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Breast Milk in Men  

I am a man who is experiencing milk coming from the nipples on my breast. What is causing this? Can anything be done to stop it?

Galactorrhea in men is lactation (the production of milk) in the breast. Causes of galactorrhea in men include:

• Side effects of certain medications (including some anti-hypertensive drugs, some opiod drugs, and some drugs to treat mental conditions)
• Abnormally low secretion of the hormone, thyroxin, by the thyroid gland
• Secretion of hormones by tumors of the pituitary gland
• Diseases of the hypothalamus gland
• Other conditions

If you are a man who is experiencing galactorrhea, consult your physician for diagnosis and appropriate therapy. Treatment of galactorrhea in men depends on the underlying cause of the condition. See our Q&A called Treatment of Galactorrhea in Men.

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