“(This campaign is) A mass, uncontrolled experiment that invites men to expose themselves to the harms of a treatment unlikely to fix problems that may be wholly unrelated to testosterone levels.”
-Drs. Lisa M. Schwartz and Steven Woloshin
JAMA Internal Medicine, August 12/26, 2013, Volume 173, No. 15
Over the last decade, the use of prescription testosterone in men has more than tripled in the United States. “Low T”, as it is called in television ads, is big business, with sales of testosterone replacement therapies doubling since 2006 and expected to triple to $5 billion by 2017.
Gels (like Androgel), patches and injections that promise a miracle cure for the basic signs of aging, such as tiredness, increased irritability and reduced sex drive are being marketed to men and their spouses, and are often being prescribed without comprehensive testing.
In a January 2014 report of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a study following 8,700 men who had taken testosterone supplements for three years has concluded that testosterone treatments can cause increased risk of stroke, heart attack and death. Men taking Low T drugs with existing heart problems were 30% more likely to suffer a stroke, heart attack or death compared to healthy individuals who did not take testosterone supplements.
Patients with the following symptoms who are undergoing testosterone therapy could be at greater risk:
- Plaque buildup
- Artery blockage
- High cholesterol
In 2011, over 5 million testosterone replacement prescriptions were written in the US, according to news reports. These prescriptions are often written without comprehensive testing, provided to men who may not have low testosterone at all, but some other physiological condition (both obesity and Type 2 diabetes are also known causes of testosterone depression).
Testosterone replacement therapy is currently marketed as the following products:
If you or a loved one is currently receiving treatments for low testosterone (Low T) or is undergoing testosterone therapy, please discuss the increased risk of heart problems with your healthcare provider before you discontinue use.
Christopher Ligori & Associates Law Firm is concerned about the recent findings of the risks associated with testosterone treatment, and is currently investigating legal claims of men who have suffered a stroke, heart attack or even death while receiving Low T treatments or testosterone therapy. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of receiving testosterone replacement, please call our offices at (877) 444-2929 or fill out our online case analysis form.
The following articles provide more insight on the dangers of Low T therapy. If you are considering testosterone replacement therapy litigation or an AndroGel lawsuit, you can learn more about the risks and dangers in these reports.