Holland Law Firm, a leading pharmaceutical drug and medical device firm, is investigating lawsuits on behalf of young boys who developed gynecomastia (also known as male breast tissue) as a result of taking Risperdal (generic: Risperidone) or Invega (generic: Paliperidone). While Risperdal and Invega were approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, it is being used off-label more and more as a treatment for ADHD, even though the off-label use is not approved by the FDA.
A study published in 2006 in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology found that Risperidone or Invega, when given to young males, can increase prolactin levels. Prolactin is a hormone which stimulates breast development and lactation in women. The study also indicated that the drug should be prescribed with caution to male children and adolescents due to a concern with regard to delay in puberty.
As a result of taking Risperdal or Invega, young males may have experienced:
- Swollen breast tissue
- Tenderness in the breast
- Pain in the breast
- Nipple discharge
- Surgery to remove breast tissue
- Resulting psychological trauma
If you or your son has taken Risperdal or Invega and has developed male breast tissue, please call 877-255-3352 to speak with one of our lead attorneys to determine if you may be entitled to a recovery. You can also complete the information below and we will contact you.