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Gynecomastia and Risperdal:

Gynecomastia is defined as the abnormal development of breast tissue in males. This disease is particularly seen in juveniles and children nowadays. In addition to the physical changes, children are often subjected to significant emotional and psychological trauma due to gynecomastia. You may consult a legal professional if you are looking forward to filing a Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit.

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Risperdal works as an antipsychotic by blocking the activity of dopamine in certain areas of the brain but blocking dopamine also has an effect on the pituitary gland.  The pituitary gland is responsible for hormone production and regulation of many body systems.  Risperdal’s dopamine blocking activity works to stimulate the pituitary gland causing a number of metabolic disruptions and also results in the release of a hormone known as prolactin.

It is generally a permanent change, resulting in the development of actual breast tissue, different from simple fat deposits.  The breast tissue must often be removed through surgery as it does not go away, even when the drug is discontinued.

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Symptoms of Risperdal Gynecomastia:

Gynecomastia is caused by Risperdal that may develop in one or both breasts.  The development of breast may occur in an uneven way.  It does not generally pose significant health risks but may be extremely emotionally and psychologically damaging, particularly in children and adolescents.  Many Risperdal patients with gynecomastia experience lasting social embarrassment and trauma that continues into adulthood.

Symptoms of Risperdal-related gynecomastia includes following:

1) Pain and tenderness in the breast area.

2) Swelling and enlargement of the nipples.

3) Growth in the breast area.

4) Discharge from the nipples.

Treatment of Gynecomastia from Risperdal:

Gynecomastia i.e. caused by Risperdal will usually not go away even if the drug is discontinued.  In mild cases where not much mammary tissue has developed, liposuction may be used to remove the tissue but in more extensive cases, a breast reduction or mastectomy surgery will be required.  This may also require removal of skin in a chest reconstructive procedure.

In addition to the emotional trauma that is likely to result from the development of gynecomastia, the patient may be subjected to significant surgical pain and may require a lengthy period of healing.

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Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuits:

The first lawsuit regarding Risperdal-related gynecomastia was filed in 2012 by a male that was 21-year-old. He was the person who had received Risperdal from 1999 to 2004, i.e. beginning when he was only 9 years old, long before Risperdal use was approved in children.

Janssen and Johnson & Johnson face hundreds of additional lawsuits filed by patients who have developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal and have been subjected to surgery and emotional trauma.