Millions of men use testosterone therapies to treat “low-T”, the natural decline in testosterone production that occurs with age.
As the body produces less testosterone, men begin to feel tired. They may be moody. They may also gain weight and lose muscle mass.
Testosterone commercials, for brands such as AndroGel, promise to reverse the effects of “low-T”. The ads show a good looking man riding into the sunset, in a classic convertible, with a pretty woman. These commercials are effective. AndroGel and other “low-T” treatments are projected to become a five billion industry in the next few years. Men believe that drugs like AndroGel can restore their energy and youth. They are demanding prescriptions from their doctors. Unfortunately, many men are being put at risk. Because of this, you may be eligible to take part in a Testosterone class action lawsuit.
Testosterone Treatments Linked to Serious Side Effects
On Jan. 31, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would be investigating using prescription testosterone products. The FDA made this announcement after the publication of two studies that linked low testosterone treatment to an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), heart attacks, stroke, or even death.
- The National Cancer Institute conducted a study of more than 55,000 men who had low testosterone. The study found that some men using prescription testosterone therapies have an increased risk of suffering heart attacks and other cardiac problems. Men over the age of 65 had double the risk of heart attack in the first three months of low-T treatments. Younger men with existing heart conditions were also at risk of cardiac problems. The study was published in January 2014 in the online medical journal, PLOS/ONE.
- Another second study was originally intended to determine if testosterone treatment could help older men build muscle mass and improve health. The study was discontinued when researchers found a 30% increase in strokes, heart attacks and deaths in the men undergoing testosterone therapy. This study was published in November 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
It’s Not Just AndroGel
Testosterone treatments are available as gels, creams, patches, pellets, tablets and injections. Brand names include:
- Gels: AndroGel (Abbvie), Bio-T-Gel (Teva Pharmaceuticals), Fortesta (Endo Pharmaceuticals), Testim (Auxilium Pharmaceuticals)
- Creams: Axiron (Lilly USA, LLC),
- Patches: Androderm (Actavis) ,
- Pellets: Testopel (Auxilium Pharmaceuticals)
- Tablets: Striant (Auxilium Pharmaceuticals)
- Injections: Delatestryl (Endo Pharmaceuticals), Depo-Testosterone (Unigen Life Sciences)
Each of these products may increase a man’s risk of heart attack, stroke and death.
Are you eligible to take part in a Testosterone class action lawsuit?
Justice for Testosterone Injury Victims
If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack, stroke or other serious side effect while on testosterone therapy, you may be eligible to take part in a Testosterone class action lawsuit against the drug manufacturers. Call The Testosterone Injury Hotline at (888) 808-1340 to talk to a member of our drug safety team and demand accountability for your injury.