The makers of Risperdal (Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals) are in court again. This time the pharmaceutical company is asking for the reversal of a $500,000 verdict awarded to a Wisconsin man who claimed that taking the antipsychotic medication caused him to grow female breasts. During the trial, the court heard testimony from the plaintiff’s medical expert, a plastic surgeon who testified that his use of Risperdal lead to the growth of female breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia. The use of Risperdal causing gynecomastia has been the subject of many Risperdal lawsuits in recent years.
Is Gynecomastia Permanent?
Gynecomastia, caused by ongoing use of Risperdal, can become permanent. The condition is not usually life threatening, nor does it commonly pose serious health complications in men. The real damage is the sense of shame and embarrassment that comes along with the unwanted physical change. Men can experience a loss of self-esteem and self-confidence. Those suffering from psychiatric disorders may already be experiencing these issues and are particularly vulnerable to the emotional effects of this physical condition.
Are There Treatments for Gynecomastia?
There are several options to treat gynecomastia including daily supplements, creams, and gynecomastia surgery. These treatments can be pricey and can carry many risks of their own. The most effective treatment is to undergo gynecomastia surgery. The average procedure can cost anywhere from $3,500 to $7,500 and requires the use of anesthesia and liposuction.
While effective, gynecomastia surgery carries with it all the risks associated with a surgical procedure such as the side effects of anesthesia, the risk of infection and permanent scarring. If you are considering any of these treatments, it is highly desirable to speak with your treating physician about all of the risks and all of your treatment options.
Contact an Experienced Risperdal Lawyer
If you or someone you know has developed gynecomastia after taking the drug Risperdal, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced Risperdal lawyers, who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file a Risperdal lawsuit for you, and they charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.