Have You Developed Breasts From Taking Risperdal?
Gynecomastia, or, the development of breasts has been linked to Risperdal. The drug may increase levels of prolactin, a hormone that triggers breast development in females. Males who’ve been prescribed Risperdal may show signs of gynecomastia. If you’ve fallen victim of this terrible Risperdal side effect, you may be entitled to compensation. It’s important you talk to lawyer who’s experienced with risperdal lawsuits today, you can give Clear Injury a call toll free at (888) 471-8787.
What Is Risperdal And How Does It Work?
Risperdal (Risperdone) is produced by Johnson & Johnson and Janssen and was approved by the FDA in 1993. It’s an atypical antipsychotic drug that’s prescribed primarily for the mental illness known as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It was initially approved for treatment in adults, but was later extended approval for treatment in children and teenagers in 2006. There are many other competing anti-psychotic drugs in this class including Abilify, Geodon, Invega, Seroquel, Symbyax and Zyprexa. Despite the benefits of regulating seratonon and dopamine levels in the brain, over the years there have been countless reports of adverse side effects including NMS (neuroleptic malignant syndrome), diabetes and high blood glucose levels, TD (tardive dyskinesia) and an increased risk of death among the prescribed elderly users. Now, a new side effect has surfaced, with evidence linking drugs like Risperdal to gynecomastia.
Related Side Effects of Risperdal
Signs of gynecomastia as a result of taking Risperdal include:
- Swollen breasts
- Tenderness in the chest area
- Pain in the chest area
- Discharge or lactation
Other general / well-known side effects of Risperdal include but are not limited to:
- Substantial weight gain
Research Linking Risperdal And Gynecomastia
In 2006, a study published by the JCP (Journal of Clinical Psychoparmacology) found that children using Riserdal had increased levels of the hormone prolactin. This hormone is known to trigger breast growth and lactation. In 2009, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology cited Risperdal (Risperdone) as the source of heightened levels of prolactin, stating that the abnormally high levels of the hormone could remain active in the body for up to two years after taking the drug.
Do I Qualify For A Lawsuit? Can I Take Legal Action?
Most of the existing Risperdal lawsuits are pertaining to mail breast growth, particularly due to the fact that it’s manufacturer (Johnson & Johnson) proactively marketed the drug prior to obtaining the seal of approval from the FDA. The USDOJ alleged that J&J had actively supported the off-label prescription of the drug for youth. Since these accusations, J&J has paid nearly two billion dollars in settlements. If you’ve fallen victim of the adverse side effects while prescribed to Risperdal, it’s important you talk to a lawyer experienced in these types of cases.
You can get in touch regarding your Risperdal lawsuit by filling out the form to the right on this page or simply give our personal injury lawyers a call toll free at (888) 471-8787. There will be no fees until or unless our lawsuit or litigation is successful, give Clear Injury a call today to discuss your Risperdal case, we’re here to help get you the compensation you deserve!