The past few years have seen an increase in the marketing of testosterone replacement therapies to men suffering general signs of aging as a way to fight fatigue, stress, or lost sexual vitality.
Low-T drugs are now available in several versions including gels, roll-ons, injections and patches. These are sold under brand names like AndroGel, Axiron and AndroDerm.
What was estimated as a market for only a million patients in 2000 has now grown to a nearly $2 billion industry with over 5.5 million prescriptions each year. Unfortunately, experts warn that low-T drugs may be severely overprescribed and can cause testosterone heart attack and stroke risks for many patients.
The FDA recently launched a new investigation into the risks of stroke and heart attack from testosterone therapies. However, it will be some time before any warnings are added to drug labels and a testosterone recall is unlikely.
For now, those using these drugs are urged to talk with their doctor about testosterone heart attack risks and stroke risks. Anyone affected can also seek compensation. Since there was no warning from manufacturers, lawyers have already helped many file lawsuits in a federal court.
If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack or stroke while using a testosterone drug, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options. You may be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact us today.
Testosterone can cause an increased production of red blood cells, which can thicken the blood. This may be dangerous in older patients or those with a history of heart disease.
A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, results from the restriction of oxygen-rich blood to the heart. This is usually due to a partial blockage or blood clot in the arteries. Heart attacks can cause permanent heart damage or death if blood flow isn’t restored quickly.
In January, the National Institutes of Health and UCLA released a large study indicating men over 65 or with a history of heart disease using low-T drugs had double the rate of heart attacks. Reports also show the manufacturers may have known of these risks years before.
Strokes are caused when blood flow to the brain is restricted by a blood clot or damaged blood vessel. The resulting lack of oxygen can lead to severe brain damage and cell death. This often causes loss of mental ability or bodily function, or even death.
While certain risk factors like age, inactivity, smoking and poor diet can contribute to stroke, the thickening of blood from TRT drugs may also cause a testosterone stroke risk.
Last year, the American Medical Association published a widespread study of veterans, finding those over 65 or with a history of heart disease using low-T drugs had a 29% increased rate of stroke, heart attack or death.
Patients suffering a stroke need immediate medical attention. Some common signs are:
Again, the makers of popular low-T therapies had reason to know of these testosterone stroke risks, but failed to give proper warning. As a result, lawsuits from those affected are growing quickly in federal court.
Lawyers are currently helping anyone who suffered a heart attack or stroke after using testosterone file a lawsuit. If you or a family member were affected, it is important to learn your options. It costs nothing to discuss your case or file a claim.
Due to the specialized nature of these cases, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who specialize in defective drug injury cases and have already handled testosterone lawsuits.
For more information on the research, warnings, side effects or legal action related to testosterone drugs, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today.