For over two decades, many scientists suspected that there was a link between use of antipsychotic drugs, like Risperdal, and the development of pituitary tumors. Risperdal is a drug often used to treat schizophrenia, paranoia, and manic-depression. It is the most widely used medication within the class of drugs known as atypical antipsychotics. A systematic study produced by Duke University Medical Center and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially documented the connection, clearly establishing the connection between specific antipsychotic medications and adverse reports of pituitary tumors. The findings from the study were published in a 2006 issue of Pharmacotherapy.
An Overview of Pituitary Tumors and the Link to Risperdal
The development of pituitary tumors is not something that should be taken lightly by patients or their physicians. The following is an overview of this potentially adverse side effect that may occur after the use of Risperdal:
- A pituitary tumor is an irregular growth found in the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is a small organ the size of a dime. It is positioned in the center of the brain.
- The pituitary gland produces hormones that affect growth as well as the functions of other glands in the body.
- While some pituitary tumors are non-cancerous and slow growing, others can present severe side effects and risks. When the tumors grow, they can press on surrounding tissue and cause hormonal problems. In other cases, they may press on the optic nerve and cause vision loss.
- Treatment for pituitary tumors may range from drug therapy to surgery. A physician will help patients determine the right treatment for their particular circumstances. Unfortunately, some of the complications that stem from pituitary tumors may be permanent.
Unfortunately, pituitary tumors are not the only risk associated with the use of this medication. If you or a loved one took Risperdal and developed an adverse side effect, you may have a claim for compensation. We can help you navigate this process. We encourage you to check out our many case results to learn more.