Side Effects: AndroGel and Stroke
Research shows that low-T medications like AndroGel are being inappropriately and unsafely prescribed. Patients using AndroGel with a normal testosterone level may have a higher risk of suffering a testosterone-related stroke, heart attack, or even death.
A stroke is a brain injury caused by a blood clot or damaged blood vessel that restricts the flow of fresh oxygen to the brain. This can cause severe damage to brain cells, resulting in loss of mental abilities and functions, physical capabilities, or even death.
Some risk factors include advanced age, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and poor nutrition. A stroke can cause significant, lasting brain damage if left untreated. Therefore, it is important to recognize stroke symptoms and seek immediate medical attention.
Side Effects: AndroGel and Heart Attack
A heart attack occurs when a blockage restricts the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of the heart muscle. If oxygen is not quickly restored, that part of the heart can begin to shut down and stop working. Heart attacks are a leading cause of death for men in the United States.
One side effect of low-T drugs like AndroGel is the increased production of red blood cells, which can cause blood to thicken. This dangerous effect can cause heart attacks in older patients or those with a history of heart disease or other risk factors.
Reports suggest the makers of AndroGel and other low-T drugs knew years prior that these medications could increase the risks of heart attacks but did not add appropriate warning labels.