Men who use testosterone supplements may be increasing their risk of having a stroke, recent studies suggest. Based on new research linking testosterone boosters to an increased risk of severe cardiovascular side effects, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has launched an investigation into the matter, cautioning medical providers to carefully weigh the risks versus benefits of “Low T” treatments.
Free Testosterone Stroke Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a stroke after taking a testosterone supplement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the testosterone booster and we can help.
‘Low T’ Therapy Increases Stroke Risk in Men: Study
In January 2014, a study published in the medical journal PLOS ONE found that within 90 days, using testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) supplements can more than double the risk of heart attack and stroke in men aged 65 and older, as well as triple the risk in younger men with a pre-existing history of heart disease.
Two months prior to the PLOS ONE study, research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found a 30% increase in risk for stroke, heart attack, and death in men over the age of 60 who took testosterone boosters, compared to those who did not.
“I’m very concerned that widespread use of testosterone supplements without any long-term safety studies is putting millions of men at risk for the most common lethal condition in the United States: heart disease,” said Steven Nissen, MD at the Cleveland Clinic. “The FDA needs to require makers of these drugs to do long-term studies of these drugs, which are being marketed to men as a fountain of youth, just as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was to women 20 years ago.”
Testosterone Prescribed Recklessly
Testosterone prescriptions are currently an estimated $2 billion annual industry in the U.S., with up to 25% of prescriptions written without doctors performing blood tests to check the patient’s hormone levels, according to an article published in the New York Times.
“Assuming that ‘low T’ is a huge global issue for all older men and prescribing the hormone without checking the man’s testosterone levels and cardiovascular risk is a scary—and highly irresponsible—practice,” says Amy Doneen, medical director at the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center. “What these well-done studies are telling us is that this treatment needs to be used cautiously in men who actually need it, after a careful, individualized assessment of both their symptoms and their cardiovascular health.”
When Should Men Use Testosterone Supplements
Both Doneen and Nissen recommend that men who are currently using testosterone boosters, as well as those who are considering it, carefully weigh the risks versus rewards of treatment with their doctor. It is normal for men’s testosterone levels to decrease over time, particularly in men who are overweight. Indeed, one of the best natural ways for men to improve symptoms resulting from ‘Low T’ is to lose weight.
Signs and symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Hot flashes
- Short-term memory problems
- Reduced levels of HDL cholesterol
- Diminished muscle strength
- Decline in libido, sexual difficulties or erectile dysfunction
Can I File a Testosterone Stroke Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a Testosterone Lawsuit, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of testosterone supplements, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of stroke.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of a testosterone replacement therapy product, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your stroke, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective drug into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I have a Testosterone Stroke 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 Testosterone lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Testosterone stroke cases in all 50 states.
Free Testosterone Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had a stroke after taking a testosterone supplement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Testosterone Stroke Suit and we can help.