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Risperdal May Cause Gynecomastia in Older Men: Study

More than 2 years after Johnson & Johnson settled a lawsuit with a 21-year-old man who developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal, hundreds of other young men are pursuing legal action against the company for the same reason.

More than 2 years after Johnson & Johnson settled a lawsuit with a 21-year-old man who developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal (risperidone), hundreds of other young men are pursuing legal action against the company for the same reason. However, according to a new study, older men who use Risperdal may be at risk of developing gynecomastia as well.

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What’s the Problem?

New research indicates that Risperdal can cause gynecomastia in older men as well as younger men, according to Mahyar Etminan, a drug safety scientist at the University of British Columbia. Etminan told WebMD’s Medscape Medical News that men between the ages of 45 and 80 who took the antipsychotic were 69% more likely to see abnormal breast enlargement, the primary symptom of gynecomastia.

Because there were so many lawsuits alleging that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn about the gynecomastia risk with Risperdal, this first epidemiological study using data from 1 million American men was undertaken.

“There has been a lot of interest on the risk of gynecomastia with Risperdal, mainly in adolescent boys but also in older men,” Etminan said. “So we wanted to see if there was actually a risk with Risperdal that is over and beyond the other antipsychotics. We do know that these drugs in general can cause gynecomastia because of the way they change the hormones in the body. But we weren’t really sure whether Risperdal does it more than the others.”

And, according to the results of the study, it does. Etminan recommends that prescribing doctors consider alternatives to Risperdal, such as olanzapine or quetiapine.

“If everything is the same in terms of efficacy in these antipsychotics, especially for younger men who may have more problems with this psychologically, then I think it may be better to choose something other than risperidone,” Etminan said. “If you want to put it in perspective, there are millions of prescriptions of Risperdal prescribed. But everything else being equal, then why not prescribe something else if there is a risk for gynecomastia?”

Do I Have a Risperdal Lawsuit?

The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Risperdal lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Risperdal injury cases in all 50 states.

Free Risperdal Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by Risperdal, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Risperdal injury suit and we can help.

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