The side effects of Striant, a popular testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) product, may include heart attack, stroke, blood clots and death.
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Update: Striant Labels Updated to include Addiction Warning
January 18, 2017 – FDA is requiring that all prescription TRT treatments carry a warning about a risk of abuse and dependence. Abuse of testosterone, usually at doses higher than those typically prescribed, has been linked to serious safety risks affecting the heart, brain, liver, mental health, and endocrine system.
What’s the Problem with Striant?
Striant is used for the treatment of testosterone deficiency, which can negatively affect a man’s muscle mass, sex drive, and energy levels. This condition, called hypogonadism in the medical community, causes lower strength, reduced energy and lowered sexual function. However, new studies indicate that men using Striant and other similar products may not have real need for testosterone supplementation, and may actually be placing themselves at risk for developing a heart attack, stroke or sudden death.
Striant Side Effects
In some men, serious side effects of Striant have been reported to include:
- Heart attack
- Blood clot
- Pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
- Transient ischemic attacks
- Brain damage
- Sudden death
FDA Requires Heart Attack, Stroke Warning to be Added to Striant 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.
TRT Industry Booming
Use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) products increased over fivefold from 2000 to 2011, generating almost $2 billion in sales in 2012 alone. TRT drugs administer testosterone in several ways including gels, patches, pills, implants and injections. However, despite their popularity, testosterone supplements like Striant may increase users’ risk of developing heart attacks and strokes.
JAMA Study: ‘Low T’ Drugs Linked to Heart Attack, Strokes
A November 2013 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at the heart attack, stroke and sudden death risk associated with testosterone boosters like Striant. Researchers from the Veteran Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System found that the rate of cardiovascular complications was 25.7% among TRT users, compared to a rate of 19.9% among those who did not undergo testosterone supplementation. Of 1,223 testosterone users, the researchers determined that within a year and a half of beginning treatment, 67 had died, 23 suffered heart attacks and 33 had strokes.
Women, Children at Risk of TRT Complications
In addition to the health concerns in users, there have also recently been reports about accidental exposure of women and children to testosterone boosters. Critics say that certain delivery methods may increase the risk that women and children become exposed to the drugs. Testosterone gel may cause children to go through puberty early, experience changes to their sexual organs, increased sex drive and unusually aggressive behavior. Testosterone can also change the distribution of women and children’s body hair.
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 Striant Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Striant Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by Striant, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.