Depo-Testosterone Lawsuits may be an option for men who suffered a pulmonary embolism after undergoing treatment with this controversial testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) drug. Recent studies have indicated that users of TRT products like Depo-Testosterone face a significantly increased risk of developing adverse cardiovascular complications compared to non-users. Signs and symptoms of a Depo-Testosterone Pulmonary Embolism may include chest pain, trouble breathing, cyanosis, and leg swelling.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a pulmonary embolism 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 Depo-Testosterone?
Depo-Testosterone is prescribed to men suffering from low or non-existent testosterone levels, a condition commonly referred to as “Low T.” This is a documented medical condition called hypogonadism. Depo-Testosterone works by replacing or supplementing natural testosterone in the user’s body. This product is manufactured by Pfizer, Inc., and was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006.
Depo-Testosterone & Pulmonary Embolism
Research published in the journal PLOS ONE found that TRT products like Depo-Testosterone double the risk of heart attack in men over the age of 65, and triple the risk for younger males with a pre-existing history of heart disease. Another study in the Journal of the American Medical Association identified a 29% increased risk of heart attack in the 90 days after beginning a testosterone regimen. Considering these statistics, it seems likely that the potential health risks of Depo-Testosterone outweigh the benefits.
One of the earliest studies to investigate the risk of pulmonary embolism in testosterone users came out in October 2011 in the journal Translational Research. Dr. Charles Glueck, a cardiology specialist at the Jewish Hospital Cholesterol and Metabolism Center in Cincinnati, found numerous incidences of pulmonary embolism in patients treated with testosterone, the vast majority of cases resulting from previously-undiagnosed blood clot risk-factors, which approximately 5% of American men are estimated to have.
What is a Pulmonary Embolism?
A pulmonary embolism is a condition characterized by the sudden blockage of a lung artery. In most cases, the blockage is caused by a blood clot that migrates to the lung from a vein in the leg (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT). A clot that forms in one part of the body and travels to another part is referred to as an embolus.
A Depo-Testosterone pulmonary embolism is a serious medical emergency that can:
- Damage the lung because of a lack of blood flow to the lung tissue. Over time, this damage may cause pulmonary hypertension, or increased pressure in the pulmonary arteries.
- Cause low oxygen levels in the bloodstream.
- Injure other organs due to a lack of oxygen.
While the exact number of people affected by pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis isn’t known precisely, it has been estimated that these injuries affect up to 500,000 or more Americans annually. If left untreated over time, about 30% of pulmonary embolism patients will die. The vast majority of patients who die do so within the first few hours of suffering the injury. The good news is that a prompt diagnosis and effective medical treatment can save lives and help prevent complications resulting from a pulmonary embolism.
Do I Have a Depo-Testosterone Pulmonary Embolism 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 pulmonary embolism cases in all 50 states.
Free Depo-Testosterone Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a pulmonary embolism after taking Depo-Testosterone, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Depo-Testosterone Pulmonary Embolism Suit and we can help.