Risperdal is an atypical antipsychotic medication manufactured and marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, under the parent company Johnson & Johnson. Primarily, Risperdal (generic name: risperidone) is prescribed to patients who suffer from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability in children and adolescents with autistic disorder. However, it has been prescribed to a large number of patients for other “off-label” uses including dementia, attention deficit disorder, and even anxiety. Furthermore, Risperdal has been prescribed to hundreds of thousands of children, many of whom were given the medication prior to its FDA approval for use in children. Risperdal comes with many potential side effects and adverse events, but some of the most troubling, including nipple enlargement and lactation, are the result of hyperprolactinemia.
Hyperprolactinemia occurs when a patient maintains an elevated blood level of the hormone “prolactin.” This happens in patients who take Risperdal because the drug acts as a “dopamine antagonist” and targets the dopamine receptor responsible for prolactin regulation in the body. The results of Risperdal hyperprolactinemia can be very troubling, especially when the breasts and nipples of males and male children undergo enlargement.
Gynecomastia: This disorder is when a male experiences a swelling or growth of breast tissue on one or both sides. It can be physically painful as well as a source of embarrassment. Nipples may be come enlarged and even have discharge as well. Presently, gynecomastia is considered irreversible, and the only effective treatment is surgical removal. Risperdal gynecomastia victims have reported breasts as large as a 38D.
Galactorrhea: This condition is another Risperdal hyperprolactinemia side effect that can produce the enlargement of nipples in both males and females. As its name suggests, galactorrhea is the spontaneous flow of milk from the breasts, but in this disorder it is unrelated to pregnancy or breast feeding. Male Risperdal patients as young as 4 years old have lactated. Alarmingly, four year olds are not in the FDA approved age range for Risperdal treatment.
If you have experienced gynecomastia, galactorrhea, or nipples enlargement after taking the Johnson & Johnson antipsychotic Risperdal, you may want speak with a lawyer. A qualified Risperdal attorney can help evaluate the details of your case and assess whether a lawsuit is the best choice for you and your family. Contact the Willis Law firm today if you or a loved one has experienced serious Risperdal side effects. You may be legally entitled to financial compensation.