Risperidone and Gynecomastia
Most men know that certain drugs can be linked to gynecomastia.In New York, we ask our patients in consultation about their use of top suspects – such as marijuana and steroids – and most men are prepared for these questions.But there are other, less widely used drugs that may also contribute to enlarged male breasts.Risperidone is one.
Risperidone was originally approved by the FDA in December of 1993 and marketed under the brand name Risperdal® by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals.Risperidone, the generic form of the drug, is now available from other manufacturers.
Belonging to a class of drugs known as antipsychotics, risperidone was first approved to treat adult patients with schizophrenia.Several years later, the FDA added treatment of schizophrenia in adolescents aged 13 to 17 to the list of approved uses for risperidone, and for short term treatment of bipolar activity in children as young as 10 years old.
Like most pharmaceuticals, risperidone comes with a list of possible side effects, many of them minor.Some are not so minor, however, including impotence and gynecomastia for men.These can occur because risperidone causes higher than normal levels of prolactin, the hormone whose primary function is to stimulate breast development and breast milk production in females.When prolactin levels are elevated for males, whether due to medication like risperidone, a pituitary growth or another reason, man boobs can result.
If you’re using risperidone and you’ve developed gynecomastia you would like to treat, we suggest you come in to see us in New York.Our gynecomastia surgery track record spans three decades, and we have worked with men whose man boobs were triggered by a variety of different substances, or by nothing obvious at all.In your case, we would work hand-in-hand with your other doctors to determine the best course of action for your overall well-being.
If your adolescent son is taking the drug, talk to his doctor about the possibility he may develop gynecomastia.You may want to discuss whether it would be wise to weigh the suitability of risperidone for him against this risk.
If you have questions about his or other gynecomastia-related matters, fill out our online form and we will contact you.You can also give us a call at 212-870-6080.