If you or a loved one took the antipsychotic drug Risperdal (risperidone) and experienced side effects like male breast growth, you may be entitled to a cash award settlement. Contact our Risperdal attorneys today to discuss your legal options.
Since Johnson & Johnson introduced this powerful antipsychotic drug in 1993, Risperdal has been prescribed to millions of Americans with conditions ranging from schizophrenia to bipolar disorder. Today, many Risperdal users are pursuing compensation from the drug maker over side effects like breast growth in boys (gynecomastia), heart attack, and diabetes.
Many Risperdal lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson promoted its Risperdal antipsychotic as a treatment for dementia in the elderly and for behavior disorders in children, despite the fact that the drug wasn’t approved for these uses at that time. In 2013, J&J agreed to pay $2.2 billion to resolve civil and criminal charges regarding the company’s Risperdal marketing practices.
Despite claims by Johnson & Johnson that Risperdal is safe and effective for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions, serious concerns have been raised about Risperdal complications, especially in boys and young men taking the powerful antipsychotic drug. The side effects most commonly associated with Risperdal use include:
A growing number of Risperdal lawsuits are being filed against J&J in large part because of mounting research linking the antipsychotic to breast growth in boys and young men. According to new studies, male patients who use Risperdal may experience elevated levels of prolactin, a hormone that stimulates breast growth in women that may cause gynecomastia in males.
Gynocomastia is characterized by abnormal breast growth and in many cases, is accompanied by pain and nipple discharge. According to research presented at the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry in March 2014, boys and young men taking Risperdal have a 69% increased risk of experiencing abnormal breast growth.
Symptoms of Gynecomastia include:
As more information comes to light about the potential risk of Risperdal side effects, Risperdal lawyers throughout the country will continue to investigate claims filed on behalf of patients negatively effected by the drug. To date, hundreds of complaints have been brought against Johnson & Johnson in regards to gynecomastia and other complications, and more Risperdal lawsuits are expected to be filed in the coming months and years.
If you or a loved one took Risperdal as a treatment for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or another medical condition, and you have since suffered a major side effect like male breast growth, heart attack or diabetes, you may be entitled to a cash award settlement for your injuries and medical bills.
Contact our experienced defective drug lawyers at Ford & Associates today to discuss the possibility of filing a Risperdal claim against Johnson & Johnson.