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Breast reduction third most common cosmetic surgery for men

In 2013, nearly 23,000 procedures – including liposuction and mastectomies – were performed on men to remove enlarged breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia. The procedure is the third most common cosmetic surgery performed for men behind rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) and blepharoplasty (eye lift). Gynecomastia can be embarrassing leaving lingering emotional scars. It can also be painful, causing breasts to become swollen and tender. In some cases, the breasts can lactate. The condition may go away after a few months or years, or symptoms may persist for a lifetime, in which case surgical intervention may be considered. “Surgical treatment ... Read More

Risperdal with stimulant often prescribed off-label to treat children with ADHD

A combination of two medications – a stimulant and the antipsychotic Risperdal – may be a helpful treatment for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and severe aggression, but the amount of additional benefit appears to be moderate, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Risperdal, also known as risperidone, is approved to treat adults and children with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism with irritability. It is not approved as a treatment for ADHD or ADD, but it is often prescribed by doctors off-label for those conditions and in many cases ... Read More

Antipsychotic drugs considered as alternative treatment for MS

The antipsychotic drugs clozapine and risperidone may help improve symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis, according to a study conducted by researchers with Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It is unpredictable and often disabling, leading to impaired vision and coordination and paralysis. Medications approved to treat symptoms of the disease work through traditional immune pathways and don’t work on all populations of patients with MS. Researchers found that clozapine and risperidone target a very different set of pathways that work to reduce inflammation ... Read More

Antipsychotic drugs linked to kidney injury in elderly patients

Antipsychotic medications, including risperidone, can cause kidney injury, especially in elderly patients, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Quetiapine (Seroquel), risperidone (Risperdal), and olanzapine (Zyprexa), are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other serious mental disorders. They are also frequently prescribed “off-label” to older adults to treat symptoms such as aggression or agitation associated with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other neurodegenerative diseases. The study found that older adults taking quetiapine, risperidone or olanzapine were one and a half times more likely to have acute kidney injury compared ... Read More

Hundreds of Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuits filed in Philadelphia court

About 700 product liability lawsuits involving the antipsychotic Risperdal have been filed in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas alleging use of the drug caused boys and young men to develop breasts, a condition referred to as gynecomastia. Many of the plaintiffs allege their conditions are so bad that they need a mastectomy, liposuction and other surgical intervention to remove the breast tissue caused by the drug. Risperdal, also known as risperidone, is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults and children with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and irritability with autism. It is frequently prescribed off-label for other ... Read More

Mental anguish from gynecomastia can last decades

Lorne Jaffe, a stay-at-home dad and blogger for the Huffington Post describes life with gynecomastia, a condition in which adolescent boys grow breasts, this way: “I grew up a seemingly normal, slightly chubby boy who by age 11 had a chest resembling a partially-deflated blow-up doll’s, sagging breasts, one noticeably larger than the other, huge areolas. For the next 18 years I wore dark, oversized clothing and walked with hunched shoulders, thumbs pushing out my shirt bottom to keep my upper body formless, using anything I could (pillow, notebook, rolled-up jacket) as a shield to deflect imagined prying eyes. I ... Read More

Plaintiffs in Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit fight for punitive damages

Plaintiffs in Risperdal side effects lawsuits are challenging a Pennsylvania judge’s decision barring them from asking for punitive damages, arguing that many of the patients who were injured by the antipsychotic drug were being treated for uses that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had not approved. Thus, the plaintiffs claim, the state’s restriction on punitive damages in pharmaceutical liability cases would not apply. Risperdal (risperidone), manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals, is approved by the FDA to treat both adults and children with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability with autism. Prior to 2006, the drug was not ... Read More

Autism treatment exposes children to serious side effects

Risperidone was the first drug approved to treat children with autism and can help reduce irritability, but the side effects are alarming, according to an informal analysis of the drug. Risperidone, also known by the brand name Risperdal, is an antipsychotic medication approved to treat adults and children with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and irritability with autism. It is also prescribed off-label for various behavior problems including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention-deficit disorder (ADD), anxiety and depression. Risperidone has shown to be an effective treatment for the explosive and aggressive behavior expressed by some people with autism, taming tantrums in a ... Read More

FDA adds new adverse events to label of antipsychotic drug Risperdal

Safety labels for the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, or risperidone, have been updated to include a new Adverse Reactions involving rare anaphylactic reactions in patients after receiving an injection of the drugs in patients who have previously tolerated the oral version of the drug. The new label will go into effect immediately, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. Risperdal is approved to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and irritability with autism in adults and children. It is sometimes prescribed off label to treat conditions such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention-deficit disorder (ADD), and other behavior problems. Risperdal side effects are ... Read More

Autism experts raise concerns about Risperdal side effects

Parents of children with autism should be cautious if their doctors prescribe their child the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, also known as risperidone, because of potentially dangerous side effects including boys and young men developing female breasts, Lisa Ackerman, founder of TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), told host Shannon Penrod on the interactive web show Autism Live. TACA is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. Between January and October 2013, the organization received more than 22,000 requests for information. Many of those reports involved questions about antipsychotic drugs often prescribed for autism, such ... Read More