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Texas Boy Grew Breasts After Taking Risperdal, Lawsuit Claims

Filed August 7th, 2013 Laurie

The parents of a Texas teen say that his taking the atypical antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused him to grow male breasts.

Their case is the latest to make such a claim about a potential side effect of Risperdal. We’ve reported on the side effects and dangers of taking Risperdal for several years and have noted numerous studies that have linked the drug to side effects ranging from diabetes and tardive dyskinesia to muscle weakness and an irregular heartbeat.

According to a report from KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi, Texas, the parents of the 16-year-old boy allege in a lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. that the company that manufactures Risperdal failed to warn of this side effect. In their complaint, the parents of the teen say that he was prescribed Risperdal to treat his bipolar disorder. As he continued to take the drug, he began to develop breasts.

The parents of the teen say they are left with the decision on what to do next to react to this side effect. A judge presiding over the case has ordered a mediator to attempt a settlement between the parties but if no deal is reached, a trial would begin by the middle of this month.

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