Risperdal (risperidone) is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia, symptoms of bipolar disorder and symptoms of irritability in autistic children. As with other drugs, Risperdal has been associated with a series of side effects, ranging from mild to moderate to severe. Among these side effects, one of the biggest problems associated with Risperdal use is a condition called gynecomastia, the enlargement of breast tissue in boys and men.
Although gynecomastia is not a life threatening disease, it is associated with pain and tenderness in the breasts and can result in embarrassment and other psychological and emotional problems. If you or someone you love developed gynecomastia after using Risperdal, you may be entitled to compensation to cover the cost of a mastectomy as well as for the emotional pain and suffering caused by the condition.
Gynecomastia is the swelling of the breast tissue in boys or men, affecting one or both breasts. Symptoms include:
- Swelling of the breast gland tissue
- Breast tenderness
Boys and men who are prescribed Risperdal should seek medical attention if they begin to experience:
- Breast swelling
- Pain or tenderness in one or both breasts
- Nipple discharge in one or both breasts
In some cases, the condition will go away on its own. But, in the more severe cases, patients will require surgery. Patients will generally need to undergo a mastectomy, which is surgery to remove the breast gland tissue. This surgery is typically done using small incisions. Liposuction is also sometimes used, but it only removes breast fat, not the breast gland tissue.
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We recognize the seriousness of this side effect. Young boys can suffer emotional and psychological scars as a result of having this condition. They may be harassed and ridiculed. We are currently reviewing potential lawsuits on behalf of young boys and men who have been affected by this medication and who are trying to cope with the effects.
If you or someone you love has developed gynecomastia from taking Risperdal, you may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit. Don’t delay! Call Clay! Our initial consultation is FREE! Our experienced staff members are here to help.