The Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology in April 2006 published an article that connected the dots between the use of the antipsychotic risperidone, the brand name of which is Risperdal, and a condition seen in adolescents known as gynecomastia or the development of female-like breasts in males.
Apparently, as the authors wrote, risperidone has an effect on prolactin blood levels, which can lead to gynecomastia.
Consistent with the science, the prescribing information for Risperdal cites gynecomastia as one of the adverse reactions observed.
Nevertheless, the name of the condition on a page does not always communicate how the ailment affects the injured. So, in contemplating the brimming fount of Risperdal lawsuits filed at a Philadelphia trial court, it is instructive to consider the emotional toll that accompanies the physical damage linked to the use of Risperdal.
The Mayo Clinic wades into the topic this way.
"For a man, enlarged breasts can be stressful and embarrassing," clinic staff wrote. "Gynecomastia can be difficult to hide and a challenge to romantic relationships. During puberty, gynecomastia can make boys a target for teasing from peers. It can make activities such as swimming or changing in the locker room traumatic."
Sometimes, these young men must undergo corrective surgery. A lot of young gynecomastia sufferers wind up in counseling.
Plaintiffs in Risperdal lawsuits cannot possibly view gynecomastia as a mere inconvenience. This apparent Risperdal side effect acts more like one of life's wrecking balls.
If you or a loved one has used Risperdal and has been diagnosed with gynecomastia, then the experienced product liability attorneys at Reich & Binstock can help. The patient may be entitled to compensation.
At Reich & Binstock, the consultation is free. It costs nothing to find out whether there is a case for a Risperdal lawsuit. State of residency is not a factor in representation because Reich & Binstock operates in all 50 states.
For 30 years, the experienced attorneys at Reich & Binstock have been fighting for the rights of victims of pharmaceutical injury. Risperdal victims suffering from gynecomastia will find in Reich & Binstock a tireless and skilled advocate. All one needs to do is call the toll-free number below or visit the law firm's website and send an electronic request for a free consultation.