Side Effects of Risperdal, Other Antipsychotics Tied to Kidney Injury: Study

Risperdal Kidney Injury Risks

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Side Effects of Risperdal, Other Antipsychotics Tied to Kidney Injury: Study

Elderly patients taking atypical antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal may have an increased risk of kidney damage and other injuries.

According to the findings of an important new study, side effects of Risperdal and other popular antipsychotic drugs may increase the risk of acute kidney injury among elderly patients. In the study, published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found that using atypical antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal more than doubles a patient’s risk of acute kidney injury and death, and nearly doubles their risk of low blood pressure and acute urinary retention. If you believe you have been adversely affected by kidney damage or another potential Risperdal side effect, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help put you in touch with an experienced Risperdal attorney today.

Antipsychotic Drugs and the Elderly

Antipsychotic medications already pose a potentially deadly health risk for elderly patients, especially when used as a form of chemical restraint in nursing homes, due to a known increased risk of death associated with the use of antipsychotics among the elderly. In this latest study, the researchers analyzed the side effects of Risperdal and other atypical antipsychotics by conducting a population-based cohort study involving adults aged 65 and older, who had received a prescription for an antipsychotic drug between 2003 and 2012. The results were then compared to a population of elderly individuals who did not receive an antipsychotic prescription.

Risperdal Kidney Injury Risk

According to the study findings, the absolute increased risk for acute kidney injury associated with Risperdal, Seroquel or Zyprexa was 2.12 times higher than the risk among elderly patients not prescribed an antipsychotic, and the risk of hospitalization was 73% higher. There were a number of other antipsychotic-related risks that concerned the researchers as well, including a 2.39-times increased risk of all-cause mortality, a 1.91-times increased risk of hypotension (dangerously low blood pressure), and a 1.98-times higher risk of urinary retention among the elderly. Overall, “the findings support current safety concerns about the use of these drugs in older adults,” the researchers concluded.

Contact a Qualified Risperdal Attorney for Help

This isn’t the first time Risperdal maker Johnson & Johnson has been accused of marketing a drug that could potentially harm elderly individuals. In November 2013, J&J agreed to pay $2.2 billion to resolve a federal probe into the drug company’s Risperdal marketing practices, which involved allegedly engaging in an illegal kickback scheme to convince doctors to prescribe Risperdal to elderly nursing home patients, despite knowing that the drug increased the risk of death among the elderly. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a potential side effect of Risperdal, such as acute kidney injury or another life-threatening complication, contact a reputable Risperdal lawyer today to discuss your options for legal recourse.

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