Health Risks Associated with Low T Drug Treatment
UPDATED: February 20, 2014
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Over the last several years, pharmaceutical companies have aggressively marketed the need for testosterone replacement therapy, leading to a drastic increase in Low T drug sales and use. Testosterone supplement marketing has encouraged middle aged and older man who experience lethargy, weight gain, and change in mood to seek testosterone replacement treatment, and, judging by profits, the campaign has proven successful. The increase in low testosterone treatment has not been widely appreciated, however, and two recent studies seem to indicate an alarming link between testosterone replacement medication and serious health concerns.
Testosterone Replacement Medication Increases Health Risks
Two recent studies analyzing the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy suggest that men who use Low T medication face an increased risk of health problems such as:
- Heart attack
In January of 2014, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health tracked 56,000 older and middle-aged men who were prescribed testosterone supplements between 2008 and 2010 with the goal of monitoring their rate of heart attacks in the year prior to receiving the prescriptions, and comparing it to the three months after. The results indicated that men over 65, and men of any age with previous diagnosis of heart disease, had double the rate of heart attacks after starting use of testosterone replacement drugs.
These results add to concerns raised by a medical study published in the November 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that indicate that men who regularly use Low T treatment drugs face a 30% increase in risk of the serious heart problems noted above. The recent studies seem to affirm what a 2009 study suggested before it was cancelled due to a significant risk of heart attack among test subjects who were given testosterone replacement medication.
Medical researchers continue to investigate a link between testosterone treatment medication and serious health risks, and more studies will publish findings in the months to come.
FDA Announces Low T Drug Investigation
Another investigation into the link between Low T drugs and heart disease will come from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency announced its decision to investigate the connection between testosterone supplements and health risks following the release of the two recent studies. The FDA intends to evaluate the information gathered by existing medical studies, and release its conclusion in the months to come. So far, the FDA has not come to any conclusion about a possible link between testosterone supplements and heart health, but the agency urged health care professionals and patients to report side effects as soon as they are detected.
Attorneys across the country are offering consultations to men who have used Low T drugs and suffered from heart attack or stroke. Drug manufacturer AbbVie, Inc., maker of the Low T drug AndroGel, faces five lawsuits, and more litigation is likely on the way. If you or a male loved one has suffered a serious heart injury and use testosterone supplements, contact an experienced attorney for a consultation immediately.