Invega (paliperidone) is an antipsychotic medication that works by altering the effects of the chemicals in the brain. It is used for the treatment of schizophrenia in adolescents from 12 to 18 and in adults. It has not been approved for use in children.
As with all medications, Invega has been associated with a number of side effects, including an increased sensitivity to extreme temperatures, severe allergic reaction, numbness or tingling on one side of the body, weight gain, heart attack, the onset of diabetes, suicide and movement disorders such as tardive dyskinesia. The side effects particularly affect children.
Invega and Gynecomastia in Boys
Among the side effects of Invega, one of the most serious concerns is thedevelopment of breasts in young boys. The condition, known as gynecomastia, can have serious physiological effects on young boys and men.
Because the drug has not been approved for use in children younger than the age 12, it is especially important that you speak with an attorney if your child was prescribed Invega and is now suffering as a result of male breast growth.
Symptoms of gynecomastia include:
- Swelling of the breast tissue
- Pain or discomfort in the breast area
- Nipple discharge in one or both breasts
Severe cases of gynecomastia require surgery to remove the breast gland tissue. The procedure is called a mastectomy. In some cases, patients will also require liposuction to remove breast fat. In younger patients, the doctor may recommend periodic re-evaluations every three to six months to see if the condition improves on its own. In the meantime, however, it can be very embarrassing and difficult for a young boy to cope with.
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If your young son developed gynecomastia after taking Invega and is now suffering from discomfort and embarrassment, you should contact an attorney for help. You may be eligible to seek compensation by filing an Invega gynecomastia lawsuit. Don’t delay! Call Clay! Our initial consultation is FREE! Our experienced staff members are here to help.