What Is Risperdal And Gynecomastia?

Risperdal (risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic that has been prescribed to children to treat bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder and behavioral problems. Risperdal use has been linked to gynecomastia, the development of male breasts. Boys and young men who have developed excess breast tissue after using Risperdal may be entitled to monetary compensation for their injuries. Attorneys at the Willumsen Law Firm, P.C., are reviewing and accepting Risperdal-induced gynecomastia cases nationwide. To learn more, please call us today at 800-346-0139.

How Can Risperdal Cause Breast Development In Boys?

It has been alleged that Risperdal may increase levels of prolactin, a hormone that stimulates breast development in women. Young boys who have taken prolactin and are displaying increased levels of this hormone may develop male breasts, the growth of which is scientifically referred to as gynecomastia. Boys who have developed gynecomastia may experience pain or nipple discharge.

Research has surfaced supporting allegations that Risperdal may cause the development of breasts in young males. A study published in a 2006 issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology stated that risperidone, which is the generic of Risperdal, "administered to adolescents at doses commonly used for the treatment of psychotic symptoms can strongly increase prolactin levels, with clinical consequences such as gynecomastia." The study also indicated that because the long-term effects of Risperdal are not well-documented with particular regard to growth and a delay in puberty, the drug should be prescribed with caution to children and adolescents.

What Side Effects Have Been Linked To Risperdal?

Young boys who have developed breasts as result of Risperdal use can suffer from severe psychological trauma. As a result, many doctors have reportedly recommended that adolescent males who suffer from gynecomastia undergo surgery. Mild cases can be resolved with liposuction, while more severe cases will require a mastectomy.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued several warnings related to Risperdal. Due to growing controversy, Johnson & Johnson has paid billions of dollars to resolve federal allegations and avoid major consequences.

Risperdal has been linked to many severe side effects, including:

  • Gynecomastia (growth of male breasts, which may be painful or tender)
  • Galactorrhea (production of milk from breasts)
  • Diabetes and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
  • Bone loss (demineralization)
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Tardive dyskinesia (involuntary movement disorder)
  • Weight gain, which may be severe
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)
  • Heart problems, heart attacks or irregular heart rhythm
  • Suicide
  • Pancreatitis
  • Increased risk of death among elderly people with dementia

Call Now To Find Out If You Are Entitled To Compensation

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