Risperdal linked to prolonged erections, gynecomastia

risperdal Risperdal linked to prolonged erections, gynecomastiaThe antipsychotic drug Risperdal has been associated with prolonged erections. The unwanted, persistent erection of the penis not caused by sexual stimulation or arousal is generally painful, and requires immediate medical attention.

The side effect is so rare that doctors are not required to discuss it with patients who are prescribed the drug. But the Physicians’ Desk Reference lists reports of prolonged erections in patients treated with the meds.

Risperdal, known generically as risperidone, is an antipsychotic drug used to treat adults and children with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability with autism. It is sometimes used off-label to treat ADD, ADHD and other behavior disorders.

Risperdal side effects already include gynecomastia, a condition in which boys and young men grow female breasts, which at times can be large, painful and lactate. Gynecomastia can be emotionally scaring as well, affected boys as they enter the challenging puberty years. Treatment generally involves surgeries such as mastectomy and liposuction.

Risperdal is made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The company has already paid millions for illegal marketing of the antipsychotic. The company is also facing hundreds of lawsuits for allegedly covering up gynecomastia risks with Risperdal.

Source: NY Daily News