Invega (paliperidone) is an antipsychotic drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2006.
It is used to treat certain mental/mood disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability associated with autistic disorder.
You or someone you care about may have been prescribed the drug to treat ADHD, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder. It works by targeting both serotonin and dopamine receptors in the brain. This helps control feelings of happiness and reward. It may also help in treating negative symptoms, such as social withdrawal, apathy, lack of motivation, and inability to experience pleasure.
However, if you are looking to file a lawsuit for adverse health complications, you should reach out to our Invega lawyers to discuss your rights and options.
What are the Serious Side Effects of Invega?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued recommendations to health officials, healthcare providers, and facilities to keep an eye out for gynecomastia among patients who have undergone the treatment of Invega, and to take all necessary precautions in order to prevent such disease.
One of the most serious concerns that Invega poses is the development of breasts in young boys. This can cause serious physiological effects on young boys and men. Because the drug hasn’t been approved for use in children younger than 12 years, it is crucial to know if your child is a victim of male breast growth.
Some of the symptoms of gynecomastia include but aren’t limited to:
- Pain or discomfort in the breast area
- Nipple discharge
- Swelling in the breast area
Although gynecomastia is not a significant threat to physical health, some cases aren’t so easily resolved. Patients may need to undergo breast reduction surgery in order to restore their body’s normal shape. It has been linked to serious medical conditions. Some of these conditions are life-threatening.
Another serious side effect is movement disorders. These disorders include uncontrolled movements involving the limbs, head or tongue. Sometimes involuntary grunting noises are made as well. Other side effects include diabetes and heart problems. These conditions can be disruptive, embarrassing, and tiring. In many cases, the condition remains after the medication is stopped.
Anyone who has experienced any of these side effects after taking Invega should reach out to a lawyer.
Other Common Side Effects
Stop taking paliperidone and contact your doctor at once if you experience the following side effects:
- Fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats.
- Restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck.
- Drooling, tremor (uncontrolled shaking).
- Seizure, convulsions).
- Fever, chills, body aches, flu-like symptoms.
More significant possible side effects include low blood pressure, dizziness, heart palpitations, sleepiness, constipation, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and fatigue. This is not a complete list of all possible side effects.
Talk To An Attorney About Filing an Invega Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has used paliperidone and suffered from gynecomastia, you may have legal recourse to collect compensation for surgical expenses, hospital bills, mental anguish, and other damages with the help of an Invega lawyer.
The criteria for filing an Invega lawsuit include the following:
- Must be male
- Must be currently younger than 21 years of age
- Started taking Invega before 10/2006
- Developed breast growth with or without lactation, or diagnosed with gynecomastia