Physical And Psychological Side Effects Of Risperdal Gynecomastia
Written by Stephen Fields on November 11, 2014
Risperdal is an atypical antipsychotic, a type of drug normally prescribed to treat a number of psychiatric disorders. Its use among pediatric patients has risen dramatically in recent years. Unfortunately, so too has the number of cases in which young men taking the drug have reported developing serious side effects, including Risperdal male breast growth. In some cases, male teens have grown breasts up to a size D-cup.
Known as gynecomastia, male breast development carries both physical and psychological repercussions. Worse, when it affects young men, it does so at an age that already imposes challenges to developing a healthy self-esteem and enjoying social acceptance from their peers.
Several families of young boys who have experienced breast growth after using the drug have filed Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, the drug’s manufacturer. Plaintiffs claim that the drug maker failed to adequately warn them about the risk.
Signs Of Risperdal Breast Growth Among Young Men
Physical signs of gynecomastia include swollen glandular tissue in the breast, enlarged or puffy nipples, and breast tenderness. The effect may be observed on one or both sides of the chest. Many cases of gynecomastia that occur after Risperdal therapy are accompanied by nipple discharge. The discharge is due to higher levels of a hormone called prolactin. Produced by the pituitary gland, prolactin plays several roles in the body, but is mainly known for its role in lactation.
These physical side effects often cause considerable stress in male teens. They may feel isolated from their peers, and frustrated by a perceived inability to pursue romantic relationships.
Study Shows Risperdal Gynecomastia Carries Psychological Impacts
Young men who develop enlarged breasts often cope with emotional and psychological side effects as a result of their condition. A 2013 study published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that abnormal breast growth among male adolescents can trigger issues related to “social functioning, mental health, and self-esteem.”1
The researchers also found that boys with gynecomastia endured a lower standard quality of life.2 In addition, the study’s results showed that the severity of the condition had little influence on its psychological impact.
For young men who want to be accepted by their peers, the side effects of gynecomastia can be devastating. Worse, even if the condition’s physical characteristics – enlarged breast tissue, puffy nipples, etc. – can be resolved through surgery, its psychological effects can potentially last a lifetime. It can influence how they interact with others, maintain relationships, and cope with stress throughout their lives.
Should You File A Risperdal Breast Growth Lawsuit?
Johnson & Johnson claims that the warning label for Risperdal mentions that men using the drug might develop breasts. But many claimants allege that the warning is insufficient. To that end, J&J recently settled a number of cases filed by families with young boys who developed breasts after using Risperdal. Additional settlements are expected in the future.
Our Risperdal lawsuit attorneys are currently reviewing a growing number of potential claims brought by families that have been affected by this problem.
If you or your son were diagnosed with gynecomastia after using Risperdal, contact an attorney at 1-888-210-9968 to find out whether you are eligible to receive compensation. Call at your earliest convenience to discuss your case privately and without obligation.