Prescription Serious Side Effects & Adverse Events
Risperdal has been shown to have serious long-lasting complications in some patients. Some of these complications include gynecomastia in men, diabetes, stroke, and substantial weight gain. All of these serious complications can occur when taking the medication normally. Gynecomastia, or male breast growth, has become most common in young boys who take the medication for bipolar disorder, while strokes have become common in older individuals. Since coming on the market in 1993 the drug has gone through many clinical trials to determine risk factors for these serious complications. In 2005 Risperdal was given a Black Box Warning by the FDA to warn older individuals that the drug could increase their risk of death by stroke. In 2006 gynecomastia was determined to be another side effect of the drug in many boys. Even so, Risperdal was approved for use in children 10 and older in 2007 and continues to be a popular antipsychotic medication for certain pediatric patients. The drug has also been found to increase the appetite of its users and cause substantial weight gain. With weight gain the risk of type 2 diabetes also increases and many patients who find it difficult to control their weight on the drug increase their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.