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What is Risperdal?

Risperdal is one of the many medications prescribed for people suffering from schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder (also called manic depression). Children with autism are also prescribed Risperdal to help them handle the symptoms of irritability. Being an anti-psychotic medication, Risperdal functions by altering the effects of chemicals in the brain.

Risperdal is a member of a class of atypical antipsychotics, and common side effects are significant weight gain, rashes, indigestion, agitation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, anxiety, nasal congestions and coughing, upper respiratory tract infections, and many others. Although rare, some patients can also suffer from complications such as sexual dysfunction, sudden cardiac arrest, stroke, and other serious complications. Those who suffer from immediate complications after taking Risperdal, particularly signs of allergic reactions, should seek medical help. Accordingly, doctors advice their patients to stop taking Risperdal after feeling serious or alarming side effects.

Risperdal is doctor-prescribed, therefore you can only get it if your doctor believes it is necessary and beneficial for your condition. Proper check-up regarding the condition and patient’s medical history should be conducted first in order to get the medicine. If you choose to have Risperdal, it would be best to inform your doctor about possible allergic reactions you might suspect can occur. You should also inform your doctor about your other allergies, since the ingredients (whether active or inactive) can cause allergic reactions or other health complications. If you have suffered from or is prone to the following conditions, then best to talk with your doctor first before taking Risperdal: liver or kidney disease, problems swallowing, breast cancer, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, strokes, and dehydration.

Abruptly stopping your Risperdal medication can cause withdrawal symptoms and rapid relapse, therefore it is strongly advised to gradually lower the dosage and withdrawal from the drug. Taking Risperdal can make you more sensitive to extreme temperatures, so try to avoid places that are too cold or too hot, and keep yourself properly hydrated all the time. Because it can impair your processing and reaction skills, you shouldn’t drive or do activities that calls for your full attention and alertness. Don’t drink alcohol because it can only increase the side effects of Risperdal.

Recall and Regulation of the DePuy ASR Hip

The majority of hip replacement surgeries are completely beneficial to patients with a success rate of about 98%. So starting around 2008, when a large influx of failure reports surfaced, many doctors and researchers were surprised. The staggering majority of the reports were from patients who had received the DePuy ASR Hip System. DePuy Orthopaedics is a division of Johnson & Johnson. The ASR Hip System was released in the United States for medical market use starting in 2005. Both the ball and socket are manufactured with a cobalt and chromium alloy. This hip implant was the first of its kind to use these metallic materials for total hip replacement surgery.

The DePuy ASR was recalled by DePuy Orthopaedics in 2010 after a staggering amount of data confirmed the high failure rate of the implant. Many people experienced extreme discomfort within the first five years that the hip was installed. When undergoing an arthroplastic surgery like a total hip replacement, doctors are liable to make mistakes like misaligning the ball and socket. This misalignment can cause unnecessary wear to the implanted material as well as post-operative dislocation of the joint. However, many people that suffered as a result of being implanted with the DePuy hip experienced pain because of the product’s defective design, not medical negligence. Because the product’s design is flawed, there have been hundreds of lawsuits filed by individuals who have been hurt due to faulty implants.

Many doctors and researchers mention that the metallic material of the implant is not conducive to the surrounding sensitive tissue. As the muscle and tissue surrounding the acetabulum and femoral head heals from surgery, it can often be aggravated by the DePuy ASR metal shavings. The cobalt and chromium technology can increase metal ion levels in the patient’s bloodstream. Patients that have been fortunate enough to not need numerous surgeries after injuries related to the DePuy ASR are encouraged to make annual appointments with their orthopaedic physician in order to measure blood levels and check on the condition of the hip implant.