Higher Risk of Heart Problems

A 2014 study reported that testosterone therapy drugs (most commonly Androgel) might increase the risk of heart attack in men 65 and older. Before that, a 2013 study found a higher rate of death and heart problems in men who had coronary artery disease and received testosterone therapy.

They are being prescribed incorrectly

Sales of testosterone therapy drugs (such as Androgel) have exploded over the past decade. Sales of testosterone gels, patches, injections and tablets to about $2 billion in the United States in 2012, according to IMS Health, a health care information company. In 2002, sales were reported to be a mere $324 million. This increase largely stems from marketing by the prescription drug companies / testosterone manufactures for a condition which had once just been considered part of the normal male aging process, or "andropause." For example, around 2002, companies like Solvay Pharmaceuticals began marketing AndroGel as a "treatment" for the "low testosterone" disease.

There are legitimate conditions, such as hypogonadism, against which testosterone therapy was designed to be most effective. In March of 2015, the FDA issued a safety alert and required drug manufacturers to change their labeling regarding the use of testosterone in men whose low T levels are due to normal aging process, as opposed to hypogonadism or other health issues.

Unfortunately, these dangerous "low t" treatments are increasingly being marketed and prescribed to many men without certain legitimate medical conditions because they are simply being told they have “low testosterone.”

What products are potentially unsafe?

Current products and companies who have testosterone law suits filed against them because of serious side-effects and injuries:

  •     Androgel (Abbvie/Abbott)
  •     Androderm (Actavis)
  •     Axirom (Eli Lilly)
  •     Bio-T-Gel (BioSante/Teva)
  •     Delatestryl (Indevus)
  •     Depo-Testosterone (Pharmacia/Upjohn Company)
  •     Fortesta (Endo)
  •     Striant (Columbia Laboratories)
  •     Testim (Auxilum/GlaxoSmithKline)
  •     Testopel (Auxilium)

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What should I do?

Patients using testosterone therapy drugs should talk to their providers immediately about potential dangerous side effects and also about their need for testosterone therapy in the first place. Patients should also seek medical attention immediately if symptoms of a heart attack or stroke are present, such as:

  •     Chest pain
  •     Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  •     Weakness in one part or one side of the body
  •     Slurred speech

Understand your rights in Court

Men are beginning to file lawsuits as a result of suffering from heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms, strokes, and other unintended side effects of testosterone medications – there are even instances of wrongful death lawsuits being filed as a result of a husband/father dying as a result of testosterone medication. Lawsuits from low testosterone (Low T) are alleging failure to warn of the potential effects of the medications, misleading information provided to users/potential users of the testosterone medications.

There are deadlines that may limit your right to sue, so speak with a qualified product liability / dangerous drug attorney as soon as possible.

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