Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone is a naturally-occurring hormone in the human body which is prevalent in males and has a large role in the development of primary and secondary sex characteristics, including muscle mass and body hair. Testosterone levels naturally decline with age, but a new industry has popped up dedicated to convincing males that they have “Low T” which can be “cured” with Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). The ads promise men and boys that boosting their “T” levels will make them stronger and more virile. Study after study, however, has uncovered a link between testosterone replacement and an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death. If you took testosterone and experienced a heart attack or other cardiac event, you may be entitled to compensation from the drug makers.
Testosterone Treatment Risks
Testosterone replacement is approved by the FDA to treat a particular medical condition, known as hypogonadism, as well as other documented diseases of the testes, the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus. Testosterone therapy is NOT approved to treat an age-related decline in testosterone, however. Studies conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and others have all found an increased risk of adverse cardiac events from TRT, including:
- Atrial Fibrillation (AF)
- Blood Clots
- Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Heart Attack
Testosterone replacement in any form can be dangerous
As the market for testosterone continues to be expanded by aggressive advertising and marketing campaigns, many different types of testosterone treatment drugs have been flooding the market. Testosterone can currently be delivered through a topical gel, a patch on the skin, a liquid applied under the arms, and a patch inside the cheek or on the gums, as well as a variety of injection methods, including implants under the skin that continually deliver testosterone into the bloodstream. These drugs can be found under various names, including:
Help is Available for Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Caused by Testosterone Treatment
The FDA has released a Safety Announcement about the risks of testosterone products and has required a boxed warning to be placed on the testosterone gels AndroGel 1% and Testim 1%. If you or a family member has experienced a heart attack, stroke or other cardiac event while taking testosterone or following a course of Low T treatment, contact the law office of Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C. in New York City for a free consultation regarding your rights to be compensated for any legal harm and damages done to you.