Child with Autism

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to buy into so-called cures for autism. The reason is that no cure exists. However, the condition does require ongoing treatment and lifestyle adjustment. As such, products or treatments that claim to “cure” autism, don’t really work as claimed. The same is true of products that claim to “treat” autism or ease certain symptoms related to autism, the FDA warns, adding that some of these so-called treatments and cures could pose significant health risks. One controversial medication that has been used in the treatment of autism is Risperdal. However, due to serious side effects, the drug has been the subject of numerous Risperdal lawsuits filed nationwide.

What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Child with Autism Spectrum DisorderThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that one in 68 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder or ASD. These disorders are reported throughout all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups and are about 4.5 times more common among boys than girls. Children diagnosed with ASD tend to have difficulties with social interaction and often display problems with verbal and nonverbal communication showing repetitive behaviors and having narrow, obsessive interests. These behaviors can vary in impact, on a spectrum from mild to disabling.

Is Risperdal Effective In Treating ASD?

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Risperdal has been shown to be effective in the treatment of ASD related symptoms. Specifically, the drug reduces the number and severity of behaviors such as aggression and repetitive actions. Children taking the medication have also shown improvement in attention span and the ability to participate in treatment activities. However, Risperdal does not cure autism, and it carries with it some serious risks and side effects that can be permanent.

Why Is Risperdal Dangerous?

The FDA first approved the use of Risperdal in 1993, for the treatment of schizophrenia. Since then, the drug has been found to be effective in the treatment of manic and mixed episodes of Bipolar I Disorder as well as Autism Spectrum Disorders. However, numerous adverse effects have been linked to the use of Risperdal. Adults and children on these drugs may experience heart problems, diabetes, gynecomastia, stroke, and the growth of pituitary tumors. Risperdal use may also cause extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) of movement disorders such as tardive dyskinesia, tardive dystonia and Parkinsonism. EPS is a muscular and neurological issue where patients display uncontrolled, repeated movements of their heads and limbs. Some of these side effects can have devastating consequences and can even be permanent.

Contact an Experienced Risperdal Lawyer

Experienced Risperdal Lawyer meeting clientIf you or someone you know has experienced serious side effects after taking the drug Risperdal, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced Risperdal lawyers across the country, who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file a Risperdal lawsuit for you, and they charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free, no obligation case evaluation, call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.


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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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