are many health risks that have been linked to its use, including diabetes, heart issues and even involuntary movements or grunts.
These side effects can continue even after Risperdal use is discontinued. One of the major side effects is Gynecomastia, or male breast growth. Gynecomastia especially affects adolescents who were prescribed the drug, and some even developed breasts that were as large as a D cup and had to have them surgically removed.
This news comes as lawsuits continue to be filed against Risperdal manufacturers.
There are currently over 1100 lawsuits pending in Pennsylvania courts against Johnson & Johnson, who manufacturers and promotes the drug. Many of the lawsuits allege that use of the drug resulted in male breast growth. The lawsuits also allege that Johnson & Johnson downplayed the risks of using Risperdal while also marketing the drug for use by adolescents who were susceptible to its effects.
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