Risperdal is an antipsychotic medication approved by the FDA in 1993 to treat schizophrenia and bipolar in adults. In recent years, Risperdal has also been used for off-label purposes to treat ADHD. While Risperdal may benefit some patients with severe psychopathologies, the drug does not come without side effects. One such side effect is particularly devastating for boys and men and involves the development of male breast tissue. This side effect is known as gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is a result of excess levels of prolactin being released into the body. Prolactin is the same hormone responsible for the production of milk in pregnant women. Once gynecomastia develops, it can be irreversible and can require surgical correction.
Gynecomastia can be particularly devastating for young boys. Boston Children’s Hospital conducted a study involving 47 boys with gynecomastia and 92 without between the ages of 12-21. The study showed that the boys with gynecomastia exhibited increased feelings of restlessness, loneliness, physical limitations, pain, tension and eating disorders relative to the boys without the condition. The researchers in the study concluded that gynecomastia significantly and negatively impacted the boys’ psychological well-being and that the boys with the condition are more likely to have impaired social functioning, mental health and self-esteem.
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If you have suffered from side effects after taking Risperdal, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. For more information about your legal options, call 1-866-LAW-2400 for more information about filing a Risperdal lawsuit.
The lawyers at Reich & Binstock file lawsuits to obtain compensation for the victims of Risperdal side effects. To schedule a fee and confidential attorney consultation, call 1-866-LAW-2400 or complete our contact form. From our office in Houston, we represent clients in Texas and throughout the United States.