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What is Gynecomastia?

One of the most significant side effects of the antipsychotic drug called Risperdal, gynecomastia is a condition whereby a male develops breast-like structures. While men and boys who suffer from gynecomastia can experience tenderness and soreness, it’s usually not the physical pain that’s troublesome. It’s the emotional impact that can be very dramatic.

Many men and boys have suffered significant social problems such as bullying and teasing as a result of gynecomastia. It’s also common to see low self-esteem, poor confidence and a hesitancy to take part in activities such as swimming or sports.

In some mild cases, gynecomastia self-resolves within 9 to 12 months of stopping Risperdal. This, in turn, lowers the levels of a hormone called prolactin. It’s the elevated prolactin levels that cause gynecomastia. Hormone therapy can be successful in treating gynecomastia in many individuals, although the expense can be significant.

In some males, surgical intervention is required because the condition can result in internal scarring of the breast tissues that can only be remedied surgically with a chest flattening procedure. This results in pain, medical bills totaling in the thousands and lost wages due to time out of work during the recovery process.

Notably, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen, the manufacturer of Risperdal, allegedly downplayed this risk in their marketing, especially during the period between 1999 and 2005.

If you’ve taken Risperdal and developed gynecomastia, you may be eligible for compensation.

The Ledger Law Firm is now representing clients who have developed gynecomastia as a side effect of Risperdal. To discuss your case with a compassionate victim’s advocate, call (800) 884-9402.