How Is Risperdal Breast Growth In Young Boys Treated?
Written by Stephen Fields on March 11, 2015
Breast enlargement in young boys can be traumatic. Research shows the condition, known as gynecomastia, can provoke lasting psychological harm. Hence, it’s understandable that parents of adolescent boys who have taken the antipsychotic Risperdal are angry with the manufacturer. They claim Johnson & Johnson failed to warn them that use of its drug might cause their male children to develop breasts.
Hundreds of Risperdal lawsuit claims are now pending in the U.S. The plaintiffs allege Johnson & Johnson should have done more to investigate the potential side effects of its medication. Whether intentional or otherwise, the company failed to alert the public.
The number of cases involved in the Risperdal lawsuit in 2015 continues to rise as more families learn the drug may have caused their children to experience gynecomastia. Sadly, there are few easy treatment options. Outside invasive surgery, treatment is often ineffective.
If your family has been adversely affected by J&J’s popular antipsychotic, you may be entitled to pursue compensation. Call our Risperdal breast growth lawyers at 1-888-210-9968 to discuss your case.
Surgery For Gynecomastia Potentially Caused By Risperdal
Risperdal-induced breast growth in adolescent males is unlikely to resolve itself, even if use of the drug is stopped. Surgery is often necessary if the individual wants to reverse the drug’s physical side effects.
The patient – or the patient’s parents, if he is too young to make the decision for himself – can elect to undergo a mastectomy or reduction mammoplasty. Both are considered reconstructive procedures in response to gynecomastia.
A mastectomy is the removal of the breast. It’s a highly-invasive operation that is followed by 3 to 4 weeks of post-operative recovery. Reduction mammoplasty is essentially the same procedure, though slightly less invasive. Fat, skin and breast tissue are excised to effect a more normal physique. Both procedures leave scarring.
Neither a mastectomy nor reduction mammoplasty are considered medically necessary when gynecomastia is caused by drugs like risperidone. However, because of the considerable psychological trauma that accompanies the disorder, particularly in young boys, many patients opt to undergo surgery. The extent of the operation depends on the amount of abnormal breast enlargement experienced by the patient.
Medications To Treat Risperdal Breast Growth Problems
Because surgery results in scarring and carries a risk of complications, many parents of young boys with gynecomastia opt to put their children on drug therapy. A number of different medications can be prescribed. It’s worth noting, however, that drug therapy is rarely completely effective for resolving abnormal breast growth.
Tamoxifen has been associated with reduced breast volume. But in most cases, it doesn’t completely eliminate signs of gynecomastia. Danazol is sometimes given for its ability to reduce estrogen levels in the body. Though it has been used successfully to reduce male breast growth, it also causes a number of bothersome side effects (weight gain, muscle pain, etc.).
Lawsuits Filed Over Risperdal Breast Development
There are treatment options available for young boys coping with gynecomastia after taking Risperdal. But families should never have been put in that position. They should have been warned about the risk.
Johnson & Johnson is accused of knowing about the possibility of Risperdal breast enlargement associated with its antipsychotic medicine. The drug was approved in 1994. Studies have long shown that its use may cause elevated levels of prolactin in the body, a circumstance that stimulates breast growth.
Drug manufacturers like J&J are supposed to monitor scientific research involving their medications. When research uncovers serious adverse effects that are missing from the safety label, the companies are supposed to investigate the risk. If the Risperal gynecomastia risk is found to be authentic, they are supposed to warn the public.
Plaintiffs in the growing litigation revolving around Risperdal claim Johnson & Johnson disregarded its responsibility, and instead recklessly promoted its antipsychotic as safe. They’re now demanding fair compensation for their families’ injuries.
If you or a family member developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal, you deserve to be compensated. Call us at 1-888-210-9968 to discuss your case with our Risperdal settlement lawyers. The case review and advice are both free and without obligation. If you decide to hold Johnson & Johnson accountable, there are no out-of-pocket legal fees unless we obtain compensation for you.
Contact our offices before the deadline to file a Risperdal claim. We’ll answer all of your questions regarding your legal options and help you take the first step toward recovering the compensation your family deserves.