Risperdal® Gynecomastia Lawsuit Information

Mark P. Robinson, Jr. and the attorneys at Robinson Calcagnie, Inc., are investigating potential lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) on behalf of young men and boys who developed breast growth after taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal®. J&J may have failed to provide adequate warnings when marketing the drug, and may have failed to properly research the drug’s side effects. If you or a loved one have experienced side effects or complications after taking Risperdal, you may be eligible to file a claim. Contact the Robinson Calcagnie, Inc. law firm for a free and confidential evaluation of your eligibility to file a Risperdal lawsuit.

What Is Risperdal?

Risperdal—the brand name for the drug risperidone—is an antipsychotic drug that is used to treat schizophrenia in teenagers and adults, bipolar mania in those aged 10 and older, and irritability associated with autism in children aged 5 to 17 years old. The drug is made and sold by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

Since the drug’s approval by the FDA in 1993, numerous studies have linked male breast development—sometimes diagnosed as gynecomastia—with Risperdal use. One study stated that children who took Risperdal developed high levels of prolactin, a hormone associated with breast development in girls and lactation in new mothers. The study also indicated that long-term effects of Risperdal have yet to be determined, especially in regard to growth and delay in puberty, and urged doctors to prescribe with caution.

Although gynecomastia is non-cancerous, the mental and psycho-social effects of breast development in boys can be severe. According to a scientific study published in April 2013 by the medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, “gynecomastia has a significant negative impact on primarily the psycho-social well-being of affected adolescent patients, specifically in regard to social functioning, mental health and self-esteem.” Doctors also reportedly recommended that males undergo surgery. While some cases can be resolved with liposuction, severe cases may require a mastectomy.

Other Harmful Side Effects Caused by Risperidone

Risperdal has been linked to a number of serious side effects, including:

  • Gynecomastia (growth of male breasts)
  • Galactorrhea (production and lactation of milk)
  • Extrapyramidal effects (sudden, involuntary motions of the head, neck, arms, body or eyes)
  • Orthostatic Hypotension (drop in blood pressure causing dizziness and/or loss of consciousness)
  • Hyperglycemia (diabetes, high blood sugar)
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Pituitary Tumors

Learn More About Filing a Risperdal Lawsuit

If you or someone you know has been affected by Risperdal, the lawyers at Robinson Calcagnie, Inc. may be able to help you. Our firm has years of experience handling pharmaceutical product liability, class actions, and mass tort litigation against drug companies. A case review is free and has no obligation. Call the Robinson Calcagnie, Inc. lawyers at (888)-701-1288 to learn more about your options.