People in the U.S. are steadily reporting Risperdal side effects, as use of the powerful antipsychotic drug continues to rise among all age groups.
According to court documents and adverse events reports filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one of these side effects is gynecomastia, a painful and embarrassing complication that refers to male breast development. Risperdal is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and is approved to treat conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in adults and adolescents. This side effect has also been alleged in hundreds of Risperdal lawsuits that accuse the companies of being negligent in manufacturing, marketing and testing its product for safety.
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A study published in a 2006 issue of the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology was the first to raise awareness about Risperdal’s possible association with gynecomastia. According to researchers, this side effect may stem from the medication’s potential to elevate levels of prolactin, a hormone associated with breast growth in young girls and lactation in nursing mothers. In 2009, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology reported that this complication may last up to two years. Risperdal lawsuits allege that gynecomastia injuries have resulted in male breasts as large as D cups, and may manifest in the following symptoms:
Risperdal plaintiffs have also developed galactorrhoea, a condition categorized by unexpected breast milk production, according to claims.
What happens to men who experience Risperdal gynecomastia side effects? For many, the only solution may be liposuction or a mastectomy, a procedure in which surgeons remove excess breast tissue and fat that may have developed as a result of the condition.
Recent reports indicate that Risperdal use is on the rise, which may result in more men and young boys experiencing gynecomastia and other side effects. The Los Angeles Daily News reported in August 2014 that this may be especially the case in foster care children. According to the article, 1 in 4 adolescent children receiving foster care in the state are being treated with powerful antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal, which equates to three times the nationwide rate.
As more people are prescribed Risperdal, the more lawsuits are filed against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen. Many of these claims allege male breast development, which plaintiffs say they were inadequately warned about by the makers of the drug, and have largely been consolidated in a state litigation now pending in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. As of September 2014, court records reflected the filing of more than 700 Risperdal lawsuits in the U.S. Claimants in these cases further accuse its manufacturer of deliberately withholding information about side effects in order to protect sales of the drug.
For the many victims of Risperdal side effects, we unfortunately cannot undo the damage this medication has caused you. Our attorneys can, however, help you file a claim that may help you receive compensation for out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages you may have incurred as a result of your injuries. Call the Firm today for more information:.