Austin Risperdal Male Breast Growth Lawyer
Male breast growth can cause severe emotional trauma in boys and young men. If you or your family member has suffered because of risperidone side effects, find out how you can get compensation by speaking with an Austin Risperdal male breast growth lawyer.
Boys and young men who have been treated for various mental health and psychological issues, such as bipolar disorder, ADHD, depression, and irritability associated with autism, may have been prescribed a number of different medications intended to help combat their health issue. A common drug that has been widely prescribed for these conditions over the last twenty years is Risperdal.
Whether mild or intolerable, all medications have potential side effects. However, a significant side effect of Risperdal that boys and young men were previously unaware of is male breast growth, also known as gynecomastia. An Austin Risperdal male breast growth lawyer from Colley & Colley, LLP is crucial to protecting your legal rights if you or a family member has experienced this unfortunate side effect.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a serious medical condition that causes male breast growth, usually resulting in pain and tenderness in the pectoral region. The resulting mental and emotional distress causes many young men to refrain from social activities due to embarrassment and lack of confidence.
Reversing the effects of the enlarged breast tissue most often requires surgical removal to correct the unwanted deformity.
The Risks of Risperdal
Risperdal, generically known as risperidone, was introduced by Johnson & Johnson and approved for use by the FDA in 1993 to treat schizophrenia in adults. In 2006, the drug was approved for children between the ages of ten and seventeen to treat bipolar disorder.
A troubling issue was discovered with Johnson & Johnson’s conduct that is now the legal basis for many of the personal injury claims against them. The company marketed and promoted Risperdal for “off-label” use to pediatricians who treated young kids with behavioral problems before it was even approved for children.
Risperdal Causes Male Breast Enlargement
Risperdal causes levels of prolactin in the body to increase. The prolactin hormone stimulates breast growth and lactation in women. Increased prolactin in young males has been associated with enlargement of breast tissue and painful nipple discharge.
The 2006 edition of the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology states that due to the link between Risperdal and the enlargement of male breasts, doctors should take precaution when prescribing this medication.
Defective Drug Lawsuits and Risperdal
Over the years, Johnson & Johnson has faced significant legal actions over their illegal marketing of Risperdal for off-label use and for the unfortunate side effect of male breast growth seen in boys and young men.
In 2013, Johnson & Johnson pled guilty and paid $2.2 billion in criminal and civil fines for aggressively promoting Risperdal for off-label uses and for paying kickbacks to doctors and long-term care pharmacy providers.
Due to the continued risk of male breast growth associated with Risperdal, Johnson & Johnson is currently facing thousands of defective drug lawsuits and as-yet unfiled claims.
Talk to an Austin Risperdal Male Breast Growth Lawyer
If you are suffering from gynecomastia as a result of Risperdal, an Austin Risperdal male breast growth lawyer can help you seek the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost enjoyment of life.
Experienced in product liability and defective drug claims, Colley & Colley, LLP will aggressively work to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us through the form below for a free consultation, or call 1-877-411-2001 to set up an appointment today.