A 2011 article by MM Carvalho and C Góis, titled “Hyperprolactinemia in mentally ill patients” aimed to elucidate connections between antipsychotic drug use and hyperprolactinemia, an ailment characterized by increased blood prolactin levels that results in male breast development (gynecomastia).
At the outset of their abstract, the authors make the sad recognition that “Hyperprolactinemia is a common, but neglected, adverse effect of conventional antipschycotics and of some of the atypical antipshycotics. It occurs in almost 42% of men and in 75% of women with schizophrenia who are treated with prolactin-raising antipshycotics, even though it has aroused minimal interest within the scientific community when compared with extra-pyramidal effects.”
Common antipsychotics said to be “frequently associated with the [rise] in prolactin plasma levels” are “risperidone [Risperdal], paliperidone [Invega Sustenna], amisulpride [Solian], and zotepine [Zoleptil, others]”.
As some “atypical” antipsychotics are not associated with increased prolactin levels, thus dubbed “prolactin-sparing antipsychotics,” the authors write “The management of a patient with antipsychotic-induced hyperprolactinemia must be adapted to each patient and it may include a reduction in the dosage of the offending antipsychotic, switching to a prolactin-sparing antipsychotic or the use of a dopamine receptor agonist, such as bromocriptine, cabergoline and amantadine.”
Sadly, due to the fact that the manufacturer of Risperdal (risperidone), Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., failed time and again to adequately inform male users of the risk for gynecomastia associated with Risperdal, Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuits have been filed across the country.
If you or a loved one used Risperdal and suffered gynecomastia as a result, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation for your undue injury. For a free, no-obligation case consultation, contact our team of Risperdal lawyers at the information provided below. We have the compassion, resources, and experience required to win the justice you deserve.
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