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Risperdal® & Gynecomastia

April 22, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

New studies show a connection between Risperdal® users and the development of gynecomastia. Unfortunately, this is a serious situation, which affected individuals should pay close attention to so they understand what is happening and what to do next. At Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P., we believe that individuals taking Risperdal® should be aware of the potential side effects so they know what actions to take moving forward.

What Is Risperdal®?

Before you truly understand what steps you need to take, it is important to know what Risperdal® is and why you may be taking it. Risperdal® is often given to those with manic depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and any other dementia-related conditions. A doctor may prescribe Risperdal® to autistic children with irritability symptoms as well.

There are various known side effects associated with the use of Risperdal®, including headaches, tremors, dry mouth, weight gain, and more. The more recent association with gynecomastia is also very concerning and should be taken seriously.

What Is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a condition in boys and men in which the breast tissue begin to swell. This is often caused when there is an imbalance of the hormones testosterone and estrogen. This can cause swelling in either one or both breasts. It’s not generally a serious health condition, but it can cause serious social impacts that could affect men and children. If it does not go away on its own, gynecomastia relief may require medications or surgery.

Allegations have come forth against Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen unit with claims of Risperdal® causing male breasts to form. This is a serious accusation and boys and men all around the world who may experience the emotionally damaging condition should be able to seek compensation for the pain they have suffered.

Our dangerous drug attorneys are well aware of the situation and we want to make it a point to help our clients obtain justice. If you have a question about Risperdal® and its association with gynecomastia, call us today. We can speak with you in a free consultation and explain your rights and options so you know if you have a case.