If you used the testosterone supplement Androderm and subsequently experienced a stroke, the lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, would like to speak with you. Recent studies have identified a link between Androderm and other testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) products and strokes, or so-called ‘brain attacks,’ which occur when a blood clot blocks blood flow to the brain. Signs and symptoms of an Androderm stroke include numbness or loss of movement in the face, vision changes, trouble speaking, and difficulty with walking or balance.
Free Androderm Stroke Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a stroke after taking 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.
What are the Symptoms of ‘Low T’?
The pharmaceutical manufacturers that sell testosterone boosters angle their sales pitch around the idea that aging men are losing their vitality and sex appeal. In most men, naturally-occurring testosterone levels start to drop at approximately 1% per year around the age of 30. This decline can have a number of undesirable symptoms that leave men wondering what’s become of their manhood. Symptoms of ‘Low T’ may include:
- Decreased sex drive
- Difficulty sleeping
- Lack of energy
- Physical and emotional changes
According to statistics published by the FDA, prescriptions for testosterone supplements like Androderm have increased at least fivefold since 2000, with approximately 5.3 million prescriptions written in 2011 alone. This spike in TRT prescriptions has been largely driven by companies who aggressively market their products directly to consumers. However, a new study has determined that nearly one-quarter of patients receiving prescriptions for Low T did not have their testosterone levels tested before they were issued the prescription.
TRT May Increase Risk of Stroke
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association warned that men who are bothered by a naturally-occurring slump in energy and sex drive may consider thinking twice about treating their symptoms with a testosterone booster like Androderm. The study investigated more than 8,700 middle-age and elderly men who were assessed for blocked arteries, and found that patients treated with testosterone supplementation were 30% more likely to suffer a stroke, heart attack or sudden death.
“Our findings raise some uncertainty regarding the potential safety of testosterone use in men,” said the researchers. And while testosterone supplement users should not discontinue use without a doctor’s consent, they concluded that “it is important to inform patients that long-term risks are unknown and there is a possibility that testosterone therapy might be harmful.”
This study is the 2nd major medical study which suggests there may be very serious health risks associated with the booming TRT industry. In 2010, researchers prematurely halted a clinical trial of testosterone supplementation in older men, many of whom had pre-existing cardiovascular disease, after they found an increased rate of stroke and heart attack in the TRT group.
How do Strokes Occur?
Strokes occur when brain cells die from lack of oxygen. A stroke can be the result of an obstruction in the blood flow, or a break in an artery that goes to the brain. Patients experiencing strokes may suddenly lose the ability to speak, have memory problems, or become paralyzed on 1 side of the body.
Types of Stroke
There are 2 separate and distinct forms of stroke:
- Ischemic Stroke – Accounting for the vast majority of all strokes, ischemic strokes occur when a blood clot forms that inhibits blood flow to a portion of the brain. If a clot develops somewhere in the body and breaks off and travels elsewhere, it is called an embolus. These emboli may then be carried to the brain, causing an ischemic stroke.
- Hemorrhagic Stroke – Occurs when a blood vessel on the brain’s surface breaks and fills the space between the brain and skull with blood, or when an artery in the brain bursts and fills the surrounding tissue with blood.
Both forms of stroke cause a lack of blood flow to the brain and an accumulation of blood that puts too much pressure on the brain.
Do I Have an Androderm Stroke 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 stroke cases in all 50 states.
Free Androderm Stroke Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a stroke after taking Androderm, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an Androderm Stroke Suit and we can help.