Suffering from a mental illness is never an easy experience for patients or their families. Some of these conditions, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and autism are treated with atypical antipsychotic drugs. One such drug is known as Risperdal. It was designed to reduce the side effects that are common in older medications that were used to treat psychotic disorders. Unfortunately, Risperdal has been linked to several dangerous side effects of its own.
The Link Between Risperdal, Prolactin Levels, and Adverse Side Effects
One reason why Risperdal use has proven to cause hazardous side effects is related to its link to increased levels of the hormone prolactin. The following is an overview of this link:
- Risperdal has been linked to stimulation of the pituitary gland.
- Stimulation of the pituitary gland can lead to high levels of the hormone prolactin.
- Prolactin is responsible for stimulating breast tissue development.
- Prolactin also causes lactation in pregnant and nursing women.
- However, prolactin is a hormone that is normally at very low levels in males, young children, and women who are not nursing or pregnant.
- When prolactin levels are raised in these groups of people, premature breasts can develop in young girls, lactation can occur in non-nursing and non-pregnant women, men, and children, men may develop breast tissue, and all groups may be at risk of developing pituitary tumors.
Patients who have taken Risperdal and suffered side effects may be entitled to compensation from the drug’s manufacturer. If you were injured after taking Risperdal, it is important to act quickly in order to protect your legal rights. We encourage you to reach out today for a free consultation.