Is Medication Causing Gynecomastia?

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Prescription medications are supposed to provide relief from major problems, but unfortunately, many of these drugs cause other problems of their own.

As you probably know, most medications come with a laundry list of side effects, ranging from mild to severe and unexpected.

Gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement, is sometimes listed as a side effect on prescription medications. And in many instances, medication-induced gynecomastia is not reversible.

It is important to communicate with your doctor about your gynecomastia concerns before starting prescription drugs.

Why Drugs Can Cause Gynecomastia

At its root, gynecomastia is a hormonal issue, and many prescription (and illegal) drugs disrupt the normal balances of estrogen and testosterone in the male body. When estrogen levels get too high, the body responds by producing more breast tissue and prompting a more feminine appearance to the chest area.

Some drugs are notorious for causing severe gynecomastia. In fact, a recent rash of lawsuits against the makers of an antipsychotic drug cite physical and emotional pain and suffering for those children, teens, and men that developed gynecomastia.

Talking to Your Doctor

Before you begin any new prescription medications, or if you think your current medicines may be causing early symptoms of gynecomastia, you should communicate with your doctor about your concerns.

Unfortunately, there may be no alternative to the medications you need, but in some cases, there might be another brand, option, or formula to consider. Being open and honest is the best way to help protect yourself against gynecomastia.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery

At this time, surgical correction is the only effective treatment for enlarged male breasts. If you’re already suffering from gynecomastia and would like to seek treatment for the issue, be sure you are finished with medications that may be causing the problem.

Gynecomastia can recur following male breast reduction surgery if the offending medication does not change. Therefore, you should make sure you are ready to undergo treatment and try to maintain the results before you move forward.

Gynecomastia surgery is not inexpensive, and requires several days of downtime, so it is not at all desirable to repeat the procedure.

When you are ready to seek treatment, be sure to choose an expert cosmetic or plastic surgeon to perform your procedure.

Our experienced, highly-qualified surgeons specialize in gynecomastia treatment at our convenient surgical center in Commack, Long Island. We have appointments for consultation available in our Long Island and Manhattan, NYC offices.

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Sources:

http://www.pharmacologyweekly.com/articles/what-are-the-most-common-medications-that-can-cause-gynecomastia-breast-enlargement-and-tenderness-in-males

http://www.cfp.ca/content/56/4/344.full