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John Hinckley Jr. given Risperdal

April 24th, 2015

The man who famously shot Ronald Reagan and three others in 1981—in an attempt to impress Jodie Foster—now spends half of his time in his mother’s gated community and takes the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. John Hinckley Jr. has largely been cleared of the mental illness that saved him from prison, though he still routinely takes drugs such as Risperdal and Zoloft.

Risperdal was approved in the 1990s to treat patients who suffer from mental conditions such as bipolar disorder. However, the drug has also been given to children to treat conditions such as ADHD at an alarming rate, despite potential side effects.

Studies have found that Risperdal leads to an increased level of prolactin, the hormone responsible for breast tissue growth. Manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals and parent company Johnson & Johnson could face thousands of lawsuits alleging that the drug caused breast tissue growth in boys and male adolescents.

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