New studies have reported on the dangers associated with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) products like Androderm. Studies in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) have identified a link between testosterone supplementation and pulmonary embolism, a condition in which an artery to the lungs gets blocked. Androderm pulmonary embolisms are life-threatening medical emergencies, and should always be considered when a patient presents symptoms of chest pain and shortness of breath.
Free Androderm Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a pulmonary embolism after using Androderm, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Androderm and we can help.
Dangers of Testosterone Replacement Supplements
Over the past several years, the various media outlets have been inundated with advertisements about testosterone supplements. Some even suggest that testosterone replacement therapy is a kind of cure-all that can restore youthful vitality to middle-age and elderly males. These ads hail the benefits of TRT, which are purported to include enhanced sex drive and muscle mass, which are what natural testosterone produces. While the naturally-occurring hormone is safe, synthetically-produced testosterone boosters like Androderm have recently been linked to pulmonary embolism and other adverse health consequences.
What is a Pulmonary Embolism?
Pulmonary embolisms occur when a blood clot gets stuck in the lungs. In most cases of pulmonary embolism, blood clots migrate from another part the body before getting stuck in an artery that supplies blood to the lungs. These events can reduce blood flow, lower oxygen levels in the blood, and seriously damage other organs. Large or multiple pulmonary embolisms have the potential to be fatal.
Signs and symptoms of an Androderm pulmonary embolism may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Cough that produces pink mucus
- Excessive sweating
- Increased heart rate
Treatment & Prognosis
A pulmonary embolism is an emergency that requires immediate medical intervention. The patient may require extended hospitalization. In the most serious cases, thrombolytic therapy may be implemented to destroy the clot. Clot-dissolving prescription medications may include:
- Tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA)
Additionally, anticoagulants may be prescribed to prevent the formation of new clots. The most commonly prescribed anticoagulants are heparin and warfarin. Fondaparinux (Arixtra) is a newer anticoagulant that may be prescribed under special circumstances.
Patients who can’t take anticoagulants, or for whom they may be too risky, may need an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter to be implanted. IVC filters are implanted in the main vein of the belly area, and keep blood clots from traveling into the blood vessels of the lungs. In some cases, a temporary filter can be implanted and removed at a later time.
Androderm Side Effects
In addition to causing pulmonary embolism, Androderm has also been linked to the following serious side effects:
- Heart attack
- Blood clot
- Transient ischemic attacks
- Sudden death
Other, more moderate side effects of Androderm may include:
- Hair loss
- Trouble sleeping
- Change in sexual desire
- Redness/swelling of the skin
- Change in skin color
Do I Have an Androderm Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Androderm Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Androderm pulmonary embolism cases in all 50 states.
Free Androderm Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a pulmonary embolism after taking a Androderm supplement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Androderm Pulmonary Embolism Suit and we can help.