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Risperdal In Children

Concerns about the use of Risperdal in children have continued to grow, with a settlement from Johnson & Johnson over off-label treatment as well as its association with gynecomastia in young boys.

Risperdal is the brand name for the drug risperidone used to treat schizophrenia in teenagers and adults, Bipolar I Disorder in those aged 10 and older, and irritability associated with autistic disorder in children aged 5-16 years. In addition to the rising number of Risperdal lawsuits filed over the use of Risperidone in children, Johnson & Johnson paid $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil charges involving the company’s off-label promotion of the drug. This settlement was filed with the U.S. Department of Justice and reached in November 2013.

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, high blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
  • Bone loss (demineralization)
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Tardive dyskinesia (involuntary movement disorder)
  • Weight gain, which may be severe
  • Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)
  • Heart problems, heart attack, irregular heart rhythm
  • Suicide
  • Pancreatitis


In addition to reports of men and young boys developing breasts as large as D cups, many Risperdal patients have also allegedly experienced unexpected milk production. growing number of lawsuits filed over the medication allege that gynecomastia complications may only be reversed through liposuction and mastectomy procedures to remove the excess breast tissue.

If your child suffers from Risperdal related side effects, contact Jensen and Associates for a free case evaluation.