Lawsuits are mounting against the manufacturer of Risperdal, an antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other conditions. The lawsuits are filed on behalf of boys and men who have developed enlarged male breast tissue, a condition called gynecomastia, as a result of taking the prescription drug. Mostly these lawsuits allege that the drug manufacturer failed to warn of the risk of gynecomastia and that the drug is defectively designed.
Gynecomastia can be a devastating condition for men and adolescent boys to experience. You may not want to remove your shirt to swim or workout, and you may feel constantly embarrassed about the appearance of your chest.
Male breast reduction surgery can restore the appearance of a masculine chest. The goal is to remove the excess tissue contributing to enlarged breasts. Depending on the specific physical characteristics of your gynecomastia condition, techniques to restore a masculine chest may include removing breast tissue, skin, and/or using liposuction. Nipple reduction may also be used if necessary.
Gynecomastia can be especially embarrassing for adolescents, who can face bullying and teasing as a result of their chest appearance. Unfortunately, many adolescent boys were prescribed Risperdal before it was even FDA-approved for children. It was approved as such in 2006. Many of the adolescent boys who are now grown men are upset that they were not properly warned of the risk of gynecomastia.
Many doctors believe Risperdal may lead to gynecomastia because the drug raises your body's level of prolactin, a hormone associated with milk production and breast development.
If you are experiencing gynecomastia in Denver, Lone Tree or the surrounding areas, and if you want to learn more about reducing chest tissue and restoring a masculine chest, please contact Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.