Testosterone Therapy Side Effects
Is the Testosterone Drugs Hype Worth the Hypertension Risks? Call 1-800-THE-LAW2
The number of middle-aged American men treated for low testosterone levels has tripled over the last decade. In fact, it is estimated that close to 20 million men in the United States are being treated with some testosterone drug. For instance, AbbVie, the maker of AndroGel™, one of the most popular testosterone products, spent $80 million in advertising its testosterone gel in 2012. Overall, according to FiercePharma.com, drug makers in the United States spent $3.47 billion on advertising directly to consumers in 2012. But, is the hype over testosterone replacement products worth all the potential harmful side effects?
Testosterone Therapy Side Effects. Are You At Risk?
Based on a study published by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) men 60 and older who took testosterone gels increased their risk of heart attack, stroke and death by nearly 30%. Furthermore, the Journal PLOS ONE reported that within 90 days of taking the hormone can more than double heart attack risk in men ages 65 and up. As for the increased risks associated with the use of testosterone drugs, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has cautioned medical providers to judiciously weigh the benefits over the potential harms when prescribing the application of testosterone drugs:
- Headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and trouble sleeping.
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal lab tests (glucose and cholesterol tests)
- Site reactions (itching, blisters, redness)
- Enlarged prostate
- Increase Serum Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA levels)
- Weight gain
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Not All Testosterone Drugs Are Created Equal
Testosterone therapy is only approved by the FDA for patients experiencing a condition called hypogonadism, which is essentially a treatment for abnormally low testosterone levels. In fact, the Endocrine Society’s Clinical Practice Guidelines on testosterone therapy in adult men recommends a clinical diagnosis of testosterone deficiency before even starting a testosterone therapy. This diagnosis can only be accurately determined by a blood test. However, a seemingly low bar for clinical diagnosis and abundant therapy options, including injections, patches and pills may be creating an unnecessary and unsubstantiated medical demand for the multiple therapy options currently marketed to users, such as:
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Were You or a Loved One Hurt by Using a Testosterone Replacement Product?
Patients who have suffered serious complications from taking testosterone gels may be eligible to collect financial restitution for:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Current and future lost wages
- Medical expenses not covered by insurance
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium (future family benefits)
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