What does Risperdal treat?
Risperdal (risperidone) is prescribed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults and adolescents. The drug is also approved for the treatment of irritability in children ages 5 to 16 with autism. Some physicians prescribe Risperdal as an “off-label” treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
When did the FDA approve the use of Risperdal?
In 1993, the FDA approved this antipsychotic drug for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. In 2001, the agency required the drug label to include safety and effectiveness information related to treatment in children. In 2007, Risperdal was approved to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in children.
When do Risperdal side effects start to occur?
Some problems appear immediately, whereas others such as breast development may take years to become evident. Complications may continue even after patients stop taking the drug.
Can a minor who suffered Risperdal side effects file a lawsuit?
Parents or guardians may file a lawsuit on behalf of a child who has suffered Risperdal complications.
Can I join a Risperdal class action lawsuit?
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