Risperdal Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked legal questions (FAQs) regarding Risperdal lawsuits. If you experienced serious complications from Risperdal and have questions you would like answered, please do not hesitate to call us today at 1-855-511-1001.

What is Risperdal prescribed for?

Risperdal (risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults and adolescents and is also cleared for the treatment of irritability in pediatric patients—children who are 5-16 years of age—who are diagnosed with autistic disorder. Some physicians prescribe Risperdal off-label to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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How long after taking Risperdal do symptoms or serious complications appear?

A medication’s adverse side effects can occur at any time once treatment commences. In one case involving Risperdal gynecomastia, a boy developed breasts after taking the drug for five years. Other symptoms may present sooner. One study found that elevated prolactin levels in Risperdal patients could persist for two years after treatment stopped. Prolactin is a hormone that stimulates breast growth.

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Is Risperdal still being prescribed by doctors?

Yes, Risperdal (risperidone) continues to be prescribed by physicians and is not the subject of a recent recall. In fact, despite the risk of Risperdal male breast growth, the drug’s approval was expanded to include pediatric uses in 2006.

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Can I still file a lawsuit if I took Risperdone, the generic version of Risperdal?

The Supreme Court has ruled that generic drug makers may not be sued under state failure-to-warn laws for adverse reaction allegedly tied to their products.

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My child suffered serious complications due to Risperdal, can he still sue even though he is a minor?

As his parent or guardian, you may file the lawsuit on behalf of your minor child over alleged, serious adverse reactions associated with his treatment with Risperdal.

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I don’t have health insurance, can I still file a Risperdal lawsuit?

Being insured, or not being covered by insurance, has no effect on whether you may or may not file a Risperdal lawsuit. Be sure to advise your Bernstein Liebhard attorney that you did not receive insurance coverage for Risperdal treatment as the out-of-pocket money you spent on the medication may figure into potential losses alleged in the lawsuit.

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How much money can I get by filing a Risperdal lawsuit?

Our attorneys believe that victims of Risperdal male breast growth may be entitled to significant compensation for their losses, including pain and suffering. The severity of your injuries, the medical treatment required, and time you were unable to work due to those injuries will determine how much you might recover in a Risperdal lawsuit.

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What type of compensation can I receive if I were to file a Risperdal lawsuit?

Victims of Risperdal gynecomastia may be entitled to significant damages that include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and long-term injuries.

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If I file a Risperdal lawsuit, who will I actually be suing?

Lawsuits alleging Risperdal injuries are being filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson. These Risperdal lawsuits allege the companies concealed the drug’s association with male breast growth.

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Will I be filing a Risperdal class action lawsuit, if I decide to sue for my injuries?

The majority of Risperdal lawsuit filings have involved claims of gynecomastia in individual, not class action, Risperdal lawsuits. Beginning in October 2012, the makers of Risperdal began settling lawsuits that were part of a consolidated litigation pending in Pennsylvania State Court in Philadelphia.

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Has there been a recall of Risperdal?

Yes, there was a recall of Risperdal 3 mg tablets and risperidone 2 mg tablets in June 2011; however, the recall involved specific lots produced at that time. Risperdal remains on the market and continues to be prescribed. There has not been a Risperdal recall due to its alleged association to gynecomastia or other side effects.

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Why was Risperdal recalled?

The June 2011 recall was implemented after consumers reported that Risperdal 3 mg tablets and risperidone 2 mg tablets were emitting a strange odor. The smell was believed to be from TBA (2,4,6 tribromoanisole), a by-product of a chemical preservative used on wood pallets. The pallets are used to store and transport the drug.

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As a parent, what should I do if I notice my son developing gynecomastia?

If your son appears to be developing gynecomastia and takes or has taken, Risperdal, you should first consult your doctor. If your son is diagnosed with gynecomastia as a potential result of taking Risperdal, you should then contact our Risperdal gynecomastia attorneys for a free legal consultation.

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Can gynecomastia caused by Risperdal be cured or treated?

Risperdal gynecomastia is not typically reversible by stopping the drug and does not typically resolve after young men pass through puberty. There are no medications that reverse male breast growth, leaving very limited options. Aside from living with Risperdal gynecomastia, surgical options include liposuction and mastectomy.

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How will your law firm prove that my Gynecomastia was caused by Risperdal?

Gynecomastia is one of the more serious alleged Risperdal side effects and involves development of breasts in men and boys. Research has found that Risperdal may increase levels of the hormone, prolactin. Prolactin is responsible for breast development in girls and for milk production in mothers. Boys and men who have taken Risperdal test with increased prolactin levels and may develop Risperdal Gynecomastia, which may also involve breast pain and swelling and nipple discharge.

Your Bernstein Liebhard Risperdal Gynecomastia attorney will oversee a medical review of your specific case to determine if your gynecomastia is a possible result of taking Risperdal.

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I do not have any health insurance, can I still file a claim?

Being insured, or not being covered by insurance, has no effect on whether you may or may not file a Risperdal lawsuit. Be sure to advise your Bernstein Liebhard attorney that you were not covered under any health insurance plan while you were being treated with Risperdal. The money you spent on the medication and related treatment may be included in losses alleged in your lawsuit.

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I am not a US citizen, do I still have a right to sue for Risperdal complications?

Most likely. Although the U. S. Supreme Court has never addressed the issue of undocumented immigrants, many lower U.S. courts have held that these individuals are entitled to sue for personal injuries, and also have the right to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages caused by their injuries. With competent legal counsel working with you, your immigration status should have very little impact on filing a Risperdal lawsuit.

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How many people have suffered serious complications as a result of Risperdal?

It is not known how many men and boys have developed Risperdal gynecomastia. However, dozens of lawsuits have been filed nationwide alleging that Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceutical unit concealed Risperdal Gynecomastia side effects. In fact, of the mounting Risperdal lawsuits pending nationwide against Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen unit, about 130 allege that Risperdal led to gynecomastia in teenage boys.

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What is the statute of limitations on a Risperdal lawsuit?

The statute of limitations depends on the state in which the injury occurred and statue of limitations vary by state. Bernstein Liebhard represents clients nationwide and our attorneys will be able to provide you with accurate information concerning your specific statute of limitations.

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Who is eligible to file a Risperdal lawsuit?

Young men and boys may be eligible to file a Risperdal lawsuit if they developed gynecomastia while taking the drug, and required surgery, such as liposuction or mastectomy, to remove excess breast tissue.

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I developed male breasts after I stopped taking Risperdal, can I still file a lawsuit?

Growing research indicates that children taking Risperdal have excess blood prolactin levels and, at least one study reveals that prolactin levels in Risperdal users may persist for up to two years after they have stopped taking the antipsychotic medication. Prolactin is the female hormone involved in breast development in girls and in milk-production in mothers.

If you believe you are suffering from Risperdal gynecomastia and have stopped taking the medication, you may have a valid legal claim.

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What are the requirements for filing a Risperdal claim?

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free Risperdal lawsuit evaluations to young men and boys who experienced breast growth during or after treatment with the drug, and required surgical intervention to remove breast tissue.

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Will I really not incur any costs unless a recovery is made in my case?

The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP offer free legal evaluations to victims of Risperdal. If you have a valid claim, we will handle your case on a contingency fee basis, which means you will pay no fees unless our attorneys obtain a recovery on your behalf. To learn more about your legal options, please give us a call at 1-855-511-1001.

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What experience does Bernstein Liebhard have in filing these types of cases?

Bernstein Liebhard LLP has exclusively represented injured consumers in complex individual and class action lawsuits for 20 years and has recovered over $3 billion on behalf of its clients. The Firm is staffed with highly-skilled attorneys with diverse legal backgrounds, as well as a contingent of in-house investigators and highly trained paralegals.

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Why should I choose Bernstein Liebhard firm to represent me?

Bernstein Liebhard LLP has exclusively represented injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have allegedly been harmed by dangerous drugs such as Risperdal. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the “Plaintiffs’ Hot List,” recognizing the top plaintiffs’ firms in the country, for the past 11 consecutive years.

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I do not speak English, does Bernstein Liebhard have any lawyers who I can speak with in Spanish?

Yes.  Bernstein Liebhard LLP has attorneys and legal staff available to answer any questions in English or Spanish that are related to a Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit.

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What are the statistics regarding Risperdal use in children?

In 2007, 389,000 teens and children were prescribed Risperdal. 240,000 of these patients were under the age of 12. Many of these children were prescribed the powerful antipsychotic as a treatment for attention deficit disorders, even though the drug was not approved for that use.

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When was Risperdal Approved by the FDA?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Risperdal in 1993 for use in patients with manic episodes or mixed delusional episodes as with patients who have schizophrenia. In 2001, the FDA required the drug label to include safety and efficacy data regarding the use of the drug in children. It was approved for use in children and teenagers in 2007 as a treatment for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

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What Type of Effects Does Gynecomastia Caused By Risperdal Have on Children?

Researchers have found that even mild breast tissue growth can have a negative psychological affect in boys. In fact, a study conducted by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital found that boys with breast enlargement had lower general health, mental health, and social functioning scores. Gynecomastia was also linked to lower self-esteem and diminished quality of life in emotional areas.

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Will Insurance Cover a Breast Reduction for My Son?

According to a study published in journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery breast reductions for males have been historically deemed a cosmetic procedure that is generally not covered by most insurance plans. In fact, researchers found that while 85 percent of female breast reduction surgeries are covered by insurance, only 35 percent of adolescent males who underwent breast reduction surgery were covered by their insurance plans.

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Two studies conducted in 2006 found that patients who were taking Risperdal had much higher than normal levels of prolactin, a hormone that promotes breast development and milk production. In fact, Swedish researchers found in a study of about 200 participants, that female patients had five times the normal levels of prolactin and male patients had three times the normal amount of prolactin when treated with Risperdal.

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Aside From Gynecomastia Has Risperdal Been Linked to Other Serious Side Effects?

Yes, Risperdal has been linked to tardive dyskinesia, a movement disorder that can cause uncontrolled movement of the arms and legs or the face, tongue, mouth, or jaws. The condition may continue after the medication is stopped.

Risperdal has also been linked to a rare but serious condition called Neuroleptic Malignant syndrome (NMS) which can cause fever, increased heartbeat, breathing problems, sweating, muscle stiffness, severe weakness and fatigue, seizures, and loss of bladder control. NMS has been found to occur even with low doses of the drug.

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What is the Status of Risperdal Mass Tort Proceedings in Pennsylvania?

Currently, more than 400 lawsuits have been filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and parent company Johnson & Johnson in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. The company has reportedly settled about 85 lawsuits while new lawsuits continue to be filed.

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What is the Settlement between J&J and the DOJ?

In November 2013, J&J settled with the U.S. Department of Justice over criminal and civil allegations regarding off-label marketing of Risperdal and other prescriptions. To resolve the allegations, J&J agreed to pay $2.2 billion. The government had accused J&J of marketing the drug for use in children before it was approved for those uses by the FDA, and that it marketed the drug for use in elderly patients with dementia when it was not approved for that use. Federal prosecutors also charged the company with concealing the side effects of the Risperdal, including Gynecomastia.

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What is the Status of the Risperdal Litigation in Louisiana?

Louisiana brought charges against J&J alleging that the off-label marketing of Risperdal caused false claims to be submitted to Medicaid. The court ruled in favor of the state and awarded $257.7 in civil fines, $3 million in costs and $70 million in attorney fees. However, in January 2014, the Louisiana Supreme Court found that the false claims violation charges could not hold because the state false claims law only applies to claims submitted by a healthcare provider.

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What is the Status of the Risperdal Litigation in Arkansas?

Arkansas charged J&J with violations of the state Medicaid false claims act and consumer protection laws, and deceptive marketing practices. The court ruled in favor of the state and awarded $1.19 billion for false claims, $11 million for consumer protection violations, $181 million in attorney fees and about $300,000 in costs. In March 2014, the Arkansas Supreme Court reversed the lower courts’ decision saying false claims violations could not stand because under state rules because of how the law is codified. Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has filed a petition for a rehearing.

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I believe that I have a Risperdal lawsuit. What is the first step that I need to take to seek compensation for my injuries?

After seeking medical attention, if necessary, it is important to contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP as soon as possible to determine whether you have a valid Risperdal lawsuit. There is no cost to speak with us, and the attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP can help to answer any questions that you may have pertaining to your potential Risperdal lawsuit.

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Does Risperdal cause impotence?

In 2009, researchers conducted a study to determine whether Risperdal and other newer antipsychotic medications could potentially cause sexual dysfunction. While the results were inconclusive, scientists found that 96 percent of Risperdal patients experienced overall sexual impairment compared to other patients taking other medications. Additionally, 80 percent of Risperdal users reported impaired desire, and 40 percent were suffering from erectile dysfunction.

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Is Risperdal addictive?

While Risperdal is not currently known to be an addictive medication, many patients have reported difficulty in ceasing to take the medication. In fact, several Risperdal patients have allegedly suffered from withdrawal symptoms while taking the medication. As a result, it is not recommended that patients stop taking Risperdal “cold turkey” without proper medical supervision. Symptoms of withdrawal may include nausea, itchiness, insomnia, dizziness, anxiety and agitation.

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Can Risperdal cause side effects similar to Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder that targets the body’s central nervous system, thus causing initial movement-related symptoms such as slowness, impaired balance, rigid muscles, tremors and shaking. Further progression of the disease can result in slowed cognitive speed, difficulty controlling impulses, quiet speech, apathy, depression and dementia. In some cases, Risperdal may cause similar side effects, including muscle stiffness, difficulty moving, anxiety, hypertension and shaking muscles. However, it is much less likely that a patient will develop these side effects than if he or she were to take older antipsychotic medications. There is no current scientific evidence to link Risperdal to Parkinson’s disease.

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Are other antipsychotics potentially associated with gynecomastia aside from Risperdal?

Invega, a similar atypical antipsychotic, is made with a paliperidone, which is the active metabolite of Risperdal’s active ingredient. According to many Invega patients throughout the U.S., Invega may also cause gynecomastia, or the development of male breasts. If you have taken Invega and are suffering from gynecomastia or enlarged/swollen male breasts you may qualify to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries. Contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP toll free at 1 (855) 511-1001 to learn more.

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What are the other names for Risperdal?

Risperdal is the brand-name of the oral version of risperidone. Although Risperdal is manufactured and marketed by Johnson & Johnson, generic versions of Risperdal are now available from 51 drug makers. Johnson & Johnson has also developed a product known as Risperdal Consta, the injectable form of Risperdal, which is not available generically. The street name for Risperdal is “Risk it All.”

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I am a female. I was prescribed and took Risperdal for several years and experienced harmful side effects. Am I entitled to file a lawsuit?

While several female patients in the U.S. have allegedly suffered from Risperdal side effects and may be wondering whether they are entitled to pursue a claim in an attempt to recover damages for their injuries, Bernstein Liebhard LLP is not accepting cases from females at this time.

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