Testosterone Treatment Advisory

Low T therapy may have deadly side effects

The drug attorneys at Elk & Elk are investigating claims that prescription testosterone replacement therapy drugs used to treat low testosterone (also known as “low T”) may be linked to heart attack, stroke, blood clots and death.

Low-T treatments

Drugs used to treat low testosterone may come as a gel, patch or spray and are manufactured by several different pharmaceutical companies under different names. We are currently investigating claims related to the following brand name prescription testosterone supplements:

  • Androgel® 1%
  • Adrogel® 1.62%
  • Fortesta®
  • Axiron®
  • Androderm®
  • Testim®

Dangerous Side Effects

Testosterone supplements may cause cardiovascular and other serious side effects, including:

  • Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)
  • Ischemic Stroke
  • Blood Clots (Pulmonary Embolism or Deep Vein Thrombosis)
  • Death from these side effects

Patients should not stop taking prescribed testosterone products without first discussing any questions or concerns with their health care professionals.

If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack or stroke while taking a prescription Low T medication, contact us online or call 1-800-ELK-OHIO for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Background

According to the FDA, Testosterone products are only FDA-approved for use in men who lack or have low testosterone levels in conjunction with an associated medical condition. These conditions include failure of the testicles to produce testosterone (hypogonadism) due to genetic problems or chemotherapy. Other examples include problems with brain structures, called the hypothalamus and pituitary, which control the production of testosterone.

Low T advertisements urge men to seek treatment if they display such vague symptoms as decreased sexual desire (libido), erectile dysfunction, loss of energy, depression and muscle weakness.

Despite mounting evidence of cardiovascular events and other serious side effects, pharmaceutical companies have continued their aggressive marketing of Low-T treatments. Sales of drugs used in Testosterone therapy, also known as androgen replacement therapy, topped $2 billion last year, and that number is expected to double by 2017.

Timeline

Numerous studies have shown Low T medication may be linked to cardiovascular and other serious problems.

December 2009

A clinical trial was halted after researchers found that men given testosterone replacement therapy were four times more likely to develop cardiovascular problems than those not given the therapy. The cardiovascular-related events included Myocardial Infarction (MI), arrhythmias, hypertension, and one death from a suspected MI.

November 6, 2013

According to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Men who used testosterone were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack or stroke or to die than men with low hormone levels who didn’t take the supplements.

January 2014

A new study reported the risk of heart attack doubled among men aged 65 years and older in the first 90 days following the first prescription. Among younger men less than 65 years old with a pre-existing history of heart disease, the study reported a two- to three-fold increased risk of heart attack in the first 90 days following a first prescription.

January 31, 2014

In response to this mounting evidence, the FDA announced it is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products.

If you or a loved one has suffered a cardiovascular injury such as heart attack, stroke, blood clots or died, don’t sit by while pharmaceutical companies rake in billions of dollars and the FDA investigation languishes amidst bureaucratic red tape.

Find out how we can help protect your rights today. Call the experienced drug injury attorneys at Elk & Elk at 1-800-ELK-OHIO for a free consultation or contact us online. Some cases may be time sensitive, so call now. We’re here for you 24/7/365.