|Wednesday, 03 May 2006|
"I trusted the doctors, I trusted the FDA ... and I feel betrayed by both," says Erin Evans, the mother of Rex who was prescribed the 'atypical' antipsychotic, Risperdal (risperidone) at age 8.
The drug damaged his brain--he now has to live with tardive dyskinesia (TD), an irreversible, severely disfiguring, neurological condition which is a risk linked to ALL antipsychotics. The manufacturer, Janssen, says, “Nobody knows how many children on atypicals get TD, but it's rare in adults.”
New anti-psychotic drugs carry risks for children
By Marilyn Elias,
Evan Kitchens had problems from birth. He suffered from lack of oxygen during a difficult delivery. As a baby, he wouldn't nurse properly, didn't want to be held and screamed for hours. "He hardly slept at all," says his mother, Mary Kitchens, a florist in Bandera, Texas.
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