Many antipsychotic drugs have been under fire as of late because of the abnormal side effects on the participants. Children and adults who take medication for an assortment of psychological issues have reasons to question the safety of their drug for its intended purpose as well as its off-labeled and deregulated usage. Drugs such as Risperdal and metabolite partner Invega are under scrutiny because of its severe side effects and the extreme amount prescribed to its off-labeled treatments.
Invega works by its active components which are metabolized by the body to target serotonin in addition to dopamine. This atypical relationship helps to eventually produce a positive physiological effect that could change the patient’s life. The success rate of the drug has allowed its profit margin to reach up to $424 million in 2010 alone. This second generation antipsychotic is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, autism and bipolar disorder. However the same ingredients that cause it to work are also the same components that make it very risky to take.
The off-labeled uses combined with its intended purpose make up a pool of millions of patients. One of its off-labeled uses is for ADHD. However, some experts say that ADHD is over-diagnosed and misdiagnosed making the study at Michigan State University in 2010 extremely alarming since the evidence shows that as many as 1 million children may be misdiagnosed with ADHD simply because they are the youngest members in their class at school. This condition that is related to excess motor activity, inattention and impulsive behavior are supposed to be subdued by altering the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. According to a study in 2012, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, doctors prescribed the drugs to 70% of the children when compared to 50% of adults. Overall, more than 3.5 million children with ADHD are taking drugs similar to Invega despite abnormal levels of hormones in a growing body. This is concerning when the side effects are physically altering, especially when a child or adult may be misdiagnosed. Some of the risking when taking Invega include:
- Gynecomastia (male breasts)
- Pituitary Tumors
- Movement Disorders
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Blackbox warning for elderly patients with dementia
Lawsuits are effective in this matter because of defective design and unreasonable dangerous drugs sold under misleading marketing claims which failed to include proper warnings about the side effects of Invega. With Invega being a top drug in antipsychotic medicine as well as a leading competitor in the treatment of ADHD, the company- Janssen- should be held liable for injuries sustained while taking the drug as well as take accountability for releasing a potentially dangerous drug in the marketplace.
If you or anyone you know have suffered from bag drugs such as Invega, please feel free to call the defective drug lawyers at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA for a free evaluation with a professional: (833) 606-DRUG . Do not let manufacturers get away with serious side effects like gynecomastia. You are more than a statistic.
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