Risperdal and Invega are both atypical anti-psychotic drugs existing for years now and among the bestsellers in the market. Both drugs made billions of dollars for its creator, which concludes that, countless number of people have already consumed these drugs. That being said simply means that there are people out there who are suffering from Risperdal’s horrible serious adverse effects which could be permanent movement disorders.
Both Risperdal and Invega are newer version of antipsychotic drugs to which the formulation is different from the older version. They perform with greater efficacy to treatment-resistant patients but despite of this, these Second-Generation Antipsychotics have their own downfall as they could lead to movement disorders such as Parkinsonism, dyskinesia and tardive dystonia.
Movement disorders could include a series of short, quick and uncontrollable movements of the patient’s limbs, head and tongue. At some cases, these movements come along with slow and painful twisting which repeats over and over again.
A person with movement disorder can experience psychological problems caused by low self-esteem. They feel embarrassed to go out to the public as the drug-induced condition could happen at any time, in any day. The problem may still continue even after they stopped the medication that caused the condition.
Movement Disorders and Second-Generation Anti-psychotics
Movement disorders induced by medications are caused by abnormalities of activities in the brain as the drug blocks the brain’s neurotransmitter. In general, it is believed that atypical drugs have lower like hood to cause movement disorders compared to First-Generation Antipsychotic medications.
A number of movement disorders linked to Risperdal and Invega were reported and these three were the most common.
Tardive Dyskinesia, Tardive Dystonia and Parkinsonism
Tardive Dyskinesia mostly affects older female Risperdal users. This condition is a neurological syndrome characterized by involuntary and repetitive movements. Tardive Dyskinesia have already been long existing although scientific studies show that certain medicines could cause this condition. Symptoms of dyskinesia worsen when a patient is agitated or stressed.
• Rapid blinking of eyes
• Lip smacking
• Tongue twitching and protruding out of the mouth
• Raising eyebrows
• Foot and toe tapping
• Body jerking
• Jerky hand, finger and arm movements
• Facial grimacing, tic-like movements
Tardive Dystonia often affects men. While “dyskinesia” involves quick movements, tardive dystonia is slower and the patient will experience painful muscle twisting.
• Difficulty speaking (dystonia)
• running out of breath mid-sentence
• Grinding of teeth
• Involuntary flinging out arms or legs
• Difficulty walking and breathing
• Abnormal body postures
Parkinsonism is listed as one of the most common side effects of Risperdal and Invega to which it is the elderlies who often suffer. Medical experts call this condition as drug-induced Parkinsonism. Symptoms of the condition are almost similar to tardive dystonia and dyskinesia.
• Decrease in facial expressions
• Loss or weakness of movement
• Soft voice
• Stiffness of torso, arms or legs
• Memory loss
• Difficulty controlling body movements
• Slow, shuffling gait
• Stooped posture
All of these movement disorders were mentioned on the packaging label of the drug. These three movement disorders can be possibly felt by the patient at a time.
Consumers vs. Johnson and Johnson
Lawsuits circling Johnson and Johnson are thrown by those who suffered from side effects of Risperdal are growing. Federal government, law makers and some medical institutions have been after J&J’s and some billion-dollar worth of settlements and lawsuits were done.
Currently, patients suffered from the effects of gynecomastia or breast enlargement on men from taking Risperdal or Invega are the major players that J&J faced. Those who experienced Risperdal movement disorders or any other serious adverse effects of Invega or Risperdal are encouraged to step forward.
Risperdal side effect victim, Elizabeth Liss was awarded by a Philadelphia court of a settlement worth $6.7 million last 2000. The award was for the damage brought by tardive dyskinesia, the adverse effect she got when she took the drug to her bipolar disorder. On February 2014, a Chicago jury awarded a $1.5 million settlement to a family of a child who developed an irreversible tardive dyskinesia after taking Risperdal for autism.
Risperdal lawsuits are spread across the states. If you or a family or a friend has been injured by Risperdal’s side effects, you always have the option to step forward and fight for your rights. Drugwatch is here to help. Contact one of our experts and let us guide you through your legal options.