Recent studies have been brought forth of a link between Risperdal and the development of gynecomastia in boys and young men. Gynecomastia is a condition that causes boys to grow breast. Risperdal is an atypical antipsychotic that is prescribed to young people for conditions such as: schizophrenia, autism, bipolar disorders, irritability, aggression, and other neurological issues. Risperidone is the active ingredient in Risperdal which works by affecting the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. Symptoms of male breast growth related to Risperdal may include:
- Swollen breast tissue
- Tenderness in the breast
- Pain in the breast
- Nipple discharge from one or both breast
These medical conditions have prompted numerous lawsuits all over the US. In November 13, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen agreed to pay $2.2 billion to settle charges with the U.S. Department of Justice involving the marketing of Risperdal and other medications. Federal prosecutors had charged that Risperdal was improperly marketed towards children and had also accused the companies of concealing the risk of gynecomastia caused by Risperdal. If you or a loved one has suffered from the effects caused by Risperdal, you may be entitled to compensation. Medical malpractice attorneys, Williams DeClark Tuschman, are offering free consultations to those who allegedly developed gynecomastia, or male breast growth, due to their use of Risperdal. Please call us at 419-719-5195 or visit our contact page and we will contact you immediately. We are more than happy to address any questions you may have and prepare you for the proper course of action.