If you underwent testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and suffered a stroke, our lawyers would like to speak with you. The following supplements are used to treat low testosterone (also called ‘low T’): AndroGel, Androderm, Axiron, Bio-T-Gel, Delatestryl, Depo-Testosterone, Fortesta, Striant, Testim, and Testopel. Symptoms of a stroke may include numbness or loss of movement in the face, sudden vision changes, trouble speaking, and problems with walking or balance.
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 Testosterone Symptoms
The companies that sell Low T supplements angle their marketing around the natural decline in testosterone men experience once they reach the age of 30 – a drop of approximately 1% per year. This decline can have unpleasant symptoms that leave men wondering what has become of their manhood. Symptoms of low testosterone may include:
- Decreased sex drive
- Difficulty sleeping
- Lack of energy
- Physical and emotional changes
According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), prescriptions for testosterone boosters have increased more than 5-fold since the year 2000, with an estimated 5.3 million prescriptions written in 2011 alone. This increase in prescriptions has been driven by pharmaceutical manufacturers who have aggressively marketed their products directly to the public. However, a recent study found that nearly 25% of patients being treated for Low T did not have their testosterone levels tested before they received prescriptions.
Testosterone Boosters May Increase Risk of Stroke
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) cautioned that men bothered by a midlife slump in energy and sex drive may want to think twice about treating their Low T with a testosterone supplement. Researchers looked at 8,709 middle-aged and older men who were assessed for blocked arteries, and determined that testosterone users were 30% more likely to suffer a stroke, heart attack or death.
“Our findings raise some uncertainty regarding the potential safety of testosterone use in men,” concluded the study’s authors. And while testosterone users should not discontinue treatment recklessly, they added, “it is important to inform patients that long-term risks are unknown and there is a possibility that testosterone therapy might be harmful.”
The JAMA study is the second major study to suggest there may be health dangers in the booming testosterone supplement industry. In 2010, researchers called an early end to a clinical trial of testosterone supplementation in older men, many of whom had been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, after they detected a significantly higher rate of stroke and heart attack in the group receiving testosterone boosters.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke is a condition in which brain cells die as a result of lack of oxygen. Strokes can be caused by an obstruction of the blood flow, or a rupture in an artery that leads to the brain. Patients may suddenly lose the ability to speak, have memory problems, or become paralyzed on one side of the body.
Types of Stroke
There are two types of stroke:
- Ischemic strokes – Accounting for nearly 90% of all strokes, ischemic strokes occur when a blood clot forms that blocks blood flow to part of the brain. If a clot forms somewhere in the body and breaks off and becomes free-floating, it is referred to as an embolus. These types of wandering clots may be carried through the blood to the brain, where it can cause ischemic stroke.
- Hemorrhagic stroke – Occurs when a blood vessel on the brain’s surface ruptures and fills the space between the brain and skull with blood (subarachnoid hemorrhage), or when an artery in the brain bursts and fills the surrounding tissue with blood (cerebral hemorrhage).
Both types of stroke result in a lack of blood flow to the brain and a buildup of blood that puts too much pressure on the brain.
Testosterone Stroke Lawsuit Filed in CA
July 31, 2014: A California man who allegedly had a stroke after using Depo-Testosterone has filed a product liability lawsuit against Pfizer Inc. According to court documents, plaintiff Gonzalo Menendez took Depo-Testosterone for less than 3 months before suffering multiple acute infarctions, placing him at risk for additional cerebrovascular accidents and sudden death. Click here to learn more.
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 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 Testosterone Stroke Suit and we can help.