USA Today reports that testosterone boosters like Delatestryl may double the risk of heart attack in older men over the age of 65, and nearly triple the risk in younger men with a history of heart disease. A new study, which included some 56,00 test subjects, is the latest in a number of recent studies raising questions about coronary risks from testosterone products like Delatestryl, whose popularity has skyrocketed in recent years. The new study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.
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Update: FDA Approves Warning Label Changes for Testosterone Supplements
January 18, 2017 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved class-wide labeling changes for all prescription testosterone products, adding a new Warning, and updated the Abuse and Dependence section to include new safety information from published literature and case reports regarding the risks associated with abuse and dependence of testosterone and other AAS (anabolic androgenic steroids).
What is Delatestryl?
Delatestryl is a androgen medication prescribed to regulate hormones in men. Specifically, Delatestryl is used to replace testosterone in males who have medical conditions resulting from decreased testosterone levels like erectile dysfunction (ED). There are a number of other causes of ED, so Delatestryl should only be implemented as treatment if the condition is actually caused by Low T. Delatestryl works by replacing naturally-occurring testosterone in the body. Delatestryl should only be prescribed if testosterone deficiency has been confirmed by symptoms and approved medical testing.
FDA Requires Heart Attack, Stroke Warning to be Added to Delatestryl Labels
March 3, 2015 – FDA issued a press release today announcing label changes that will be applied to all approved prescription testosterone supplements. The updated labeling warns that testosterone has been linked to heart attack, stroke, and other severe cardiovascular side effects, and that the supplements should not be prescribed to men for the sole purpose of treating symptoms associated with the normal aging process. Click here to learn more.
Symptoms of ‘Low T’
Testosterone is a natural hormone that stimulates sex drive, builds muscle mass, and strengthens bones. As men age, testosterone levels start to dip around the age of 30, usually about 1% a year. Abnormally low testosterone levels, however, can cause a number of symptoms such as:
- Lowered sex drive
- Difficulty achieving an erection
- Decreased semen volume
- Hair loss
- Fatigue / lack of energy
- Loss of muscle mass
- Increase in body fat
- Decrease in bone mass
- Mood changes
Testosterone Boosters Increase Heart Risks
The authors of the PLOS ONE study cited above say doctors should discuss heart risks with perspective patients before considering testosterone supplementation. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota who did not participate in the study, considers the heart risks linked to testosterone boosters to be significant.
“That’s equivalent to smoking one or two packs of cigarettes a day, or having sky-high cholesterol,” Lopez-Jimenez says.
Delatestryl Side Effects
Serious side effects of Delatestryl may include:
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
- Transient ischemic attacks
- Brain damage
- Sudden death
Other, more moderate Delatestryl side effects may include:
- Hair loss
- Trouble sleeping
- Change in sexual desire
- Redness/swelling of the skin
- Change in skin color
Additional Resources & Information
- First Status Conference Scheduled in Testosterone Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation
- Judicial Panel Denies Pfizer’s Attempt to Exclude Depo-Testosterone Lawsuits from Consolidation
- FDA Requests Blood Clot Warnings on Labels of Testosterone Supplements
- Public Citizen Calls for Black Box Warning on Testosterone Supplements
- Pfizer Argues Testosterone Lawsuits Should Be Limited to Gel Formulations
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