Gynecomastia is a condition that has been linked to the use of Risperdal among adolescent boys. It involves the enlargement of male breasts as well as the secretion of milk. Male breasts are caused by an increased level of the hormone prolactin, which regulates the growth of breast tissue.
While there are multiple causes of gynecomastia, one of the most recent causes is the use of Risperdal, which is a prescription medication used to treat schizophrenia, autism and bipolar disorders. The drug was approved for children and adolescents experiencing irritability from autism in 2006.
Many people are unaware of the connection between Risperdal and gynecomastia, as well as the condition itself. Below, we’ve outlined some of the most important gynecomastia facts to know according to the John Hopkins Medicine. These are especially important for those currently taking Risperdal.
- Including all known causes of gynecomastia, the condition most often occurs during puberty.
- The condition often begins as a small lump under the nipple in one or both of the breasts, which may feel tender.
- Other symptoms of gynecomastia may be similar to other medical conditions, so it’s important to talk to your doctor if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
- Gynecomastia is diagnosed through a physical examination and diagnostic procedures which may include blood tests, urine tests, mammograms or a consultation with an endocrinologist.
- Treatment for gynecomastia may include hormone therapy or, in serious circumstances, surgery to remove the excess tissue.
If you or someone you love has been experiencing symptoms associated with gynecomastia while taking Risperdal, talk to a doctor. Do not stop taking any medication before first consulting a physician.