Risperdal (risperidone) has been linked to a condition called gynecomastia — the growth of male breasts — especially when the medication is used by young men. Although gynecomastia is not life-threatening, it can be painful, and may also cause severe embarrassment and psychosocial trauma. Johnson & Johnson faces at least 130 lawsuits involving Risperdal gynecomastia, and the first lawsuit settled in September 2012 for an undisclosed sum.
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Risperdal and Gynecomastia
The medication Risperdal (risperidone) was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993 for the treatment of schizophrenia. Since then, it has gained approval for other severe psychiatric disorders, including mania and mixed manic depressive episodes.
Risperdal belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics, and one side effect is that it can substantially increase levels of the hormone prolactin. This hormone has many roles, including stimulating the growth of breast tissue. Excessive prolactin can cause females to produce milk, and males to grow breasts — a condition known as gynecomastia.
Studies Linking Risperdal to Gynecomastia in Boys
One of the first studies to link Risperdal to gynecomastia was published in the journal Psychopharmacology in 1999.
In 2009, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology published this study, warning that “Persistent elevation of prolactin for periods up to 2 years has been documented in maintenance treatment with risperidone.”
In 2006, the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology published this study, warning:
“Risperidone administered to adolescents at doses commonly used for the treatment of psychotic symptoms can strongly increase prolactin levels, with clinical consequences such as gynecomastia and/or galactorrhea. Given that the long-term effects of antipsychotic drug-induced hyperprolactinemia are not well documented, especially regarding osteopenia, infertility, growth, and pubertal delay, risperidone should be administered with caution to children and adolescents.”
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a common condition that occurs when a hormonal imbalance causes a male to grow breasts. This breast tissue is not inherently cancerous, though it can be painful and tender. If left untreated, it may increase a man’s risk of male breast cancer. Gynecomastia can cause severe embarrassment and devastating psychological or social harm, which is why many men undergo treatment.
Treatment for gynecomastia varies depending on the severity of the condition. Mild cases may resolve on their own or with discontinuation of medications causing a hormonal imbalance. Sometimes, liposuction is used to remove fatty tissue in mild or moderate cases. For severe cases, a more invasive surgery may be necessary — breast reduction surgery or a mastectomy can remove excess breast tissue and excess skin on the chest.
First Risperdal Lawsuit Settlement
In September 2012, Johnson & Johnson agreed to settle a Risperdal lawsuit filed by Aron Banks. Mr. Banks suffered from gynecomastia attributed to his use of Risperdal from 1999 until 2004, when he was between the ages of 9 and 14 years old. After developing gynecomastia, he required surgery to correct the condition. The terms of the settlement were not made public.
As of September 2012, Johnson & Johnson faces an additional 420 Risperdal lawsuits filed throughout the United States. Approximately 130 of these Risperdal lawsuits were filed by young men who suffered from gynecomastia after using the medication.
If you were injured by Risperdal, you may still have time to file a Risperdal lawsuit and join the litigation against Johnson & Johnson. You could receive compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, permanent injuries, and more.
Risperdal Side Effects
Risperdal has been associated with many serious, sometimes life-threatening side effects. The side effects may include:
- Galactorrhea (abnormal production of breast-milk)
- Severe weight gain
- Bone loss / demineralization
- Sexual dysfunction
- Pituitary tumors
- Tardive dyskinesia (disorder of involuntary movements)
- Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Heart attack
- Irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Increased risk of death among older people who have dementia
- And more
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