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The use of Risperdal has been linked to the onset of gynecomastia. If you, or a family member, have suffered from this condition, you may be entitled to compensation. Attorneys at Phillips Dayes are ready to do your free initial consultation. Simply fill out the contact form on this page, or call .

In 1993 Risperdal found FDA approval. It was a breakthrough drug that revolutionized the way of treating the psychosis brought on by the mental illness schizophrenia. This atypical antipsychotic works to block the dopamine and serotonin receptors in the brain. This reduces the hallucinations, delusions, and overall helps the patient to feel and think normally. While the primary illness treated is schizophrenia, the drug has also been approved to treat those with bipolar disorder, and irritability in autistic children as well.

Despite how well the drug works to treat psychosis, and despite that it is one of the most popular atypical antipsychotic drugs on the market, studies show it does come with certain side effects. Some of which can have devastating long-term effects on the user.

National Center for Biotechnology Information

In 1999 the National Center for Biotechnical Information (NCBI), looked at patients who were taking risperidone (the generic form drug used to manufacture Risperdal). This trial showed that patients taking the drug had an increased risk of hyperprolactinemia, or an overabundance of prolactin production. Prolactin is a naturally occurring hormone that is generally found in elevated quantities in nursing mothers. When the body has elevated quantities of prolactin, it stimulates breast growth and milk production. If this hormone is elevated in young males, the result is that they will suffer from gynecomastia.

New England Journal of Medicine

Six years after the NCBI study was published, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of another study looking at not just Risperdal but several different atypical antipsychotic drugs. 1,500 patients were randomly assigned one of 5 different drugs in order to help treat their psychosis brought on by schizophrenia. During the course of 18 months, the patients were to be monitored to see how well the drugs were working, and to determine what the side effects truly were.

Out of the group, 74% did not complete the entire 18 month test period. The reason: discomfort due to the adverse side effects. Out of those who did complete the test, this study confirmed earlier notions that some of these drugs are dangerous. The study group that was given Risperdal saw 4% of the individuals develop gynecomastia.

These studies, as well as many other accounts of individuals who have taken Risperdal and suffered serious side effects, have led to lawsuits being brought against the drug manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson). The claims are that the drug manufacturer never fully tested the drug, and if they did they failed to warn patients about the actual risk they were taking by using this drug.

Contact Phillips Dayes

Gynecomastia, galactorrhea (lactation), and numerous other serious side effects are possible while, and after, taking Risperdal. If you, or a loved one, have suffered from this drug, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an attorney with the to schedule your free initial consultation by filling out the contact form on this page, or by calling 1-800-917-4000.

The highly trained dangerous drug attorneys at Phillips Dayes can work with clients in all 50 states.

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