Risperdal and Hyperprolactinemia
Risperdal and Increased Prolactin Levels in the Blood (Hyperprolactinemia)
The use of Risperdal and risperidone, antipsychotic drugs prescribed for the management of psychoses, schizophrenia, bipolar I disorder, and some symptoms of autism, may be associated with an increase in the level of prolactin in the blood, according to pending lawsuits. Abnormally elevated levels of prolactin in the blood can indicate a medical condition called hyperprolactinemia.
Prolactin is a protein hormone involved in the development of breast tissue and the secretion of milk. An increased level of prolactin in the blood is considered a normal physiological reaction to pregnancy and lactation. However, outside the setting of pregnancy, and in male patients, hyperprolactinemia can cause abnormal hormonal disturbances and sexual side effects.
Sexual side effects associated with hyperprolactinemia include impotence; amenorrhea (the absence of a menstrual period); gynecomastia (male breast growth); and galactorrhea, the spontaneous secretion of milk from the breasts in the absence of pregnancy or nursing. Studies show that hyperprolactinemia associated with Risperdal use persists over time as Risperdal continues to be administered.
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