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Risperdal Breast Growth Lawsuit

If you or your child developed the side effect gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement, after being prescribed Risperdal, we are here to help. Our Risperdal lawsuit attorneys will listen, offer advice, and help you understand your legal options. Contact us today at 1-888-210-9968 to learn more about your eligibility for a Risperdal settlement claim.

Risperdal, or risperidone, is an anti-psychotic medication used to treat illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism. By many accounts, it is often effective in improving quality of life for individuals with these conditions.

Unfortunately, in a number of adolescent males, Risperdal has been associated with a traumatic and embarrassing side effect: gynecomastia, or male breast growth. This condition is characterized by a swelling of the breast tissue on one or both sides of the body, and can also involve enlargement of the areolas.

Although there are generally no physical health concerns associated with gynecomastia, it is unsurprising that young men suffering from this condition often experience a great deal of emotional stress.

One 2013 study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery noted that adolescent boys with this condition can experience “significant deficits” in their social functioning, self esteem, mental health, and eating behaviors.1

The Link Between Risperdal and Gynecomastia

Risperdal is known to elevate levels of a human hormone called prolactin. The condition of having high Prolactin levels is sometimes called “hyperprolactinemia.” Prolactin has numerous functions in the body, but most well-known is its role in lactation. During pregnancy, increased prolactin levels cause the breasts to enlarge and milk to be produced.

This is, of course, an important biological function. Unfortunately, when prolactin levels are raised outside of pregnancy, such as by a drug like Risperdal, unwanted side effects can result.

Individuals taking Risperdal have reported both unwanted breast enlargement, or gynecomastia, and galactorrhea, or spontaneous lactation. According to the National Insititutes of Health, “risperidone administered to adolescents at doses commonly used for the treatment of psychotic symptoms can strongly increase prolactin levels, with clinical consequences such as gynecomastia and/or galactorrhea.” 2

Risperdal Lawsuits

In response to the pain and suffering gynecomastia has caused their children, a number of families have opted to file lawsuits against the maker of Risperdal. The antipsychotic drug, they argue, causes unusual breast growth which caused psychological harm to numerous young men. These families also assert that Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of Risperdal, was negligent in failing to warn them about the drug’s risks.

Our law firm represents adolescent boys who developed gynecomastia after taking the medication Risperdal. We take all clients on a contingency basis, which means there are never any legal fees unless we win compensation in your case.

If you or your child took Risperdal and was affected by gynecomastia, contact us for a free legal consultation. Our experienced Risperdal gynecomastia attorneys are here to answer any questions you have about pursuing a settlement. Call 1-888-210-9968 today.

1. Effects on Self-Esteem and Social Functioning Support ‘Early Intervention and Treatment’
2. Risperidone-induced symptomatic hyperprolactinaemia in adolescents

Featured Risperdal Lawsuit 2015 News

Risperdal Gynecomastia Trial Awards $1.75M For Breast Growth and Mental Anguish

by Stephen Fields on November 10th, 2015

According to Bloomberg, the latest Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit trial has awarded $1.75M to the plaintiff, including damages for disfigurement and mental anguish. The plaintiff, Tim Stange, alleged he experienced unnatural breast growth as a result of taking Risperdal. His neurologist, the doctor who prescribed the drug, claims he would not have done so had he been made aware of the gynecomastia risk.

Risperdal Breast Growth Lawsuits Scheduled For Trial In October, 2015

by Stephen Fields on September 1st, 2015

Approved for sale by the FDA in 1994, Risperdal is prescribed to treat a variety of mental illnesses, from schizophrenia to bipolar disorder. It’s one of the most popular antipsychotics prescribed to kids. Unfortunately, according to thousands of families, the drug caused their adolescent boys to experience gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement. Today, more than 1,400 Risperdal lawsuits are pending in a fast-growing mass tort in Philadelphia.

Risperdal Settlement 2015: Johnson & Johnson Settles Risperdal Breast Growth Lawsuit Just Hours Before Trial

by Stephen Fields on May 28th, 2015

The third in a series of Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuit bellwether trials reportedly settled today, just hours before it was scheduled to be heard in a Pennsylvania court. According to a spokesperson at Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a division of Johnson & Johnson), the undisclosed Risperdal lawsuit settlement amount with plaintiff Christopher Walker was confidential.

Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuits in 2015 Reveal Manufacturer’s Pursuit Of Profit Over Young Boys’ Safety

by Stephen Fields on May 12th, 2015

For many parents, the atypical antipsychotic Risperdal seems like a godsend. It can help mitigate troublesome behavior in autistic children. Some parents with kids who are severely autistic rely on the drug to bring a sense of normalcy and predictability to their lives. But use of the medication isn’t without possible side effects. Scientific evidence has repeatedly shown a potential connection between Risperdal and abnormal breast enlargement in young boys.

Risperdal Gynecomastia Reports Among Young Boys Add To The Drug’s Troubled History

by Stephen Fields on April 28th, 2015

According to a growing a number of angry families, Johnson & Johnson’s popular antipsychotic Risperdal does more harm than good. Worse, the manufacturer failed to sufficiently warn parents about the drug’s potential side effects. Evidence suggests a potential Risperdal breast growth connection in young boys.

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