As we age, our bodies tend to experience complications that previously were non-issues. For men, one such obstacle involves testosterone levels. The most well-known problem arising from low testosterone, or "low T", is a lower sex drive. Lesser known problems associated with low testosterone include depression, lack of energy, and irritability. Because these symptoms can significantly affect one's everyday life, various medications and treatments have been manufactured and distributed to treat low levels of testosterone.
The more widely-known forms of treatment for low testosterone levels in males include pills. Lesser known testosterone replacement therapies include the use of gels, including AndroGel, Bio-T-Gel, Asiron, Androderm, and more. It can be administered via gel, injection, or a patch. The number of men undergoing testosterone therapy quadrupled from 2001 until 2011. Unfortunately, recent studies indicate that partaking in testosterone therapy can double the risk of men experiencing a heart attack. Out of 1,000 men, the risk of heart attack jumped from five to ten participants when using testosterone. That is comparable to the risk associated with smoking a pack of cigarettes each day.
There are arguments both for and against testosterone therapy within the medical community. Currently, the FDA is investigating the risks associated with testosterone gels and replacement products. Solutions being suggested include the FDA requiring manufacturers to perform clinical trials to measure the heart risks associated with these medications. Many claim that the issue associated with these therapies stem from the fact that they are meant to increase red blood cell size and volume within the bloodstream. Thicker blood can lead to blood clots, causing serious medical problems such as strokes and heart attacks.
What To Do If Affected By Testosterone Replacement Therapy
If you believe you may be experiencing medical problems due to the use of testosterone therapy, the FDA is asking that you report problems using the FDA Reporting form. You should immediately speak to your physician to express your concerns and determine what your next step should be.
In the event that you have been significantly injured or incapacitated because of these types of dangerous medications, you may have a legal claim against the manufacturing and distributing companies that released the unsafe drugs. These types of legal claims for unsafe prescription drugs should be handled by those with legal experience. Jones & Swanson has over 50 years of experience between each attorney and employee, which has resulted in an extensive contact list in the field of unsafe prescription drug lawyers. If you believe you may have a legal claim because of unsafe prescription drugs that caused medical problems, contact our office at (770) 427-5498 today for more information on what to do next. We can offer insight and referral to the right contacts for your individual case.