Older Men Taking Risperdal are 69% More Likely to Develop Gynecomastia
Risperdal, the brand name of risperdone is an atypical antipsychotic drug sold by Janssen Pharamaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson.
Risperdal has been in the news for various scandals for over a decade now.
The most recent Risperdal problem?
Risperdal lawsuits involving gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia is the swelling of breast tissue in males, leading to male breasts and sometimes nipple lactation.
Risperdal gynecomastia occurs because of a hormonal imbalance. Risperdal causes elevated levels of “prolactin,” a hormone normally seen in females. Prolactin encourages breast growth and lactation in mothers with newborns.
However, when males are exposed to unusually high quantities of prolactin, they too can grow breasts, and even lactate from the nipples. Risperdal Increases Gynecomastia Risk in Older Men
Risperdal Causes Gynecomastia in Older Men – Not Just Boys
The Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit tends to focus on adolescent boys who have developed gynecomastia as a side effect of taking Risperdal.
However, new science suggests that it’s not just teenage boys who are susceptible to Risperdal gynecomastia, older men are also at risk for developing gynecomastia when taking Risperdal.
Medscape published a new study in April of 2014 that looked into Risperdal gynecomastia in older men. The average age from the study was 65, while the actual ages ranged from 45 to 80 years old.
Researchers found that men who were taking, or had recently taken Risperdal were 69% more likely to have developed gynecomastia.
Risperdal Poses Higher Risk of Gynecomastia than Other Antipsychotic Medications
Researcher Dr. Etminan, the author of the above Risperdal gynecomastia study also looked at other antipsychotic drugs while conducting his research.
Dr. Etminan found that Risperdal poses a higher risk of gynecomastia than other antipsychotics.
Although there is some risk of gynecomastia with other antipsychotic medications, Dr. Etminan recommends healthcare providers take the Risperdal gynecomastia risk into consideration when prescribing antipsychotics.
Dr. Etminan recommends quetiapine or olanzapine instead, as these drugs pose less risk for serious adverse side effects.
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