Risperdal gynecomastia is the excessive development of breast tissue in men and boys who have been treated with the antipsychotic drug, Risperdal. At present, dozens of lawsuits have been filed in courts around the US that accuse Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen unit of concealing this serious Risperdal side effect. The victims of Risperdal breast growth often undergo painful surgical procedures, including liposuction and mastectomy, to remove excess breast tissue.
Risperdal male breast development is much more than just an embarrassing problem, and can have major effects on victims' physical and emotional health. Patients who have suffered Risperdal gynecomastia may be entitled to compensation for the physical, financial, and emotional damages associated with their injury. Contact Jensen and Associates to learn more about the Risperdal gynecomastia litigation, and to explore your legal options.
According to Risperdal’s label, scientists do not understand its mechanism of action. However, this is not uncommon for drugs designed to treat schizophrenia. Medical experts speculate that Risperdal blocks dopamine Type 2 receptors and serotonin Type 2 receptors in the brain. Risperdal is less likely than some antipsychotic drugs to cause involuntary body movements at low doses. Risperdal comes in various forms including tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, oral solutions, and intramuscular injections.
Many studies have shown that children who take Risperdal have excessive amounts of the hormone prolactin. This chemical is responsible for breast development in girls, as well as lactation in nursing mothers. At least one study has indicated that prolactin levels in Risperdal users may stay elevated for as much as two years after use of the drug ends. In clinical trials involving 1,885 children taking Risperdal, 43 experienced abnormal growth of breast tissue.
If you or a loved one took Risperdal and developed side effects, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Contact Jensen and Associates for a free case evaluation.