Risperdal Side EffectsRisperdal (risperidone) is an anti-psychotic drug manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. It became very controversial after evidence emerged that Risperdal was improperly marketed to children, many of whom developed severe side effects. Hundreds of men have filed lawsuits after developing Risperdal side effects, such as gynecomastia (breast growth), type-2 diabetes, severe weight gain, and more.

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Risperdal Side Effects

Risperdal (risperidone) can cause children to develop medically serious weight gain, which can lead to the development of type-2 diabetes. It may also disrupt hormone levels, including increasing levels of the pregnancy hormone prolactin. Elevated prolactin levels can lead to the development of gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), which may need to be treated with surgery and liposuction.

Less Serious Side Effects of Risperdal

The following Risperdal side effects as less serious, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH) resource Risperidone: MedlinePlus Drug Information. However, you should tell your doctor if any of these side effects become severe or persistent:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • heartburn
  • dry mouth
  • increased saliva
  • increased appetite
  • weight gain
  • stomach pain
  • anxiety
  • agitation
  • restlessness
  • dreaming more than usual
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • decreased sexual interest or ability
  • breastmilk production
  • vision problems
  • muscle or joint pain
  • dry or discolored skin
  • difficulty urinating

Severe Side Effects

The NIH lists the following side effects of Risperdal as serious. If they occur, contact a doctor immediately:

  • fever
  • muscle stiffness
  • confusion
  • fast or irregular pulse
  • sweating
  • unusual movements of your face or body that you cannot control
  • faintness
  • seizures
  • slow movements or shuffling walk
  • rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • painful erection of the penis that lasts for hours (priapism)

Risperdal Side Effects in Pregnancy

Risperdal is a Pregnancy Category C drug, which means there is evidence that it could cause fetal harm, but doctors may still prescribe Risperdal to a pregnant woman if the benefits outweigh the risks. In babies exposed to Risperdal during the third trimester, there have been reports of agitation, hypertonia, hypotonia, tremor, somnolence, respiratory distress, and feeding disorders.

Withdrawal Side Effects

Patients who stop taking Risperdal suddenly may experience withdrawal side effects. Especially after long-term therapy, stopping Risperdal should be gradual and closely monitored to avoid the risk of acute withdrawal symptoms or rapid relapse. These symptoms may include insomnia for several days, nausea, light-headedness, nervousness, dizziness, headache, anxiety, and more.

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