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Does Risperdal Cause Breast Growth in Boys?

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Have you or someone you know been prescribed Risperdal for ADD or ADHD treatment? You should know that there have been numerous lawsuits filed against manufacturer Johnson & Johnson over female breast growth in males taking the drug.

Recently, the Daily Beast reported that Risperdal has been at the forefront of more than 1,300 lawsuits nationally over breast growth among young men who were prescribed the antipsychotic drug. According to the news source, one lawsuit claimed that a young man grew female breasts of size 46DD, with Johnson & Johnson having to settle the case for an undisclosed amount of money.

Risperdal was originally prescribed to treat schizophrenia; however, many doctors began using the drug to treat children with ADD and ADHD after Johnson & Johnson allegedly promoted its use for the disorders in marketing efforts. In one lawsuit, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner testified that Johnson & Johnson pushed doctors through to prescribe the drug for off-label use, even though it knew as far back as 2010 that the drug could cause female breast growth.

Because of the alleged marketing efforts, in 2012, Johnson & Johnson settled a lawsuit from the state of Texas for $158 million over claims that it pushed the drug onto children and the elderly for unapproved purposes. To read the Daily Beast’s report about Risperdal, you can click on the source link below.


As the lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson over Risperdal show, if a defective drug or a product marketed for unintended purposes injures you, it may be in your best interest to speak to our Nashville drug injury attorney.

Warning labels on drugs must contain information about potential side effects, and marketing efforts by pharmaceutical manufacturers should correlate only for approved activities. If your loved one is injured due to a defective drug, make sure you speak to our attorney, who can investigate if he or she was prescribed the wrong medication, or if there were issues with labeling.

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“For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.” Psalms 125:3


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