Authored by Chris Schroeder
Male testosterone production can play a vital role in the development and maintenance of muscle and bone mass, sexual vitality, hair growth and the prevention of osteoporosis.
Over the past dozen years, prescription levels of testosterone therapy drugs have skyrocketed. However, reports show these medications are being largely overprescribed and could cause testosterone heart risk or other serious conditions.
Common testosterone therapy drugs include gel roll-ons like AndroGel and Axiron, as well as the AndroDerm patch. The FDA has approved these medications only for the treatment of documented low testosterone levels, commonly referred to as “low-T.”
Aggressive marketing campaigns, however, have led millions of men to seek out prescriptions for other conditions such as stress, fatigue or low sex drive. A recent study found as many as 43% of those receiving the hormone supplements had normal testosterone levels.
Experts predict testosterone therapy is now a $2 billion industry with more than 5.5 million patients, and growing every year.
Unfortunately, researchers have found a testosterone heart risk and increased chances of stroke among certain men using these products. Since the manufactures failed to properly warn men of the risks, they face liability for the damages. Lawyers are now helping those affected file lawsuits.
If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular event while using a testosterone therapy drug, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options. You may be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact us today.
One of the many effects of testosterone is the increased production of red blood cells. This can cause blood to thicken, which can be dangerous in patients who are older or have a history of heart disease.
A study of more than 55,000 men released this year by the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health and UCLA found that those over the age of 65 and those with a history of heart disease had twice the rate of heart attacks after using testosterone therapy drugs.
Last November, the American Medical Association also published a study that found an increased testosterone heart risk. In patients who were older or had a history of heart disease, the rate of heart attacks, stroke or death was 29% higher after using testosterone.
In 2009, a government-sponsored study intended to measure the health and strength benefits of testosterone gels for elderly men was actually stopped early after many suffered heart attacks or other cardiac problems.
Most recently, the FDA announced on January 31, 2014 that they were launching an investigation into the risks of heart attacks, stroke and death in men taking testosterone therapy drugs.
Due to the failure of drug makers to properly warn of these dangerous side effects, thousands of men may have been injured. Lawyers are currently helping those affected file claims.
If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular event or death after using a testosterone drug, a lawyer can discuss your case today at no cost.
DrugNews only recommends lawyers who specialize in these complex defective drug injury cases and have already handled testosterone heart injury lawsuits.
For more information on the research, warnings, side effects or legal action related to testosterone drugs, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today.
Last Modified: Monday, March 10, 2014