Risperdal lawsuits are being filed for adolescent males and young boys. The dangerous drug has been found to cause gynecomastia, or male breast growth, to males who take the medication. New medical research has linked Risperdal to a higher risk of gynecomastia in middle-aged men. This may now allow men affected by the drug to pursue their own lawsuits against the drug maker.
Risperdal is an antipsychotic medication that is used to treat a number of psychiatric conditions, including schizophrenia in adults. Gynecomastia is the medical term for a condition where a male’s breasts suddenly begin to develop and grow. Until this recent medical study, it was believed that the link between Risperdal and gynecomastia was limited to boys or young men. The new research demonstrates that males of almost any age may face this risk from using this drug. This study is believed to the first to potentially expand the pool of at-risk men who use Risperdal.
The research was conducted and presented to a meeting of the American Association For Geriatric Psychiatry. Researchers reviewed health insurance claims that were entered between the years of 2001 and 2011 involvingmore than 80,000 men between the ages of 40 and 85. Researchers found more than 8,200 claims relating to the development of gynecomastia. They found that Risperdal side effects were linked to a 69-percent increase in the risk of developing this medical condition when compared to men who did not take any antipsychotic medications. Risperdal users also faced a 40-percent increase in the risk of developing gynecomastia when compared to men who used other medications that included Seroquel or Zyprexa.
The effects of gynecomastia are devastating for many men. Because there is no FDA drug approved for treating this condition, the treatment options are limited. Many men who become self-conscious or embarrassed by this condition resort to breast reduction surgery. Not only is this a significant expense, but it can leave significant scars and disfigurement.
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