An Ohio agency is seeking to find other ways of treating children with mental or behavioral issues than with antipsychotic drugs now associated with serious side effects, like those alleged in Risperdal lawsuit filings.

According to a February 10th report from Ohio.com, Ohio Minds Matter launched about a year and a half ago to help reduce the overuse of psychiatric medications in young children covered by Medicaid, and to educate the general public about available alternatives. The initiative includes psychiatrists, pediatricians, court representatives, school officials, parent representatives and other individuals from the Northeast Ohio region, the article states.

Given the recent testimonies from parents who have since decided to forgo medication as a treatment option for their children, the mission already seems to be taking off.

One woman quoted in the article says her 14-year son is now using a handheld biofeedback device to treat symptoms associated with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), for example. The device works to lower his pulse and provide him with visual cues when he is able to calm himself down.

“He was on an anxiety medication and it really did not go well,” she told Ohio.com.

Gynecomastia, other Side Effects Alleged in Risperdal Lawsuit Filings

Ohio Minds Matter also works to educate parents and doctors about the side effects associated with drugs like Risperdal, which is now involved in mounting Risperdal lawsuit litigation over its alleged association with male breast growth and other side effects. This condition is known as gynecomastia, and the symptoms of which have been suggested in recent studies to persist up to two years after discontinued use of the medication.

According to the vice president and medical director of Child Guidance and Family Solutions in Ohio, medications like this “can also be used to effectively treat severe aggressiveness or as a mood stabilizer but carry risks, including weight gain that can lead to diabetes, cardiovascular problems and other health problems.”

“Awareness is a piece of the puzzle,” he added.

Adding perspective to concerns surrounding Risperdal and other antipsychotic drugs is the rising number of lawsuits that have been filed on behalf of men and young boys who may have sustained Risperdal gynecomastia injuries. Right now, more than 200 claims alleging this side effect and others are now pending in a consolidated Pennsylvania litigation underway in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Filing a Risperdal Lawsuit

If you or a loved one sustained Risperdal gynecomastia side effects, the time is now to pursue a lawsuit against its manufacturer. Call us today at (877) 779-1414.

Published February 12, 2014 by