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Dangers of Testosterone Therapy

DISCLAIMER: Please consult with your doctor before making any changes to your use of any FDA-approved drug or device.

Have you or a loved one suffered a heart attack, stroke or death after treating with testosterone therapy? Speak with an attorney today.

dangerous-drugs-devices2Two recent studies have prompted the FDA to issue a drug safety communication citing the potential for an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, or death in men who were treating with prescribed testosterone therapy.

The FDA has not confirmed the connection at this time, but they are recommending that doctors discuss whether the benefits of FDA approved testosterone therapy outweigh the risks.

Studies:

  • Journal of the American Medical Association
    • Released a study to assess the association between testosterone therapy in veterans and complications including: death, myocardial infarction, or stroke.  The study found that patients with pre-existing heart conditions were at an increased risk of “adverse outcomes”.
    • Read the study here.
  • PLOS ONE
    • Released a study looking at the risk of acute non-fatal myocardial infarction (MI) after an initial prescription of testosterone therapy.  The study found in older men and younger men with pre-existing diagnosed heart disease a substantial increase of MI following the prescription of testosterone therapy.
    • Read the study here.

What Are The Medications Being Looked At?

  • Androgel
  • Androderm
  • Axirom
  • Bio-T-Gel
  • Delatestryl
  • Depo-Testosterone
  • Fortesta
  • Striant
  • Testim
  • Testopel

Should I Be Worried If My Doctor Has Prescribed Me Testosterone Therapy?

You should always discuss your treatment options with your doctor and weigh the risks and benefits of each.  It may even make sense to get a second opinion from another doctor or specialist if there are risks that concern you.  In a New York Times article, Dr. Brad Anawalt of The University of Washington in Seattle, is quoted as saying, “For people with truly low testosterone levels, the benefits outweigh the risks, but for millions of others, it’s in the same category as snake oil,”

If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack, stroke or death after treating with testosterone therapy call us now.

DISCLAIMER: Please consult with your doctor before making any changes to your use of any FDA-approved drug or device.