Free Invega Class Action Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by Invega, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Invega and we can help.
What is Invega?
Invega (generic: paliperidone) is classified as a second-generation atypical antipsychotic drug, and is used to treat schizophrenia and other serious psychological disorders. The medicine is designed to suppresses the effects of dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters in the brain that may be elevated in schizophrenic patients. Invega is manufactured by ALZA Corporation or Janssen-Cilag Manufacturing, LLC, and marketed and distributed by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a Johnson & Johnson company).
Invega & Gynecomastia
Recent studies have found that Invega can increase levels of prolactin, a hormone that stimulates breast growth and milk production. High levels of prolactin have separate effects on men and women. In women, elevated prolactin levels cause spontaneous production of milk; in males, it can cause enlargement of breast tissue (gynecomastia). Symptoms of Invega gynecomastia may include (but are not limited to):
- Swollen breast gland tissue
- Breast tenderness
- Nipple discharge in one or both breasts
Although Invega gynecomastia is non-cancerous, it can have a profound impact on a man’s social health, self-esteem, and overall quality of life. Liposuction may be used to treat moderate cases of gynecomastia, while more serious cases may require a mastectomy, surgery where breast tissue and excess skin of the breast are removed.
Side Effects of Invega
In addition to causing gynecomastia, Invega has been linked to the following serious side effects:
- Galactorrhea (production of milk from breasts)
- Diabetes, high blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
- Bone loss (demineralization)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Pituitary tumors
- Tardive dyskinesia (involuntary movement disorder)
- Weight gain, which may be severe
- Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)
- Heart problems, heart attack, irregular heart rhythm
- Increased risk of death among elderly people with dementia
About Invega Class Action Lawsuits
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of an Invega Class Action Lawsuit, and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of injured individuals and/or their family members that have been diagnosed with gynecomastia after taking Invega.
A class action is a type of lawsuit filed with the court on behalf of large group of people or “class” of individuals that have been injured or wronged. The class is represented by the law firm and the case is generally decided upon a single member of the class who is sometimes referred to as the “class representative or class rep.”
Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action
In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.
However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual Invega lawsuits on their behalf.
Do I Have an Invega Class Action Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Invega Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Invega gynecomastia cases in all 50 states.
Free Invega Class Action Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with gynecomastia after taking Invega, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an Invega Suit and we can help.