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)