As AndroGel Lawsuits continue to be filed in courthouses around the country, federal health officials have announced that new blood clot warnings will be added to the supplement’s labeling. While it has been known for some time that testosterone use has been linked to blood clots, the FDA has determined that current warnings do not adequately disclose this risk. This article discusses how AndroGel blood clots can be treated.
Free AndroGel Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot after taking AndroGel, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of AndroGel and we can help.
How are Blood Clots Treated?
Blood clots can cause life-threatening complications when they block blood supply to the heart, brain, lungs or legs. Clots that become trapped in the arteries can lead to a heart attack, stroke, severe leg pain and difficulty walking. Blood clots in the veins can cause deep venous thrombosis (DVT). When DVTs break away from the implant site and get stuck in the lungs, they can cause a pulmonary embolism (PE).
- Anticoagulants – Intravenous heparin is the traditional anticoagulant prescribed for the prevention of blood clots. Determining the most effective dose requires frequent blood test measurements to record the activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT). To treat blood clot patients, the heparin dose is adjusted to a target aPTT in the range of between 50 and 70 seconds.
- Thrombolytic Agents (Clot Busters) – Dissolve arterial blood clots but may cause more severe bleeding problems than anticoagulant medications. Thrombolytics cannot differentiate between a bad clot that is causing a heart attack and a good clot that has formed as the result of an injury. As a result, the approximate 20% improvement in heart attack survival is offset by a brain hemorrhage rate of about 1%.
- Low-Molecular-Weight Heparin (LMWH) – Medication that has reduced deep vein thrombosis from a condition that requires a minimum 5-day hospitalization to something that can be managed on an outpatient basis or with an overnight hospital visit. The only regimen currently approved for outpatient DVT treatment is enoxaparin, which is administered as 1 mg per kilogram of body weight twice a day.
- IV Heparin – The standard treatment for acute pulmonary embolism requires intravenous infusion with heparin, which is administered at a higher intensity than for arterial blood clots. IV heparin is administered continuously throughout the patient’s hospital stay, which is usually about five to seven days, or until warfarin has become fully effective. In recent years, there has been a trend toward administering LMWH instead of IV heparin, particularly after the 1st day or 2 of hospitalization, once improvement has been reported.
- Warfarin (Coumadin) – Functions as an oral anticoagulant by disrupting the body’s natural vitamin K-clotting system. Warfarin is the staple for long-term treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and is necessary to prevent stroke from atrial fibrillation and for the prevention of clotting in mechanical heart valves.
Can I File an AndroGel Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file an AndroGel Blood Clot Lawsuit, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of AndroGel, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of blood clot.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of AndroGel, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your blood clot, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective drug into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I Have an AndroGel 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 AndroGel Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new AndroGel Blood Clot cases in all 50 states.
Free AndroGel Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot after using AndroGel, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an AndroGel Suit and we can help.