I found some responses to the use of the drug Risperdal in a forum: here are some pros and cons:
PROS: Got rid of the self-talk.
DISADVANTAGES: I still have severe fear and refuse to leave your house.
PROS: It got rid of my psychosis
CONS: It spoiled every little thing that made me, Reasons cognitive problems after also short usage.
PROS: Quit voices
CONS: increased suicidal thoughts, nausea, thirsty, too tired to operate
PROS: Brings me back to fact. Takes away my arbitrary temper contractions I acquire.
DISADVANTAGES: Makes you actually drowsy.
PROS: Made me feel better, appeared to decrease auditory aberrations
DISADVANTAGES: Weight gain w/o raised cravings or reduced workout
PROS: Gave me Man Boobs!
CONS: Can’t reach my bra strap.
No Laughing Matter!
Risperdal, was approved by the FDA in 1993, as an antipsychotic medication.
On MY Facebook account – where my account information is private I keep getting advertisements for mental health drugs and mental health products and therapy – gosh, you would think SOMEONE might be selling my personal data??? Today, seen this ad- “Risperdal has been found to increase a hormone which stimulates male breast growth.” My knee jerk reaction and response turned into the above-cartoon. Then i asked: IS THAT TRUE?
2009 “Persistent elevation of prolactin for periods up to 2 years has been documented in maintenance treatment with risperidone”. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19702492
2006 “Risperidone administered to adolescents at doses commonly used for the treatment of psychotic symptoms can strongly increase prolactin levels, with clinical consequences such as gynecomastia and/or galactorrhea” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16633146
This really is not all that funny of a side-effect, well, okay…yes there is some humor noir but not for the boys and men who are dealing with Gynecomastia (Male Breast Growth). At 400lbs. I know what it’s like to have man boobs! The joke is not at my peers that are effected, rather the fact that drugs like these are the choices we have/had to pick from to find sanity again.
“The condition is usually permanent, and in most cases, boys with Risperdal-associated gynecomastia must undergo breast reduction surgery or mastectomy to correct the problem which is a very painful surgery.” – say Acosta & Williams Law Firm
In fact, there are huge law firms in all 50 states currently accepting Risperdal induced injury cases.
As of September 2012, Johnson & Johnson faces 420 Risperdal lawsuits — of which, 130 involve gynecomastia claims.
Google: Risperdal lawsuits