It has recently come to the public’s attention that Invega may cause gynecomastia, a condition characterized by the abnormal swelling of breast tissue in boys and young men. Invega has been found to increase levels of prolactin, a hormone that stimulates milk production, in the human body. Normally only present in high amounts in breastfeeding women, elevated prolactin levels can cause breast budding, breast growth, and even milk production in adult men, boys, and young girls.
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How Can Invega Cause Gynecomastia?
Though it is not mentioned on the drug’s warning label, Invega has recently been found to have the ability to cause gynecomastia. This condition is thought to be a direct result of elevated levels of prolactin caused by the use of Invega (generic: paliperidone), a prescription medication approved for use in adults and adolescents as young as 10 for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Invega is also approved in children as young as age 5 for the treatment of irritability caused by autism.
In several different studies of Invega use for these conditions, nearly 90% of pediatric and adolescent patients aged 5-17 had elevated levels of prolactin two months after initiating a regimen of the drug. In a study involving 1885 children, 43 developed abnormal breast tissue. In other research involving children, more than 2% developed gynecomastia and 0.8% began producing milk.
Elevated prolactin levels have also been suspected of being responsible for suppression of the gonadotropin releasing hormone GnRH, which means that all sex hormones would be suppressed. This may affect reproductive function, and lead to a delay of puberty (particularly in boys). Decreased levels of GnRH have also been associated with low testosterone levels and delayed secondary sex characteristics such as facial and body growth hair, increased musculature, genital enlargement, and voice deepening.
Click here to learn more about the causes of gynecomastia from ThirdAge.com.
Do I Have an Invega Gynecomastia Lawsuit?
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