The anti-psychotic medication Risperdal has been linked to an increased risk of male breast development, also called gynecomastia, in young men.
If you or a loved one suffered gynecomastia or other severe side effects after using Risperdal to treat schizophrenia or other mental disorders, you may be able to recover compensation for the physical, emotional and financial damages you have experienced.
The Nye Law Group’s dangerous drug attorneys are currently investigating filing Risperdal lawsuits against manufacturers and others over side effects patients have experienced after using this drug. Our skilled attorneys have an extensive track record of recovering just compensation for people who were not warned about dangerous drugs and suffered serious side effects.
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Signs of Gynecomastia
Risperdal is often prescribed to treat schizophrenia and other mental disorders, including autism, dementia and bipolar disorder.
However, studies and lawsuits claim that the drug causes young male patients to have elevated levels of the hormone prolactin, which promotes breast development, symptoms of which could include:
- Discharge from the nipples
- Tenderness in the breasts
While these problems are not a serious health risk, they could cause severe psychological and emotional trauma for young men who are already in the midst of puberty. Reversing the effects of gynecomastia could require expensive procedures like surgery, liposuction or a mastectomy in severe situations.
It is estimated that anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of cases of gynecomastia are attributable to medications. Research also shows a compelling link between Risperdal and increased levels of prolactin in adolescents.
The Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology published a study in 2006 which found that adolescents developed higher levels of prolactin after taking Risperdal. Another study from 2009, published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, revealed that young men could have elevated prolactin levels for two years after taking Risperdal.
After these studies came out, many victims filed lawsuits because they experienced gynecomastia. Contact our experienced dangerous drug lawyers to find out if you could join a Risperdal lawsuit to recover compensation for gynecomastia or other side effects you have experienced.
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Recent Risperdal Settlements
Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay billions in fines and settlements related to the promotion of Risperdal and the side effects patients have experienced.
This includes an agreement in 2013 to pay $2.2 billion in criminal and civil fines for promoting Risperdal despite the health risks. At the time, this was the third-largest pharmaceutical settlement in U.S. history.
In July, a Philadelphia jury ordered Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson, to pay $70 million to the family of a victim who suffered gynecomastia.
Four other Risperdal cases were tried in Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The verdicts in those other cases ranged from $500,000 to $2.2 million.
Find Out If You Can Join a Risperdal Lawsuit Today
When pharmaceutical companies promote dangerous drugs that cause health problems, patients are the ones who suffer the most.
That is why victims need experienced legal representation to help them recover any compensation they are entitled. The defective drug attorneys at The Nye Law Group have won compensation for many victims of defective drugs.
We proudly offer a free, initial consultation so that victims can discuss their claim without worrying about how to pay for legal help. You have suffered enough without the added expense of legal bills.
Contact us today to find out if you can join a Risperdal lawsuit and obtain compensation for various expenses, including surgery, hospital bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses.
Call 855-856-4212 to find out if you can join a Risperdal lawsuit.