Risperdal is an anti-psychotic medication approved to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism. Unfortunately, doctors have also prescribed Risperdal for unapproved uses, and some users have experienced serious and unexpected side effects. In addition to other serious side effects, the use of Risperdal has been linked to a condition called gynecomastia, or the growth of female breasts on boys. The tissue is not cancerous, but it can be painful and embarrassing, especially for teenage males. For this reason, many doctors recommend surgery. Severe gynecomastia may require a surgical procedure called a mastectomy, which involves the removal of breast tissue and excess skin. Gynecomastia has been especially devastating for young boys who have taken the drug.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued several warnings related to the drug, emphasizing the dangers it may pose to users. And in 2006, the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology noted that Risperdal “administered to adolescents at doses commonly used for the treatment of psychotic symptoms can strongly increase prolactin levels, with clinical consequences such as gynecomastia … risperidone should be administered with caution to children and adolescents.”
Other studies have found that young men on Risperdal may be 5-times as likely to develop gynecomastia. The risk also increases for older men, who may be 69% more likely to develop gynecomastia compared to men who do not take antipsychotic drugs.
The Gabrielli Firm is currently accepting Risperdal induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or your son was diagnosed with gynecomastia, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation.