Dangerous Testosterone Side-Effects: What the Drug Companies Don’t Want You to Know
Live Long, Stay Strong?
As men age, the levels of testosterone in the body naturally decline. This can cause reduced muscle mass, loss of strength, increased body fat, hair loss, fatigue, and fragile bones. Some scientists believe that testosterone levels also play a part in how long men live.
The most common treatment for low testosterone is testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) using a testosterone gel, like AndroGel. However, recent studies have found that instead of improving men’s health, testosterone may increase the risk of cardiovascular problems.
The FDA is Investigating Testosterone Products
On January 31, 2014 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products. This investigation comes after two recent studies.
- The first study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in November 2013. The study included 8,709 men who had undergone a coronary angiography in the U.S. Veterans Affairs health system between 2005 and 2011. All the men had low testosterone; 1,123 began testosterone therapy in the 530 days after the angiogram. The results showed a 30 percent increase in stroke, heart attack, and death among older men taking testosterone during the two years of the study.
- The second study was published in January in the journal PLOS One (Public Library of Science). The study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, tracked 56,000 who were prescribed testosterone between 2008 and 2010. The men who were age 65 older had double the risk of heart attack in three months after starting testosterone replacement therapy. Younger men with pre-existing heart conditions had three times the risk of heart attack.
But, the risk of heart attack from testosterone isn’t new. A 2010 study in the New England Journal of Medicine followed 209 men age 65 and older who had limited mobility and low testosterone. Many of the men were overweight and had high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. While testosterone increased muscle strength and activity levels, it was also associated with an increased risk of heart attack.
So why are men still being prescribed testosterone? Studies performed by large drug manufacturers’ led to biased findings that paved the way for billions they stood to earn from testosterone or “Low T” drugs. Annual prescriptions for testosterone gel and patches already total more than $1.6 billion in sales.
Did You Suffer a Heart Attack After a Testosterone Product?
If you or someone you love suffered a heart attack or stroke during testosterone therapy treatment, please contact Our Drug Safety Legal Team. We are currently investigating cases of heart attack, stroke and death in men who have taken AndroGel, AndroDerm, Axiron, Bio-T Gel, Delatestryl, Depo-Testosterone, Foresta, Striant, Testim, Testopel and other testosterone products. You may qualify for financial compensation through a class action lawsuit against testosterone drug therapy manufacturers. Call (888) 808-1340 to schedule your free case evaluation with a Testosterone Heart Attack Lawyer. There’s no risk to you. We won’t charge you unless we can make the drug companies pay.
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