Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals (the makers of Risperdal) have agreed to settle what would have been the sixth trial in the ongoing Risperdal litigation alleging the drug Risperdal caused the growth of female breasts. The plaintiff in the case had been prescribed Risperdal at the age of 7 to treat symptoms related to Asperger’s syndrome, impulse control disorder. After taking the medication for over 5 years, he began to grow excessive amounts of breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia. The lawsuit alleged that the physical disfigurement he suffered was directly related to his use of Risperdal. After a jury recently awarded $70 million in a recent Risperdal lawsuit over the summer, it appears that Jansen Pharmaceuticals was not willing to take any chances in this case. Risperdal being the cause of gynecomastia is the subject of many ongoing Risperdal lawsuits.
Is Gynecomastia Permanent?
The growth of excessive breast tissue, called gynecomastia, can become permanent. While the condition does not commonly pose any serious or life threatening health complications in men, the unwanted physical change can create serious emotional damage along with a loss of self-esteem and self-confidence. Those already suffering from psychiatric disorders and teenagers are particularly vulnerable to the lasting effects of this physical condition as they may already be experiencing emotional challenges.
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 of the condition 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. Although this treatment is the most effective, the risks associated with a surgical procedure can include side effects of anesthesia, the risk of infection and permanent scarring. Before deciding on a treatment option for gynecomastia, it is important to consult your health care provider for advice and to discuss all of the associated risks and benefits.
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 across the country, 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.