Risperdal® (Risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic drug which has been linked to serious and potentially permanent side effects such as gynecomastia, the development of female breasts in boys and young men. Increases in the hormone prolactin and lactation (breasts with milk) are potentially concurrent conditions.
Risperdal was originally approved by the FDA for adults suffering from schizophrenia or bipolar mania, but has been promoted and marketed so doctors increasingly prescribed it for children to treat ADHD, depression and behavioral problems-- health matters for which Risperdal® did not originally have FDA approval. These "off label" uses as prescribed by physicians are not illegal, however there are allegations the drug's manufacturer, Janssen, a division of Johnson & Johnson, withheld safety data and downplayed the gynecomastia risk.
The attorneys at Harman Law LLC have partnered with a nationally recognized, top-tier defective drug law firm to strengthen the cases on behalf of hundreds of clients across the country Some boys and young men who took Risperdal developed breasts
Although the drug is now approved for children, Harman Law LLC continues to counsel victims and investigate cases of gynecomastia suffered by young males. Some boys grow just one breast, others two, and in a few cases they have grown three. The young men are embarrassed, teased, and often withdraw. The breasts can be removed surgically in a mastectomy-like procedure, but they have been known to grow back.
Gynecomastia is not the only side effect of the drug, however it is the subject of the current investigation and litigation.
If you are the parent or guardian of a boy, adolescent or young man who has developed breasts while taking Risperdal®, or you believe the drug you or someone you know took as a boy caused gynecomastia, contact us by calling 888-554-2762. There may be a time limit to file a claim; your initial consultation with us is no cost, no obligation.
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