What is Risperdal Prescribed for?
What is Risperdal prescribed for?
Risperdal is the most prescribed antipsychotic drug prescribed in the United States, and it is intended to treat delusional psychoses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that causes people to suffer delusions and hallucinations, and in extreme cases can cause them to fail to differentiate between fantasy and reality. Bipolar disorder is a psychological condition characterized by extreme mood swings.
The drug works because it shuts down the brain’s response to a chemical called dopamine. This neurotransmitter is responsible for feelings of pleasure and desire, but an irregular balance of it can cause people to suffer debilitating neurological disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Like any other drug, Risperdal causes some severe side effects. Aside from nausea, insomnia, and low blood pressure, atypical antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal are known to cause motor skill and coordination disorders and a rare and potentially fatal condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome. This side effect causes muscle rigidity, unstable blood pressure, high fever, and can cause death in as little as three days.
If you or someone you love used Risperdal and suffered serious side effects you may be entitled to compensation for your condition. A dedicated and understanding Risperdal lawyer is ready to help you through your difficult times and see you get the justice you deserve. Contact us today.