As Risperdal Lawsuits Move Forward, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes New Study Finding Increased Risk of Heart Events in Elderly Treated with Antipsychotic Drugs
New York, New York (PRWEB) January 07, 2014As Risperdal lawsuits, (http://www.risperdallawsuitcenter.com/) including many that allege a connection between the use of Risperdal and gynecomastia (male breast growth), continue to move forward in courts around the U.S., a new study has found that elderly people treated with Risperdal and other antipsychotic drugs may face a substantially increased risk for a major adverse cardiovascular disease event. The study, which was based on a review of Danish health records involving more than 1 million people, found that the risk was highest during the first month of treatment, and that it remained elevated among patients who were 70 or older. The research was presented in November at the American Heart Association scientific sessions in Dallas.*
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Antipsychotics boosted CVD events in elderly
DALLAS – Elderly patients who started treatment with an antipsychotic drug had a substantially increased risk for a major adverse cardiovascular disease event, especially during the first month on treatment, according to Danish national records from more than 1 million people.
The risk remained elevated even when the analysis focused on elderly people who were aged 70 years or older and were without cardiovascular disease or dementia at the time of their first use of an antipsychotic medication, Dr. Charlotte Andersson and her associates reported in a poster at the American Heart Association scientific sessions.
Treatment was linked with a significantly increased rate of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) at some time during follow-up for all eight antipsychotic drugs studied in detail: haloperidol (Haldol), flupentixol (Fluanxol), chlorprothixene, levomepromazine (Nozinan), quetiapine (Seroquel), risperidone (Risperdal), olanzapine, and ziprasidone (Geodon), reported Dr. Andersson, a researcher at Gentofte Hospital in Copenhagen. The MACE association was relatively weak for ziprasidone, but it was robust for the other seven agents.
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