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Risperdal Gynecomastia Side Effect Attorneys

overweight boy, risperdal gynecomastia side effect attorneysRisperdal is an antipsychotic drug used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in adults and adolescents ages 10-17. After receiving FDA approval in 1993, in 2005 the FDA required that Risperdal and other antipsychotic drugs include a black-box warning on the package insert to emphasize the increased risk of death in patients who take the drugs for dementia-related psychosis.

Johnson & Johnson, whose subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals manufactures Risperdal, is currently facing a number of lawsuits from Risperdal patients who claim to have been physically, emotionally and socially harmed by a Risperdal side effect known as gynecomastia. If you or a loved one has been harmed by this dangerous drug, contact our experienced Risperdal injury attorneys today at (404) 419-9500 or by filling out the form on this page.

Risperdal Gynecomastia: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Gynecomastia is the medical term for the development of breast tissue in males. Risperdal’s link to gynecomastia has been well-documented. Experts believe that Risperdal-induced gynecomastia develops because Risperdal works to block dopamine and, as a result, the pituitary gland releases prolactin, a hormone that stimulates breast development and milk production in women.

The company’s own prescribing information includes the results of a study which found heightened levels of prolactin in:

Symptoms of Gynecomastia

Although Risperdal-induced gynecomastia does not cause severe health complications, the condition can be psychologically and emotionally damaging, especially for young men. Many of the men and boys taking Risperdal have existing emotional and behavioral issues apart from the drug and its effects.

Surgery may be required to correct gynecomastia, although liposuction may be used to remove breast tissue in mild to moderate cases. In more severe cases, the patient may need a breast reduction procedure or even a mastectomy to remove breast tissue and excess breast skin.

Risperdal Side Effects

Other side effects reported by some patients taking Risperdal include:

Risperdal pill box, Risperdal tablets, lawsuits for breast development in malesRisperdal Lawsuits on the Rise

In September 2012, Bloomberg reported that Johnson & Johnson, Janssen’s parent company, faced roughly 130 lawsuits from young men who suffered from gynecomastia after taking Risperdal. In late 2012, the company confidentially settled six cases.

Additional, Johnson & Johnson has been fined more than $1 billion by numerous state governments due to the company’s improper marketing of Risperdal.

Contact Our Dangerous Drug Law Firm

The defective drug attorneys at Childers, Schlueter & Smith are currently reviewing Risperdal cases in which a patient has been diagnosed with gynecomastia. If you have questions or concerns, contact one of our Risperdal lawyers today for a free evaluation. All inquires are completely confidential.