Johnson & Johnson, a household name, is facing thousands of lawsuits because of a serious side effect their medication, Risperdal, caused to young males.

PR Newswire has recently reported that according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, there have been at least 16,900 Risperdal lawsuits in America. Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug which is known for causing excessive male breast growth. This side effect is called, "gynecomastia." The drug treats boys from ages 10-17 with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and kids from 5-16 who suffer from an autistic disorder.

How Risperdal Works:

According to, Risperdal works by blocking dopamine from getting into certain parts of the brain, and because of this, the pituitary gland is affected. The pituitary gland produces prolactin, which is a hormone that affects the development of females breasts and lactation. Studies have proven that because of these things, Risperdal can cause gynecomastia in men and young boys.

How Does Gynecomastia Effect Men:

Gynecomastia causes breast pain, breast tenderness, nipple discharge, and lactation to male breasts. After a patient stops taking Risperdal, gynecomastia does not go away. Surgery, such as liposuction, or more serious surgeries, such as a mastectomy, are the only way to fix gynecomastia. 

PR Newswire claims Johnson & Johnson withheld this information from the public, and they marketed their drug to children before it had been approved by regulators in the United States.

If you have experienced gynecomastia due to Risperdal, contact Brent Adams and Associates by dialing 877-273-6823 or by clicking here to find out if you are entitled to compensation.

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