Testosterone treatment therapy is used to treat abnormally low testosterone levels in men, which can lead to decreased muscle mass and lack of sex drive. Many testosterone therapy treatments have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but the long-term side effects of these treatments have only recently come to light. For example, a study linked testosterone therapy to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
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Testosterone therapy medications come in many different forms including gels, patches, and intramuscular injections.
Some popular brand name therapies include:
The common side effects associated with testosterone therapy include:
After a study revealed that men over the age of 65 had a twofold risk of heart attack and men under the age of 65 with a history of heart disease had a threefold risk of the same, the FDA issued a safety announcement indicating that they would be investigating increased health risks among men taking FDA-approved testosterone products. Reports have since shown evidence that testosterone therapy can cause deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) or even prostate cancer.
When applying testosterone gels, users are warned that they should apply it to areas that can be covered by an article of clothing so that non-users are not easily exposed to the topical gel. If someone other than the patient comes into contact with the prescription, they may face serious side effects.
In 2013, the New York Times reported that drug manufacturers spent more than $107 million advertising Low T therapy in the United States. The product was heavily advertised to treat low energy levels and low libido. However, low testosterone commonly occurs due to aging and therapy is only recommended for men who exhibit very low levels of testosterone after a blood test.
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Only about 25% of men are reported to have had their testosterone levels tested before undergoing therapy, and reports indicate that only about 30% of men under 79 even need therapy in the first place.
The increased prescriptions and the lack of testing for negative side effects of testosterone therapy has caused harm not only to users, but also non-users. The Kansas City dangerous drug injury lawyers at Peterson & Associates, P.C. are ready to help you stand up for your rights if you or someone you love has suffered due to testosterone therapy. For more than two decades, our attorneys have stood up to drug manufacturers and boast extensive experience handling complex product liability litigation.
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