Millions of men around the world suffer from symptoms associated with low testosterone levels. Those who have been prescribed various products to increase testosterone should be aware that the FDA has just issued a Safety Alert about the possible risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products.
Testosterone replacement drugs have been approved for men suffering from low testosterone levels – a recognized medical condition. However, many men are taking testosterone replacement drugs simply because those products have been touted as a low-risk way to improve sex drive, muscle mass, mood, energy, and bone density. Their manufacturers even claim testosterone replacement drugs can reverse the aging process. Those manufacturers also market their products directly to men without fully disclosing some of the potentially fatal consequences.
Testosterone Replacement Warning
Our drug injury lawyers are closely following the FDA’s announcement, and we advise our clients to consult their prescribing physicians immediately to discuss the risks and benefits of testosterone medications. The FDA’s warning comes in the wake of two published studies concluding that men taking testosterone therapy drugs incur a high risk of cardiovascular injury and death. If you are currently on a form of testosterone replacement therapy, do not immediately stop without first consulting your doctor.
What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Testosterone is a naturally occurring hormone necessary for male growth. Testosterone replacement therapy has been approved by the FDA for men diagnosed with low testosterone, also known as “Low T.” The only way to diagnose Low T is by having a doctor administer a blood test specifically designed to measure the patient’s level of testosterone. Since a man’s T level can change throughout the day, doctors prefer to take a number of tests to compare levels. The drug is contraindicated for men suffering from breast or prostate cancer.
How Testosterone Replacement Is Used
Testosterone replacement therapy has been marketed in various forms such as
- Patches worn on the body or on the scrotum
- Gels (Marketed as AndroGel and Testim and applied daily)
- Adhesive tape placed on the teeth
- Application sticks (similar to chapstick or deodorant)
Who Makes Testosterone Replacement Drugs?
AbbVie makes Androgel and Testim and is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. It is a publicly-traded company headquartered in Chicago and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the Chicago Stock Exchange, and several exchanges in Europe.
Testosterone Injury Claims
If you have suffered a heart attack, stroke, or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) while taking any form of Testosterone replacement, booster drug, or other Low T therapy, please contact my testosterone injury law firm for a free initial consultation at 1-866-597-4529 regarding your legal rights. Our firm has over twenty years of experience litigating claims against the makers of dangerous drugs and medical devices, and we would like to help you.