In recent years, a number of drugs have emerged designed to help middle-aged and older men combat the symptoms of low testosterone, a condition commonly referred to as ‘Low T.’ Delatestryl, one of the best-selling Low-T treatments, works by replacing the naturally-occurring testosterone that the user’s body is lacking. Unfortunately, Delatestryl has recently been found to cause blood clots in some users, prompting a warning from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
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What’s the Problem with Delatestryl?
Over the past decade, the testosterone supplement industry has grown by nearly 500%, to some 5.5 million patients, with nearly 3% of American males over the age of 40 currently undergoing treatment. Unfortunately, recent studies indicate that Delatestryl and other similar products are widely-overprescribed, and may cause blood clots and other severe, potentially life-threatening side effects in certain users.
Cincinnati Doctor Warns Testosterone Supplements May Cause Blood Clots
Testosterone boosters like Delatestryl can improve a man’s sex life, or they could lead to the loss of vision or even death from blood clots, warns Dr. Charles Glueck of the Jewish Hospital Cholesterol and Metabolism Center in Cincinnati. Dr. Glueck says all men should have their blood tested to determine whether they are at risk for blood clots before seeking testosterone supplementation. Clots can form in as little as 1 month after beginning treatment with testosterone boosters, according to an August 2013 study Glueck published in the journal Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis.
“Our research found that 1.2% of men who landed in the hospital with dangerous and potentially lethal blood clots in the deep veins of the legs or in the lungs developed these clots within three months of starting testosterone therapy,” Glueck said. “Not one of these men knew previously that they had an inherited clotting disorder that put them at greater risk for developing clots, nor did their providers test them before putting them on testosterone therapy.”
Natural testosterone levels start to decrease when males reach the age of about 30, and more men are turning to Low T treatment in an attempt to regain their youthful vitality. Naturally occurring testosterone plays a critical role in sex drive, and helps maintain muscle mass, red blood cell production, fat distribution and bone density.
Attempting to figure out how often testosterone boosters like Delatestryl led to blood clots in the deep veins or lungs, Glueck looked at nearly 600 men who had been hospitalized in the previous three years. The doctor found 18 cases of blood clots in the lungs, or blood clots in the bones after patients began treatment with testosterone supplements. All of the test subjects were found to have a previously undiagnosed inherited tendency for blood clots.
Other health complications included loss of vision in 1 eye due to a temporary lack of blood flow to the retina. Some patients experienced osteonecrosis of the hip, which can cause destruction of the hip joint because of a disruption of blood flow to the bone.
“Before starting testosterone, men and women should get a blood test for common inherited risk factors for clotting, including the Factor V Leiden mutation, homocysteine and high Factors VIII and XI,” Glueck said
Delatestryl Blood Clot Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of a Delatestryl blood clot may include:
- Pain in the calf
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Coughing blood
Do I Have a Delatestryl Blood Clot Lawsuit?
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