The Risks Of Risperdal For Children

When Drug Companies Target Children

Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug used to treat serious psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. More and more, however, Risperdal is being prescribed for off-label use such as to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This off-label use is particularly concerning because the target patient population is children. In fact, according to a report by The New York Times, in 2014, almost 20,000 antipsychotic prescriptions were written for children age 2 and younger. As seen in the deposition of Alex Gorsky, the CEO of Johnson & Johnson, one of the goals of targeting children is to turn them into lifetime users of the drug.

What Happens To Children Who Take Risperdal

Risperdal can cause an array of serious and potentially irreversible side effects. Studies have found that children taking the drug can experience:

  • At least a 7 percent increase in weight within only weeks of starting Risperdal
  • A higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart conditions
  • Obesity
  • Brain shrinkage
  • Tic and movement disorders
  • Growth of male breast tissue

Where To Go For Help

If your child has suffered from side effects after taking Risperdal, call the attorneys at Reich & Binstock at 713-352-7883 or 877-643-3099 toll free. You can also write to us online. From our office in Houston, we represent clients in Texas and throughout the United States who have suffered health problems from the use of prescription drugs.