AndroGel is a testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) product that is manufactured by AbbVie, a subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories. Unfortunately, AndroGel has recently been found to cause pulmonary embolisms in some men, prompting a warning from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Signs and symptoms of an AndroGel pulmonary embolism may include sudden shortness of breath, chest pain, anxiousness, excessive sweating, lightheadedness, and heart palpitations.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a pulmonary embolism 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.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) Linked to Cardiac Risks
The testosterone supplement industry has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and many experts believe it will become a $5 billion industry by 2017. In commercials and internet campaigns, middle aged men are being told that low testosterone levels may be the cause of their physical and emotional problems.
Questioning one’s manhood has become a strategic marketing gimmick, with billions of dollars in profits to show for it. But while taking TRT products like AndroGel may restore your lost masculinity, new research indicates it may come at the expense of your health.
A study published in the November 2013 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicated that testosterone treatment correlated with an increased risk of cardiac complications like:
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery disease
- Transient ischemic attacks
- Pulmonary embolism
Unfortunately, some men in the study died as a result of their complications. According to the researchers, “… the use of testosterone therapy was associated with increased risk of adverse outcomes. These findings may inform the discussion about the potential risks of testosterone therapy.”
What is a Pulmonary Embolism?
A pulmonary embolism refers to a blockage in 1 or more arteries of the lungs. In most cases, pulmonary embolisms occur when blood clots migrate to the lungs from another area of the body. A common situation is where a clot in the leg, called a deep vein thrombosis, becomes trapped in the lung, which results in a pulmonary embolism.
Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism
Signs and symptoms of an AndroGel pulmonary embolism may include:
- Sudden shortness of breath
- Sharp chest pain that gets worse when coughing or taking a deep breath
- Cough that produces pink, foamy mucus
- Anxious feeling
- Excessive sweating
- Heart palpitations
How can an attorney help me if a loved one suffered a pulmonary embolism after taking AndroGel?
Many of those who have been adversely affected by the side effects of AndroGel are now filing lawsuits to recover compensation for their injuries. However, those who have died of a pulmonary embolism after taking AndroGel can no longer bring a claim against AbbVie, the company that manufactures the product. For this reason, those who have died after undergoing testosterone replacement therapy need their spouses, family members, and heirs to fight for them and hold those responsible for the death.
Do I Have an AndroGel 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 AndroGel Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new AndroGel pulmonary embolism cases in all 50 states.
Free AndroGel Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a pulmonary embolism after taking AndroGel, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an AndroGel Pulmonary Embolism Suit and we can help.