The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that the popular testosterone supplement AndroGel may cause certain users to suffer a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This side effect occurs when blood clots develop in a person’s deep veins, most often in the arms or legs. DVTs are dangerous because they increase the risk of a life-threatening pulmonary embolism (blood clot trapped in the lungs).
Free AndroGel Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a deep vein thrombosis after taking a testosterone supplement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the testosterone booster and we can help.
What is a Deep Vein Thrombosis?
DVTs occurs when a blood clot develops in the deep veins of the arms, legs or pelvis. This can cause blood cells to block the vein or the clot breaking off and traveling to an artery. This poses a significant risk since the blockage of arteries can restrict blood flow to the heart, brain or lungs. As a result, a patient with a deep vein thrombosis can easily suffer a heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism or death.
FDA Warning: AndroGel Use May Increase DVT Risk
In June 2014, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication stating that all prescription testosterone boosters will have their warning labels changed to include verbiage about the risk of deep vein thrombosis. Prior to this communication, only testosterone gel products carried information about the potential for DVT.
“FDA is requiring a change to drug labeling of all testosterone products to provide a more general warning regarding venous blood clots and to ensure this risk is described consistently in the labeling of all approved testosterone products,” the warning states. “Because these clots occur in the veins, this new warning is not related to FDA’s ongoing evaluation of the possible risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in patients taking testosterone products.”
Signs of DVT
- Swelling in the foot, ankle or leg
- Leg cramping
- Foot / ankle pain
- Part of the skin that feels warmer than surrounding skin
- Skin over the affected area turning red or blue
Testosterone Side Effects
In addition to potentially causing deep vein thrombosis, testosterone supplements like AndroGel have been linked to the following serious side effects:
- Stroke – Occurs when a blood clot gets stuck in the brain, restricting the supply of oxygen
- Pulmonary embolism – Blood clot lodged in the lungs
- Heart attack
- Arrhythmia – an irregular heartbeat
- Transient ischemic attacks – commonly referred to as ‘mini-strokes’
- Brain damage
Can I File an AndroGel Deep Vein Thrombosis Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file an AndroGel 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 deep vein thrombosis.
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 deep vein thrombosis, 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 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 Deep Vein Thrombosis cases in all 50 states.
Free AndroGel Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a deep vein thrombosis after taking AndroGel, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an AndroGel Deep Vein Thrombosis Suit and we can help.