Treating “Low T” may be all the rage these days, but recent studies have found that men seeking treatment with prescription testosterone boosters like AndroGel might want to think twice. The new research has determined that testosterone users are approximately 30% more likely to suffer a stroke or other severe cardiovascular injury compared to non-users. And though the study did not explore the issue of how testosterone may cause a stroke, experts believe it may be because the supplements affect the blood clotting process.
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Testosterone may Boost Risk of Stroke, Heart Attack, Death: JAMA
In November 2013, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) looked at 8,709 older men who were assessed for heart problems, and found that those who used prescription testosterone boosters were 30% more likely to experience a severe cardiovascular episode – a stroke, heart attack or death.
“Our findings raise some uncertainty regarding the potential safety of testosterone use in men,” said the researchers. While testosterone users should not quit taking the supplements without talking to their doctor first, the study’s authors added, “it is important to inform patients that long-term risks are unknown and there is a possibility that testosterone therapy might be harmful.”
The JAMA study is at least the 2nd major study to be published in recent years suggesting there may be severe health risks associated with Low T treatments. In 2010, a clinical trial was halted prematurely after a number of test subjects who had been treated with testosterone began having heart attacks and strokes.
Today, nearly 3% of American men over the age of 40 take prescription testosterone supplements. Driven in large part by direct-to-consumer marketing campaigns, annual prescriptions for testosterone boosters increased 5-fold from 2000 to 2011. The market for these products is now a nearly $2 billion annual industry.
Most men probably never paid attention when the surge of women on hormone replacement therapy came to an abrupt halt in the early 2000s, after studies linked the drugs to increased rates of breast cancer and stroke. Now, a growing number of scientists are concerned that the massive popularity of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) – which is basically a type of hormone replacement for men – may also have similar health consequences.
In the JAMA study, the 14% of men who began taking testosterone supplements after undergoing angiography were typically younger and healthier than the 86% who were not on TRT. However, when all the test subjects were followed for an average of 3 years, those who used testosterone boosters were nearly 30% more likely than those who did not to have a stroke, heart attack or die from any cause.
In the 3 year period they were followed, more than one-quarter of the testosterone users had a stroke, heart attack or died. Among non-users, less than 20% experienced one of those outcomes. Notably, among patients who were treated with testosterone supplements, those who entered the study with unobstructed coronary arteries were just as likely to suffer one of those outcomes as were those with pre-existing coronary artery disease (CAD).
“In light of the high volume of prescriptions and aggressive marketing by testosterone manufacturers, prescribers and patients should be wary,” warned physician and epidemiologist Anne R. Cappola. “There is mounting evidence of significant cardiovascular risk,” which highlights the need for additional studies into the TRT phenomenon.
Can I File an AndroGel Lawsuit?
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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 testosterone supplements, 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 stroke.
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 stroke, 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 Stroke cases in all 50 states.
Free AndroGel Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had a stroke 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.