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Has Testosterone Therapy Done You More Harm Than Good?


In some circles, Low T has been all the rage. It has caught the eye of many men as the new wonder drug or quick fix for symptoms that may or may not be related to low testosterone levels. Recent studies, however, have brought to light the possibility that some testosterone drugs can increase the risk of blood clots, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke, and death.[1] The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) is now placing these drugs under scrutiny.[2]

Testosterone therapy has been used successfully in the past for a medical condition known as hypogonadism.[3] This disorder is defined by “low testosterone caused by injury or infection to the reproductive organs.”[4] It is a relatively uncommon condition, for which injectable testosterone therapy was commonly used.

Now, testosterone therapy use, in the form of creams or gels, is being expanded beyond these limited situations. Use of these prescription drugs has increased more than five-fold in recent years, with sales of $1.6 billion in 2011.[5] Sales are expected to reach $5 billion by 2017, as forecasted by Global Industry Analysts.[6]

Testosterone begins to decline in men after the age of 30.[7] “Lower-than-normal levels can lead to a loss of libido, a decrease in bone and muscle mass, and depression.”[8] However, taking testosterone supplements “can increase the growth of prostate tumors and cause blood clots and liver damage.”[9]

Some men who have used this product for conditions other than hypogonadism have suffered heart attacks, strokes, pulmonary embolism, or deep vein thrombosis (“DVT”) while taking a prescription testosterone product or within 90 days of last using a prescription testosterone product. A study published in January[10] suggested testosterone therapy could “double the risk of those problems in men older than 65. Another study published in November[11] found that the hormone increased the risk by 30 percent.”[12] In June of 2014, the FDA mandated stronger warnings for the product concerning the general risk of blood clots in veins. See, FDA Drugsafety

Murphy & Practhauser attorneys are investigating cases involving blood clots, pulmonary embolism, heart attacks, or strokes for men who are using these prescription testosterone products. Contact Attorney Keith Stachowiak or Attorney Thadd Llaurado at 414-271-1011 for further information.

Sources:

[1] Matthew Perrone, FDA reviews safety of testosterone therapy for men, Bloomberg Businessweek, Jan. 31, 2014, http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2014-01-31/fda-reviews-safety-of-testosterone-therapy-for-men.

[2] Id.

[3] Id.

[4] Id.

[5] Id.

[6] Shannon Pettypiece, Are Testosterone Drugs the Next Viagra? Bloomberg Businessweek, May 10, 2012, http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-05-10/are-testosterone-drugs-the-next-viagra.

[7] Id.

[8] Id.

[9] Id.

[10] Finkle WD, Greenland S, Ridgeway GK, Adams JL, Frasco MA, et al. (2014) Increased Risk of Non-Fatal Myocardial Infarction Following Testosterone Therapy Prescription in Men. PLoS ONE 9(1): e85805. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085805.

[11] Vigen R, O’Donnell CI, Barón AE, et al. Association of Testosterone Therapy With Mortality, Myocardial Infarction, and Stroke in Men With Low Testosterone Levels. JAMA. 2013;310(17):1829-1836. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.280386.

[12] Matthew Perrone, FDA reviews safety of testosterone therapy for men, Bloomberg Businessweek, Jan. 31, 2014, http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2014-01-31/fda-reviews-safety-of-testosterone-therapy-for-men.

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