Treatment Options For Young Men Suffering From Risperdal Gynecomastia
Written by Stephen Fields on December 18, 2014
Young men and boys suffering from male breast development after taking Risperdal are faced with a limited set of options. They can undergo expensive treatment procedures, such as liposuction or invasive surgery. Or, they can submit to additional drug therapy. Or, they can do nothing and simply cope with the condition and it’s ensuing trauma. For these boys and their families, a Risperdal and gynecomastia lawsuit claim could help with the costs of treatment, counseling and possibly even restore some of their damaged self-esteem.
Known as gynecomastia, male breast growth doesn’t merely impose physical side effects. Risperdal gynecomastia can deliver a severe psychological blow as well. According to a paper published in the journal Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in 2013, the disorder “has a significant negative impact on primarily the psychosocial well-being of affected adolescent patients.” Specifically, young victims are likely to suffer impairments of their self-esteem and emotional health.
It is unsurprising that an increasing number of families with male children suffering from abnormal breast enlargement after using Risperdal are contacting attorneys to review their cases. They claim the drug maker, Johnson & Johnson, failed to provide sufficient warning about the risk potential. Hundreds of angered parents are now demanding compensation for their children’s injuries by filing Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit claims.
Liposuction As A Solution To Risperdal Male Breast Growth
The breast is mostly comprised of fatty tissue and glandular tissue. If there is an excess amount of the former, it can often be removed through liposuction. An incision is made into the breast to allow the entry of a surgical tool known as a cannula. The doctor guides the cannula toward the layers of fat that lie deep underneath the skin’s surface. The fat cells are broken down by the tool and the excess fat is suctioned out of the body with a vacuum pump.
The procedure is not without a risk of complications. In addition to bruising and swelling, both of which are common after liposuction, the patient may experience bleeding, infections, and even nerve damage. There is also a fair amount of pain. Doctors usually prescribe painkillers to make the patient more comfortable during the healing process.
Risperdal And Gynecomastia Side Effects May Warrant A Mastectomy
In a number of cases, young men have experienced such severe breast enlargement after using Risperdal, they have opted to undergo a mastectomy. A mastectomy is an invasive surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision into the breast and cuts away and removes the excess tissue. Drainage tubes are positioned in the wound to keep the area free of blood and other fluids.
During the procedure, the patient’s vital signs – e.g. breathing, heart rate, etc. – are monitored in order to prevent complications. Once the surgeon has finished removing the excess tissue from the breast, the area is closed and sutured.
As with liposuction, a mastectomy poses a number of health risks. The wound may start to bleed or become infected following the procedure. The patient may suffer nerve injuries. Blood clots may form near the surgical site and travel through the body. Parents who allow their sons to undergo the procedure as a cure for gynecomastia should be aware of the hazards.
Is Taking Drugs The Answer To Risperdal Side Effects?
There is some evidence that certain medications may help to reduce male breast growth. A class of drugs known as aromatase inhibitors, typically given to patients suffering from breast cancer, have shown positive results in helping to curb testosterone-induced gynecomastia.1
Having said that, most studies point to Risperdal’s tendency to boost prolactin levels in the body as the primary factor in stimulating abnormal breast development in males. Hence, drug therapy may not be as effective as liposuction or mastectomy.
How Filing A Risperdal Lawsuit Claim Can Help
A recent report published by the Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services noted that more than 75% of young people on Medicaid are taking drugs like Risperdal for purposes not approved by the FDA. One of the most common disorders for which doctors are prescribing such drugs is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Unfortunately, many families remain unaware of the risk. Not only has Risperdal’s efficacy in treating ADHD been questioned,2 but the drug is increasingly being blamed for abnormal breast tissue expansion in male children.
If you or someone in your family has been diagnosed with gynecomastia and you suspect Risperdal is the cause, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit for compensation. Contact our Risperdal lawsuit attorneys at 1-888-210-9968 to discuss your case privately and without obligation.
There is limited time to file a Risperdal gynecomastia claim. Contact our offices at your earliest convenience to learn more about your rights and demand the compensation your family deserves.