Gynecomastia Caused by Risperdal

Have you or your child suffered male breast enlargement caused by the use of Risperdal or other medications?

While gynecomastia can occur due to a number of reasons, the condition is most-commonly associated with the use of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The condition develops due to a hormone imbalance, which has resulted in several lawsuits against the drugmaker.

Risperdal and Gynecomastia in Boys
Risperdal & Gynecomastia
(CC BY-SA 3.0) by Housed

Gynecomastia is a condition that manifests itself through the enlargement of male breast tissue. In addition to the physical pain and discomfort associated with gynecomastia, males (especially teenagers) with this condition often suffer from humiliation, social anxiety, and depression. Treatment often requires surgery, which can be prohibitively expensive for many families.

The most well-known cause of gynecomastia is the antipsychotic drug Risperdal (Risperidone). Pre-market research conducted by the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen revealed the tendency of the drug to cause gynecomastia, yet warnings on the drug’s labels greatly understate the potential risk of breast development in males who take the medication.

What is Risperdal?

Risperdal is a drug that has been approved for both children and adults for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability caused by autism. It works by blocking dopamine levels in the brain, which can lead to a hormone imbalance caused by elevated levels of prolactin (PRL).

Teenage boys and young men who suffer from gynecomastia caused by Risperdal may require a mastectomy, as well as years of therapy or psychiatric treatment to cope with issues related to disfigurement and social anxiety.

Though there are minimal physical implications related to gynecomastia, the emotional trauma and social stigma can be staggering. The first gynecomastia lawsuit related to Risperdal was settled in 2012, and showed that Johnson & Johnson understated the impact that an excess of prolactin could have on the development of breast tissue in otherwise healthy males.

There have been a number of lawsuits related to the use of Risperdal, including a whopping $2.2 billion settlement in 2013 with the U.S. Department of Justice related to fraudulent advertising, the payment of illegal kickbacks to doctors for prescribing Risperdal, and understating the side effects to consumers.

Risperdal and gynecomastia.

Risperdal works on the brain’s neurotransmitters in the same manner as many other antipsychotic drugs. It blocks dopamine, which in turn causes the pituitary gland to release prolactin, a hormone that is responsible for breast development in young girls and lactation in breast-feeding mothers.

This hormonal imbalance can result in the growth of breast tissue in boys and men, and can even result in lactation from one of both nipples. Stopping the medication will not result in a reduction of breast tissue; this is usually done through surgery.

Should you discontinue using Risperdal if you develop gynecomastia? This is a question only your doctor can answer. Before discontinuing any type of medication, consult your doctor and/or psychiatrist first in order to discuss the risks, and your options.

If you’d like to discuss the facts of your case and have us evaluate the strength of your potential claim, contact us today at (214) 617-1886 or email us using the contact form found on this page. We’re happy to explain your options moving forward, and will do so at no cost to you.

Speak With a Dallas Drug Injury Lawyer For Free

The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm are happy to speak to you about your potential case free of charge. If we can help with your claim, we’ll do so for no out-of-pocket cost to you. Call us 24/7 at (214) 617-1886.

Request a free consultation below



2525 McKinnon Street #550 Dallas, Texas 75201

Note: The information that was utilized in this post was gathered from the use of secondary sources. This information used has not been confirmed or independently verified. If you locate any information that is not correct, please contact our firm as soon as possible so that we can make the appropriate corrections. If you find any information that is false, we will remove or correct the post immediately after it is brought to our attention.

Disclaimer: As a valued member of the Dallas community, Rasansky Law Firm’s goal is to improve the safety of all residents in the great state of Texas. These posts should not be viewed as a solicitation for business and the information included herein should not be taken as medical or legal advice. The photos used in this post are not representative of the actual crash scene.

Related Post

July 29, 2021
Johnson & Johnson Neutrogena And Aveeno Sunscreen Class Action Lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson recalled Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen products after some samples tested positive for low levels of benzene. The company announced that consumers should stop using the products and discard them. If […]

Read More
August 17, 2018
Is Round Up Weed Killer Causing Cancer?

  Round Up’s Carcinogenic Properties Trigger Widespread Product Liability Litigation Roundup Weed Killer is a pesticide developed by Monsanto Company that contains the active ingredient glyphosate. Millions of tons of Roundup have been […]

Read More
August 9, 2018
Beware of This List of Dangerous Drugs

Many drugs widely prescribed and used are perceived to be safe for consumption, when they can actually be harmful. Although these drugs do have their benefits, they can be devastating and even fatal.  […]

Read More

Why Choose
Rasansky Law Firm

Over 30+ Years Of Personal Injury Experience

Top-Rated and Award-Winning Personal Injury Lawyers

Attorneys Available to Discuss Your Case Now

No Fee Unless You Win

Free Confidential Consultation.

Request A Free Consultation

Fill out the form below to receive a free and confidential initial consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.