Galactorrhea is a condition where there is spontaneous discharge of milk-like substance from the breast that is not linked to breastfeeding after pregnancy. The discharge may appear milky white, but it is not always milk, and can come from just one breast or both. Although it is common in women, it can also occur in men. There are several factors that can lead to galactorrhea, and taking certain psychiatric treatments can result in patients exhibiting it.
Certain anti-psychotic medications such as Risperdal (with its active ingredient risperidone) can cause hyperprolactinemia that could lead to galactorrhea. Although it would generally require large doses of Risperdal for patients to experience galactorrhea, recent studies have shown that even lower doses can still cause adverse effects.
Those who have suffered from galactorrhea due to taking Risperdal have also higher chances of developing other side effects that this anti-psychotic medication can cause. Aside from galactorrhea, those have taken Risperdal have also reported experiencing heart arrhythmia, sexual dysfunction, tardive dyskenisia, pituitary tumors, and gynecomastia. The manufacturers of Risperdal, Johnson & Johnson, has already been fined by an Arkansas judge after it was discovered that they did not provide the complete report on the risks that Risperdal may cause to patients.
Those who have experienced severe side effects from Risperdal, such as gynecomastia and galatorrhea, have already filed for a Risperdal lawsuit in order to make the manufacturers liable for their negligence. Those who have loved ones of who are taking Risperdal are urged to immediately report and side effects that they may be suffering, and consult with their physician and lawyer to determine if they are qualified to file a Risperdal lawsuit. Despite the number of risks and FDA warnings that come with Risperdal, it is still being used as an anti-psychotic drug and is being sold in the market. Although galactorrhea can be treated and can be a small annoyance to most people, galactorrhea can still affect the quality of life of the patient.