Testosterone therapy linked to stroke, heart attack and other dangers.
Recent studies have prompted to FDA to investigate the safety of prescription testosterone drugs.
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BREAKING NEWS: FDA to Investigate ‘Low-T’ Drugs
In response to a pair of recent studies linking prescription testosterone medications with an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and other dangers, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Jan. 31, 2014 that it was investigating these potential risks.
Researchers: Patients Should Be Warned
A January 2014 study published in PLOS One warned that testosterone drugs may double the risk of heart attack in men over 65 and even triple this risk in younger men with a history of heart problems. A Mayo Clinic cardiologist not involved with the study told USA Today that these risk factors are “equivalent to smoking one or two packs of cigarettes a day, or having sky-high cholesterol.”
This new information came just a few months after a Journal of the American Medical Association study linked the medications not only to heart attacks, but also to several other complications, including stroke.
The new findings emphasize the urgent need to thoroughly examine whether these medications are safe, researchers wrote in the PLOS One study. They urged doctors to discuss these potential dangers with men who are considering testosterone treatment.
2014 Study Offers Evidence of Staggering Heart Dangers
Prescription testosterone therapy was once a niche treatment for men suffering from hormonal deficiencies and associated symptoms. Today, testosterone medications are a multibillion-dollar industry, and many men turn to them to reverse the hormonal changes that are part of the aging process. But a growing body of research suggests that testosterone drugs carry serious dangers that are not shared with the men who choose this treatment.
A study published on Jan. 29, 2014 in PLOS One is the latest to raise serious safety concerns. Researchers who studied nearly 56,000 men found that testosterone medications:
- double the risk of a heart attack in men 65 and older.
- double and in some cases triple the risk of heart attack in younger men with existing heart conditions.
This information follows another troubling study in November 2013 which linked the drugs to a heightened risk of numerous life-threatening heart dangers, including heart attack, stroke and more.
If you or a man you know suffered a heart attack or stroke while undergoing testosterone therapy, it is time to seek legal representation. An attorney may be able to get you compensation for what has happened. You didn’t know these dangers, and that is not unacceptable.
Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys today for a free case evaluation. One of our attorneys will answer your questions and discuss your legal options with you.
Testosterone Therapy Industry Worth Billions
Testosterone therapy is expected to increase from the $2 billion industry it is today to a $5 billion empire in 2017, according to Bloomberg. Approximately 3% of males age 40 and above have taken prescription testosterone medication, according to NBC News.
Typically, once a man reaches the age of 30, his level of testosterone declines steadily, which can trigger:
- Decreased sex drive
- Difficulty sleeping
- Emotional and physical changes
These types of changes can leave a man feeling less masculine than he once was, and advertisements for testosterone medications capitalize on these feelings. What the ads fail to mention is that experts at respected institutions like the Mayo Clinic believe testosterone therapy should be reserved for men whose low testosterone levels are due to a medical condition, not ordinary aging.
Our attorneys want to help victims like you. If you or someone you know has suffered a stroke, pulmonary embolism or another serious cardiac event while undergoing testosterone therapy, compensation may be available.
Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys today for a free case evaluation. One of our attorneys will answer your questions and discuss your legal options with you. The case evaluation is confidential with no obligation. The law limits the amount of time you have to seek justice, so don’t delay.