Invega Sustenna is an antipsychotic drug that is normally used to treat
schizophrenia. The drug is meant for intramuscular use, and injections
should be administered by health care professionals. Invega Sustenna is
a risperidone medication, meaning that it is an antipsychotic medication
that can reduce the symptoms of long-term schizophrenia in adults. The
patients who take this medication should receive the lowest dose needed
and should be periodically reassessed to determine if they need continued
treatment on a regular basis.
Prolactin in Invega Sustenna
The hormone prolactin is an active ingredient in all risperidone medications.
This is the hormone that causes women to produce milk during a pregnancy,
and also causes women to grow breasts during puberty. When prolactin is
injected into the body in Invega Sustenna, it can encourage breast growth
in both males and females.
In male patients, this is a condition called
Those with this condition will develop large breasts and may even lactate
as a result. Some men have required breast reduction surgery or a mastectomy
to remove the unwanted growths on their body. This serious symptom of
risperidone medications like Invega Sustenna can emotionally and psychologically
damaging as well. Males who are forced to undergo the embarrassment of
breast growth often fall into unstable psychological conditions as a result.
The shame of the situation, as well as the discomfort and pain of a mastectomy
can be astronomical.
According to the Invega Sustenna website, some of the side effects of the
medication include missing menstrual periods, lactating from the breasts,
and the development of breasts in men. Currently, a popular respiridone
medication called Risperdal is the subject of various lawsuits because
of arguments about the labeling of the drug. Many men who have suffered
from gynecomastia say that they could have been spared the embarrassment
and shame of their situation if the packets of Risperdal had clearer warnings
about the breast growth side effect.
Representation is Invega Sustenna Lawsuits
If you are suffering from gynecomastia because you took Invega Sustenna
or another risperidone medication with the prolactin hormone, then you
may have the right to seek compensation from the drug maker. Invega Sustenna
is a Janssen medication by Johnson & Johnson, the same company that
also manufactures Risperdal. All pharmaceutical companies are required
to post the side effects of their medicine blatantly on the packaging
so that it will serve as a warning to individuals that are receiving injections.
If a company is not clear in their labeling, or circumvents the FDA's
oversight then you may be able to seek compensation. Hire a
personal injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin today.