The antipsychotic medication Risperdal has been linked to a disturbing side effect in young male patients: a condition called gynecomastia, which occurs when young boys begin developing breasts.
If your son took this drug and is suffering from gynecomastia, you may be able to file a Risperdal lawsuit to try to obtain compensation for the damages he has suffered, including medical expenses, psychological trauma and physical pain.
The legal process is complicated and time-consuming, so you should consider working with an experienced defective drug lawyer. The attorneys at Roden Law have a successful track record of recovering fair compensation for injury victims.
Your consultation with our trusted attorneys is free and comes with no obligation. If you move forward with a Risperdal lawsuit, you will not be charged unless you receive the compensation you deserve.
Risperdal Side Effects
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved risperidone, known by the brand name Risperdal, for the treatment of adult schizophrenia in 1994. The drug was approved for the treatment of autism in children in 2006. Doctors also prescribe this medication to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and sleep disorders.
Risperidone is an antipsychotic drug, which means it works by blocking the brain chemical dopamine. This drug is a second-generation antipsychotic medication, also known as an atypical antipsychotic. This class of drugs generally has a lower risk of side effects like tardive dyskinesia, a condition that causes stiff, jerky movements in the face and body.
However, the drug has been linked to another side effect in young male patients called gynecomastia. This occurs because blocking dopamine can cause an increase in prolactin levels – prolactin is the hormone that stimulates the development of breasts.
In addition to developing breasts, boys could have a milky discharge from their nipples and may have a delay in growth.
Psychological Problems from Gynecomastia
This medical condition can also have severe psychological side effects, particularly for boys who are going through puberty. Developing breasts during this period can cause depression, anxiety and social withdrawal.
A 2013 study from the medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery revealed breast development can have a negative effect on self-esteem and other areas of mental and emotional health in adolescent boys.
Researchers conducted psychological tests on 47 boys with an average age of 16.5 who were being seen by doctors for gynecomastia. The results of these tests were compared to test results on boys who were not suffering breast enlargement.
Researchers found patients with enlarged breasts had lower scores on quality of life assessment, including lower scores for general health, social functioning and mental health.
The attorneys at Roden Law know how to evaluate all of the physical, emotional and financial damages your son has suffered because of gynecomastia. This will help us determine an accurate valuation of these damages so we can pursue all of the compensation you deserve in your Risperdal lawsuit.
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Research Showing Link to Breast Development
Multiple studies have shown risperidone can increase prolactin levels in young male patients. Increased prolactin levels can cause gynecomastia and other side effects.
A 2003 study from the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found average prolactin levels rose from 7.8 nanogram/milliliters (ng/mL) to 29.4 ng/mL between weeks four and seven of active treatment with risperidone. The study was an analysis of data from five clinical trials involving 700 children and adolescents on long-term risperidone treatment.
In 2006, the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology published an analysis of research on increased prolactin levels caused by risperidone. Researchers found risperidone clearly had an effect on prolactin levels, which could result in breast development.
Another study from 2009 found persistent elevation of prolactin levels for up to two years has been documented in treatment with risperidone. Five studies show prolactin levels increase from 7.8 ng/mL to 17.7 ng/mL after one year of treatment. Two other studies show prolactin levels increase from 7.4 ng/mL to 24.9 ng/mL after two years of treatment. This study was also published in the Journal of Child Adolescent Psychopharmacology.
The same journal came out with another study in 2015 revealing that the risk of gynecomastia was five times higher in risperidone users than those who were not taking the drug. Researchers studied data on a group of 401,924 males between the ages of 15 and 25. For each case of gynecomastia, researchers analyzed data on 10 patients in the same age range who did not have this condition.
If your child developed gynecomastia while taking Risperdal, you may be able to file a Risperdal lawsuit to try to obtain compensation. The attorneys at Roden Law can help you at every stage of the legal process.
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Thousands of people have sued Janssen Pharmaceuticals claiming the company's drug caused gynecomastia, resulting in physical and psychological damages. These lawsuits also allege Janssen knew about the risk of this side effect but failed to adequately warn doctors and consumers.
As of April 2017, there were more than 5,500 Risperdal lawsuits in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas' mass tort program. More than 3,000 of these cases were filed in just the first few months of 2017.
The majority of Risperdal lawsuits over gynecomastia are still pending but some have been resolved, with some victims receiving tens of millions of dollars in combined compensation, including the following verdicts:
- $2.5 million – This was awarded in February 2015 to an Alabama man who began taking the drug in 2002 to treat autism when he was eight years old. He ended up developing size 46DD breasts. The man's doctor testified he was not aware the drug could cause the development of breasts.
- $1.75 million – The victim was taking Risperdal for autism when he developed large breasts. He filed a Risperdal lawsuit claiming Janssen did not provide adequate warning about this and was awarded $1.75 million in November 2015.
- $500,000 – The victim was a man from Wisconsin who took Risperdal over the course of three years to treat Tourette's syndrome. He developed breasts and needed a mastectomy.
- $70 million – This was awarded to the family of a boy with autism who developed breasts while taking Risperdal to treat psychiatric problems. The jury found Janssen had falsified, destroyed or concealed records about the dangers of the medication. The jury also found the manufacturer failed to warn the boy's doctors about the risk of gynecomastia.
You could be entitled to compensation for your son's diagnosis. Contact us today about filing a Risperdal lawsuit to pursue the compensation you deserve.
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Contact Us Today about a Risperdal Lawsuit
Many people were not made aware of a devastating potential side effect of Risperdal.
If your son developed gynecomastia while taking this medication, you could be entitled to compensation for physical and psychological damages through a Risperdal lawsuit. This includes medical bills for treating your son's condition.
The attorneys at Roden Law can evaluate your situation in a free, no obligation legal consultation to determine if you have a case. If you do, and you want to move forward, we can guide you through the legal process. We will not charge for our services unless you receive compensation.