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Risperdal, a schizophrenia drug manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, has been linked to the development of gynecomastia (male breasts) in some male patients. Risperdal lawsuits may be filed on behalf of males, particularly young boys, who have developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal. To learn more about Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuits, contact a national drug lawyer today.

Risperdal and Gynecomastia

Use of Risperdal has been linked to an increase in the risk for male breast tissue growth, a condition known as gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is not a life-threatening condition, but it can lead to life-long emotional and psychological problems, particularly in young boys and adolescents who are teased by other kids and who develop a negative self-image.

Risperdal lawsuits may be filed on behalf of young boys and men who develop gynecomastia after taking Risperdal, especially young boys who take the medication for off label uses. Damages sought in these lawsuits may include cost of surgery and emotional pain and suffering.

Important Information about Risperdal

  • Risperdal should not be taken by elderly patients with dementia, as it could increase the risk for fatal side effects such as heart failure, stroke, rapid heartbeat and pneumonia
  • Before taking Risperdal, tell your doctor if you have history of liver disease, kidney disease, Parkinson's Disease, dementia or seizures
  • Do not operate heavy machinery while taking Risperdal as it can cause dizziness
  • Give your doctor a complete list of medications you are taking before taking Risperal to prevent drug interactions

Potential Side Effects of Risperdal

In addition to gynecomastia, Risperdal may cause a number of side effects, including:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Drooling
  • Weight gain

Contact your doctor right away if you experience symptoms of severe side effects such as:

  • Problems swallowing
  • Muscle spasms
  • Mood changes (anxiety, restlessness)
  • Fever
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Increased thirst or urination
  • Uncontrolled movements of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or arms
  • Seizures
  • Fainting
  • Confusion
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Painful prolonged erection

You should also seek emergency medical care if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction such as rash, itching, difficulty breathing or swelling of the face, tongue or throat.

Legal Help for Risperdal Side Effects

If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of taking Risperdal, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Our national drug lawyers are investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of males who have developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal and who suffered emotionally as a result. To speak with an attorney about your situation, contact our drug lawyers today.

Risperdal News

Study links Risperdal and other Antipsychotics to Childhood Diabetes

January 28, 2016

In recent years, multiple antipsychotic medications have been associated with serious and troubling side effects, including Abilify-induced compulsive gambling and the risk of males taking Risperdal growing excessive breast tissue. Now, a study from a New York behavioral health institute suggests a new antipsychotic side … Full Story

Antipsychotics are Overprescribed for ADHD, Behavioral Issues in Children

July 8, 2015

Antipsychotic drugs such as Risperdal, Zyprexa, Abilify and Haldol are hugely beneficial to patients who struggle with hallucinations, delusions, paranoia and other symptoms of psychosis. However, they are also increasingly prescribed to children and teens who have ADHD, autism, and other conditions which may cause … Full Story

Risperdal Gynecomastia Side Effects can Impact Boys for a Lifetime

September 22, 2014

Individuals who haven’t suffered from a physical condition such as gynecomastia may make jokes about males growing breast tissue, particularly young boys. But, the jokes and teasing can have a lifetime of emotional effects on young boys that can last a lifetime. In April 2013, … Full Story

California Man files Risperdal Lawsuit after Double Mastectomy

June 26, 2014

On June 12, Andrew Wasserman and his mother filed a personal injury lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals based on claims that side effects of the drug, Risperdal, caused him to require a double mastectomy. Filed in the U.S. District Court for … Full Story

Risperdal Overprescribed to Foster Children

May 8, 2014

A recent study featured in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology found that the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal is being overprescribed to children in foster care who exhibit symptoms of ADHD.* Risperdal (risperidone) was initially approved by the FDA in 1993 for the treatment of … Full Story

Johnson & Johnson Agrees to $2.2 Billion Risperdal Settlement

November 21, 2013

Drug company Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay a settlement of more than $2.2 billion in response to accusations of improper and illegal marketing of Risperdal, the company’s bestselling antipsychotic drug. According to The New York Times, the agreement, which includes both criminal and … Full Story

J&J to Pay $2.2 Billion for Marketing Practices

July 20, 2012

Johnson & Johnson (J&J), under investigation for its marketing practices of the anti-psychotic medication Risperdal®, said it will pay up to $2 billion to settle the inquiry. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) carried the news story Thursday. The article said a $400 million criminal fine … Full Story

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