Risperdal Male Breasts Information

Risperdal Male Breasts FAQ

In Risperdal male breast lawsuits, our attorneys are helping men and boys from across the United States pursue compensation for their emotional, physical, and financial damages resulting from this troubling side effect. Risperdal is an antipsychotic that was first approved in 1993 to treat schizophrenia, and has since been used to treat a range of conditions including ADHD, OCD, autism, and bipolar disorder. When prescribed to men and boys, Risperdal may cause a condition called gynecomastia, or the growth of male breasts. This condition is not reversible and can lead to considerable emotional distress, pain, and even surgical procedures. The Risperdal lawyers at Kelley Bernheim Dolinsky, LLC, have compiled this Risperdal male breasts information page to assist our clients and Risperdal gynecomastia victims across the nation in better understanding Risperdal side effects and victims’ rights. If you or a male you love has suffered from Risperdal gynecomastia, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your damages.

How can Risperdal cause the growth of male breasts?

Multiple studies, including a 2006 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, have linked Risperdal to elevated levels of the hormone prolactin. Prolactin is responsible for breast growth and lactation in women, and can also lead to gynecomastia, or the growth of breasts, in male patients. Many victims of Risperdal male breast growth claim that Johnson & Johnson willfully downplayed the severity of this potential side effect in Risperdal marketing and on warning labels.

What are other Risperdal side effects?

While gynecomastia is the most publicly known of Risperdal side effects, other side effects may include:

  • Diabetes
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle pain or weakness
  • Insomnia
  • Nosebleeds
  • Constipation

Is Risperdal gynecomastia treatable?

Unfortunately, gynecomastia caused by Risperdal is irreversible. A study published in 2009 in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology found that patients who use Risperdal could show elevated prolactin levels for up to two years after discontinuing use of the drug. Many males who use Risperdal attribute their breast development to weight gain, and thus fail to stop taking the drug until the condition is advanced. Men and boys who suffer from Risperdal gynecomastia often require liposuction or even a double mastectomy to restore their figures to a more masculine appearance.

What compensation may result from a Risperdal male breast lawsuit?

Males who develop breast tissue as a side effect of Risperdal can pursue compensation for multiple damages in a dangerous drug lawsuit, including but not limited to:

  • Medical expenses
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Pain and suffering

If you believe that your gynecomastia is attributable to your use of Risperdal, you could be entitled to substantial compensation. For more information on Risperdal male breast lawsuits, please contact our experienced attorneys for a free consultation.