New research suggests that men who take testosterone are more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or die.
A study published in the November 2013 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association followed 8,700 men with low testosterone levels for three years. Researchers found that those who took testosterone increased their risk of heart attack, stroke and death by nearly 30%.
Testosterone therapy (also called androgen replacement therapy) has become a burgeoning business in the United States. The number of middle-aged American men being treated for low testosterone levels has more than tripled over the last decade. As a result, sales of testosterone gel, testosterone cream, low-t injections and other low testosterone treatments have skyrocketed despite the fact that the long-term side effects of testosterone are largely unknown.
Companies may be exposing men to increased health risks without providing any benefits, despite promising that the products will help improve sex drive, strengthen bone density and build muscle mass. Testosterone replacement therapy can come in several forms [Source: WebMD]:
- Testosterone Gel/Cream: AndroGel and Testim come in packets of clear testosterone gel. Testosterone is absorbed directly through the skin when you apply the gel once a day. AndroGel, Axiron, and Fortesta also come in a pump that delivers the amount of testosterone prescribed by your doctor.
- Testosterone Patch: Androderm is a skin patch worn on the arm or upper body. It’s applied once a day.
- Testosterone Injections and Implants: Testosterone can also be injected directly into the muscles, or implanted as pellets in the soft tissues. Your body slowly absorbs the testosterone into the bloodstream.
- Mouth Patch: Striant is a tablet that sticks to the upper gums above the incisor, the tooth just to the right or left of the two front teeth. Applied twice a day, it continuously releases testosterone into the blood through the oral tissues.
If you or a loved one used a testosterone cream, gel, injection or patch and suffered a heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or died from the side effects, you may be able to take legal action by joining a free class action lawsuit investigation. Some of the products that qualify for a potential class action lawsuit include, but are not limited, to:
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If you or a loved one used a testosterone cream, testosterone gel, testosterone injection or other product to correct Low T levels and suffered a heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or died, submit your information now! A product liability lawyer will review your claim for free and contact you if you qualify. There is absolutely no cost or obligation to join this free class action lawsuit investigation.
Low Testosterone Symptoms
Testosterone is a naturally occurring hormone that is responsible for stimulating sex drive, as well as building muscles and bone mass. As men age, testosterone levels naturally decrease. Dramatically low testosterone levels, however, can cause a range of symptoms and complications. Symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Low sex drive
- Difficulty achieving erection
- Low semen volume
- Hair loss
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Loss of muscle mass
- Increase in body fat
- Decrease in bone mass
- Mood changes
Low Testosterone Treatments
U.S. doctors write 5.3 million prescriptions each year for so-called “Low T” treatments. A number of products are marketed to treat low T levels in men, including include gels, creams, patches, injections and pills.
Testosterone levels decline naturally with age and experts differ on whether it’s safe to prescribe testosterone without a diagnosed medical condition. It’s also unclear whether low testosterone treatments have any real benefits for patients other than for those with the most severe cases of Low T levels.
But advertising campaigns for Low T treatments are reaching a much larger pool of men who don’t have clinically low testosterone levels, and may simply be tired, depressed or suffering other symptoms that are not signs of low testosterone.
These companies may be exposing men to increased health risks without providing any benefits, despite promising that the products will help improve sex drive, strengthen bone density and build muscle mass. Testosterone therapy side effects are largely unknown and these treatments may increase the risk of serious health complications like heart attack, stroke or even death.
Men who used a testosterone gel or testosterone cream and suffered such complications may be eligible to take legal action. See if you qualify to join a free class action lawsuit investigation by filing out the short form above.
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