Otherwise healthy men who use testosterone therapies like AndroGel and Testim may be at risk for serious and potentially life-threatening medical consequences, like heart attack, stroke, blood clots and pulmonary embolism.
Unfortunately, because the makers of these medications have allegedly failed to provide adequate warnings about the risk of side effects from low-T treatments, men across the country with no medical need for testosterone therapy are putting themselves at an unnecessary risk for major complications by taking the drugs.
If you used a low-T treatment in the past, and you have since suffered a heart attack, stroke, or another serious medical condition, consult an experienced testosterone therapy attorney today to explore your possible compensation options.
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Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), also sometimes called testosterone therapy or “low-T’ treatment, is a type of medical treatment designed to help maintain a more uniform level of blood testosterone. Testosterone products like AndroGel, Testim and Fortesta are only approved to treat low testosterone levels in men diagnosed with hypogonadism, a condition occurring when the male gonads fail to function properly, but many healthy men have started testosterone replacement therapy in an effort to reverse the signs of the natural aging process, like erectile dysfunction, fatigue, decreased sex drive and loss of muscle mass. Low-T treatments can be administered in the form of a topical gel, a transdermal patch, an injection or the buccal system (applied to the inner cheek or upper gum).
Because there is limited data available regarding the safety and effectiveness of TRT for men who lack an associated medical condition, testosterone treatment has not been approved for this use, yet healthy men who have never had their testosterone levels properly tested continue to be prescribed low-T treatments like AndroGel and Testim. What many of these men don’t know, is that testosterone therapy has been linked to a potential increased risk of serious side effects in users, including:
In one study conducted by the National Cancer Institute in January 2014, researchers found that men over the age of 65, and men younger than 65 with a history of heart disease, had double the risk of suffering a heart attack within three months of starting testosterone replacement therapy. Another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in November 2013, found that older men faced a 29% increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death while using low-T treatments, further supporting the alleged link between testosterone therapy and potentially life-threatening side effects in men. It wasn’t until March 2015, that the FDA announced updated warning labels for all testosterone therapy products, highlighting the potential connection between low-T treatments and problems with heart attack and stroke. In the updated safety announcement, the FDA warned that “the benefit and safety of these medications have not been established for the treatment of low testosterone levels due to aging, even if a man’s symptoms seem related to low testosterone.”
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