Risperdal, a controversial antipsychotic drug used to treat bipolar disorder, autism and schizophrenia, has recently been linked to cellulitis. This condition occurs as an aggressive bacterial infection that appears as a swollen, red area of skin that feels hot and tender. For Risperdal users diagnosed with cellulitis, complications may include blood poisoning, abscesses, and bacterial meningitis.
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If cellulitis bacteria enters the bloodstream, it can cause blood poisoning (septicemia). Symptoms of this condition may include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Rapid breathing
- Low blood pressure
- Changes in mental behavior
- Reduced urine flow
- Cold, clammy skin
- Pale skin
- Loss of consciousness
If you are a Risperdal user who is experiencing any of these symptoms, you should dial 9-1-1 immediately.
In some patients with cellulitis, abscesses may develop around the infection site. An abscess is a swollen, pus-filled lump under the skin caused by a buildup of bacteria and white blood cells. In some cases, the antibiotic medications used to treat cellulitis may also help clear up the abscess. However, if this not the case, the pus will have to be drained through a cut in the skin.
Facial Cellulitis & Meningitis
Facial cellulitis is a rare infection that occurs on the face. It accounts for under 10% of all cases of cellulitis. Facial cellulitis is most commonly reported in children under the age of three, and in adults over 50. If facial cellulitis is left untreated in children, the bacteria can travel to the brain and cause meningitis.
Symptoms of meningitis include:
- Stiff neck
- Confusion/difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to light
- Lack of interest in drinking and eating
- Skin rash
Meningitis is a severe medical condition that should be treated as an emergency. If untreated, bacterial infections can cause permanent brain damage and serious infections in the patient’s bloodstream.
Do I Have a Risperdal Cellulitis Lawsuit?
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