Risperdal Side Effects in Children
While drug side effects can affect patients of any age, recent studies have focused on how antipsychotic medications like Risperdal may be affecting young children and adolescents. Researchers are studying the risk of long term side effects of Risperdal in children, including diabetes and gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia, or breast growth, and diabetes are two of the more serious Risperdal side effects. For years, there has been concern about serious Risperdal side effects in kids. As the use of this drug increases for children with mood, attention, and behavioral disorders, the number of youth affected by Risperdal side effects may increase as well.
Other side effects reported in children include:
- Trouble swallowing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Drooling or Tremor
Worries about diabetes were supported by a recent study by Vanderbilt University researchers, which found that children using the atypical antipsychotic Risperdal could be at a 3-times greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes as their peers. Diabetes is, unfortunately, incurable, and children who develop this disease will have to manage it for the rest of their lives.
In addition to a potentially increased risk of diabetes, boys who take Risperdal could be forced to cope with the development of breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia.
Numerous cases of gynecomastia have been reported in adolescent males using this medication, with sometimes devastating mental health effects. If these breasts do not naturally shrink on their own, a double mastectomy surgery may be required to remove breast tissue and restore a boy’s appearance.
Families of boys who have developed gynecomastia have been so greatly affected that some have decided to file Risperdal side effects lawsuits against the maker of this drug.
What differentiates gynecomastia from other symptoms, lawsuits allege, is the strength of the Risperdal warning label. Plaintiffs argue that the warning for this condition was not adequate, and did not do enough to alert families to the potential risks of Risperdal breast growth.
If you or your son was affected by male breast growth, or gynecomastia, after taking Risperdal, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer. Contact our attorneys for a free legal consultation. Call 1-888-210-9968 today.