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Gynecomastia and galactorrhea are known side effects of taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. If you, or one of your family members, have taken Risperdal and suffered from these adverse side effects, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a dangerous drug attorney from Phillips Dayes by filling out the contact form on this page, or by calling 1-800-917-4000 to schedule your free initial consultation.

The antipsychotic drug industry was nearly stagnant from the early 1950’s, when chlorpromazine first hit the market, until 1993 when Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a division of Johnson & Johnson) found FDA approval for their atypical antipsychotic Risperdal. This drug was highly successful in both the treatment of psychotic episodes and bringing in profits for Johnson & Johnson. However, the drug also comes with severe side effects, some that leave lasting physical and psychological scars.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the development of breasts in males. It is not physically harmful; in fact many adolescent males go through some similar minor changes during puberty. However, when a young man is taking Risperdal, the breast growth may be exaggerated leading to uncomfortable, painful, and embarrassing breast growth. The results can be devastating psychological effects.

Risperdal helps to block the dopamine and serotonin receptors in the brain. Doing so helps to eliminate hallucinations and delusions. What it also does, however, is block the receptors for the hormone prolactin. As a result the pituitary glands release an overabundance. This hormone, which is found in elevated numbers in young nursing mothers, stimulates breast growth and milk production.

For a young man, whose body is already undergoing serious hormonal changes, increased prolactin levels can cause him to grow breasts. If left unchecked and untreated, the breasts can become quite large, and may lead to galactorrhea.

What is Galactorrhea?

Galactorrhea is the spontaneous production of milk from the breasts, not associated with nursing. While many women will experience galactorrhea at some point in their lives, especially when they are around child bearing age, young men should not be producing milk from breasts. While taking Risperdal the risk of growing breasts is increased, and the risk of producing milk from those breasts is also increased.

Unlike milk production in a nursing mother, galactorrhea does not require nipple stimulation to initiate the milk. Instead, males that suffer from this disorder will have sudden milky discharge for no apparent reason.

Physical and Psychological Effects

Most teenagers already deal with feelings of low self esteem, peer pressure, and other social issues. When a young man already must deal with the negative stigma of having a mental illness, and compound that with the taunting, shaming, and teasing that comes with growing breasts, his emotional well-being may suffer damage that takes years to heal. This damage is compounded physically when the scars from breast removal are seen every day.

Contact Phillips Dayes

The highly trained dangerous drug lawyers at know what it takes to pursue a case against Johnson & Johnson. They know that if you, or a loved one, have suffered from gynecomastia or galactorrhea due to the use of the drug Risperdal, you may be entitled to compensation. Schedule your free initial consultation with an attorney by calling 1-800-917-4000 or by filling out the contact form on this page.

Attorneys from Phillips Dayes can work with clients in all 50 states.

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