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Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuit

Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuit

The use of Risperdal (risperidone) in young men has been linked to a condition called gynecomastia, or the enlargement of male breast tissue. Although gynecomastia is non-cancerous, the growth of male breasts can cause severe embarrassment and lasting psycho-social harm. Surgery may be required to correct the condition. In September 2012, Johnson & Johnson settled the first Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit. There are 130 lawsuits remaining, and more lawsuits continue to be filed by men seeking justice and compensation for their injuries.

What You Can Do & How a Risperdal Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Risperdal induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by Risperdal gynecomastia, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Risperdal and Gynecomastia

Risperdal (risperidone) is a medication used to treat severe psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, acute mania, irritability associated with autistic disorders, and more. Risperdal is also sometimes prescribed with antidepressant medications to treat severe depression.

Risperdal can significantly increase levels of prolactin, a hormone that the body normally releases to stimulate breast growth and milk production. In females, Risperdal may cause spontaneous production of milk. In males, Risperdal may cause enlargement of male breast tissue — a condition called gynecomastia.

Studies Linking Risperdal to Gynecomastia in Boys

This study, published in 1999 in Psychopharmacology, was one of the first studies to link Risperdal to gynecomastia, when combined with Prozac (fluoxetine).

This study, published in 2009 in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology found “Persistent elevation of prolactin for periods up to 2 years has been documented in maintenance treatment with risperidone.”

This study, published in 2006 in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, researchers warned:

“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 the growth or enlargement of male breast tissue caused by a hormonal imbalance. Although the tissue is benign (non-cancerous), it can be devastating for a man’s social health, self-esteem, and emotional well-being — especially when it affects young boys or teenagers.

Surgery is often necessary to cure gynecomastia. Liposuction procedures may be effective for mild or moderate cases. However, severe cases of gynecomastia usually require breast-reduction surgery, or a complete mastectomy — removing the breast tissue and the excess skin of the breast.

First Risperdal Lawsuit Settlement

If you were injured by Risperdal side effects, you may still have time to file a lawsuit. As of September 2012, Johnson & Johnson faces 420 Risperdal lawsuits — of which, 130 involve gynecomastia claims. The first gynecomastia lawsuit has already settled for an undisclosed amount. Others have also been scheduled for trial and may settle in the near future.

In September 2012, Johnson & Johnson and plaintiff Aron Banks agreed to a settlement on the first day of trial. Mr. Banks used Risperdal when he was between the ages of 9 and 14, from 1999 until 2004. He developed gynecomastia and required surgical removal of breast tissue. As a condition of the agreement, the terms and amount of the settlement will remain confidential.

Risperdal Side Effects

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)
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • 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
  • Increased risk of death among elderly people with dementia
  • And more

Do I have a Risperdal Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Risperdal induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by Risperdal gynecomastia, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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