Testosterone therapy products like Depo-Testosterone have recently been linked to a nearly 30% increased risk of blood clots and other serious side effects, according to the results of a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The law offices of Schmidt & Clark, LLP, are currently accepting potential lawsuits on behalf of men who suffered blood clots after taking Depo-Testosterone. Our lawyers work on a contingency-fee basis, which means there are no fees to you unless we achieve a favorable outcome in your case.
Free Depo-Testosterone Blood Clot Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot after using Depo-Testosterone, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Depo-Testosterone and we can help.
What is Testosterone Therapy?
After men reach the age of around 30, their testosterone levels start to decline at a rate of about 1% per year. In addition to the natural aging process, type 2 diabetes and obesity can also lower levels of testosterone in the bloodstream. Hypogonadism, or low testosterone (Low T), is defined as 300 or less nanograms per deciliter for total blood testosterone. Symptoms of Low T include:
- Muscle weakness
- Low libido
Pharmaceutical companies have been aggressively marketing testosterone boosters like Depo-Testosterone to men who complain of being obese, sluggish, and lacking in sex drive. These ads suggest the men could be suffering from Low T, and urge them to talk to their doctor about testosterone replacement therapy.
These marketing campaigns have been highly successful, resulting in a spike in testosterone prescriptions that has tripled since 2001. Revenue for testosterone supplements is expected to reach $5 billion within the next five years. This has made some consumers wonder if there is an epidemic of low testosterone affecting the male population in the U.S.
How Can Depo-Testosterone Cause Blood Clots?
A blood clot (thrombosis) occurs when blood cells build up in a vein, inhibiting the flow of blood through that vein. Clots can cause adverse health complications, and can be deadly in some patients. Blood clots tend to originate in the superficial veins, which are close to the skin, or in the deep veins, a condition called deep vein thrombosis. If a blood clot breaks away and migrates to another region of the body, it may cause sudden death or other problems such as pulmonary embolism (clot trapped in the lungs). Blood clots may be caused by:
- Inhibited blood flow
- Surgical procedures
- Vein trauma
- Prolonged periods of sitting/inactivity
- Side effects of Depo-Testosterone
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association determined that approximately 25% of men who had been issued prescriptions for testosterone boosters hadn’t even had their T levels tested prior to receiving their prescription. Taking unnecessary prescription testosterone can lead to blood clots, heart attacks, stroke, and other serious side effects. Depo-Testosterone aids in the production of red blood cells. Excess red blood cells can block veins and arteries, leading to more serious problems. This study also found that some test subjects had a nearly 30% increased risk for heart attack and stroke after undergoing testosterone replacement therapy.
Do I Have a Depo-Testosterone Blood Clot 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 Depo-Testosterone Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Depo-Testosterone blood clot cases in all 50 states.
Free Depo-Testosterone Blood Clot Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot after taking Depo-Testosterone, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Depo-Testosterone Blood Clot Suit and we can help.