Information on prescription Risperdal
Risperdal is a drug prescribed for the treatment of mental disorders like bipolar, schizophrenia and autism. The FDA approved the drug for consumer use in the early 90s. Typical side effects of the medication include diabetes, weight gain, nausea, bone loss, and bowel discomfort, among others. However, many male patients have also reported experiencing Gynecomastia after taking the medication.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition that causes males to develop breast tissue. The drug Risperdal has been linked to triggering the condition by causing the pituitary gland to release prolactin-a hormone found in women that stimulates breast development and / or milk production. However, males taking the drug are also experiencing this.
Swelling, discharge from the nipples, tenderness and pain are all potential symptoms males can experience from taking Risperdal. Milk production may or may not be present with the condition.
Treatment for males
Fortunately, the condition does not pose severe health complications. Males who develop enhanced breast tissue from taking the drug typically need liposuction or breast reduction to remove the growing tissue. In more severe cases, however, males may need a mastectomy (a procedure that removes the entire breast).
The condition may not be life-threatening for those who have developed Gynecomastia, but many male patients have experienced serious emotional and psychological problems that have detrimentally affected their everyday lives.