Invega (generic: paliperidone), a widely-prescribed antipsychotic medication, has recently been associated with gynecomastia. This condition is characterized by a swelling of breast tissue in young men, and occurs when estrogen and testosterone levels become imbalanced. Signs and symptoms of Invega gynecomastia may include swollen breast gland tissue, breast tenderness, pain, and nipple discharge in one or both breasts.
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What’s the Problem?
Invega belongs to a class of drugs known as atypical (or second-generation) antipsychotic medications that are typically prescribed to treat schizophrenia and other serious psychological disorders. Although the exact mechanism of how Invega works is still not clearly understood by the medical community, it is known that the drug suppresses the effects of dopamine and serotonin, chemicals in the brain that may be elevated in schizophrenics. Invega is manufactured by ALZA Corporation or Janssen-Cilag Manufacturing, LLC, and marketed and distributed by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Symptoms of Invega Gynecomastia
Unfortunately, recent studies have found that Invega can increase levels of prolactin, a hormone in the human body that stimulates breast growth and milk production. Elevated prolactin levels has different effects on men and women. In women, it causes spontaneous production of milk, and in males it can cause enlargement of breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia. Signs and symptoms of Invega gynecomastia may include:
- Swollen breast gland tissue
- Breast tenderness
- Nipple discharge in one or both breasts
Although the enlarged breast tissue is non-cancerous, it can have a devastating impact on a man’s social health, self-esteem, and emotional well-being. Liposuction may be effective in treating mild cases of gynecomastia, while more severe cases may require breast-reduction surgery or a complete mastectomy, a procedure that involves removing the breast tissue and excess skin of the breast.
Most patients diagnosed with gynecomastia have a favorable long-term outlook. First and foremost, breast cancer must be ruled out, which can be adequately diagnosed by following the appropriate diagnostic procedures. Breast cancer in males is extremely rare, representing less than 1% of all cases of breast cancer. Therefore, the decision to treat gynecomastia should be based on the degree to which the condition has affected the patient’s quality of life and psychological well-being.
Invega Side Effects
In addition to having the potential to cause gynecomastia, Invega has also been linked to a large number of other serious side effects, which have been reported to include:
- Galactorrhea (production of milk from breasts)
- Diabetes, high blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
- Bone loss (demineralization)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Pituitary tumors
- Tardive dyskinesia (involuntary movement disorder)
- Weight gain, which may be severe
- Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)
- Heart problems, heart attack, irregular heart rhythm
- Increased risk of death among elderly people with dementia
Click here to learn more about Invega gynecomastia from Boston Children’s Hospital.
Do I Have an Invega Gynecomastia Lawsuit?
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