Testosterone Therapy

TESTOSTERONE THERAPY SHOWN TO INCREASE RISK OF HEART ATTACK, STROKE & DEATH

Studies have shown that testosterone therapy drugs doubled the risk of heart attack among men over age 65 and nearly tripled the risk in younger men with a history of heart disease. If you or a loved one have suffered a heart attack or stroke after taking a testosterone therapy drug, The Lanier Law Firm would like to speak with you.   Attorney Mark Lanier and his firm are reviewing potential product liability lawsuits for users of testosterone therapy drugs, who have suffered a heart attack, stroke and other heart related problems.  Just simply call The Lanier Law Firm or fill out the form to see if you are eligible for a potential testosterone lawsuit.

Medical research has revealed a direct connection between testosterone therapies and heart issues. Studies have shown that men who receive testosterone treatments have a 30% higher chance of suffering a heart attack, stroke or untimely death compared to those who do not take testosterone medication.

FDA Warning About Testosterone Drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men who are prescribed FDA-approved testosterone products. The FDA has been monitoring this risk and decided to reassess this safety issue based on the recent publication of two separate studies that each suggest an increased risk of cardiovascular events among groups of men prescribed testosterone therapy. The first publication that prompted FDA to reassess the cardiovascular safety of testosterone therapy was an observational study of older men in the U.S. Veterans Affairs health system, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in November 2013. A second observational study reported an increased risk of heart attack in older men, as well as in younger men with pre-existing heart disease, who were prescribed testosterone therapy.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products. They have been monitoring this risk and related safety issues based on the recent publication of two separate studies that each suggested an increased risk of cardiovascular events among groups of men who were prescribed testosterone therapy.

Common low testosterone treatments

Testosterone therapy is often administered by using a gel, patch or injection. Below are some common testosterone products:

  • Androgel
  • Androderm
  • Axiron
  • Bio-T-Gel
  • Delatestryl
  • Depo-Testosterone
  • Fortesta
  • Striant
  • Testim
  • Testopel

As men age, they see a decline in their natural testosterone levels. Men are prescribed a form of testosterone therapy when they are experiencing low testosterone production. Men with lower testosterone levels may experience decreased sex drive, poor bone density and shrinking muscle mass. Testosterone medications are prescribed to help treat these issues.

Common health risks due to testosterone treatments

Men who are using a testosterone medication are subject to serious health risks and heart issues. Researchers are recommending that physicians use much more caution when they prescribe testosterone medication.

Men who experience the heart-related issues below have a 30% increased risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke or dying.

  • Artery blockage
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Plaque buildup
  • Previous heart attack

What Is Testosterone Therapy?

Testosterone is a hormone essential to the development of male growth and masculine characteristics. Testosterone products are FDA-approved only for use in men who lack or have low testosterone levels in conjunction with an associated medical condition. Examples of these conditions include failure of the testicles to produce testosterone because of genetic problems or chemotherapy. Other examples include problems with brain structures, called the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, which control the production of testosterone by the testicles.

Testosterone therapy typically involves the administration of testosterone either by injection or by use of testosterone skin creams or gels. Testosterone therapy may also be prescribed to lessen the effects or delay the onset of normal male aging. However, it is still unclear whether testosterone therapy is of significant benefit to otherwise healthy older men. As men enter middle age, they may notice changes caused by a relative decline in testosterone: fewer erections, fatigue, thinning skin, declining muscle mass and strength, and more body fat. This dissatisfaction with the changes of aging has led to the development of testosterone therapy, which is also used to treat men who have lost testicular function due to disease, cancer or other causes.