Recent studies show a dramatic increase in the likelihood of stroke in men treated with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) supplements like AndroGel. This product is a topical hormone gel that works by replacing or supplementing naturally-occurring testosterone in the human body. Testosterone is a male hormone that is necessary for many critical bodily functions.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a stroke after taking AndroGel, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: First AndroGel Bellwether Ends in Mistrial
June 19, 2017 – The first attempt to hold AbbVie Inc. responsible for the side effects alleged from AndroGel has ended in a mistrial after the lead plaintiff’s attorney suffered from heart problems. Court documents indicate that the man was hospitalized with heart complications on June 10 and underwent an unspecified procedure, but has since been released and is now recovering back home.
What is Low Testosterone?
Low testosterone (also called ‘Low T’), is a common medical condition known as hypogonadism. Low T occurs when a man’s testosterone levels have fallen below about 300 ng/dL. T levels between 300 ng/dL and 1000 ng/dL are considered to be normal. The brain and testes work together to keep testosterone within this range. When T levels dip below this range, the brain signals the testes to make more. When there is enough testosterone, the brain tells the testes to make less.
AndroGel Stroke Risk
Although AbbVie, Inc., the company that makes AndroGel, knew – or should have known – that certain users may face a risk of stroke from AndroGel, information has been withheld from the public and medical communities. In 2009, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) involving 200 older men with a history of heart disease was halted prematurely due to a spike in heart attacks among testosterone users.
Concerns about the AndroGel stroke risk were further increased in November 2013, when a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) determined that men who underwent a coronary angiography had a 29% higher rate of stroke, heart attack, and sudden death when they were treated with AndroGel or other TRT supplements.
Then in January 2014, a study published in PLOS ONE found that testosterone boosters like AndroGel double the risk of heart attack in men over 65. For younger men with a history of heart disease, the researchers found that the heart attack risk may be nearly tripled.
Yet despite mounting evidence about the risk of AndroGel stroke and heart attack, AbbVie placed its desire for profits ahead of public safety by continuing to aggressively market the product without providing accurate and adequate warnings.
How Do Strokes Occur?
A stroke or ‘brain attack’ occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery, or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to a region of the brain. When either of these things happen, brain cells die and brain damage ensues. When brain cells die, abilities controlled by that part of the brain are lost. These abilities typically include speech, movement and memory. How a patient is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much of the organ has been damaged.
For example, a patient who has suffered a small stroke may experience only minor complications such as weakness in the arms or legs. Larger strokes, however, may cause patients to become paralyzed on 1 side or lose their ability to speak. Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than 2/3 of survivors will have some form of lifelong disability.
Do I Have an AndroGel Stroke Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical 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 stroke cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had a stroke after taking AndroGel, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.