Our lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for men who had a heart attack, stroke, blood clot or other serious injury after taking the testosterone supplement Fortesta.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by Fortesta side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Fortesta and we can help.
Update: Testosterone Supplements may be Addictive, FDA Warns
January 18, 2017 – The FDA has approved class-wide label changes for all prescription testosterone boosters regarding a risk of abuse and dependence associated with use of the medications. The new warnings alert prescribers that some patients may abuse testosterone supplements, and that adverse outcomes may result. FDA reminds users that prescription testosterone therapy is approved only for men “who have low testosterone due to certain medical conditions.”
What is Fortesta?
Made by Endo Pharmaceuticals, Fortesta Gel is a prescription drug that contains synthetic testosterone. Natural testosterone is a male hormone that controls a number of vital bodily functions. Fortesta is prescribed for the treatment of problems caused by decreased levels of naturally-occurring testosterone, a condition often referred to as ‘Low T.’ Fortesta was cleared for sale on the U.S. market in December of 2010.
Testosterone Boosters Linked to Cardiovascular Side Effects
Recent studies have identified a link between testosterone supplements like Fortesta and adverse health complications. Men who use these supplements may have unknowingly increased their risk of suffering from heart attack, stroke, and life-threatening blood clots. Testosterone is a naturally-occurring male sex hormone. As males get older, their body’s production of this hormone decreases slowly over time, resulting in lowered levels of testosterone. Hoping to rebuild muscle mass, decrease fat, and reinvigorate their sex appeal, men are turning to testosterone boosters like Fortesta in huge numbers.
FDA Requires Heart Attack, Stroke Warning to be Added to Fortesta 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.
Side Effects of Fortesta
In some users, Fortesta side effects have been reported to include:
- Hair loss
- Trouble sleeping
- Change in sexual desire
- Redness/swelling of the skin
- Change in skin color
- Heart attack
- Blood clot
- Pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
- Transient ischemic attacks
- Brain damage
- Sudden death
Men Given Testosterone Supplements Without Clinical Need
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) determined that about 25% of men who are prescribed testosterone supplements like Fortesta are given them without having their T levels tested. The study also found that testosterone users were almost 30% more likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes, or die compared to men who did not undergo supplementation.
Taking these problems into consideration, it’s easy to understand why testosterone supplementation has become some a problematic issue over the past several years. Along with the risk of possible health complications, testosterone boosters have also been reported to suppresses users’ own natural production of testosterone, making supplementation ultimately a lifetime need.
The Food & Drug Administration recommends that males diagnosed with prostate cancer not use Fortesta, as it may accelerate progression of the disease. Fortesta is not suspected to cause prostate cancer, but it may worsen the side effects. As with most hormones, Fortesta users should be regularly tested to look for potential health complications.
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
Do I Have a Fortesta 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 Fortesta Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Fortesta injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Fortesta Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by Fortesta, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Fortesta Suit and we can help.