What is Testosterone Therapy?
Testosterone is the naturally occurring male sex hormone. As men age their bodies decrease the production of testosterone in the body. With lowered testosterone in their bodies some men experience lower energy levels, lowered sex drive and natural lessening in muscle mass. In an effort to slow or reverse these effects some men have turned to testosterone replacement therapy. In recent years this market has exploded into a multi-billion dollar a year industry. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted approval to testosterone replacement drugs only when used by patients diagnosed with hypogonadism, as well as low testosterone levels. Today there are a wide verity of topical medication and transdermal patches. None of these medications are FDA-approved for individuals who do not suffer from underlying hormonal conditions.
Commonly used Low-T drugs include:
Testosterone Treatment Linked to Heart Attacks, Strokes, or Death?
Research has linked testosterone replacement therapy to an increased risk of heart attack, strokes and death in users. The FDA is currently investigating these potential risks. Other possible side effects of Low-T therapies include:
- Intensification of sleep apnea
- Lowered sperm count
- Swollen ankles
- Prostate cancer
- Hormonal imbalances
What can you do?
There is a growing call for stronger warnings about the risks of Low-T drugs. Advocacy groups demand that the FDA add warnings on widely used therapy drugs to highlight the danger of heart attack and stroke. In addition there are a growing number of lawsuits being filed nationwide. Plaintiffs are accusing the drug maker of failing to provide proper warning to patients and medical professionals. If you or a loved one has suffered any side effects as a result of Low-T therapy contact the team of experienced attorneys at United Law can help. Please call (888) 685-7689 for a free no risk evaluation.