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Boys Prescribed Risperdal May Develop Breasts, Experience Pain and Nipple Discharge

Gabriel Assaad
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Partner and attorney at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing personal injury, medical malpractice & product liability

For some young boys who demonstrated a need for anti-psychotic medication, doctors prescribed the drug Risperdal. The drug is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. Unfortunately, some patients that took Risperdal experienced an alarming and emotionally traumatic side effect as a result. These patients developed male breast tissue after using the medication. Lawsuits now allege that Johnson & Johnson failed to provide adequate warnings about the risks associated with the medication. The company is also accused of failing to properly research the drug’s side effects.

An Overview of Risperdal Use and Male Breast Development

How is Risperdal use associated with breast development in young boys? The following is an overview:

  • Risperdal is commonly used for the treatment of psychotic symptoms.
  • Risperdal has been linked to increased levels of prolactin, a hormone that stimulates breast development in women.
  • Young boys taking Risperdal may display increased levels of prolactin and may develop male breasts as a result.
  • This condition is known as gynecomastia.
  • Boys suffering from gynecomastia may experience pain or nipple discharge.

Unfortunately, there is still much that is unknown about the long-term effects of taking this drug. These effects are not well documented, particularly with regard to growth. There also may be a potential for a delay in puberty for those taking the drug, which is similarly poorly documented. As a result, some studies have suggested that the drug should be prescribed to children and adolescents only with great caution.

A young boy developing male breasts may experience significant emotional trauma as a result. To correct the condition, some patients have opted to have surgery. Less severe cases can sometimes be treated with liposuction. Unfortunately, the most severe cases require a more significant intervention such as a mastectomy.

Patients who were prescribed Risperdal and suffered harm as a result may be entitled to compensation. In order to have the best chance for succeeding in your claim, however, it is crucial to act quickly and seek guidance from a knowledgeable legal professional. We are here to help. We encourage you to contact us today at 888-526-7616 for more information.