Risperdal gynecomastia is a serious adverse reaction allegedly seen in men and boys who take the atypical antipsychotic. Excessive development of male breast tissue is one of the key symptoms of gynecomastia, which in some cases may also include lactating breasts. Some men and boys who have allegedly developed severe gynecomastia from Risperdal have also had to undergo liposuction and even mastectomies to remove excessive breast tissue. It is not known how many people have developed Risperdal gynecomastia; however, dozens of lawsuits have been filed nationwide that allege that both Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen unit concealed Risperdal gynecomastia side effects.
Male breast development associated with Risperdal can have serious effects on one’s physical and emotional health. For this reason, alleged victims of this painful and embarrassing Risperdal side effect are pursing compensation for their injury related damages, including medical bills, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. To learn more about the ongoing Risperdal gynecomastia litigation, and to explore your legal options for compensation, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP today for a free, no-obligation review of your specific case.
Growing research indicates that children taking Risperdal may develop excess blood prolactin levels. Prolactin is the female hormone involved in breast development in girls and in milk-production in mothers. At least one study also revealed that the high prolactin levels observed in Risperdal users may persist for up to two years after they have stopped taking the antipsychotic medication. It’s also known that some children involved in clinical trials for Risperdal were observed to have developed excess breast tissue.
Signs and symptoms of Risperdal gynecomastia may include:
- Swelling of the breast
- Tender breasts
- Painful breast
- Nipple discharge from one or both breasts
Some Risperdal gynecomastia reports have included cases in which Risperdal users developed breasts as large as D cups. There have also been reports of boys with galactorrhoea—unexpected breast milk production.
A significant number of Risperdal gynecomastia patients are alleged have required surgical procedures to remove excess breast tissue. While some mild to moderate cases of Risperdal gynecomastia may be resolved with liposuction, cases in which boys or men have developed larger breasts typically require mastectomy. Mastectomy is a painful surgery that is fairly extensive and involves removal of both excess breast tissue and fat.
Dozens of Risperdal gynecomastia claims have been filed in Pennsylvania State Court in Philadelphia, where product liability lawsuits involving the antipsychotic medication have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings. In October 2012, it was reported that five lawsuits filed on behalf of alleged victims of Risperdal gynecomastia had been settled in that proceeding. However, other claims over Risperdal and male breast growth have yet to be resolved, and such cases continue to be filed around the country.
Risperdal Gynecomastia Victims Urged to Seek Legal Advice
If you or someone you care about experienced Risperdal gynecomastia, it is important that legal advice be sought as soon as possible, as lawsuits are now moving forward in courts throughout the country. To learn more about the process for filing a Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at 1 (855) 511-1001.